EUGENE, Ore. – Bernard Lagat’s bid for a double at the USA Track and Field Championships came up a stretch-run short Saturday as the former Washington State standout finished second in the men’s 1,500 meters.
The winner of Friday’s 5,000, Lagat was outkicked in the 1,500 by Oregon runner Matthew Centrowitz, whose time of 3 minutes, 47.63 seconds beat Lagat by .33. Leonel Manzano was third.
Andrew Wheating finished a disappointing fourth but Lagat told Wheating afterward that he wasn’t going to run in the 1,500 at the world championships in Daegu, South Korea, in August.
That meant Wheating, a 2008 Olympian in the 800, could still make the team if he reaches the “A” standard time of 3:35.
“When I told him, he couldn’t believe it. He was overwhelmed by it,” Lagat told reporters. “That’s humbling to me.” Jeshua Anderson, still wearing WSU colors, won his semifinal of the 400 hurdles in the day’s fastest time, 48.99 seconds.
Other area athletes didn’t fare so well – including a no-height in the pole vault by two-time World Championships medalist Brad Walker, a University High graduate who just last week had cleared 19 feet, 2 inches.
Lewis and Clark alum Britney Henry finished 11th in the women’s hammer at 205-9.
In the junior portion of the championships, Eastern Washington’s Emma Murrillo took fifth in the women’s javelin with a lifetime-best throw of 150-8. EWU’s Michael Okoro was eliminated in the heats of the men’s 200.
• At the Canadian championships in Calgary, Alberta, WSU’s Holly Parent took second in the high jump at 5-11 1/4, while Cougars teammate Shawn Swartz was ninth among the men at 6-6.
Former Idaho athletes fared well. Andrea Whyte and Christie Gordon finished 4-5 in the 100 hurdles, clocking 12.99 and 13.29, respectively. Barry Britt was fourth in the men’s 5,000 (14:50.41) and Beven Kennelly was first in the women’s 10,000 (36:40.42) and fourth in the steeplechase (10:44.30).
Crystal Smith, a former North Idaho College thrower, was third in the women’s hammer at 218-8.