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Alumni shine in Russia at World Championships
Published 8/19/2013 6:00:00 AM
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Even though they weren’t sporting the crimson and gray, WSU alumni still managed to represent at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

WSU Athletic Hall of Fame member Bernard Lagat competed in the men's 5000 meter race and finished in 13 minutes and 29.24 seconds, resulting in a sixth place finish for the WSU alumnus.

Leading up to the race, Lagat was dealing with a "twitch" in his hip, but a couple weeks of light training helped him battle through this race.

"The race went better than expected," Lagat said in an interview with the media. "I thought it was crazy fast at the beginning and then it ended going slow with surges here and there. Running healthy and coming in sixth tells me something."

The 38-year-old runner is a two-time Olympic medalist and five-time USA Outdoor 5000 meter champion. He ran the best time out of any USA runner in the event.

"It was a disappointment that I did not medal, but I look back and say I gave all my best," Lagat said.

On the women's side, WSU almuna Shawna Fermin competed for Trinidad and Tobago and ran a leg in the 4x400 meter relay. The relay team ran a time of 3:33.5 which resulted in a 13th place finish.

"I felt pretty good, but in the last 100 I struggled a little more than I usually do," Fermin said in an interview with the media. "I think I still held it together and got the baton to Sparkle (McKnight). I think the college experience helped me a lot because you compete against some of the best athletes in your age group."

Fermin said she plans to keep running and doesn't know exactly where she will be competing and is waiting to hear back from a couple of graduate schools.

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