NEW YORK--Washington State University alum Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Paul Merca) ended his season with a second place finish to New Zealand's Nick Willis in the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile on the streets of New York.
Lagat and 2012 Olympic 1500m silver medalist Leo Manzano took the lead early, before Will Leer took charge at the half mile mark. However, Willis, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist at 1500m took charge with a quarter mile to go, and held on for the win in 3:52.1, as Lagat made a late charge to overtake Garrett Heath in the last few meters to take second in 3:52.9.
In the women's race, UW alum Katie Mackey was ninth in 4:28.1, as world championships 1500m silver medalist Jenny Simpson took the win in 4:19.3.
Lagat and Willis will face each other in a month, as both will compete in the World Speed Golf championships at Bandon Dunes Golf Course in Oregon.