Saturday, February 15, 2014

Lagat wins 2000; Efraimson sets national high school mark in the mile at Millrose...

NEW YORK--Washington State University alum Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Paul Merca) dropped down in distance and won the 2000 meter run at the Millrose Games, held at the Armory Saturday.

Lagat, the reigning world champion at 3000 meters, won the race in a time of 4:54.74 to defeat a field that included 2012 US Olympians Evan Jager and former Bellingham resident Donn Cabral.

Cabral, who has relocated back to the East Coast, was sixth in a time of 5:00.18.

Nick Symmonds of the Brooks Beasts was third in the 1000 meter run, clocking 2:18.87, as Pierre Ambroise Bosse took the win in 2:17.63.  Beasts teammate Matt Scherer performed pacing duties in the race before dropping out.

In the women's mile run, Camas' Alexa Efraimson, competing against a professional field, ran the fastest mile ever by a high schooler, as she clocked 4:32.15 in finishing fifth in a stacked field, beating the all time high school best of 4:35.24 set by Polly Plumer of University HS in Irvine, California in 1982.

Mary Cain, a high school senior and 2013 world championships finalist over 1500 meters, won the race in 4:27.73, but is ineligible for high school record purposes, as she turned pro in November.  However, Cain's mark is an American junior record.

Tacoma native Brie Felnagle, who competes for adidas, but trains with the Beasts, was ninth in the women's 3000 in 9:01.57, as Kim Conley won in 8:48.35.

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