Cougar Alums Arnold, Lagat, Waltz Claim Wins at USA Track & Field Championships

June 25, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Three Washington State University All-American alumni claimed victories and one made history Sunday at the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in downtown Indianapolis.

Bernard Lagat, a former Cougar NCAA champion, made history Sunday when he held off Gabe Jennings and Leonel Manzano to win the men's 1500m final in a time of 3 minutes, 39.29 seconds. Lagat, now a naturalized US citizen, made his first USA Outdoor Championships memorable by becoming the first man to win both the 1500m and the 5000m at the national meet. The two-time Olympic medalist for his native Kenya, Lagat won the men's 5000m race Friday night. He is already the American record-holder in the 1500m with a time of 3:29.30.

Dominique Arnold, another former WSU NCAA Champion, won the men's 110m hurdles final with a time of 13.10 seconds. Arnold is currently ranked number one in the world in the men's high hurdles and bettered his world-best time twice at this meet, after running a time of 13.15 in the semifinals.

Ian Waltz, originally from Post Falls, Idaho, claimed the men's discus crown with a toss of 211-8 (64.52m). Waltz competed for team USA in the 2004 Athens Olympics and is training, like his fellow Cougar alums, for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Ellannee Richardson, a former WSU All-American heptathlete, ran a time of 57.08 seconds in the women's 400m hurdles final for eighth place. Richardson, currently a Cougar assistant track and field coach ran a time of 56.57 in the semifinals Saturday.

Tamara Diles, a just-graduated senior from Bellevue, Wash., pole vaulted 13-feet, 7 1/4 inches (4.15m) for ninth place in the women's pole vault. Diles holds the WSU record with a clearance at 13-11 1/4 (4.25m).

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