Jeshua Anderson Goes For USA Track And Field Championship In 400-Meter Hurdles

WSU alum Bernard Lagat finished second in the 1500-meter run yesterday at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, just 19 hours after winning the 5000 meter on Friday. Jeshua Anderson tries to give the Cougars their second national champion today.

With his third consecutive NCAA Championship already in hand, Jeshua Anderson has his sights set on even bigger things today when he runs in the in the 400-meter hurdles final of the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Euguene, Ore.

You can watch the race live on NBC at 2:02 p.m. PDT.

Anderson owns the event's fastest time in the country this year at 48.13 seconds when he won his fourth consecutive Pac-10 title. He ran the top semifinal time yesterday at 48.99, and is one of the favorites heading into today's final heat.

This event is huge for Anderson for a couple of reasons. The first is obvious -- of course he wants to be a national champion. But the heat is also his gateway to the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, at the end of August. To advance, though, he's got to finish in the top three.

Feel free to use this post as your game thread if you're watching the race live.

In other Cougar-related action, WSU alumnus Bernard Lagat won the 5000-meter run on Friday, then placed second in the 1500-meter run just 19 hours later yesterday. Lagat finished just 0.33 of a second behind winner Matt Centrowitz of Oregon.

And finally, in the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Calgary, WSU high jumper Shawn Swartz finished ninth on Saturday after clearing 6 feet, 6 inches.

If you're looking for a little inspiration while you're waiting, here's Anderson's NCAA Championship one more time, just for funsies.

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