June 6, 2011
PULLMAN Three Washington State track and field alums, competing professionally, had notable performances over the weekend.
WSU Olympian, world record holder and Athletics Hall of Fame member Bernard Lagat won the Nike Men's 2 mile at the Prefontaine Classic meet in Eugene June 4. Lagat won the race in a time of 8:13.62 using his reknown kick and sprinter-speed to move from third place in the final 200 meters and keep a pair of Kenya runners - Edwin Soi (8:14.10) and Isaiah Koech (8:14.16) - away from the gold medal.
After the race, Lagat told the media, "I've got to go with the flow and try to win. I kept myself in good position the entire way. I reacted to someone else (with 500 to go). I knew at that point anybody is going to kick in. I wasn't sure how some of them were going to run. So when they went, I had to go" (quotes courtesy of paulmerca.blogspot.com).
To watch the universalsports.com video coverage of the race and Lagat's interview with Dwight Stones, go to http://paulmerca.blogspot.com/.
Another Cougar alum competing at the Pre Classic meet was Olympian Ian Waltz who threw the discus 204-5 (62.32m) for sixth place.
In San Diego Sunday, June 5, WSU alum Drew Polley finished second in the Rock `n' Roll Half Marathon. Polley, racing for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project out of Michigan, ran a time of 1:05.38. Polley took 16th place overall and was the fifth American at the 2010 Boston Marathon, qualifying for the Olympic Trials after running a time of 2:16.36. In his marathon debut at the 2009 Rock `n' Roll San Antonio Marathon, Polley finished eighth overall and was the top American. To see an interview with Polley post-race from San Diego, go to www.flotrack.org/speaker/7923-Drew-Polley/video/494687-Drew-Polley-after-2nd-place-6536-at-San-Diego-Rock-n-Roll-Half-Marathon.