Michael Shuey’s All-America performance was the Penn State highlight of Day 1 at the NCAA Track & Field Championships, as he set a new school record in the javelin with a throw of 250 feet, 9 inches.
He finished third with the heave — but he wasn’t the only Nittany Lion with a top-10 finish. His training partner, Ryan Kerr, also had a big day in the javelin with a personal-best throw of 232-0, which ranks seventh in school history and was good enough for ninth on Wednesday.
Sophomore Isaiah Harris stood out on the track for Penn State, as he auto-qualified for the 800-meter final after finishing second in his heat. He finished fourth at last year’s NCAA final and holds the second-fastest time in the country of 1 minute, 45.12 seconds.
Malik Moffett came up short in the long jump and 200 meters by finishing 18th and 22nd, respectively. He was expected to crack the top 10 in the long jump.
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Among the other Nittany Lions who competed but did not qualify were Mike Biddle (javelin, 18th); Jon Yohman (shot put, 11th); Domenic Perretta (800 meters, 19th); the 400-meter relay team (13th) and the 1,600-meter relay team (ninth).
The men’s track and field championships will conclude on Friday, while the women’s championships begin Thursday and end on Saturday.
— Jack Miller
Greg Nye earns region COY honors
Penn State men’s golf coach Greg Nye has earned the Golf Pride Grips Northeast Region Coach of the Year award, the 10th such honor of his career.
Nye led Penn State to its first NCAA championship appearance in seven seasons this year. The Nittany Lions also won two tournaments — the Seminole Intercollegiate and the Rutherford Intercollegiate — in addition to earning a program-best second-place finish in the Big Ten Match Play Championship.
“Coaching awards are truly team awards,” Nye said in a news release.
Dani Marks named captain
UNIVERSITY PARK Redshirt junior Dani Marks has been named the 2017 captain of the Penn State men’s soccer team, according to a news release Wednesday by the team.
This will mark the second season Marks has been captain. The season starts when the Nittany Lions host Hofstra at 7 p.m. Aug. 26.
“It is an incredible honor to captain the team, and I am going to do everything I can to make this team have a great season,” Marks said.