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Bernard Lagat celebrates after winning the 5,000 meters  at the USA Outdoor Track & Field  in Eugene, Ore., Friday, June 24, 2011. Lagat won the race with a time of 13 minutes, 23.06 seconds. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)
Bernard Lagat celebrates after winning the 5,000 meters at the USA Outdoor Track & Field in Eugene, Ore., Friday, June 24, 2011. Lagat won the race with a time of 13 minutes, 23.06 seconds. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

Former WSU star Bernard Lagat wins USA 5,000

Former Washington State University star Bernard Lagat captured the 5,000 meters at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Friday evening, edging Chris Solinsky.

Lagat finished in 13 minutes, 23.06 seconds with Solinsky second at 13:23.65. Galen Rupp, who won the 10,000 on Thursday, was third in 13:25.52.

Lagat is the American record-holder in the 5,000 with a time of 12:54.12 set in Oslo, Norway, on June 4, 2010.

Another former Cougar, Blessing Ufodiama, was seventh in the women’s triple jump at 43 feet, 10 inches.

CC Spokane coach Ryan Weidman and Washington’s Joe Zimmerman, a Lewis and Clark HS graduate, competed in the javelin but did not advance to the final eight.

In the Juniors portion of the competition, Eastern Washington University’s Jordan Arakawa threw the 13-pound hammer 216-6 to place third. Recent Coeur d’Alene HS graduate Johnathan Murray did not reach the final eight.

Aric Walden, a recent graduate of Newport HS, did not advance out of his heat of the 110 hurdles. Stephenie Cummings of CC Spokane did not advance out of her heat in the 800.

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