Future Coug shatters national hurdles record

JESHUA ANDERSON WILL be catching footballs for Bill Doba starting in August, but on Saturday at the California high school track and field championships the future Cougar grabbed a piece of history. He ran the 300 meter hurdles in 35.28 seconds -- the fastest time ever run by a prepster in the United States. Anderson didn't just beat the old record, which had stood for 22 years. He smashed it.

Anderson's 35.28 effort was .04 better than the record established in 1985 by a lad named George Porter.

His next-closest competitor on Saturday finished 40 meters behind him.

Anderson, a 3-star-rated wide receiver who turned in the third-fastest 300 meter hurdles time in U.S. history in a qualifying heat on Friday, said his aim all year was to break the record.

"I was really happy with my performance," Anderson told the Sacramento Bee. "Going for the national record was my goal the entire season, and I was able to get it."

Anderson, from Taft High in Woodlands Hills, also placed fourth Saturday in the 110-meter hurdles with a personal best of 13.82 seconds, and he anchored Taft's 4x400 relay team which finished sixth.

As for his national record, his hometown newspaper, the L.A. Daily News, noted that Anderson didn't take up the 300 meter hurdles until last season and worked hard to master the technique -- 13 perfect steps between hurdles.

On the football field last fall, he set a single-game area and City Section record with six touchdown receptions, and a school record with 304 yards receiving in one non-conference victory. For the year, he racked up more than 1,000 yards with 10 TDs on 40 receptions, plus another 129 yards and a TD on 12 rushing attempts.

The 6-2, 190-pounder chose WSU over offers from Oregon, Colorado and others.

Meanwhile, incoming Cougar offensive lineman Steven Ayers has been busy making some track and field noise of his own.

Last week, Bellingham's Ayers (6-4, 275) captured the Class 2A shot put (64-07 ½) and discus (171-00) titles. Saturday at the Meet of Champions in an event that pits Washington against Oregon, Ayers set a meet-record with a shot of 64 feet, 4 ¼ inches and also won the discus with a personal-best toss of 188-11.

The future Cougar, an Associated Press and Seattle Times all-state selection for his work on the football gridiron, earlier this year captured the 2A state title in the 285-pound weight class at Washington's Mat Classic XIX.

Here's a link to the Seattle Times story on Ayers this morning.

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