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Penn State’s Isaiah Harris picks up silver at NCAA track championships

Penn State’s Isaiah Harris, seen here at the Big Ten championships, finished second Friday in the NCAA championships by claiming silver in the 800 meters.
Penn State’s Isaiah Harris, seen here at the Big Ten championships, finished second Friday in the NCAA championships by claiming silver in the 800 meters.

Sophomore Isaiah Harris continued Penn State’s recent history of success in the 800 meters with a second-place finish Friday in the NCAA Track & Field Championships.

Harris finished with a time of 1 minute, 45.40 seconds — falling just short of the gold to UTEP’s Emmanuel Korir, who clocked a 1:45.03. This is Harris’ third straight All-America performance in the the event, as he finished fourth in both the 2016 outdoor and 2017 indoor championships.

By finishing second, Harris now ties past Penn State great Casimir Loxsom (2013 indoor and outdoor) and Brannon Kidder (2015 outdoor) for highest finish in school history in the event.

Another sophomore who made the NCAA final was David Lucas in the discus throw. Lucas’ throw of 190 feet, 3 inches was just enough to earn the last spot in the final. However, Lucas was unable to crack the top 8 and earn first-team All-America status. He finished ninth instead, which was still an improvement over last season’s 15th-place finish.

State College native Bryce Williams finished 19th overall in the triple jump in his NCAA meet debut. His leap of 51-1  3/4 was unable to crack the top 9 to qualify for the final. The redshirt sophomore missed all of last year due to a torn ACL suffered just before the 2016 indoor season started.

In the women’s heptathlon, Madeline Holmberg was unable to finish the competition due to injury. (The sophomore had injured her hamstring at the Big Ten championships.) Holmberg came into the NCAA meet with the 17th-highest score of 5,636 points.

The NCAA Track & Field Championships will conclude Saurday with the finals in the women’s events. The men’s season is now finished.

Jack Miller

Swimming & diving

Trio eyeing international competitions

Three Penn State swimmers and divers are looking to make their mark during international competition this summer.

Junior diver Hector Garcia and recent grad Shane Ryan will compete in the 17th FINA World Swimming and Diving Championships, while Ally McHugh will take part in the 2017 Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships and World Championship Trials.

Garcia, who will represent Spain, is also set to compete in the European Diving Championships from June 12-18 in Kiev, Ukraine, while Ryan will represent Ireland in the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan, from Aug. 19-30.

Penn State Athletics

PSU appoints Ass’t AD for Annual Giving

Spencer Milne has been named the Assistant Athletic Director for Annual Giving.

According to the university, his responsibilities include oversight of the Nittany Lion Club along with “ensuring lifelong, annual support from Penn State alumni, parents, and fans while maximizing their philanthropy in support of Nittany Lion student-athletes.”

“My family and I are very excited to join the Penn State community,” Milne said in a news release.