March 12, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Washington State's Joe Abbott finished seventh in the men's 800m final but the finish was not pleasant for the men's 4x400m relay Saturday night at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium at Texas A&M.
Abbott, a junior from Reno, Nev., ran a time of 1-minute, 50.14 seconds in the final after running a prelim time Friday night of 1:48.80. He earns first-team All-America status. Fred Samoei, a senior from Alabama, won the men's 800m in a time of 1:48.33.
"I'm proud of the way I competed this weekend," Abbott said. "I fought my way into the final and while it didn't go as well as I hoped, I never quit. This will be great momentum for the outdoor season."
"Joe competed hard here and did a good job of getting out of the qualifying rounds and getting in a position to score in the final," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "The final today went out slow and it came down to racing at the end."
WSU's 4x400m relay squad of Greg Hornsby (sophomore, Moreno, Calif.), Brandon Dawson (junior, Fairfield, Calif.), Jacob Sealby (freshman, Wenatchee, Wash.) and Jeshua Anderson (senior, Woodland Hills, Calif.) ran in the first of three final heats. Running the lead leg, Hornsby pulled a hamstring before the second turn of the first lap but gutted out the next 320 meters, running a 400-meter split time of 49.90 seconds. Dawson started his leg about 50-meters behind the field at the handoff but ran a split of 47.70 followed by Sealby's 47.49 split. Anderson, a two-time NCAA 400m hurdles champion, ran a split time of 46.93. Texas A&M won the event with a time of 3:04.24. The Cougar relay time was 3:12.01 which was 10th-best but the team was disqualified when Hornsby stepped out of the lane after he was injured.
Florida won the men's team title with 52 points and Oregon won the women's team championships with 67 points. The WSU men tied for 57th with the two points from Abbott's race.
Washington State men's and women's track and field teams begin the 2011 outdoor season next weekend traveling to meets in Los Angeles and Spokane.