WSU’s Anderson moves on to semis
DES MOINES, Iowa – Washington State University’s Jeshua Anderson ran the second-fastest time in the first round of the senior men’s 400-meter hurdles Thursday at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Anderson won his heat in 49.61 seconds and advanced to today’s semifinals. Bershawn Jackson (Nike) had the top overall time (49.58).
Also for WSU, Shaquana Logan placed ninth in the junior women’s long jump at 18 feet, 5
Former Cougar Blessing Ufodiama, competing unattached, placed seventh in the senior women’s triple jump at 43-9
Also at the meet, Galen Rupp and Amy Begley each repeated as national champions.
Rupp captured his second straight national men’s 10,000 outdoor title, winning in 28:59.29. Begley beat hometown favorite Lisa Koll with a big kick about 500 meters from the finish and won the women’s 10,000 in 32:06.45.
The men’s 100 was already thinned by the absence of Tyson Gay, the American record holder who’s out with a hamstring injury. Shawn Crawford, the fourth-place Olympic finisher in 2004, was a late scratch, leaving Walter Dix and Wallace Spearmon as the sprinters to watch for the finals.