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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Tschida Top Javelin Thrower at NCAA West Prelims
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/26/2011
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May 26, 2011


EUGENE -- Washington State had nine competitors advance from the first round events enduring cool and often very wet conditions Thursday at the NCAA West Preliminary Round Track and Field competition at Hayward Field in Eugene. Four Cougars from the No. 14 women's team and five from the No. 24 men's team moved on to Eugene quarterfinals or semi-finals in Des Moines next month.

Marissa Tschida had the best throw in the women's javelin first round of 174-feet, 10 inches (53.29m) and will advance to the NCAA semifinals next month in Des Moines. Tschida, a senior from Missoula, Mont., and the two-time Pacific-10 Conference champion, is a two-time All-American and will be competing in her fourth NCAA Championships. She is the WSU record-holder and had the top throw in the country entering this competition at 183-9 (56.02m). Courtney Kirkwood, a junior from Othello, Wash., took 10th-place in the javelin first round with a throw of 162-5 (49.52m), and is among the 12 from the West to advance to the semifinals round. Kirkwood grabbed All-American honors at the 2010 NCAA Championships.

Three Cougar men advanced from the first round of the 400m hurdles. Jeshua Anderson (senior, Woodland Hills, Calif.) won the fourth heat in a time of 50.60 seconds, which was third-fastest overall. Dana Wells (sophomore, Tieton, Wash.) finished just behind Anderson in the fourth heat becoming an automatic qualifier, crossing the line in a time of 51.59, 16th overall. J Hopkins (junior, Everett) finished third in the fifth heat, 15th overall, with a time of 51.48 and also advances to the Friday 24-man quarterfinals. Rashaun Johnson (freshman, West Seattle) finished 36th overall with a time of 53.08, and did not advance. Stanford's Amaechi Morton had the top time of the day in the intermediate hurdles of 50.42 with Oklahoma's Eric Bailey second at 50.57. Anderson, a three-time All-American and two-time NCAA champions, is the national leader with a time of 48.13.

Anna Layman (senior, Spokane Valley), the 2011 Pac-10 Champion, qualified for the Friday afternoon women's 800m quarterfinals with her first round second place heat finish in a time of 2 minutes, 7.31 seconds, which was ninth overall. Layman, a two-time All-American, has the third-fastest time nationally. Courtney Zalud (sophomore, Colbert, Wash.) ran a time of 2:12.37, 43rd overall.

Joe Abbott (junior, Reno, Nev.) qualified out of the first heat of the men's 800m first round, running a time of 1:50.39 which was 19th overall. Abbott advances to the Friday quarterfinals scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

In the women's 400m hurdles, Shaquana Logan (sophomore, Tacoma) advanced to the Friday quarterfinal races with a third-place finish in her heat with a season-best time of 1:00.19 which was 22nd overall. Veronica Elseroad-Wall (senior, Casper, Wyo.) ran a time of 1:00.56, 26th overall.

Matt Cronrath (sophomore, Odessa, Wash.) ran his way into the men's 1500m quarterfinals Saturday with a first round time of 3:46.73, 11th-best overall. Todd Wakefield (sophomore, Kearns, Australia) did not advance, running 3:49.80, 34th overall.

Other Cougars not advancing from Thursday first round events included Chanel James (junior, Tacoma) who ran the women's 100m dash first round in a time of 12.02w, 38th overall. In the men's 100m dash, Brett Blanshan (sophomore, Selah, Wash.) ran a time of 10.73, also 38th overall. Shawn Fermin (sophomore, Victorville, Calif.) ran the 400m in a time of 55.78, 34th overall. In the men's 400m dash, Jacob Sealby (freshman, Wenatchee, Wash.) ran a time of 48.08 for 34th overall, and Brandon Dawson (junior, Fairfield, Calif.) ran a time of 48.80 for 44th overall. Stephan Scott-Ellis (sophomore, Tacoma) fouled all three attempts in the men's long jump but will be competing in the triple jump Saturday. Joe Bartlett (junior, Reno, Nev.) threw the shot put 55-5 (16.89m) which was 20th-best in the first round, but he will compete Saturday in the discus.

The NCAA Preliminary Round action continues Friday and Saturday, May 27-28, at Hayward Field. Live standings and results can be found online at, and free live webcast is available for viewing at beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, 3 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.

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