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The Penn State Nittany Lion Challenge Will Be A Mid-Distance Fest

Almost exactly one year ago at the Nittany Lion Challenge, Brannon Kidder ran 2:18.26 for the still-standing collegiate record in the men's 1000 meters. That's how fast Penn State's facility can be this early with good competition. Below, we break down the five biggest events at Saturday's Nittany Lion Challenge, which begins Saturday at 11:00 AM Eastern, LIVE on FloTrack.

Cornell, Bucknell, Penn State, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Maryland, and Villanova are the competing teams. All races are Saturday, January 14 in Eastern time.

Men's 1000m
When: 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.


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