June 23, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Washington State freshman Jeshua Anderson was named the Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Men's Newcomer of the Year by a vote of the conference track and field coaches, the conference office announced Monday.
Anderson, from Woodland Hills, Calif., became just the second Cougar to capture the men's 400m hurdles title at the Pac-10 Championships, running a time of 49.55 seconds. He went on to win both the NCAA West Regional title and the NCAA Championship crown in a school-record time of 48.69, the seventh-best time in Pac-10 history. It's the fifth-best time by an American this season and met the U.S. Olympic Trials "A" standard. Anderson won the USA Junior Championships intermediate hurdles title last Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, and will compete this weekend at the USA Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., running the quarterfinals Friday night.
The Pac-10 athletes and coaches honored for the 2008 track and field season are:
Men's Track Athlete of the Year: Lionel Larry, USC Men's Field Athlete of the Year: Corey White, USC Men's Newcomer of the Year: Jeshua Anderson, Washington State Men's Coach of the Year: Dan Steele, Oregon
Women's Track Athlete of the Year: Alysia Johnson, California Women's Field Athlete of the Year: Jacquelyn Johnson, Arizona State Women's Newcomer of the Year: Charonda Williams, Arizona State Women's Coach of the Year: Greg Kraft, Arizona State