Story written by Maggie Redden, All-Sports Blog Contributor
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Last week, Casimir Loxsom and Evonne Britton traded their Penn State gear for Team USA apparel. The pair will soon be returning to Happy Valley in blue and white, but the duo wore the red, white and blue with style. They earned a silver and bronze medal, respectively, after a week of competition at the International Association of Athletics Federations Junior World Championships, held from July 19-25 in Moncton, Canada.
Regarded as the premiere athletic competition for individuals 19 and younger, the 2010 event was the biggest sports spectacular ever-held in Atlantic Canada. Athletes, coaches, and officials represented 170 IAAF Federations.
Fresh off capturing top honors in the 400-meter hurdles and silver-medal accolades in the 100-meter hurdles at the USTF Junior Championships, Britton made her final appearance at Moncton 2010 Stadium, one she'll never forget.
After posting a sixth-place finish in the100-meter hurdles, Britton cruised through the prelims and semifinals of the 400-meter hurdles, earning a spot in the final. Running from lane eight, Britton had her work cut out for her. She held her own and clocked a personal best of 57:32, just shy of the silver-medal time of 57:16.
Britton is already re-writing the record books as a Nittany Lion. She now stands third all-time in the 400-meter hurdles, trailing only recently departed seniors Fawn Dorr at 55:57 and Aleesha Barber at 57.00. With three years remaining as a Nittany Lion, Britton is poised to eclipse those times.
Loxsom closed out the IAAF World Junior Championships in style, capturing silver-medal honors in the 800-meters in a time of 1:46.57. It was a fight to the finish as Kenyan David Mutinda Mutua inched out Loxsom for the gold in 1:46.41.
Loxsom was in good company as U.S. teammate and bronze medalist, Robby Andrews, joined him on the medal stand. Loxsom and Andrews broke new ground, becoming the first U.S. athletes to ever capture medals in the men's 800 at the World Junior event.
After just one season as a Nittany Lion, Loxsom is one spot shy of owning the Penn State record. His effort in Canada stands as the second fastest ever run by a Penn State athlete. The Penn State record of 1:45.96 set by Randy Moore back in 1985 is in jeopardy as Loxsom is running it down.
With two outstanding performances on the world stage, the future is bright for the Nittany Lions. The All-Sports Blog congratulates Loxsom and Britton on their medals and we look forward to watching their future endeavors in blue, white...and red.