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WSU’s Anderson repeats as NCAA champion

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Washington State sophomore Jeshua Anderson successfully defended his national title in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a victory at the NCAA Track and Field Championships tonight.

His time of 48.47 seconds bested second-place Johnny Dutch of South Carolina, who finished in 48.62. They were the only two hurdlers under 49 seconds.

Sophomore Marissa Tschida picked up Washington State’s only points in women’s competition with a sixth-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 166 feet, 5 inches.

WSU junior Trent Arrivey was just missed scoring with a ninth place in the men’s high jump. His mark of 7 feet, ¼ inch matched the eighth-place finisher, but Arrivey had more misses.

In other results, Idaho sophomore Paul Dittmer failed to advance to the men’s 110 hurdles finals after finishing eighth in his heat and 17th overall in 14.07 seconds; Wyoming senior Jake Shanklin (ex-CC Spokane) was 10th in the men’s hammer final at 207-11; Brigham Young junior Richard Nelson (Shadle Park) was 10th in the men’s 3000 steeplechase final in 8:50.08.