May 14, 2011
TUCSON -- Washington State's Jeshua Anderson won the men's 400m hurdles with a school record, meet record and stadium record time of 48.13 seconds Saturday night at the Pacific-10 Conference Track and Field Championships at the University of Arizona's Drachman Stadium.
Anderson, a senior from Woodland Hills, Calif., ran a commanding race and sliced 34/100s second off his previous school record time. Anderson became the eighth man in history to win four consecutive conference championships. J Hopkins (junior, Everett) finished fourth in the hurdles final with a personal record time of 50.99, the 10th fastest hurdles time in WSU history. Dana Wells (sophomore, Tieton, Wash.) took fifth place with a time of 51.50. The Cougars scored 19 points in the intermediate hurdles. Earlier in the evening, Anderson ran to a fourth place finish in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.88.
After the 400m hurdles win, Anderson told the media, "It feels good. I'm glad I was able to break my personal record which is two years old. I'm happy with my time and I know that I can keep running and keep getting faster."
Anna Layman (senior, Spokane Valley) won the women's 800m run in a lifetime-best time of 2-minutes, 3.48 seconds, grabbing the win by out-leaning Arizona senior Christina Rodgers (2:03.52) at the line. WSU's Courtney Zalud took eighth place with a time of 2:11.14. Layman's Pac-10 title time is the second-fastest in school history.
"From the gun I was committed to staying with Christina Rodgers for the first 700 meters and take my chances of passing her with 100m meters to go," Layman said. "All year long I knew this was how it was going to go because she is a tough runner and I knew she was going to take it out fast. So if I could just be mentally tough and go with, I would have a chance."
The Cougar men's 4x100m relay team of Greg Hornsby, Nate Washington, Brett Blanshan and Marlon Murray won the conference title with a time of 39.48 seconds, the second-best time in WSU history. About 80 minutes later, Murray took third place in the 100m dash with a PR time of 10.44 and Washington placed eighth with a time of 10.62. Washington then ran the 200m dash and placed sixth with a time of 21.13.
Murray, speaking to the media in Tucson after the relay race said, "This feels really good. We came out, executed and did exactly what our coaches told us. We knew our handoffs had to be prefect and we had to run well. We are not done. We are looking forward to regionals and a national championship. I have to thank my teammates who put me in a position to win. Last year we were down with a couple injuries but we came back, had a great race, and now we have to move forward."
Stephan Scott-Ellis, a sophomore from Tacoma, won the triple jump with a PR leap of 52-feet, 2 inches (15.90m), the 10th-best triple jump in school records. Scott-Ellis, who finished fifth in the long jump Friday with a PR distance, only had two measured triple jumps Saturday, with the winning effort coming on his fourth round try. Sean Wilson placed 11th in the event with a distance of 47-11 1/4 (14.61m).
Joe Abbott finished fourth in the men's 800m in a time of 1:48.97. Matt Cronrath finished sixth in the men's 1500m with a time of 3:48.80, David Hickerson was ninth (3:52.16) and Todd Wakefield 10th (3:53.90).
John Brenteson took sixth place in the men's pole vault after clearing a PR height of 16-3 1/2 (4.97m) after struggling at the first two heights of 15-3 3/4 and 15-9 3/4.
On the track, the WSU women's 4x100m relay team of Shaquana Logan, Chanel James, Cindy Robinson and Morgan Clem finished sixth in a season-best time of 45.38. Shawna Fermin ran a lifetime-best and the second-best time in school history with her time of 53.22 for fifth place in the 400m dash.
The Cougar women finished fifth in the 4x400m relay as Fermin, Logan, Layman and Veronica Elseroad-Wall ran a season-best time of 3:40.22.
Cougar women competing Saturday but not scoring included Ashley Kenney (discus - 10th, 143-0 /43.60m), Candace Missouri (triple jump - 10th, 38-10 1/4 /11.84m), Shantae Young (triple jump - 11th, 38-10 1/4 /11.84m), Bianca Walton (triple jump - 14th, 37-3 /11.35m), Ruby Roberts (5000m - 17th, 17:25.71), Chelsea VanDeBrake (5000m - 27th, 17:45.39), Allison Clark (5000m - 32nd, 17:48.29), and Caroline Austin (5000m - 34th, 18:12.48).
WSU men who competed but did not score included Brandon Dawson (400m - 9th, 47.97), Andrew Gonzales (5000m - 19th, 14:49.15), Jono Lafler (5000m - 22nd, 15:00.20), and Joe Bartlett (discus - 9th, 166-1/ 50.89m).
Oregon edged out Arizona for the women's team title with 154.5 points to 150. The women's teams followed in order: Arizona State 121, USC 103, Stanford 97, UCLA 51.5, Washington State 49, California 42, Washington 37, and Oregon State 12.
Oregon also won the men's team championship with 129, followed by Arizona 111, USC 99, UCLA 99, Arizona State 99, Stanford 89, Washington State 85, Washington 81, California 27, and Oregon State 8.
"I think we had as good a meet as we could have hoped for," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "I think the kids all compete up. We had some great performances and some terrific marks. We had great competitive efforts by people. Our champions did a great job of competing. Jeshua had a great meet. I think our sprint corps was incredible. For me, one of the highlights was the victory by our 4x100m relay team and the time that we ran."
The delayed, packaged broadcast of the Pac-10 Championships will be aired in the Northwest on ROOT Sports Net Thursday, May 19 at 5 p.m.
The NCAA Preliminary Rounds are scheduled for May 26-28 at Hayward Field in Eugene.