Friday, August 16, 2013

WSU grad Shawna Fermin runs leadoff leg for Trinidad & Tobago at world champs...

MOSCOW, Russia--Washington State University alum Shawna Fermin (left/photo by Paul Merca) ran the opening leg for Trinidad and Tobago's 4 x 400 meter relay team that finished fifth in the second of three heats Friday morning at Luzhniki Stadium.

The Trinidad & Tobago squad ran a time of 3:33.50, as Great Britain won in 3:25.39, followed by Nigeria in 3:27.39, France in 3:27.75, and the Bahamas in 3:32.91.

In the mixed zone afterwards, Fermin, who was an NCAA qualifier for the Cougars during her career in Pullman, said that she felt pretty strong, but I struggled a little bit more than normal over the last 100 meters.

She said that the experience competing for Washington State University helped prepare her for what to expect at the sport's biggest stage.  

"When you compete at the collegiate level, you compete against some of the best in the world who are at the same age group as you."

Fermin plans to continue competing but is not sure where she will train at next season, as she is applying to several schools for graduate studies, including Washington State.  

Later this evening, Washington State University hall of famer Bernard Lagat will run in the finals of the men's 5000 meters.

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