Lamb, Waltz and Lagat Advance at Olympic Trials

July 3, 2008

EUGENE, Ore. -- Washington State junior Matt Lamb threw the second-best distance in the men's discus qualifying round with Cougar alum Ian Waltz third in the prelims Friday night at the USA Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Bernard Lagat also advanced in the men's 1500m in weather conditions ideal for distance runner, cool and overcast.

Lamb, from Emmett, Idaho, threw a personal-record discus distance of 204-feet, 7 inches (62.36m) on his second of three throws in the qualifying round. His first throw was 202-4 (61.69m) and his third throw was 199-0 (60.67m). Lamb, who is a two-time NCAA All-American, missed the 2008 outdoor season recuperating from back spasms that began at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships. He threw a discus a PR of 204-0 (62.18m) at the Gary Shaw Big Throwers Meet May 21-22, at Salinas, Calif., to qualify for the Olympic Trials.

Waltz, originally from Post Falls, Idaho, now training in Chula Vista, Calif., tossed the discus a distance of 204-3 (62.25m) on his opening throw and then passed on the next two attempts. He was the national leader coming in the Trials and participated in the 2004 Olympic Games. Jarred Rome had the top discus throw in the qualifying round of 206-10 (63.05m). Twelve men advanced to the Sunday afternoon final.

In post-event quotes posted on the USA Track & Field website, Waltz said, 'I just wanted to take one easy throw today because I am going through a groin issue. Thankfully, it stayed intact and I was able to get through the round. Today was just a chill day to get through the round. Hopefully, I can come out gunning on Sunday.'

Lagat, who won the 5000m final Monday night, ran the 1500m quarterfinals in time of 3 minutes, 42.11 seconds. Lagat ran in the third and fastest heat of the day with Alan Webb finishing in a time of 3:41.27. The top six finishers in each of the three heats advanced as well as the next six best times. The 18 runners will race in the semifinals Friday night.

Cougar sophomore Trent Arrivey (Woodinville, Wash.) tied for 15th in the men's high jump prelims after clearing the opening height of 7-feet, 1/2 inch (2.15m) on his second attempt but missing all three attempts with the bar at 7-2 1/2 (2.20m). The top 12 from the qualifying round advanced to the Saturday afternoon final.

McKenzie Garberg, a three-time All-American thrower at WSU, finished 17th in the women's hammer throw prelims with a best toss of 200-feet, 7 inches (61.14m). The top 12 finishers advanced to the Saturday final.

At the Olympic Trials competition Friday, July 4, Jon Jeffreys will compete in the men's javelin qualifying and Lagat will compete in the men's 1500m semifinal.

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