PULLMAN, Wash. -- A pair of Washington State University alums are set to compete and another pair are working for Team USA at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships Aug. 10-18, in Moscow Russia.
On the track, WSU Athletic Hall of Fame member Bernard Lagat competes in the men’s 5000m for Team USA while 2013 WSU graduate Shawn Fermin is a member of Trinidad and Tobago’s women’s 4x400m relay.
Lagat, a two-time Olympic medalist and five-time USA Outdoor 5000m champion, will race in the 5k qualifying heats Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 10:20 a.m. local Russian time (Mon., Aug. 12 at 11:20 p.m. PT). The men’s 5k final is set for Fri., Aug. 16 at 8:45 p.m. local time (9:45 a.m. PT).
Fermin earned second-team All-America honors as an NCAA 400m semifinalist for WSU last June. A dual citizen, Fermin will run for Trinidad and Tobago in the women’s 1600m relay prelim heats Fri., Aug. 16 at 11:30 a.m. Russian time (12:30 a.m. PT). The relay final is set for Sat., Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Russian time (8:30 a.m. PT). For the complete competition schedule go to: http://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-championships/14th-iaaf-world-championships-4873/timetable/byday.
Two additional WSU alums are working with Team USA at the World Track & Field Championships. Francesca Green (WSU ’98) is the Head Manager for the women’s team and Dr. Randi Smith (WSU ’02) is one of two team physicians for both the men’s and women’s USA teams.
While an undergraduate, Green won two Pac-10 long jump titles and was a two-time All-American. Nicknamed “Franchise,” Green was a sprinter, jumper in the high, long and triple jump events and scored 21.5 of WSU's 123 points in 1999 Pac-10 Championships. She was an assistant track coach at WSU and is currently as assistant coach at Arizona.
Smith is still the WSU record-holder in the women’s 400m hurdles with a time of 57.07 seconds run in 2000. She is a general surgery resident at the UC San Francisco East Bay Program in Oakland and completed her medical school education at UCSF. Prior to beginning her surgical residency, she completed a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. There, she focused her studies on health disparities, international health and women’s and reproductive health.