PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame member Bernard Lagat captured his seventh men’s 5000m title last week at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif.
Lagat won the 5k race in a time of 13 minutes 31.41 seconds with a last lap time of 54.76 seconds. In typical Lagat fashion, he sprinted to the lead in the last 100 meters. This was his 10th overall national title. The 39-year-old Lagat has accumulated 13 medals at World Championships and Olympic Games.
In a postrace interview published by USA Track & Field at www.usatf.org, Lagat said, “It feels so good. I came over here and have been training really well. I didn’t run really well at the Prefontaine so I vowed to come back and had to races before here because I needed the races.
“The training I’ve done, if it had been 64–64 (seconds) it would have been okay, but it was 66–67. It was slow. I knew it was going to be a tactical race. I had to know where everybody was and stay out of trouble. I felt really good going into the last 800 meters.”
Also competing at the USA Outdoor Championships were former Cougars Blessing Ufodiama who finished fourth in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 44-feet 2 inches (13.46m), and Jeshua Anderson who finished fifth in the men’s 400m hurdles with a time of 50.24.
At the 2014 Trinidad and Tobago NAAA Sagicor/N.G.C. Senior/Open Championships in Port of Prince, June 22, Shawna Fermin was the runner-up in the women’s 400m dash. Fermin, a dual citizen of the USA and Trinidad and Tobago, was the 2013 champion. At this year’s meet, Fermin was fourth in the prelims with a time of 53.59 and then ran a PR time of 53.14 for second place in the final. She will compete at the North American and Caribbean (NACAC) U23 Championships in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada Aug. 8-10.
At the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon June 21, WSU alums Drew Polley won the marathon and Jono Lafler won the half marathon. Polley’s marathon time was 2 hours, 24.51 minutes, while Lafler ran the half marathon in 1:08.07.
Current Cougar and the 2014 Pac-12 Conference 400m hurdles champion, Craig “CJ” Allen, is scheduled to compete at the 2014 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships, July 5-6, in Eugene, Ore.