ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Washington State University senior Shaquana Logan was one of three current or former Cougars to turn out exceptional performances at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 21-23, in Albuquerque, NM.
Logan, a redshirt senior from Tacoma, ran a lifetime-best time of 8.39 seconds in the 60m hurdles semifinals for 10th place in the highly competitive women’s event. Logan ran a time of 8.51 in the Saturday prelims. She is the 2014 WSU women’s team captain and has only outdoor season collegiate eligibility.
“I feel good about my race,” Logan said. “I only remember two things: that I had a good start and that I hit the fifth hurdle. When I have races that I don’t remember much, they are usually fast! I was so excited to finish this indoor season with a PR. It has me even more excited to start the outdoor season.”
Bernard Lagat, a Cougar alum and WSU Athletic Hall of Fame member, won the men’s 3000m title in a record time by an American at the championships of 7 minutes 46.01 seconds. This was Lagat’s fourth US Indoor title and the 39-year-old won it with his typical strategic race management, maintaining middle of the pack position until his last half-lap kick propelled him to victory. Lagat, the reigning world 3k champion will defend his title March 7-9 at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland.
The following Lagat post-race quotes were published by USATF (www.usatf.org):
“The race started quite fast. I was waiting for the moment when Galen (Rupp) was in the top, so that I could keep an eye on all of them. Halfway, I could see all the guys that I was watching in the front, and all I had to do was watch how they are running and be composed not to make any mistakes and to just go the way I felt comfortable. At 200 meters to go, and that's what I did basically was hold off the pace all the way.
“My thoughts going into Poland as a defending champion, I want to see if I can do it again. I have the confidence. I've been doing good training right now. What I have to do is do what exactly what I did tonight. This is like a championship race. That is exactly the time that wins the championships. If I run smart and I keep an eye on the guys that are tough - the few Ethiopians I have been watching and the Kenyans - I think I will be safe. I'm going to use that strategy I used tonight to make sure that I get the gold medal in Poland.”
Another Cougar alum competing at the US Indoor Championships was Blessing Ufodiama, who finished fourth in the women’s triple jump. Ufodiama leaped her season-best distance of 44-feet 1 1/4 inches (13.44m). While her place qualified her to advance to the world meet, she has not met the standard of 46-9 (14.25m) and therefore will not be competing in Poland.