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June 27, 2009
Former Wazzu and Beijing Olympian heptathlete Diana Pickler was in second place after Day One in the heptathlon while current Cougar men's 400-meter hurdler and two-time NCAA champion Jeshua Anderson moved into the finals of the men's 400-meter hurdles at the USA Track & Field Championships in Eugene with a 48.89 qualifying time that was second-fastest in the semi-finals.
Pickler amassed 3768 points for second place behind leader Hyleas Fountain at 4038 points. Pickler began the day with a 13.43 100-meter hurdles to place fourth in that event, then followed it up with 1.81-meter 5-11.25] high jump, which was good for third place. Pickler recorded another third place in the shot put with a 13.49-meter [44-3.25] heave before faltering a bit with a sixth place showing in the 200 meters at 24.25.
Anderson, meanwhile, cruised into the men's 400-meter hurdles finals with a 48.89 performance running out of lane three and was second only to Bershawn Jackson. Anderson will be in his first-ever final at the USA Championships.
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