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Lagat Wins 5000m at NCAA Track Championships
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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June 4, 1999

BOISE, Idaho -- Washington State University's Bernard Lagat won the men's 5000m run in a stadium record time of 14 minutes 1.09 seconds, during the third day of the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships at Bronco Stadium at Boise, Idaho.

Lagat, a senior from Kenya who has a season-best time of 13:36.12, out-kicked Stanford's Brad Hauser who finished second in 14:01.82. Lagat will run in the final of the men's 1500m run Saturday night, facing one of his toughest opponents, Arkansas' Seneca Lassiter. Lagat's win gave the Cougar men 10 team points.

Lagat on winning his first NCAA outdoor title, "It feels real great and I feel good. I'm really happy and motivated for the next event. Today I stayed with the pack and I was surprised when nobody took it out. I tried to not get tripped and ran cautious. I made a move at the end when it was kind of slow."

After the first day of the heptathlon, WSU freshmen Whitney Evans and Ellannee Richardson were seventh and eighth respectively. Stanford's Tracye Lawler leads the field of 21 women with her first day total of 3,721 points. Evans, from Calgary, Canada, racked up 3,342 points, 70 more than her career-best effort in her third-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships last month. Richardson, from Gladstone, Ore., had 3,319 points, four more than her second-place Pac-10 effort.

In the heptathlon 100m hurdles, Richardson was second at 13.93 seconds while Evans was tied for 14th at 14.51. The high jump found Evans tied for third at 5-feet 11 1/4 inches and Richardson tied for 12th with a lifetime-best leap of 5-5 1/4. Evans was 15th in the shot at 34-4 3/4. followed by Richardson at 16th with a heave of 33-8 3/4. Richardson won the final event of the day, the 200m dash, in a time of 24.04 seconds. Evans was ninth at 25.04. The final three events of the heptathlon - the long jump, javelin and 800m run - will be contested Saturday.

Evans, placed fourth in the women's high jump Thursday and put the Cougar women's team on the board with five points.

Cicely Clinkenbeard, a sophomore from Okanogan, Wash., finished 14th in the women's triple jump final Friday with a school record leap of 42-6 1/4. The event was won by Baylor's Stacy Bowers with a stadium record of 45-10.

WSU's Arend Watkins (sophomore, San Jose, Calif.) did not advanced to the Saturday final of the men's 110m high hurdles. Watkins, who has been ill with food poisoning symptoms while in Boise, ran a time of 14.56 second in the Friday semifinals - seventh in his eight-man heat and the slowest time among the 16 competitors.

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