Jeshua Anderson

Anderson prepares to cap WSU career

5th June 2011

Anderson heads off to Des Moines, Iowa, to search for his third title at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. A feat only achieved by Iowa State’s Danny Harris (1984-86) and BYU’s Ralph Mann (1969-71).

As Anderson prepares for the crowning glory on his WSU career, he admitted that he still gets nervous before each race.

“The thing that really bothers me is when the announcer calls my name and goes down everything I’ve ever done – the things I’ve won and times I’ve run. Kind of nerve-wracking,” said Jeshua.

“Humility is important because my talent will not last too long. There’s always somebody out there better, or trying to be better.”

“There’s no such thing as being perfect. But if I can get close to it, I know something great will come out of that.”

“It’s all about staying grounded and working at what I want to perfect. There’s no such thing as being perfect. But if I can get close to it, I know something great will come out of that.”

Last month he completed a Pacific-10 four-peat with a school record of 48.13. Anderson has won 21 out of 26 collegiate finals and owns the fastest 14 races in the event in Cougar history.

“I still don’t know what got me here,” referring to Jeshua upping sticks from California to Washington State. “When I came to visit, there was all that snow and it was 7 below or something. I’m out there in low-cut Chuck Taylors and snow in my socks. But there was something here. I loved the (football) coaching staff – coach (Bill) Doba and Mike Walker were real genuine, caring guys.”

“There’s something that always amazes me here and that’s how much support there is. We’ll walk through an airport and get a ‘Go Cougs’ out of nowhere. Even when I quit football, everyone was still behind me.”

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