May 25th , 2012 9:55 am Leave a comment

Harris races to 400 semis; Payne excels as thrower

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MARION, Ind. — Fitzroy Harris raced to the semifinals of the men’s 400-meter run while Tanner Payne had a solid showing on Thursday at the 2012 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.

Harris broke his own school record with a time of 47.53 to record an overall finish of seventh. The time guaranteed the sophomore a place in today’s semifinals.

“Fitzroy continues to take steps in the right direction,” head coach Chris Layne said. “We’re really proud of his focus and his approach thus far.”

Payne had a strong throw of 53.89-meters in the hammer throw. The mark placed the senior 12th, a spot higher than his seed mark.

“Tanner has been such a great ambassador for our institution,” Layne said. “He had a rigorous academic schedule leading up to the championships and this took away from his preparation, but we’re really proud of how he has handled himself — and under the circumstances he really stepped up.”

Harris will return to action today , as will Payne in the discus.

Gillian Giffen is set to compete in the women’s 5,000 semifinals.

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