Nittany Lions in position to advance to NCAA Outdoor Championships
Track and Field to face tough competition in Madison
Nittany Lions host last home competition of outdoor season
Nittany Lions wrap up weekend with two "Championship of America" wins
Track and field stands to come home from Philadelphia with season bests and top finishes
Dawson's Personal Collegiate Bests
On the National Scene ... || 2010 Cross Country || A member of the Nittany Lions' NCAA-qualifying team ... Ran as Penn State's third finisher at the NCAA Championships, placing 171st overall ... Scored a top 50 finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, finishing 49th. || 2010 Outdoor || Qualified for the USATF Championships, placing 23rd in the 800-meters ... Ran the 800 at the NCAA First Round. || 2010 Indoor || Earned his first-career All-America finish, placing eighth in the 800 at the NCAA Indoor Championships (1:49.59) ... Recorded the sixth-fastest mark in the preliminaries (1:49.72) to advance to the NCAA Final ... Clocked an NCAA automatic-qualifying 1:47.77 for the 800 at the Washington Husky Classic. || 2009 Outdoor || Placed 24th in the 800 at the NCAA East Regional Championships, running 1:51.48.
At the Big Ten Championships ... || 2011 Indoor || Placed 11th in the 800 at the indoor conference meet. || 2010 Cross Country || Finished 49th overall on the Nittany Lions' fourth-place team at the conference meet. || 2010 Outdoor || Ran the third leg on the seventh-place and season-best 4x400-meter relay (3:11.85) ... Placed 11th in the 800. || 2010 Indoor || Recorded an eighth-place finish in the 800 (1:53.85) ... Ran 1:51.43 in the preliminaries to advance to the final. || 2009 Outdoor || Turned in a third-place finish in the 800, clocking 1:50.68 ... Posted the fastest 800 time in the preliminaries with a then personal-best 1:49.58. || 2009 Indoor || Part of Penn State's exciting one-two finish in the 800-meters, claiming silver-medal honors in 1:50.83. || 2008 Outdoor || Placed ninth in his preliminary heat of the 1500-meters. || 2008 Indoor || Ran the 1200-meter leg of the sixth-place distance medley relay.
On the Course ... || 2010 Cross Country || Enjoyed a stellar cross country season, competing in all eight competitions ... Top overall finish was ninth at the Lock Haven Dolan Duals ... Was the Lions' fourth finisher at the Penn State National, finishing 30th overall ... Placed 41st at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational. || 2009 Cross Country || Competed in two races, placing fourth at the Lock Haven Dolan Duals and 19th at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational.
Around the Track ... || 2011 Outdoor || Redshirted the outdoor season ... Ran unattached in the mile run at Penn Relays, placing sixth in 4:05.14 ... Ran 1:48.49 in the 800 at the Jim Thorpe Invitational. || 2011 Indoor || Recorded a season-best 1:50.15 for the 800 at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup ... Clocked a PR 4:04.26 to win the mile at the Nittany Lion Challenge ... Led of the Lions' second-place DMR at the Flotrack Husky Classic ... Ran the mile leg on the DMR at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... Relay finished in a season-best 9:35.21 ... Placed sixth in the 800 at the Penn State National. || 2010 Outdoor || Top finish was a sixth-place effort in the 800 at the Sun Angel Classic in a season-best 1:48.85 ... Placed sixth in the 1500 at the Florida Relays, clocking a career-best 3:45.42 ... Was a member of the winning 4x800-meter relay, which posted a meet-record 7:18.72 at the Florida Relays ... Ran the lead-off leg on the Lions' third-place 4x800 at Penn Relays ... The squad clocked 7:17.02 - the fourth-best time in school history. || 2010 Indoor || Finished sixth overall at the Husky Classic with a PR 1:47.77 - the third-fastest effort in the Nittany Lion record books ... Placed sixth in the 800 at the Penn State National, running 1:48.97 ... Ran a personal-best 2:21.98 to finish second in the 1000-meters at the PSU Northeast Challenge, which was also the second-fastest performance in school history. || 2009 Outdoor || Placed second in the 800 at the Bison Outdoor Classic with a regional-qualifying 1:50.27 ... Took fourth in the 800 at the Jim Click Shootout ... Was a member of the Lions' fourth-place 4x800 that finished in 7:18.66 in the Championship of America section at Penn Relays ... Placed ninth in the 1500 at the Jesse Owens Classic (3:51.49). || 2009 Indoor || Ran a personal-best and NCAA provisional-qualifying 1:50.13 to finish second in the 800-meters at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup ... Led off on the winning 4x800-meter relay at the Penn State Relays, running a meet record 7:31.17 ... Ran a personal-best 4:08.84 in the mile at the Washington Husky Invitational ... Finished seventh in the Invitational 800 at the Penn State National. || 2008 Outdoor || Ran a PR 1:51.68 to finish third in the 800 at the Penn State Open ... Finished 11th in the 800 at the Sun Angel Classic ... Placed eighth in the 1500 in a career-best 3:54.67 at the Oregon Pepsi Challenge. || 2008 Indoor || Ran on the first-place 4x800-meter relay at the Penn State Relays ... Finished 12th in the mile at the Penn State National ... Ran a personal-best 4:15.61 in the mile at the Tyson Invitational.
Before Penn State ... || High School || Ran the 800-meter leg on the winning DMR at the prestigious Penn Relays ... The team's performance of 10:08.51 was one of the best of 2007 ... A member of the Track and Field News High School All-America team ... Helped his squad to a team title at the high-powered 2006 Nike Team National Championships ... Ran on the winning team at the 2006 PIAA Cross Country Championships, finishing eighth individually ... Qualified for the PIAA Championships in the mile and ran on the fifth-place 4x800 at the state meet. || Personal || Son of Henry and Jane Dawson ... Born September 19, 1988 ... Majoring in Kinesiology ... Twin brother, Kyle, is also a distance runner at Penn State.