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July 6, 2008 9:05 PM

Track Trials: Lagat cruises in 1,500

Posted by Ron Judd

No matter the weather, not a lot of sweat was evident on the brow of former WSU runner Bernard Lagat in Eugene this week. Lagat, the Kenyan native appearing in his first U.S. Olympic Trials, cruised to wins in both the 5,000 and 1,500 meters, the latter race occurring this afternoon. Lagat took the 1,500, his favorite event, with a time of 3:40.37, and seemed in control from start to finish. Leo Manzano and Lopez Lomong took the second and third Olympic spots. All three are U.S. imimigrants. See Steve Kelley's column on the trio here.

Lagat wasn't the only ex-Coug claiming a spot on the Olympic team. Ian Waltz won the discus with a throw of 216-1, earning his second Olympic spot. Another local athlete, Jarred Rome, formerly of Marysville-Pilchuck High, fell from the top qualifying spot to 11th place.

Rainier Beach grad Ginnie Powell was sixth in the finals of the women's 100 hurdles.

For a full roundup of Washington state athlete results, see track and field writer Paul Merca's blog post here.

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