June 25, 2011
EUGENE -- Washington State University alum Bernard Lagat, a World champion in the both the 1500m and 5000m distances, was the runner-up in the men's 1500m final Saturday, just 19 hours after winning the men's 5000m final race Friday night, 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, made a valiant effort to overtake the leader, Matt Centrowitz of Oregon, in the final 200 meters but came up short. Centrowitz's winning time was 3-minutes, 47.63 seconds and Lagat was second in a time of 3:47.96. Lagat is the American record-holder in the 1500m with a 2005 time of 3:29.30.
Washington State senior Jeshua Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) ran the top time in the men's 400m hurdles semifinals Saturday afternoon, winning the second heat in a time of 48.99 seconds. 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. The USA Championships Sunday final is set for 2:02 p.m. PT and will be televised live on NBC.
At the Canadian Track & Field Championships in Calgary, WSU sophomore Shawn Swartz (Coquitlam, B.C.) finished ninth in the men's high jump Saturday with a clearance at 6-feet, 6 inches (1.98m), clearing the opening height on the second attempt.
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.