Moline clocks personal best but fails to medal
Reporter: Jason Barr, Sports Director
LONDON (Arizona Athletics) University of Arizona Wildcat men's and women's track and field program had another strong day at Olympic Stadium in London.
Current student-athlete Georganne Moline competed in the final of the women's 400-meter hurdles. Additionally, volunteer assistant coach Bernard Lagat ran in the preliminary round of the men's 5,000-meter race.
On the biggest stage, Moline ran the best race of her life, clocking a personal-best time of 53.92, good for a fifth-place finish in the final of the 400-meter hurdles. It is the sixth time she has broken her own school record this year. The previous record was set in the first round of the Olympics where Moline clocked a time of 54.31. Her time of 53.92 is the third-best time in Pac-10/12 history. Moline will begin her senior year at Arizona in the fall.
Lagat clocked a time of 13:15.45 in heat two of the men's 5,000-meter race, good for fourth place. Lagat automatically qualified for the final on Saturday, August 11th and 11:30 a.m. MST.
"My coach (associate head coach James Li) told me to be prepared that this race is going to be fast, and indeed it was fast," Lagat said. "He told me to make sure you are in good position and run relaxed, and I did. He told me, towards the end run a bit faster and be with the guys who are leading, and as long as you know you are safe, no need to win, just run hard...I was quite happy with it."
Student-athlete Brigetta Barrett will make her Olympic debut on Thursday in the preliminary round of the women's high jump competition. She is set to begin jumping at 1:30 a.m. MST.