According to the race results from Eugene, Oregon, local runner and Penn State Senior Sam Borchers has advanced to the finals of the 800 meter run at the USA Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon's famed Hayward Field. He qualified by finishing fourth in his semifinal heat in a time of 1:49.41. The event will be held on Sunday and will be televised nationally at 5 p.m. on NBC (Channel 2 in Dayton). Look for Borchers to be starting in lane one.
Borchers may not be the fastest runner in the race - his personal best is 1:47.51 - but he is always a threat to steal a win. As a Freshman in the 2008 outdoor season, he came from behind to beat the field by a meter at the Pepsi Team Challenge on this same track (Watch video). That same year, in a very strategic race, he won the 1500 meters at the Big Ten Outdoor Championship (Watch video).
For all-day live coverage of all of Sunday's events, go to http://www.usatf.org/events/2011/USAOutdoorTFChampionships/video.asp. The men's 800m is scheduled to go off at 5:27 p.m. EDT.