Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Lagat sets M40 world best in 3000 in Luzern; Cunliffe announces transfer to Oregon...

LUZERN, Switzerland--Washington State University hall of famer Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished second in the 3000 meters at the Spitzen Leichtathletik meeting.

Lagat, who was a disappointing tenth at the USA championships in the 5000 after getting sick at the Oslo Diamond League meeting and missing a week of training, ran a world M40 masters’ best of 7:42.75 to finish behind fellow US Olympian Lopez Lomong, who ran 7:42.19 for the win.

Fellow Cougar Jeshua Anderson was third in the 400 hurdles, running a season best 49.08, as Jeffery Gibson of the Bahamas won in 48.77.  Anderson heads to Toronto to join Team USA at the Pan American Games.

Former Husky Märt Israel was ninth in the discus with a best of 194-6 (59.29m).


SPRINTER HANNAH CUNLIFFE TO TRANSFER TO OREGON

Federal Way HS graduate Hannah Cunliffe (left/photo by Kirby Lee, Image of Sport), who finished her freshman year at the University of Oklahoma, announced on her Twitter page Tuesday that she will transfer from Oklahoma to the University of Oregon, where she will join a powerful sprint group that includes the likes of USA 200 meter champion Jenna Prandini, and Jasmine Todd, who was third in the USA championships in the 100.

At Oklahoma, Cunliffe qualified for the NCAA championships in the 60, and finished second in the Big 12 championships.  Outdoors, she ran a season best of 11.74, in finishing eighth at the Texas Relays.

The speculation began that something was up with Cunliffe when she did not compete at either the Big 12 or the NCAA West Regionals, and was further fueled when she was seen in the stands at the Brooks PR meet last month talking to members of the Oregon coaching staff.

Cunliffe was one of the most heralded prep sprinters to come out of the state of Washington, even though she only competed in the state meet her senior year (she was home schooled).  She finished fourth in the 200 at the 2013 IAAF world youth championships in Donetsk, Ukraine, running 23.44.

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