First it was the national high school record, then, it was winning the Pac-10 title – what was next for freshman hurdling sensation Jeshua Anderson? Why, an NCAA championship, of course!
Anderson set the track afire in Day Three of the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa by scorching the circuit for a personal-best and new school record 48.69 in the 400-meter hurdles to win the first individual championship for a Washington State University men's track athlete since 1999 when the legendary Bernard Lagat took home a title in the 5000 meters. Anderson, running out of lane six, cruised around the track effortlessly through the first 200 meters but was still faced with a third place showing coming around the final turn behind Georgia's Justin Gaymon, who had the fastest time in the NCAA this year, and pre-race favorite Rueben McCoy from Auburn. Gaymon, who would later be disqualified for swinging his leg around a hurdle on the entrance to the final turn, stumbled on the final hurdle allowing Anderson to move up into second behind McCoy and then nip the senior at the wire to win by a slim .02 seconds. The victory breaks the school's longest-standing individual record – that of 49.27, previously held Boyd Gittins and set in 1968.
Joining Anderson in Wazzu point-scoring was senior thrower McKenzie Garberg gave Wazzu seven team points with her fifth-place finish in the discus with a fling of the metal Frisbee that landed 53.3 meters [174-10] away and a sixth-place finish in the hammer, where her toss of 64.09 meters [210-3] was a mere .03 meters [one inch] away from the fifth-place finisher.
Meanwhile, sophomore men's high jumper Trent Arrivey, just missed scoring, finishing ninth with a leap of 2.14 meters [7-0.25].
In addition, freshman high jumper Ebba Jungmark also just missed scoring for the Cougars, finishing ninth with a top leap of 1.77 meters [5-9.75].
Senior men's javelin tosser Jon Jeffreysfinished 11th with a throw of 63.16 meters [157-3].
When the final day gets underway in Des Moines, live results of the events can be found here.
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