Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tuesdays with Bernard Lagat on Flotrack, plus notes...

Courtesy of our media partners at Flotrack, here's another in a series of videos with Bernard Lagat (above/photo by Paul Merca), focusing on his long-term success on the track.

In this interview, he discusses the opportunities he had when growing throughout his career and how it played a role in becoming one of the world's best.

A mark we missed over the weekend…UW alum Katie Follett ran 2:09.48 for 800m at the Flanders Cup on July 9th in Kortrijk, Belgium to finish eighth, as University of Minnesota alum Heather Kampf took the win in 2:03.48.

This was the first race in Follett's European tour this season.

In the final meet of the National Track League Canadian tour, Washington grad Kyle Nielsen stands third overall in the javelin entering Wednesday's Toronto International Track & Field Games at the University of Toronto's Varsity Centre.

Scott Russell of Windsor, Ont., leads the way with 22 points just ahead of Kyle Nielsen from Langley, B.C., who has earned 16 points and Caleb Jones of Saint John, N.B., is in third with 14 points.

For Wednesday's NTL finals, points awarded will be doubled.

Former Husky Falesha Ankton will compete in the 100 meter hurdles Wednesday in Toronto.

The current NTL point standings are available here, along with a detailed explanation of the prize money breakdown.

Finally, Washington's James Alaka is one of the top seeded runners in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes as the European Under-23 Championships get underway Thursday through Sunday in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Now studying at the University of Washington, the 21-year-old, who won both the 100 and 200 at the Pac-10s in Tuscon, went back to the home country at the end of June to contest the trials for Ostrava and slipped into top gear for a career best 10.23.

That makes the Clarence Callender (UK) and Raul Sheen (UW) coached sprinter the fastest man in the field, but his compatriot, Andrew Robertson, was only 0.06 down in that race and will be eager to spring a surprise on Alaka.

The "Flash Man" will run the first round of the 100 meters at 10:50 am, local time on Thursday, then run the semis at 5:45pm.  The finals of the men's 100 are Friday at 6:25 pm.

The 200 meter semis are Saturday morning at 11:30, with the finals that afternoon at 6:05 pm (Ostrava is nine hours ahead of Seattle and the Pacific time zone).

European Athletics will provide streaming video of the European U23 Championships (note it may not be available to US viewers; there is a link in the story to a Czech site that will provide streaming video as well)

You can read the meet preview here.

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