April 12, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Washington State University freshman Jeshua Anderson dropped his collegiate national-leading 400m hurdles time to 49.66 seconds in the 95-degree heat Saturday, the final day of the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invite at UCLA's Drake Stadium.
Anderson, from Woodland Hills, Calif., ran his improved NCAA Regional Qualifying and freshman school record time for second place in the invitational race Saturday. Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan reported that Anderson had hit the final hurdle which cost him the win in the race. Professional Kyle Erickson won the race in a time of 49.64.
In other invitational races Saturday, Princess Joy Griffey finished 12th in the 100m (11.87) and 9th in the 200m (24.27) with season-best marks. Sara Trané ran a season-best 1500m time of 4:30.30 for fifth while Karen DeMartini finished seventh in the same race (4:35.81). In the women's 400m hurdles race, Lorraine King placed fourth (60.37) and Veronica Elseroad-Wall was seventh (66.40).
In the women's field events, McKenzie Garberg took second place in the shot put (46-8 / 14.22m) and fourth in the discus with an NCAA RQ toss of 165-11 (50.58m) but she already has a better discus throw this season. Jessica Zita placed sixth in the shot put with a toss of 44-4 (13.51m).
"We had good marks at this meet," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "The best mark for me this weekend was Barry Leavitt's big drop in the 400m hurdles Friday night. Next week some will rest and some will go to Mt. SAC Relays. We've had good competition to date and survived. We will gather ourselves and prepare for our championship season."
Next week, selected Cougars track and field competitors will participate in the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.