The Nittany Lion Challenge is today and figures to highlight the loaded middle distance corps of the Lions. Despite the absence of Michael Slagowski today (he will debut at the Penn State National), there are enough others to watch with earnest.
At the top of the list is the 1000M, where Isaiah Harris seems to be eager to attack the Collegiate Record of Brannon Kidder. If he performs well, PSU could have 4 of the top 5 runners ever in the event!
- Brannon Kidder
- Robby Creese
- Ryan Foster
Men's 1000mWhen: 2:50 PM ET
Who: Isaiah Harris (Penn State), Joe White (Georgetown), Robby Creese (unattached)
Why: This is the race of the meet. According to Track & Field News, three of the top five collegians ever in the 1000m are Penn State men--Kidder, Creese, and Ryan Foster. Harris's 1:45.76 800m PR is faster than Creese or Foster ever ran outdoors, and right there with Kidder's 1:45.58. White has run 1:46 for the 800m and 2:23 in the 1000m, so he's a contender, though maybe not for the collegiate record.
Harris finishing fourth in the NCAA and sixth at the Olympic Trials in the 800m was one of the most underrated stories of 2016. In 2017, with Clayton Murphy, Donavan Brazier, Brandon McBride, and Shaq Walker all having turned pro, Harris can be one of the biggest mid-d stars in the collegiate system. A collegiate record would be a great way to remind everyone. Kidder's 2:18.26 is the standard to beat.