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Lagat sets U.S. record in 5,000-meter road race

Mon., March 31, 2014

 Road racing: Bernard Lagat set the American 5,000-meter road record by clocking 13 minutes, 19 seconds in the Carlsbad 5000.

Lagat, a former track star at Washington State, finished second Sunday after Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia pulled away with 300 meters left to win his fourth straight Carlsbad 5000 in 13:13.

Lagat broke Mark Davis’ mark of 13:24, set in the Carlsbad 5000 in 1996.

Lagat, a four-time Olympian and holder of five American middle-distance records, was competing in is his first 5K road race.

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Diaz doubles up on holes-in-one

Golf: Laura Diaz had a hole-in-one for the second straight day in the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif., to become the second player in LPGA Tour history to make two aces in a tournament.

Diaz aced the par-3 third hole Saturday in the third round, then holed out on the par-3 sixth on Sunday – a shot she followed with an eagle on the par-4 seventh.

Jenny Lidback is the only other player with two aces in an event, accomplishing the feat in the 1997 Tournament of Champions.

Diaz used a 6-iron Sunday on the 157-yard sixth.

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Cal’s Montgomery ponders retiring

College basketball: California coach Mike Montgomery is scheduled to meet with athletic director Sandy Barbour today to let her know whether he plans to retire. Barbour confirmed Sunday they would meet in Berkeley.

The Golden Bears lost Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the NIT, 67-65 to SMU, to finish an up-and-down season at 21-14.

Montgomery, 67, who coached Stanford for 18 years then two disappointing seasons as head coach of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, has a 677-317 overall record in 32 years in college.

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