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There wonâ€™t be a more stacked distance race anywhere in the country than the menâ€™s half-mile in Happy Valley. Newly minted 1000-meter collegiate record holder and 2015 outdoor NCAA runner-up Brannon Kidder of the host Nittany Lions will make his 800-meter debut against a loaded field that includes three of the top-five finishers from last yearâ€™s NCAA indoor final.
Monmouthâ€™s Dylan Capwell finished runner-up in last yearâ€™s final, followed narrowly by third-place Clayton Murphy of Akron and fifth-place Ryan Manahan â€“ then of Georgetown and now with Ole Miss.
Outdoors, Kidder and Murphy were separated by just .16 of a second as the runner-up and third-place finisher, respectively. Capwell and Ole Missâ€™ Craig Engels, also scheduled to compete, just missed making the outdoor final a year ago with third-place finishes in their respective heats.