May 16, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Washington State junior Jeshua Anderson won his third consecutive conference intermediate hurdles title Sunday afternoon during the final day of the Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Championships at Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field in Berkeley.
Anderson, from Woodland Hills, Calif., won the men's 400m hurdles in a season-best, national-leading and Pac-10 Championships Meet record time of 48.63 seconds. His time Sunday was just 16/100s of a second off his school-record time of 48.47 run last season. WSU's J Hopkins finished seventh in the same intermediate hurdles final in a time of 52.71.
Anderson, the two-time defending NCAA champion, became the third man to win three Pac-10 400m hurdles titles (since 1976), and only the second student-athlete to win three consecutive times. UCLA's Kevin Young won the intermediate hurdles in 1986, '87 and '88, while UCLA's Brandon Johnson won the titles in 2004, '05 and 2007. Young held the Pac-10 Championship Meet record of 48.71 since 1988. Earlier in the afternoon, Anderson finished third in the 110m high hurdles with a time of 14.07.
After the 400m hurdles final, Anderson said, "It (winning) feels good. It's a blessing. I'm happy to be in a race where you've got great competitors. (Comparing this performance to last year's) This one I wanted it more. My goal time was, you know, anything 48, so I thought I'd try to break the barrier, but just stay relaxed, win the race. And everything came out smoothly. I was focused on my hurdles. My mom told me to have that tunnel vision and focus on my hurdles."
Asked about breaking the Pac-10 Meet record, Anderson said, "I'm ecstatic. I thank God for everything. I'm a little tired from yesterday but this is a blessing. My goal time was to break the Pac-10 meet record and I was able to do that today."
Trent Arrivey (senior, Woodinville, Wash.) could not successfully defend his 2009 high jump title, settling for second after clearing a season-best of 7-feet, 1 1/2 inches (2.17m) on his first attempt. USC's Majula Kumara Wijesekar won the high jump with a leap of 7-2 1/2 (2.20m). WSU's Ryan Deese was ninth after clearing the bar at a lifetime-best outdoor height of 6-10 3/4 (2.09m).
Freshman Stephan Scott-Ellis (Tacoma) was the runner-up in the men's triple jump with a leap of 50-10 1/4 (15.50m), accomplished on his third attempt on the day. Sean Wilson finished in eighth place in the triple jump after reaching a distance of 48-8 (14.63m).
WSU's men's 4x100m relay finished third as the team of Brett Blanshan, Nate Washington, Greg Hornsby and Marlon Murray ran a time of 40.29 seconds. Unfortunately Murray pulled up at the end of the relay with a hamstring injury and was not able to run in the 100m finals a short time later, so the Cougar men missed valuable points from him after he had finished fifth in the prelims.
Cougar freshmen Blanshan and Hornsby finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 200m dash final with times of 21.88 and 21.94.
Joe Abbott finished third in the men's 800m run with a PR time of 1:48.75, dropping his previous PR time by 22/100s of a second.
On the women's side, Anna Layman took fourth place in the 800m with a time of 2:05.85. Lisa Egami finished sixth in the 1500m with a time of 4:23.64. Angela Jensen took seventh place in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.97 after running a PR time of 13.80 in the prelims. Shaquana Logan was seventh in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.23 after running a monster PR time Saturday in the prelims of 59.76.
The Cougar women's 4x100m relay of Cindy Robinson, Princess Joy Griffey, Jasmine Johnson-McKeown and Shawna Fermin finished sixth after running a season-best time of 45.535 seconds to Cal's fifth place time of 45.532 seconds. The 4x400m relay team of Fermin, Layman, Veronica Elseroad-Wall and Griffey finished fifth with a season-best time of 3:41.19.
Ashley Kenney took fifth place in the women's discus with a throw of 157-6 (48.02m) on her sixth and final attempt, and Johnson-McKeown scored a seventh-place finish with at throw of 150-4 (45.82m).
Other Cougars competing but not scoring Sunday included Kjirsten Jensen (159-10, 11th) and Cassie Whitfield (156-0, 14th) in the women's hammer throw, Kendall Mays (12-6 1/4, 11th) in the women's pole vault, Candace Missouri (39-3 3/4, 12th) in the women's triple jump, Jono Lafler (PR 14:09.08, 11th) in the men's 5000m and Justin Englund (14:46.08, 24th) in the men's 5k.
The Oregon women won their second straight Pac-10 team title with a record-scoring 215 points, followed by Arizona (109), Arizona State (89.5), USC (89), Stanford (88), UCLA (71.5), California (55.5), Washington State (52) and Washington (47.5).
The Oregon men won the fourth consecutive conference team title with 168.5 points, followed by USC (156), Stanford (92), Arizona State (85), UCLA (85), Washington (68), Washington State (67), California (59), Arizona (26) and Oregon State (6.5).
Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said, "From the team standings standpoint, I'm a little disappointed that we didn't finish up higher. We thought we could finish up a bit higher but we had to be hitting on all cylinders to do that and we fell off in a few places that we should have scored. We did have some very good performances and some exciting outcomes. Jeshua's race was very good, setting the meet record. Trent Arrivey competed well, he didn't have his best result but a good competition for him. Stephan Scott-Ellis did a nice job today, was leading for most of the competition but was passed in the fifth round. Joe Abbott did a nice job of competing in the 800m with a lifetime best and third-place finish in a very, very competitive race. Anna Layman ran a good race as well, close to her best time this year.
"We had a lot of our young people did a nice job for us in this meet so that was encouraging for me. The competition is tough in this conference and when you come to this meet you better bring your best effort because it is going to be called for and it still might not be good enough."
The Cougars now must wait for the descending order list to be posted early this week to see who is among the top 48 performers in each event for the NCAA West Region meet, May 27-29 in Austin.