Canadian Henry, Kenyan Lagat to Run at Athens Olympics

July 13, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Former Washington State University All-American sprinter Anson Henry and All-American middle distance great Bernard Lagat will compete at the Athens Olympic Games for their native countries of Canada and Kenya.

Henry, the 2002 Pac-10 champion in both the 100m and 200m races, will run on the Canadian 4x100m relay team in Greece. A native of Pickering, Ontario, Henry was one of 26 athletes named to the Athletics Canada official team.

At the 2004 Canada Dry Canadian Track & Field Championships and Olympic Trials held last weekend in Victoria, BC, Henry won the 200m dash in a wind-aided time of 20.67 seconds and finished third in the 100m dash with a time of 10.25 seconds. His times did not meet the Olympic qualifying standards of 10.21 (100m) and 20.59 (200m) so Henry was chosen to run a leg of the men's 4x100m relay for the Canadian team.

Whitney Evans, eight-time All-American and 2003 NCAA high jump champion from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, finished third in the Canadian Trials with a high jump clearance of 5-feet, 10 3/4 inches (1.80m). Because Evans has not met the Olympic qualifying standard of 6-4 3/4 (1.95m), she was not named to the Canadian team.

At the Kenyan Olympic Trials, four-time All-American Bernard Lagat, finished second in the men's 1500m race with a time of 3:35.7, and will return to the Olympic Games. Lagat captured the Bronze medal in the 1500m at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and is the only Kenyan from the Sydney Games to make the team for the Athens Games. In the report from the Kenyan Trials, the men's 1500m was delayed for over an hour to wait for the arrival of the President Kibaki. Once the race began, Lagat was boxed in until he and the 20-year-old winner, Isaac Songok, sprinted the final 100m to the finish line.

Former assistant coach and All-American Francesca Green (Pasco, Wash.) finished 18th in the U.S. Olympic Trials women's long jump qualifying round with a leap of 20-3 (6.17m). The top 12 moved to the final.

The Trials continue Friday through Sunday at A. G. Spanos Sports Complex with former Cougars Ian Waltz (men's discus), Dominique Arnold and Arend Watkins (men's 110m hurdles) competing.

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