Harris earns silver at championships

PSU digest

DES MOINES, Iowa — Isaiah Harris of Nike brought home silver in the men’s 800-meter run on the final day of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium on Sunday.

Harris, a junior at Penn State, signed with Nike over the weekend and will forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility. On Sunday, Harris crossed the finish line in 1:47.11 to record back-to-back second-place finishes at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

“I think I made a few tactical and positioning mistakes in the race, but overall I’m happy to walk away with a silver medal,” Harris said. “Clayton (Murphy) is such a good competitor and is a Olympic medalist in the 800m for a reason. However, I am already looking forward to my next few races and I’m ready to run a PR.”

Making her debut at the USATF Championships, junior Maddie Holmberg finished ninth in the heptathlon with her score of 5,780 points. She began the day with a distance of 19-2 in the long jump to tally 801 points. In the long jump field, Holmberg tallied the fifth-best mark on the day.

Following the long jump, Holmberg posted a distance of 131-3 in the javelin throw to score 667 points. She then closed out the heptathlon with a time of 2:19.23 in the 800-meter run to tally 834 points.

“My whole objective was to come in, have fun, and just enjoy the opportunity,” Holmberg said. “My day one went pretty well and day two didn’t go exactly as I hoped. I still think that I learned a lot through this process and this experience.”

Penn State alumna Rachel Fatherly of Velaasa placed eighth in the women’s shot put with her distance of 58-3.75.

Elsewhere:

n The Penn State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams earned recognition as College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America teams for the Spring 2018 semester, the organization announced recently. To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher over the spring semester. The Nittany Lion women combined for a 3.49 team grade point average for their 14th consecutive semester above a 3.0, while the men earned a 3.09 team GPA, surpassing 3.0 for a fourth consecutive semester and for the seventh time in the last eight semesters. In total, 710 teams, representing 476 institutions across college athletics achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the Spring 2018 semester. The Penn State men were one of seven Big Ten programs to earn the honor, while the women were one of 12.

n The Penn State men’s lacrosse program finished the 2018 season at No. 20 in all three of the national polls, as the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association was the final poll to be released to wrap up the 2018 Season. The Nittany Lions held the last spot in the USILA Coaches Poll, the Inside Lacrosse/Maverik Media Poll, and the Nike/US Lacrosse poll, all of which rank the Top-20 men’s lacrosse programs throughout the season.

n The Penn State women’s volleyball program continues to be represented on the international level as Simone Lee, Haleigh Washington, Aiyanna Whitney and Alisha Glass Childress all represented the Nittany Lions as the U.S. Women’s National Team held its first Red-Blue intrasquad scrimmage match of the year on Friday in Irvine, California. The Red-Blue scrimmage, at Irvine Valley College, was used in the evaluation process on selecting Team USA’s 14-player roster from the 25 to play in the Red-Blue scrimmage for the Pan American Cup that takes place July 8-14 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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