06/18/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/18/2019 12:49
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - Nearly one month ago, track & field athlete Cameron Yon became the first Penn State Harrisburg student-athlete to win a national championship.
The senior entered the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships with the top mark in the nation in the discus throw and backed it up with a toss of 51.66 meters at the national event; a mark good enough to secure him the national title and the third U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-America honor of his illustrious career.
Yon was the first athlete in program history to qualify for an NCAA Championship event as a freshman in 2016. He was also the first Penn State Harrisburg athlete to earn all-America honors, winning bronze in the event during his first trip to the national meet. His final collegiate achievement topped them all, however, with his most-recent effort clinching the school's first-ever national championship.
The Patuxent River, Md. native was recently was named the USTFCCCA Mideast Regional Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year and the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Male Athlete of the Year. He was pegged CAC Outdoor Men's Co-Athlete of the Year along with teammate Jalil Clayton after setting a new conference championship and facility record when he won gold in the discus throw with a toss of 54.45 meters. His longest throw of 56.27 meters this spring was tops in the country and stands as a CAC record. Yon added an ECAC Championship in the event and was twice named the CAC Field Athlete of the Week this spring. He was named a USTFCCCA All-Region performer in both the discus throw and hammer throw earlier this season. His indoor campaign included USTFCCCA Indoor All-Region recognition in the weight throw and he won bronze in both the shot put and weight throw at the CAC Indoor Championships.