Track and field: Lewiston’s Harris defends Big 10 800 title, helps Penn St. to first team title

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Lewiston native and Penn State sophomore Isaiah Harris settles into the middle of the pack on the first lap of the 800 meter run during Sundays race at the Big 10 Championships at University Park on the campus of Penn State University. Harris took over the lead shortly after and cruised to victory.

Lewiston High School graduate and Penn State sophomore Isaiah Harris captured his second consecutive Big 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at University Park Sunday afternoon, helping the host Nittany Lions win their first men’s team title.  

Harris crossed the finish line in 1:49.68 to defeat Mitch Hechsel, who finished in 1:50.831, and Hechsel’s Minnesota teammte, Nate Roese, who was third at 1:50.836.

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Harris also helped the Nittany Lions’ 4×400 relay team score points, running the anchor leg to a second-place finish in 3:05.22. Ohio State (3:04.95) won the event. Purdue (3:05.65) was third.

Penn State sophomore Isaiah Harris pulls away from the field in the home stretch of Sunday’s 800 meter race during the Big 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at University Park on the campus of Penn State. Harris won the race.

Penn State sophomore Isaiah Harris pulls away from the field in the home stretch of Sunday’s 800 meter race during the Big 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at University Park on the campus of Penn State. Harris won the race.

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