Penn State track and field: Loxsom places second at U.S. Championships

June 30, 2014 

US Outdoor Championships Athletics

Former Penn State All-American Casimir Loxsom, left, finishes second behind Duane Solomon in the 800-meter run at the U.S. outdoor track and field championships, Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.

MARK J. TERRILL — AP photo

— Former Penn State All-American runner Casimir Loxsom registered the best run of his career Sunday.

Loxsom finished second in the 800-meter race at the U.S. Track and Field Championships at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium.

“It’s one of the track and field moments of my career,” Loxsom said after the race. “I’m really happy with it.”

The 2013 Penn State graduate clocked in at 1 minute, 45.97 seconds in his run, and while not his personal best it was more than good enough to be the race runner-up.

Duane Solomon won the race in 1:44.30, and Loxsom was right on his heels after the first 100 meters. Solomon began to pull away over the last 200 meters and won by about 15 meters.

About 150 meters later, third-place runner Charles Jock fell and several others had to jump to avoid him, practically putting them out of contention before the first lap had finished.

“I heard it and I was glad I was out of it,” Loxsom said. “It’s tough. I don’t exactly know what happened yet. I felt good. I think I ran a little fast for me. But I really held off trying to close until the last 70 (meters).”

Also Sunday, current Nittany Lion Michael Shuey finished 10th in the javelin at 232 feet, 11 inches.

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