Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bernard Lagat wins yet another USA indoor championship...

ALBUQUERQUE--Washington State University alum Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Paul Merca) won yet another USA national title, capturing the men's 3000 meter run as the first day of the USA Indoor championships concluded at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Despite a valiant effort by new American indoor 5000-meter record holder Galen Rupp of Portland, Lagat, the reigning world indoor champion in this event ran 7:57.19 to earn the victory over Rupp, who clocked 7:59.91.

Courtesy of media partner RunnerSpace.com, here is video of the race.



In other events, former NCAA pole vault champion Jason Colwick, who is now training in Seattle under Husky vault coach Pat Licari, finished second with a leap of 17-8.5 (5.40m), behind Mark Hollis, who won at 18-4.5 (5.60m).

Club Northwest's Levi Keller was fourth at 17-4.5 (5.30m), and 2007 world outdoor champion and American outdoor record holder Brad Walker from Mountlake Terrace failed to clear a height, as he begins his comeback from an injury-plagued last 18 months.

Fort Lewis' Michael Mai, a 2009 world championships team member in the hammer throw, was third in the 35-pound weight throw with a toss of 77-10 (23.72m), a season best, but only one centimeter behind A.G. Kruger

Jake Freeman of the NYAC took the national title with a mark of 79-0 (24.08m).

The meet continues Sunday, with coverage on ESPN from 4:30-6 pm eastern time. Media partner RunnerSpace.com will also provide live coverage on the web.


Results from day 1 of the USA Indoor Championships are available here.

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