Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Paul Merca) dropped down in distance to 1500 meters and finished sixth in the ISTAF meeting at the Olympiastadion Sunday.
The Washington State University hall of famer ran 3:37.62, as Ilham Tanui Özbilen of Turkey, an Olympic finalist last year, took the win in 3:35.58, followed by James Magut of Kenya (3:36.29) and Hoiyu Tesfaye of Germany (3:36.62).
in the men's 800, Tacoma's Matt Scherer served as the pacemaker as world champion Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia took the win in 1:43.97.
Saturday, Gonzaga's men's and women's teams scored sweeps of Washington State and Eastern Washington at the Clash of the Inland Northwest meet at Mead HS outside of Spokane.
In the men's 6k race, Sam Atkin of Lewis-Clark State took the win in 18:15, followed by Troy Fraley and Willie Milam of Gonzaga in 18:22.
WSU grad Andrew Kimpel, who only has track eligibility remaining, was fourth in 18:24, followed by the Cougars' Lee George in 18:28 to round out the top five.
Vince Hamilton was the top runner for Eastern Washington in 11th in 19:04.
In the men's team scoring (dual meet), Gonzaga won 19-40 over Eastern; 19-39 over Idaho, and 26-29 over Washington State.. Eastern beat Idaho 27-28, and lost to WSU 15-41. The Cougs beat Idaho 15-40.
In the women's 4k, Haile Raudenbush of Idaho won in 14:20, followed by Maggie Jones of Gonzaga in 14:28.
Katie Mahoney of Eastern Washington was third in 14:31, followed by Lauren Bergam and Amelia Evans of Gonzaga in 14:35, and 14:37 to finish fourth and fifth.
800 meter specialist Courtney Zalud was the Cougars' top finisher in 14:47.
The women's team scoring had Gonzaga winning 23--42 over Eastern; 22-36 over Idaho; and 18-42 over WSU. WSU beat Eastern 25-32, while Idaho took care of both WSU and Eastern by scores of 24-33, and 23-36.
As expected in an early season race, all three teams held out key runners.
Gonzaga, WSU, Eastern Washington and Idaho will see each other on September 14th at the Sundodger Invitational hosted by the University of Washington, with Seattle University and Oregon State.