Saturday, April 24, 2010

World champion Bernard Lagat upset in 2010 outdoor debut at Drake Relays...

Washington State University hall of famer Bernard Lagat's (left/photo courtesy Drake University) 2010 outdoor debut turned into an upset special at the Drake Relays, as he was beaten in the men's invitational mile by training partner Boaz Lalang.

Lagat, who won his second World Indoor 3,000 title in March, couldn't hold off Lalang down the homestretch in one of the greatest mile races in Drake Relays history.

The top six finishers all broke four minutes while recording the top six fastest mile times in the world this spring.

Lalang, from Kenya, won in 3:56.14 followed by Bernard Lagat in 3:56.38, Phillip Lagat in 3:57.55, Peter van der Westhuizen 3:57.96; Rob Myers 3:58.17 and Tommie Schmitz 3:59.45.

“It was good to beat him (Lagat), but it's not like he is jus some guy,” said Lalang. “In practice I always follow him, like today. Usually in practice I don't outkick him.”

“I really wanted to give my best,” said Lagat. “But I had to run where I felt I would be comfortable. It is all part of the development you go through in a season, particularly this early.”

Former Shelton HS products Andy & Alex McClary finished eighth and ninth, respectively in 4:05.53, and 4:11.06.

In the men's discus, Marysville-Pilchuck HS graduate and world championships finalist Jarred Rome won with a throw of 207-2 (63.14m). Recent Washington State grad Drew Ulrick finished second with a toss of 204-8 (62.38m).

In the women's discus, three time Olympian Aretha Thurmond from Federal Way finished third with a throw of 199-3 (60.74m).

Incoming University of Washington freshman Katie Flood made her last Drake Relays appearance memorable, as the West Des Moines Dowling Catholic senior lowered her national leading prep time in the 1,500-meter run to a meet record 4:28.30. She also ran the anchor leg on the winning 4x800 relay which set a meet record of 9:11.01.

Flood won six individual Drake Relays titles including four straight in the 3,000 and two in the 1,500.

Links to full results from the Drake Relays can be found here.


In Berkeley at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, All-American javelin thrower Brooke Pighin dominated the competition to win her event by more than 25 feet. Pighin threw 167-6 on her second attempt, edging her previous season-best and coming within a foot of her lifetime best.

Washington continued to have a solid day in the field events. Junior Scott Roth earned another win in the pole vault, as his 17-foot, 5-inch clearance was more than eight inches ahead of the next competitor.

Freshman Logan Miller and sophomore Kelly Mudlo both cleared 12-2 ½ in the pole vault, a season-best for Mudlo. Freshman Julian Bardwell was fourth in the top long jump flight with a season-best of 23-3 ¼.

On the track, sophomore transfer Nikki Codd ran her second-consecutive stellar 800-meters. The Northern Arizona transfer placed fifth in 2:07.60, a new PR that is just .21 seconds short of the UW top-10 list. Codd moves up in the West Region rankings to 14th with the effort.

Freshman James Alaka shows no signs of slowing in the 100-meter dash. The London native took second in 10.41 seconds to professional sprinter Rubin Williams who won in 10.37. Sophomore Ryan Hamilton also ran a 10.79 in the prelims and was fifth in the open final.

One of the premiere races of the day was the women's 100-meter hurdles. Senior Falesha Ankton got to compete close to her hometown of Benicia, California, and sliced into her season-best with a third-place run in 13.53 seconds.

Lastly, the Husky men's sprinters put together easily their best 4x100m relay of the season, as Hamilton, Alaka, Colton Dunn, and Jeremy Taiwo clocked 41.02 seconds to take third.

Complete results from the Brutus Hamilton Invitational can be found here.


In Pullman, Washington State's Jeshua Anderson and Idaho's Mykael Bothum were double winners and five meet records fell Saturday at the 10th Annual Cougar Invitational Track & Field Meet at Mooberry Track.

Anderson, a junior All-American intermediate hurdler, did not run his specialty but won the 800m in a time of 1-minute, 54.45 seconds, and won the 110m hurdles in a time of 14.46w seconds.

Bothum won the women's discus with a throw of 166-feet (50.59m), and won the shot put with a meet record toss of 51-feet, 7 inches (15.72m), breaking her own meet record of 51-5 3/4 (15.69m) set in 2008.

Others breaking meet records included WSU's Dominic Smargiassi who won the men's 3000m race in a time of 8:31.87, wiping out the 2005 mark of 8:39.22 set by WSU's Ryan Freimuth. The WSU men's 4x400m relay team of J Hopkins, Joe Abbott, Luke Lemenager, and Reny Follett ran a time of 3:14.49, bettering the previous record of 3:14.74 set by Idaho State in 2000.

In the women's 1500m, Montana's Katrina Drennen (4:28.89) and Kesslee Payne (4:34.51) finished one-two for the Grizzlies and surpassed the previous meet record of 4:36.93 run by WSU's Anna Blue in 2001. A trio of Gonzaga women shattered the 3000m record of 10:26.00 run in 2006 by Ashley Puga of Northwest Nazarene. Zags Brenn Donnelly (10:15.84), Brittany O'Regan (10:18.96), and Laura Volcheff (10:20.39) all bettered the meet record.

Eastern Washington's Nicole Luckenbach won the women's hammer with a toss of 199-8 (60.85m).

Complete results of the Cougar Invitational can be found here.

Washington State hosts Washington May 1, in the annual dual meet: the 99th edition for the men's teams and the 35th meeting for the women's team. Action begins at 11 a.m. at the Mooberry Track Complex.

NOTE: The Drake Relays, the University of Washington, and Washington State University all contributed to this report.

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