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WSU’s Anderson defends Pac-10 title

Mon., May 17, 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.

Anderson won the men’s 400 meter hurdles in a season-best, nation-leading and Pac-10 Championships meet record time of 48.63 seconds. His time Sunday was just off his school-record time of 48.47 run last season.

WSU’s J Hopkins finished seventh in a time of 52.71.

Anderson, the two-time defending NCAA champion, became the third man to win three Pac-10 400 meters hurdles titles (since 1976), and only the second student-athlete to win three consecutive times.

Trent Arrivey could not successfully defend his 2009 high jump title, settling for second after clearing a season-best of 7 feet, 1 1/2 inches on his first attempt. USC’s Majula Kumara Wijesekar won the high jump with a leap of 7-2 1/2 . WSU’s Ryan Deese was ninth after clearing the bar at a lifetime-best outdoor height of 6-10 3/4 .

Freshman Stephan Scott-Ellis was the runner-up in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 50-10 1/4 , accomplished on his third attempt. Sean Wilson finished in eighth place in the triple jump after reaching a distance of 48-8.

WSU’s men’s 400 meter relay finished third as the team of Brett Blanshan, Nate Washington, Greg Hornsby and Marlon Murray ran a time of 40.29 seconds.

Joe Abbott finished third in the men’s 800 meter run with a PR time of 1:48.75.

On the women’s side, Anna Layman took fourth place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:05.85.

The Oregon women won their second straight Pac-10 team title with a record-setting 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 their 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).

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