Penn State Harrisburg track-and-field athlete wins NCAA title in discus throw

Cameron Yon

Penn State Harrisburg senior Cameron Yon is the first student-athlete in the college's history to win a national championship.

Credit: Penn State Harrisburg Athletics

GENEVA, Ohio — Penn State Harrisburg senior Cameron Yon became the first student-athlete in school history to win a national championship when he secured gold in the discus throw at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held Thursday, May 23, at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Yon, the reigning U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mideast Regional Field Athlete of the Year, entered the competition with the top mark in the nation and backed it up with a throw of 51.66 meters, a mark good enough to secure him the national title and the third USTFCCCA All-America honor of his illustrious career.

As a freshman in 2016, Yon was the first athlete in program history to qualify for an NCAA championship event. The Patuxent River, Maryland, native also was the first Penn State Harrisburg athlete to earn All-America honors, winning bronze in the event during his first trip to the national meet.