Looking for a ticket to the NCAA Track & Field Championships next month in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a quartet of Cougars took the first step in making that happen. Junior distance runner Lisa Egami led off the Cougar parade by winning her 1500-meter preliminary heat at the NCAA West Regional in Eugene.
Egami won her heat in 4:23.34 - the second-fastest time of the day - behind UC-Riverside's Brenda Martinez [4:22.16]. Egami was then joined by senior sprinter Justin Woods, who won his 100-meter heat in 10.37 seconds to move into tomorrow's finals. Sophomore 400-meter hurdler Jeshua Anderson - the defending national champion in the event - easily qualified for the final by running a 50.51 to win his heat and advance, and he was joined by senior Barry Leavitt, who ran a 51.15 to win his heat as well. Wazzu turned the double again in the 200 meters with Woods taking his heat in 20.85 seconds and sophomore Marlon Murray winning his in 20.99 to advance to the finals.
Men's high jumper Trent Arrivey finished fifth with a leap of 2.09 meters [6-10.25] and will advance to the NCAA championship.
Wazzu individuals will next compete at the NCAA West Regional competition beginning at noon on Saturday, May 30 in Eugene.
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