SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former Penn State standout runner Casimir Loxsom cruised into the finals of the 800-meter run at the U.S. Track and Field Championships on Friday night.
Loxsom finished second in his semifinal heat and overall with a time of 1 minute, 45.80 seconds. He was just 0.19 behind winner Duane Solomon, and the pair were well ahead of the rest of the field
The finals will be run Friday afternoon.
In Thursday’s preliminaries, Loxsom was second in his heat and 10th overall in 1:47.92.
In other events from Friday night, Evonne Britton was 12th overall and fifth in her heat in the preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles to make Sunday’s semifinals, clocked in 13.03 seconds. Kiah Seymour was 11th overall and third in her heat of the 400 hurdles in 52.62 and made Sunday’s semifinals.
On Thursday night, former Penn State standout and 2012 Olympian Bridget Franek won her heat and was second overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:39.56. Her final will be run Saturday afternoon.
Also, a pair of former Nittany Lions competed in the javelin. Recent graduate Laura Loht finished 12th at 163 feet, 8 inches while Karlee McQuillan was eighth at 181-0. Mahogany Jones was 22nd in the 100 in 11.69 and Kara Millhouse Foster was 10th in the 10,000 meters in 33:11.18.