June 24, 2011
EUGENE -- Washington State University alum Bernard Lagat, a World champion in the both the 1500m and 5000m distances, won the men's 5000m final race Friday evening at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Lagat, a three-time Olympian and two-time medalist running for Nike, finished at the front of the pack with a time of 13-minutes, 23.06 seconds. Lagat's best time in the 5k is 13:05.46. Thursday, Lagat ran the men's 1500m semifinals in a time of 3:44.04 which was 22nd-best overall but Lagat won the third heat and advanced to the Saturday afternoon final.
Cougar senior Jeshua Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) ran the top time in the men's 400m hurdles preliminary heats Friday evening. Anderson, competing unattached in the first heat, ran the intermediate hurdles in a time of 49.53 seconds to lead the 22-man field. Anderson, a three-time NCAA champion, has run the USA-leading time of 48.13 this spring in Tucson winning his fourth consecutive Pacific-10 Conference title. Anderson and 15 others will run in the semifinals Saturday, June 25 at 12:20 p.m. with the top eight advancing to the Sunday final.
At the Canadian Track & Field Championships in Calgary, Cougar sophomore Holly Parent (Victoria, B.C.) finished second in the women's high jump Friday with a clearance at 5-feet, 11 1/4 inches (1.81m). Parent, competing for the Victoria Track Club, cleared the first three bars on her first attempt but cleared 1.81m on her third attempt. She then missed all three attempts at the next height, 6-0 1/2 (1.84m). Jillian Drouin, a 25-year-old competing for the Sarnia Athletics Club, cleared 1.84m on her first attempt and then missed all three at 6-1 1/2 (1.87m).
The top three finishers in each event will advance to the USA Team/Canadian Team for the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics, August 27 - September 4, at Daegu, Korea.
The results were not as joyful for other Cougars competing. Friday in Eugene, WSU alum Blessing Ufodiama finished seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 43-10 (13.36m). In USA Championships competition held Thursday, Joe Abbott (junior, Reno) finished 20th in the men's 800m prelims with a time of 1:48.99 and did not advance. WSU alums Ian Waltz and Drew Ulrick, competing in the men's discus, finished fifth and 15th, respectively. Waltz, a two-time Olympian, threw the discus 206-9 (63.02m) and Ulrick tossed the disc 189-5 (57.73m), his best effort in a national meet.