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VIOLAH LAGAT

VIOLAH LAGAT

performance result

One of the most versatile athletes in program history with range from 800 meters on the track to 6k in cross country…the junior college transfer earned All-American honors in both cross country and outdoor track in her final year…native of Kenya who comes from the legendary village of Eldoret and one of the great distance running families in the world.

2012

Outdoor – closed her collegiate career by placing eighth at the NCAA Championships in the 1500 after qualifying for the finals with a PB of 4:13.30, which ranks No. 3 all-time among Seminoles…tuned up for the NCAA postseason with an 800 PB (2:04.79) that ranks No. 6 all-time at FSU and a same-day 4:15.48 at rhe Virginia Challenge…won the 1500 at the prestigious Payton Jordan Invitational…placed third in the 800 at the ACC Outdoor Championships.

Indoor – despite an injury-shortened final indoor campaign, posted collegiate-bests in the mile (4:43.33) and 3000m (9:22.57),

 

2011

Outdoor – advanced to the NCAA East Region at 800m on the strength of her Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational win in a personal-best 2:05.67…also established a personal-best in the 1500 (4:21.53) when she finished sixth at the ACC Outdoor Championships.

Indoor – made her FSU debut memorable, winning at the 800 at the Razorback Invitational, where she also contributed to a four-place distance medley relay finish…established an indoor collegiate best in the 800 (2:06.94) at the UW Husky Invitational, finishing fifth…scored as a member of the fifth-place distance medley relay at the ACC Indoor Championships and also advanced to the finals of the 800

Personal

Starred at Central Arizona for two seasons in cross country and track, winning multiple All-American honors…finished third at 2010 NJCAA Cross Country Nationals after a fourth-place finish in 2009…won multiple regional track titles in two seasons…capped her Central Arizona career by being named Athlete of the Year at 2010 NJCAA Track Nationals, where she won the 1500m, the 3000m steeplechase and placed third in the 800…comes from a legendary Kenyan running family, which includes her brother and guardian Bernard Lagat, who is the American record-holder in the 1500 meters, mile and 3000 meters…now considers Tucson, Arizona as her home…has five sisters and three brothers…brother Robert Cheseret is the only three-time Pac-10 Track Athlete of the Year, after starring at Arizona, where he was inducted in to the school’s Hall of Fame…majoring in nursing and sociology…aspires to have a professional track & field career…will have one year of cross country eligibility remaining in the fall…born March 1, 1989.