EUGENE, Ore. -
Wyoming's Harry Fisher ran 1:48.93 in the 800-meter semifinals at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Wednesday to earn Second Team All-American. His time placed him 16th in the 24-man field at Hayward Field, but did not advance him to Friday's final.
"I thought Harry had a solid run today," UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. "He could have got out better, but at the 600 mark he put himself back in contention. He was just too far back by then. As I reflect on everything, I'm really proud of Harry and how far he's come over the last two years. He really helped us resurrect our middle-distance program and I'm very grateful for everything he's done for the university."
Fisher, a graduate student, was sixth of the eight runners in his heat. The top two from each heat and the next two fastest times advanced, as he missed the cut by 1.7 seconds. Fisher was eighth through the first 400 meters of the two-lap race, but moved up to sixth by the 600-meter mark. That was as close as he could get, though. Fisher was slowed in the race after a bike accident last Thursday resulted in stitches in his left knee.
Fisher became the 20th Cowboy to earn All-America accolades at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and the first to do so in a track event since Joseph Nzau in the 10,000 meters in 1982. Wyoming has had All-Americans at the last two outdoor national meets, after Mason Finley earned the distinction last year in the discus.