July 22, 2011
MONACO -- Cougar alum Bernard Lagat ran an American record time in the 5000m of 12-minutes, 53.60 seconds, for second place at the Herculis Meet of the Diamond League Series at Louis II Stadium in Monaco Friday evening.
Lagat broke his own American record of 12:54.12, run last summer in Oslo. Friday's 5k winner was Mohammed Farah of Great Britain whose time of 12:53.11 is the World-leading time as well as the meet and national record.
Two other former Cougars competed at the Herculis Meet. Jeshua Anderson, making his professional debut, finished sixth in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 49.43 seconds. Anderson, the 2011 USA intermediate hurdles champion, saw the two US competitors that he edged out at the finish line in Eugene last month, Angelo Taylor and Bershawn Jackson, finish one-two in the race. Taylor, a two-time Olympic gold medal winner, ran a time of 47.97 and Jackson, an Olympic bronze medalist, finished second in a time of 48.22.
Ebba Jungmark finished seventh in the women's high jump after clearing 6-feet, 3/4 inches (1.85m). Jungmark, competing for Sweden, was the 2008 NCAA Indoor Champion for the Cougars. She has cleared 6-5 (1.95m) this year en route to the bronze medal at the European Indoor Championships.
In other WSU track and field news, Holly Parent, rising junior from Victoria, B.C., was the runner-up in the women's high jump at the Canadian Senior Championships. Parent cleared 5-11 1/4 (1.81m) and was selected for the participation in the World University Games, August 12-23, in Shenzhen, China, where Anderson will also be competing.