Apr. 25—EUGENE, Ore. — Lewiston native Isaiah Harris finished second in the men's 800-meter run at Oregon Relays at Hayward Field on Saturday.
Harris, a Nike-sponsored runner, faced a strong field of athletes on a track that was the scene of many fast times earlier in the day. The former Lewiston great finished in 1 minute, 46.92 seconds, just behind winner Michael Saruni, who finished in 1:46.64.
Harris stuck with the lead pack and ran the first 200 meters in 25.5 seconds. Harris finished the first lap at 53 seconds, and was in second place behind Sam Ellison, who led for most of the race.
With about 160 meters to go, Harris made his move to the front. Harris has a notoriously strong kick at the end of races, which helped him win a national title while at Penn State. Ellison gave up the lead to Harris with about 120 meters left to go. The Lewiston High School graduate seemed poised to win, but with 50 meters left in the race, Saruni sprinted past Harris on the right side to earn the victory.
Harris will attempt to qualify for this summer's Tokyo Olympics at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which start June 18.