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Cougars Compete at National Track & Field Championships
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/22/2011
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June 22, 2011

PULLMAN -- Washington State University has several undergraduate and alumni competing at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Thursday through Sunday, June 23-26, at Hayward Field in Eugene, and at the Canadian Track & Field Championships, June 22-25, in Calgary...the top three finishers in each event will advance to the USA Team/Canadian Team for the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics, August 27 - September 4, at Daegu, Korea.

The television schedule on the three networks is listed below...a free webcast will be provided throughout the championships in partnership with, with commentators including: Larry Rawson, Jenny Adams, Dan O'Brien, Joanna Hayes and John Godina.

ESPN2, June 24, 8 p.m. - 11 PT (Rebroadcast: ESPN2 June 25, 10 a.m. - Noon PT)
Universal, June 25, Noon - 1:30 p.m. PT
NBC, June 25, 2 - 3 p.m. PT
Universal, June 26, Noon - 1 p.m. PT
NBC, June 26, 2 - 3 p.m. PT

Joe Abbott - 2011 Junior at WSU, 800m, All-American
• Men's 800m 1st Round Thursday, June 23, 3:50 p.m. PT
• Semi-finals Friday, June 24, 5:15 p.m.; Final Sunday, June 26, 2:27 p.m. PT
• Seed mark is PR time of 1:46.84 (17th in field)
• Competing unattached

Jeshua Anderson - 2011 Senior at WSU, 400m hurdles, Three-time NCAA Champion
• Men's 400m hurdles 1st Round Friday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. PT
• Semi-finals Saturday, June 25, 12:20 p.m.; Final Sunday, June 26, 2:02 p.m. PT
• Seed time is 48.13 seconds (4th in field)
• Competing unattached

Bernard Lagat - Three-time Olympian (Silver & Bronze medals), 11-time All-American
• Men's 1500m Semifinals Thursday, June 23, 6:30 p.m.; Final Saturday, June 25, 2:50 p.m. PT
• Men's 5000m Final Friday, June 24, 7:40 p.m. PT
• American record-holder in mile, 2-miles, 1500m, 3000m and 5000m
• 2007 World Champion 1500m & 5000m
• Seed time in 1500m is 3:32.51 (3rd in field) - declared bu probably will not compete in this event
• Seed time in 5000m is 13:05.46 (2nd in field)
• Competing for Nike

Blessing Ufodiama - Second-best triple jump in WSU all-time (2004)
• Women's triple jump Trials and Final Friday, June 24, 3:55 p.m. PT
• Seed mark is 14.06m / 46-1 1/2 (2nd in field) - American leader for 2011
• Competing unattached

Drew Ulrick - Seventh-best WSU discus throw all-time (2007)
• Men's discus Trials and Final, Thursday, June 23, 6:10 p.m. PT
• Seed mark is 60.79m / 199-5 (14th in field)
• Competing unattached

Ian Waltz - WSU discus record-holder (1998); 2004 and 2008 Olympian
• Men's discus Trials and Final, Thursday, June 23, 6:10 p.m. PT
• 2005, 2006 and 2008 US Discus Champion
• Runner-Up at 2007 US Championships
• Competing for Nike / New York Athletic Club

Two current and one alumnus are the Washington State track and field athletes competing at the 2011 Canadian Track & Field Championships at the Foothills Athletic Park in Calgary, June 22-25...Live TV broadcasts on CBS Saturday, June 25 from 1 - 3 p.m. PT...Live streaming broadcast on June 25 from 1 - 3 p.m. PT.

Anson Henry - 2002 Pac-10 Champion in 100m and 200m, All-American
• Men's 100m dash Prelims, Thursday, June 23, 5:30 p.m. PT
• Seed time of 10.42 seconds (12th in field)
• Competing for Elite Edge

Holly Parent - 2011 Sophomore at WSU, High Jump
• Women's high jump Finals, Friday, June 24, 4:30 p.m. PT
• Seed mark of 1.85m / 6-0 3/4 (2nd in field)
• PR height of 1.85m / 6-0 3/4 is fourth-best in WSU all-time records
• Canadian Junior Champion 2009
• Competing for Victoria Track Club

Shawn Swartz - 2011 Sophomore at WSU, High Jump
• Men's high jump Finals, Saturday, June 25, 12:45 p.m. PT
• Seed mark of 2.00m / 6-6 3/4 (8th in field)
• PR is 2.11m / 6-11 - sixth at 2011 Pac-10 Championships
• Competing unattached

Chelsea VanDeBrake (2010 grad) placed 36th at the Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minn., June 18, in a PR time of 2-hours, 49.52 minutes...she was on Olympic Trials qualifying pace through the 20-mile mark but reported struggling in the final two miles of the 23 VanDeBrake was the youngest placer...was runner-up at 39th Annual Portland (Oregon) Marathon (2010...ran time of 2:52.22 for second place finish in debut at marathon distance...plans to run in either Chicago Marathon (October) or the Las Vegas half-marathon (December)...placing second at the Grandma's Marathon was 2011 WSU cross country All-American Everlyne Lagat (2:31.32), 30 years old, now of Albuquerque, and yes she is the younger sister of Bernard Lagat.

With the Pac-12 moving the 2012 conference track and field championships from USC hosting in Los Angeles to Oregon hosting in Eugene, WSU's hosting duties originally penned-in for May 2013 may be delayed until 2014 or later...the Pac-12 track and field head coaches will meet in September 2011 to make the determination as to the locations for the next several years...WSU last hosted the Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Championships in 2002...Cougars were also set to host the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships in October of 2013 and are awaiting word on that meet.

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