June 25, 2013
PULLMAN -- Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame member Bernard Lagat captured his fifth men's 5000m title last week at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
In typical fashion, Lagat won the 5k race after sprinting to the lead in the last lap, edging the 10k winner Galen Rupp, and running a time of 14 minutes, 54.16 seconds. It was his ninth overall national title. The 38-year-old Lagat has accumulated 12 medals at World Championships and Olympic Games will compete for Team USA at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletics, August 10-18, in Moscow, Russia.
Also competing at the USA Outdoor Championships were former Cougars: Joe Abbott (M 800m - 10th in semifinals); Jeshua Anderson (M 400m hurdles - 6th in final); Collier Lawrence (W Steeplechase - 18th in final); and Blessing Ufodiama (W triple jump - 4th in final).
Shawn Fermin won the women's 400m dash at the 2013 Trinidad and Tobago NAAA Sagicor/N.G.C. Senior/Open Championships in Port of Prince June 22. Fermin, a dual citizen of the USA and Trinidad and Tobago, had the top prelim time of 53.83 and she won the final time of 53.25 for the CAC record. She will compete at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships in Mexico next month.
Holly Parent, redshirt junior at Washington State, finished fifth in the women's high jump (1.70m/5-feet, 7 inches) at the 2013 Canadian Track & Field Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick.