FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Casimir Loxsom finished second in the 800 meters and Penn State placed ninth as a team at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday night.
The finish was the Nittany Lions first top-10 result since 1975, and the 19 team points marked the highest total in program history. Arkansas won the title with 74 points, ahead of runner-up Floridas 59.
Loxsoms best NCAA finish of his career trailed only Oregons Elijah Greer. The pair broke away from the rest of the field down the stretch, with Greer leaning ahead of Loxsom to win in 1 minute, 47.13 seconds, a tenth-of-a-second ahead of Loxsom.
Finishing national runner up is a big deal, especially against a guy like Elijah, said the senior, who also had the best indoor 800 finish in program history. It was a fun race. I executed my race plan, and got out front to stay out of trouble. I made it a two-horse race, and thats really what I wanted. Its definitely encouraging for the outdoor season.
Will Barr added a sixth-place effort in the weight throw, unloading a distance 69 feet, 11 3/4 inches on his final attempt to break the school record for the fifth time this season.
The results followed a second-place effort for the distance medley relay team on Friday night.
The Nittany Lions will take a few weeks off before beginning the outdoor season March 29 at the Stanford Invitational.