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Nine Cougars Ready to Compete at NCAA T&F Championships
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/03/2011
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June 3, 2011

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The No. 18 Washington State women's team will have three athletes competing in two events, and the No. 27 WSU men's team will have seven participants competing in three events at the NCAA Track & Field Championships, June 8-11, at Johnny Bright Field & Jim Duncan Track in Drake Stadium on the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa...competition begins in late afternoon (Central Time) each day except Saturday when a late morning start is streaming video will be available at - check in the morning of Wed., June 8, for the link...television coverage includes some live and some delayed broadcasts on CBS College Sports cable network June 10-11-12, and CBS will have live coverage at 10 a.m. PT June 11.


Wednesday, June 8 (all times converted from Central Time to Pacific Time)
3:45 p.m.  Men's 4x100m Relay	Semifinals	G. Hornsby, N.Washington,B. Blanshan, M. Murray
4:00 p.m.  Women's 800m	        Semifinals	Anna Layman
4:15 p.m.   Men's 800m	        Semifinals	Joe Abbott
6:30 p.m.   Men's 400m Hurdles	Semifinals	Jeshua Anderson

Thursday, June 9 1:05 p.m. Women's Javelin Trials/Final Marissa Tschida and Courtney Kirkwood

Friday, June 10 4:45 p.m. Men's 400m Hurdles Final Jeshua Anderson 5:10 p.m. Women's 800m Final Anna Layman 5:20 p.m. Men's 800m Final Joe Abbott

Saturday, June 11 10:11 p.m. Men's 4x100m Relay Final G. Hornsby, N. Washington,B. Blanshan, M. Murray

The 2011 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships can be viewed live each day online at NCAA TV (go to Sports Network (cable channel formerly CSTV) will broadcast Friday, June 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. PT...the CBS network will broadcast Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to Noon access the LIVE RESULTS and Online Video, go to the NCAA Championships website at or go through

Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 38th season with the Cougar track program; 17th year as a head coach, 16th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...Sloan (decathlon/heptathlon) is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell (throws), head coach for cross country Pete Julian (distance), and assistant coaches Mark Macdonald (hurdles/relays), Ellannee Richardson (sprints/relays)...Matt McGee was the jumps coach until his resignation May 31...volunteer coaches include Bob Frey, Brett Josephson, Anthony Luna, Tim Riley, and Rob Williams.

Hear Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan's outlook on each weekend's Track & Field competition by going to, click on the Multimedia pull-down link and click on Podcasts.


Joe Abbott, 800m (junior, Reno, Nev. )
• 2011 NCAA West Prelim, 800m - 19th First rnd (1:50.39), 5th Qtr finals (PR 1:46.84)
• 1:46.84 is fourth-best time in WSU all-time records
• 2011 Pac-10 Championships, 800m - 4th (1:48.97)
• 2011 NCAA Indoor All-American, 7th place finish (1:50.14i/prelim time 1:48.80)
• 2010 NCAA West Prelims, 800m - 8th First rnd (1:48.66), 13th Qtr finals (PR 1:47.87)
• 2010 Pac-10 Championships, 800m - 3rd (1:48.75), 1600m Relay - 5th (3:10.83)
• 2009 NCAA West Regional, 800m - 8th prelims (PR 1:48.97), 7th Qtr finals (1:51.67)
• 2009 Pac-10, 800m - 13th  prleims (1:51.72)
• 2009 USA Junior Championships, 800m - 1st (1:51.54), prelims (1:49.78) - Eugene
• 2009 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships: 800m top American, 3rd place (1:48.99) - Port of Spain, Trinidad

Jeshua Anderson, 400m hurdles (senior, Woodland Hills, Calif.) • 2010-11 Men's team captain • WSU's male Pacific-10 Conference Medal Winner for 2010-11 • Four-time Pac-10 400m hurdles champion: one of only eight men to ever achieve four wins in the same event at the Pac-10 Championships • Ran school record, meet record, Roy P. Drachman Stadium record and national-leading time of 48.13 seconds in Tucson; also ran Pac-10 Championships Meet record time of 48.63 in 2010 (Berkeley) • 48.13 is the fifth-best intermediate hurdles time run this year in World: other four times by South African L.J. vanZyl (47.66, 47.73, 47.91, 48.11) • Four-time NCAA West Regional/Preliminary champion • Two-time NCAA champion (2008 at DES MOINES, & 2009), runner-up (2010) • Three-time outdoor All-American • Runs a 13-step stride pattern • Three-time Texas Relays Champion • 2010 and 2011 Bowerman Award Watch List • Honorable mention for Track & Field News Top 10 Collegiate Men of the Decade list (March 2010 issue) • Indoor All-American - 2009 NCAA, men's 4x400m relay, eighth place • 2011 anchored 4x400m Relay with 2nd-best indoor time, 9th-best overall 1600m relay time in WSU men's history (3:07.61i); lead runner injured at NCAA Champs and DQd • 2008 USA Junior Outdoor Champion • 2008 IAAF World Junior Champion • 2008 Olympic Trials, 9th (48.92 - semifinals) • School records: 400m hurdles (48.13 - 2011), 4x400m relay (3:06.74i - 2009) • Hernia surgery in August 2008 • Two-year letterwinner as wide receiver on WSU football team (2007, 2008)

ANDERSON ON BOWERMAN LIST WSU senior Jeshua Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) is one of 10 male collegiate track and field athletes on the second edition of the 2011 Watch List for The Bowerman as selected by The Bowerman Men's Watch Committee, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Jan. 12...the Bowerman is an award bestowed to the nation's top collegiate men's and women's track and field athlete each year at the USTFCCCA annual convention in December...the Bowerman is named in honor of track and field pioneer Bill Bowerman, who served the sport of track and field in numerous ways, including his leadership in the USTFCCCA's predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and running community as a whole...initial awards given in 2009...complete 2011 Watch List for men and women is at

4x100m Relay
Greg Hornsby (sophomore, Moreno Valley, Calif.)
Nate Washington (senior, Everett, Wash.)
Brett Blanshan (sophomore, Selah, Wash.)
Marlon Murray (senior, Des Moines, Wash.)
• Won 2011 Pacific-10 Conference title in 39.48 seconds
• Second-best 400m relay time in WSU history
• Individual PR 100m times:
           Hornby 10.50w, Washington 10.51, Blanshan 10.45w, Murray 10.44
• 2011 Pac-10 Championships 100m: Murray 3rd (10.44), Washingotn 8th (10.62)

Courtney Kirkwood, javelin (junior, Othello, Wash.) • 2011 NCAA West Prelims finished 10th (49.52m / 162-6) • 2011 Pac-10 Championships finished third (50.79m / 166-8) • PR is 52.94m / 173-8 (2011) - second-best in WSU history • 2010 NCAA, javelin - 11th, All-American • 2010 NCAA West Regional, 7th (50.18m / 164-7) • 2010 Pac-10 Championships, 4th (47.09m / 154-6) • 2009 NCAA West Regional, 5th (48.60m / 159-5) • 2009 USA Junior Championships, 3rd (44.74m / 146-9) • 2009 Pan American Athletics Championship, 7th (41.46m / 136-7)

Anna Layman, 800m (senior, Spokane Valley, Wash.) • Two-time All-American 800m - 2008 (8th) and 2010 (14th) • Won 2011 Pac-10 Championship with PR 2:03.48, edging Arizona's Rodgers (2:03.52) • 2:03.48 time is second-best is WSU all-time • Ran indoor school record of 2:05.93i, Ames (2011) • 2010 NCAA West Regional, 2nd in Qtr final (season-best 2:05.17) after 24th First rnd • 2010 Pac-10 Championships - 4th (2:05.85) • 2008 PR time of 2:04.03 was second-fastest time in WSU history • Has struggled with injury/illness during first three years of WSU career

Marissa Tschida, javelin (senior, Missoula, Mont.) • WSU's female Pacific-10 Conference Medal Winner for 2010-11 • Top throw at 2011 NCAA West Prelims (53.29m / 174-10) • 2011 won second consecutive Pac-10 title with national-leading 56.02m/ 183-9 • Pac-10 Female Field Athlete of the Week for April 25-30, 2011, for winning javelin fourth consecutive year at the WSU vs. Washington Dual Meet • Two-time All-American with NCAA finishes - 2008 (18th), 2009 (6th), 2010 (4th) • School record javelin throw of 56.71m / 186-1 (2010) • 2010 Pac-10 Champion, 52.80m / 173-3 • 2010 NCAA West Regional, runner-up 52.37m / 171-10 • Pac-10 2010 All-Academic honorable mention team • 2009 NCAA West Regional, 5th (48.60m / 159-5) • 2009 Pac-10 Championships, 4th (48.54m / 159-3) • 2009 threw school record 55.38m / 181-8 at WSU vs. Washington Dual Meet • Top collegiate thrower at 2009 Mt. SAC Relays (53.63m / 175-11) • 2008 USA Junior Championships, 4th (49.03m / 160-10) • 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships, 18th (47.73m / 156-7) • 2008 NCAA West Regional, 4th (48.25m / 158-4) • 2008 Pac-10 Championships, 3rd (48.29m / 158-5) • 2008 Pac-10 Female Field Athlete of the Week • Has a tattoo of a cheetah on her shoulder; named the tattoo Chester the cheetah


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