Former Washington State University hurdler Jeshua Anderson advanced to the finals of the men’s 400-meter hurdles Thursday at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.
Anderson ran a conservative semifinal, finishing in 49.72 seconds, the fourth-fastest time among 24 competitors and second in his heat. Anderson is the lone American competitor in the event.
Whitworth will open the season ranked 18th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III poll.
The Pirates return several key starters from last year’s team that won the Northwest Conference title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
Senior Kaimi Rocha returns at outside hitter after earning the NWC’s Player of the Year award. All-NWC second-team returners are senior OH Amanda Grumbach (Curlew), senior setter Bree Riddle (Freeman) and sophomore right-side hitter Whitney Santos.
Yinka Olorunnife, who left the University of Idaho as the Western Athletic Conference’s all-time leading rebounder, signed a professional contract with Caja Rural Valbusenda in Zamora, Spain.
Olorunnife will leave her home in Windsor, Ontario, on Sept. 1 to fly to Spain.
The Nigerian native, who was raised in Australia, also spent a week in Orlando, Fla., trying out for the Nigerian national team. She was offered a spot on the team, but Olympic qualifiers overlap with her professional schedule.