Jan. 29, 2011
SEATTLE-- Washington State senior Jeshua Anderson won both the men's 60m hurdles and the 400m dash and ran the anchor leg of the winning 4x400m relay Saturday at the University of Washington Invitational Indoor Track & Field meet at the Dempsey Indoor Facility.
The two-time outdoor 400m hurdles national champion from Woodland Hills, Calif., Anderson's Saturday 60m hurdles time of 8.02 is 2/100s seconds off his lifetime-best. Anderson came back later in the afternoon to win the 400m dash in a time of 47.12, with Cougar newcomer Brandon Dawson (junior, Fairfield, Calif.) finishing third in a time of 48.09.
"I think Jeshua had real solid times in both the hurdles and the 400m but he is still evolving," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "He ran a very easy-looking 45.8 split on the anchor leg of our 4x4 relay. He is running the 400m as well right now as he ever has and I think when he puts the race together he will be very fast."
Freshman Ruby Roberts (Kingston) finished 10th overall in the women's mile and was the fifth collegiate runner to finish as she ran a lifetime-best time of 4:48.97; the second-best time in WSU women's history and the WSU freshman women's record, surpassing Haley Paul's 2006 time of 4:52.95. Caroline Austin's 5:02.44 was a season-best and was 28th overall in the mile placing.
In other Cougar men's events on the track, Nick Smith and Justin Zimmerman also ran PRs with 800m times of 1:54.78 (22nd) for Smith and 1:55.12 (24th) for Zimmerman.
Matt Cronrath ran a PR time in the men's mile of 4:05.51 for sixth place with Cougar teammates David Hickerson running a PR time of 4:06.79 for 10th and Andrew Kimpel clocking-in a PR time of 4:06.95 for 11th place. Andrew Gonzales ran a PR time in the 3000m of 8:27.00 for 10th place.
"Ruby ran a real strong, gutsy race today and Courtney Zalud had a great run for her first time in the 800m," Sloan said. "First 800m race for Joe Abbott and he was just off his outdoor PR time so it was a great race for him. I think our distance corps, both men and women, had an outstanding meet. Our men's milers had huge PRs and they looked good doing it."
The WSU women also fared well in the running events Saturday. Shaquana Logan ran a PR time of 8.61 in the 60m hurdles prelims and then blasted away that time with a fifth-place final time of 8.54. Later in the day Logan leaped a PR distance of 18-11 3/4 (5.78m) for third place in the long jump.
Shawna Fermin placed fifth in the women's 400m dash with a season-best time of 57.19 and later in the day ran a 200m dash time of 25.52 for 13th.
In field events, Holly Parent finished second in the women's high jump with a leap of 5-10 (1.78m), the same height as winner Kelly McNamee (UW) who won on fewer misses.
Joe Bartlett threw the shot put 50-4 3/4 (15.36m), the sixth-best effort of the event. WSU freshman Mary Barnett threw a PR of 44-7 1/2 (13.60m) to finish eighth in the women's shot put. In the women's 20-pound weight throw, Kjirsten Jensen threw a distance of 55-3 (16.84m) for 10th and Cassie Whitfield swung the ball 54-8 3/4 (16.68m) for 11th.
"I think it was a great day. We had a big handful of PRs today and it is exciting that what we saw here today, in just our third meet, and where we can go," Sloan said. "We'll get a couple of weeks of training in now, with no meet next weekend, we will re-establish a strength base and then start ramping it up for the Husky Classic and two weeks after that, the championships."