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Today in Penn State sports: June 4, 2017

Penn State’s Isaiah Harris was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year on Sunday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Penn State’s Isaiah Harris was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year on Sunday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Centre Daily Times, file

A roundup of all the Penn State games and news you missed — and aren’t covered elsewhere in the CDT — from May 30, 2017:

Track and Field

Harris, coaches earn national honors

NEW ORLEANS, La. — The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its regional athlete and coach of the year award winners on Sunday.

And Penn State picked up four honors.

Sophomore Isaiah Harris was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year. Harris is No. 2 in the country with a time of 1:45.12 in the 800-meter run — an event in which he is a four-time Big Ten champion. He is also a part of the 4x400-meter relay team that is 10th in the NCAA.

The other honors were all won by the Nittany Lion coaching staff.

Head coach John Gondak was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Men’s Coach of the Year. Gondak, in his third year at the helm of Penn State, led it to its first Big Ten title in program history. This marked the 10th USTFCCCA honor for Gondak since 2009.

Assistant coaches Lucais MacKay and Fritz Spence were named the Mid-Atlantic Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year and Mid-Atlantic Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year, respectively.

Ability Athletes

Wheeler finishes 5th

LOS ANGELES — Penn State Ability Athletes assistant coach Michelle Wheeler competed on the final day of the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships at UCLA’s Drake Stadium.

Wheeler finished in fifth place in the 400-meter wheelchair race with a time of 65.53 seconds. Wheeler’s finish marked the end of a successful weekend for the Nittany Lions, who will wait and see in the next two weeks if any of their athletes earned a spot on the junior world or world teams.

“It was a great weekend,” head coach Teri Jordan said. “Any of the athletes either hit their lifetime best or won an event.”

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