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Penn State’s Loxsom, Harris make 800 finals at U.S. Olympic track trials

Penn State’s Isaiah Harris, left, and Casimir Loxsom, second from left, cross the finish line in the men’s 800-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Saturday in Eugene Ore. Both Nittany Lions qualified for Monday’s finals.
Penn State’s Isaiah Harris, left, and Casimir Loxsom, second from left, cross the finish line in the men’s 800-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Saturday in Eugene Ore. Both Nittany Lions qualified for Monday’s finals. AP photo

A pair of Penn State runners moved one step away from qualifying for the Olympics.

Former Nittany Lion Casimir Loxsom and current Lion Isaiah Harris advanced to the finals in the 800-meter run after high finishes in the semifinals at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials at Oregon’s Hayward Field on Saturday.

Running in the same semifinal heat, Loxsom and Harris finished third and fourth, respectively. Loxsom turned in a time of 1 minute, 45.93 seconds, which was a mere 0.02 ahead of Harris.

Penn State’s Brannon Kidder, who just completed his senior season, also ran in the same semifinal and was eighth in the heat and 12th overall, unable to advance to the finals. He was clocked in 1:48.76. Just 1.53 seconds separated the top eight times of those who advanced to the finals.

The 800 finals are scheduled to be run at 8:51 p.m. Monday.

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