Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lagat/Rupp part deux highlights day one of the USA Indoor Championships...

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico--Two of the biggest names in American distance running will battle once again in Albuquerque, as Portland's Galen Rupp faces Washington State University hall of famer Bernard Lagat in the men's 3000 Saturday (photo of Rupp & Lagat by Paul Merca) to highlight day one of the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

In 2011 Lagat and Rupp matched up in the 3,000m at the USA Indoor Championships with Lagat holding on for the victory.

The two have already seen success this indoor season and traded American records in a single weekend of competition. At the USA Track & Field Classic, Rupp broke Lagat’s American record in the 2-mile with a time of 8:09.72. Meanwhile, at the Millrose Games, Lagat regained the American record in the 5,000m from Rupp with a new indoor personal best of 13:07.15.

Also competing in Saturday's finals are Michael Mai, formerly from Joint Base Lewis McChord in the men's 35-pound weight throw, and WSU alum Blessing Ufodiama in the women's triple jump.

All other finals will be contested Sunday.

The time schedule for day one of the USA indoor championships are available here.

In Flagstaff, Arizona, Eastern Washington freshman Brad Michael broke the school record in the men's 400 in the semis Friday night to set up a showdown with teammate and defending Big Sky champion Brad Wall.

Wall is the three-time defending champion in the event.

“Brad Michael is as hard of working and committed athlete to the sport you could imagine,” said men’s head coach Stan Kerr. “Michael came in and immediately embraced the opportunity to work with Brad Wall and Michael Okoro, two conference champions. He has fun with them and works his tail of to work with them. It has made the whole sprint group better.”

You can read Eastern Washington's day one recap here.

NOTE:  USA Track & Field and Eastern Washington University contributed to this report.

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