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WSU's Anderson second in hurdles

by From wire and news services
| June 12, 2010 9:00 PM

EUGENE, Ore. - Two-time defending champion Jeshua Anderson of Washington State finished second in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships on Friday.

South Carolina's Johnny Dutch won in 48.75 seconds. Anderson finished in 49.31.

"I felt good about my race," Anderson said. "I did a lot of things right within it and was able to take control of the race but just came off balance a little off of my alternate leg that cost me the race. But other than that, I'm happy to come in second within a great field."

Oregon's Andrew Wheating defended his title in the 800 meters by sprinting away from the field.

Wheating finished in 1:45.69, well in front of freshman sensation Robby Andrews of Virginia, who was runner-up in 1:46.83.

Fellow Duck Ashton Eaton won his third straight decathlon title, while Florida running back Jeff Demps won the 100 meters in a wind-aided 9.96 seconds at Oregon's Hayward Field.

Wheating's victory was one of the highlights Friday for the home crowd. On the same track two years ago, Wheating won a trip to Beijing by coming in second to former Bishop Kelly standout Nick Symmonds in the 800 at the Olympic Trials.

Wheating will also compete in the 1,500-meter final today.