Lagat finds way to win in 3,000 at US Indoors

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For a moment Saturday, Bernard Lagat looked more like a halfback cutting through the open field than a middle-distance runner sprinting to the finish.

Cutting across the lanes to seek some space between lapped runners in the 3,000-meter run at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Lagat was able to find a path to the tape in a time of 7 minutes, 46.01 seconds to take his fourth title in the event in the past five years — only missing in 2013 when he did not compete. He finished 2 seconds ahead of longtime rival Galen Rupp and more than 3 seconds in front of Ryan Hill.

Gabe Grunewald won the women's 3,000.

"It's been a long time coming," said Grunewald, who finished in 9:23.15, less than 2 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. "Lots of ups and downs. But glimmers of greatness here and there, but I just haven't been able to have that race on a championship day. I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity. It feels so good to finally see myself at the top."

Erik Kynard won high jump with a mark of 7-feet, 61/2;-inches.

"Every time I enter a competition, my goal is to win first place," said Kynard, who earned a silver medal in the 2012 Olympics. "First place is the first goal because everything else is irrelevant unless it's a win.

They don't remember the guy who jumped high in third."

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