Penn State men’s track sophomore Isaiah Harris earned All-American honors after finishing second in the 800-meter dash at the NCAA Outdoor Championships Friday at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
UTEP freshman Emmanuel Korir won the national championship with a time of 1:45.03, while Harris finished just behind him in 1:45.40.
Harris, a star middle-distance runner from Lewiston, Maine, capped off a year where he won two Big Ten titles in the event (indoor and outdoor) with a fantastic showing on national television.
Harris finished just short of becoming Penn State’s first national champion since Bridget Franek took the 3000m Steeplechase in 2010. To find the last man to win at the NCAA Championships for the Nittany Lions, you’d have to go back to 1993 when Brian Milne won the discus. No Penn State man has won an outdoor title on the track since 1973 — Charlie Maguire won the 6 mile for the Nittany Lions.
They’ve come close in recent years with the 800m becoming the signature race for the Nittany Lions. Casimir Loxsom finished second in 2013 and Brannon Kidder also was the runner-up in 2015. Harris improved on his fourth-place performance in 2016 and will again be a favorite to win it all next year as a junior.