Friday, July 31, 2015

This Steeplechaser Started Early, And This Middle Distance Star Is Still Working Out!

Apparently, starting early helps!  I stole this pic from Bridget Franek's FB.  She's running in a street mile in Pittsburgh this weekend. I never started until I was 15... (bangs head on desk...)

And here's a pic I took of Coach Groves the last time we talked!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I Swear I Didn't Want To Reveal Her Age! She's Just A Kid

The USATF Masters Track and Field Championships were last weekend in Jacksonville.  Our very own multiple Longest Drive Champion Beth Shisler was there in her best sport!

Stephen and Beth Shisler

She finished 4th in the 50-54 age group in both races and set PRs in both the 400M and 200M.

Beth Shisler
51 - Athena Track Club

Beth Shisler
51 - Athena Track Club

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Five For One?

I had the opportunity to watch the Cole Hamels masterpiece no-hitter yesterday in what may be his last game as a Phillie.  It's always fun to see a no-hitter.  Has anyone been in-house for a MLB no-hitter? 

I also thought about the coming trade.  Will it resemble the old Von Hayes Five-For-One-Deal in the 80's?

  • Von Hayes from the Indians to the Phillies
  • Jay Baller from the Phillies to the Indians
  • Julio Franco from the Phillies to the Indians
  • Manny Trillo from the Phillies to the Indians
  • George Vukovich from the Phillies to the Indians
  • Jerry Willard from the Phillies to the Indians
The only other recent 5-For-1 deal recently I know of was the Guantanamo terrorist trade for  Bowe Bergdahl.

  • Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban to America
  • Abdula Haq Wasiq from Guantanamo to the Taliban
  • Mullah Norullah Noori from Guantanamo to the Taliban
  • Mullah Mohammad Fazl from Guantanamo to th Taliban
  • Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa from Guantanamo to the Taliban
  • Mohanmmad Nabi Omari from Guantanamo to the Taliban

Saturday, July 25, 2015

An Anniversary And Trip Back In Time

"A date which will live in infamy!"
~Judy Lynn Weaver '87 (mgr.)

My plea for submissions from my horde of faithful readers again bore fruit. (Keep them coming!) Judy Lynn Weaver sent me this great article from the Summer Collegian in 1968.  That's almost one year before the moon landings. (Yes, they really did go to the moon with a computer the equivalent of the original Palm Pilot!)  It's also notable that racial tensions were about the same as they are today on page 1 of the Collegian.  That makes me extremely sad.

Turns out that Coach Groves was hired as the new PSU Track and Cross Country Coach on 7/24/1968 Coach John Lucas stepped down to devote full-time to his professorship duties.  Word of the hire was reported exactly 47 years ago today (with the appropriate conversions from Rec Hall's square track to a banked Mondo-surfaced 200 meter indoor facility.  Or was that from Imperial to Metric?)  Thanks Judy Lynn!

Friday, July 24, 2015

A Century For Giving

Ron Moore will be upping the distance and running his first 100-Mile Race in the near future.  He has decided to make a positive impact and is seeking financial support for the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation through his everydayhero page.

Please give what you can, as will I.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

It Isn't Fair To Practice For The Next Coach Groves Golf Tournament

And yet there are a bunch of you on the links this summer.  Greg Miller even went for broke at one of Golfing's Meccas, Pinehurst CCAnd he broke 100!

Che Arosemena once took The Golden Putter to Pinehurst, but I'm still waiting for the pictures!

Greg Miller surveys the course.

Payne Stewart.

I wonder what a hot dog costs here?
Greg relates hot dogs were $4.50!  compared to $0.75 at  Bushwood CC!

The Gallery on the 18th!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Darrell Hill Places Fourth at Pan-Am Games

1 558 21.69 PR
2 284 20.53 SB
3 109 20.24
4 715 20.10
5 718 19.88
Darrell Hill was in third place for most of the competition but wasn't able to better his second throw and slipped to 4th in the competition. It was certainly a fine year for Darrell. We look for many more fine throws in the future.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

This Gives "Going Down the Shore" An All New Meaning

George McWilliams saw the blog's bat signal go out yesterday for some submissions, and came through with flying colors.  He brings me this great report of a rather unique track meet (actually field meet!) held on the beach in Wildwood.  Hope the Portuguese-Man-o-Wars were all gone by then!  Thanks George.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tyler's Response Is First Class

As I have said before, both athletes were ill served by the USATF organization.  Tyler will suffer from some detractors permanently over the incident, but I'm sure he will be able to handle it because I have seen how he handles other situations. 

As these types of incidents multiply, both members of the USATF and non-members must put the leadership's feet to the fire to improve the organization. Good luck to both athletes in the upcoming races.

Tyler McCandless Responds to Pan American Games Marathon Removal
BOULDER, CO (July 20, 2015) – In May 2015, Tyler McCandless was honored to be asked to join the Men’s Marathon team representing the USA at the Pan American Games in Toronto on July 25, 2015. USATF, the national governing body for running, nominated McCandless to the US Olympic Committee (USOC) that oversees the National team and on July 6 McCandless was included in USOC’s press release announcing the full team roster. After the official team announcement, Craig Leon stepped forward to state that he had a marathon performance which gave him preference over McCandless in the selection criteria and filed a grievance with the USOC against USATF. On July 10, USATF formally notified McCandless that they planned to resubmit their team nomination to USOC to remove McCandless from the team due to the oversight in their selection process. Having committed the late Spring and early Summer to training for the Games and rearranging his, and his family’s, schedules McCandless filed for arbitration to stay on the team.
After hearing arguments from all sides, the arbitrator characterized the situation as a disaster. In his decision, the arbitrator recognized USATF as “the sole cause of the extraordinary issues that gave rise to this dispute,” and instructed that USATF must pay for all of the arbitration costs. With the need for expedited action, the “interim operative decision” placed Leon on the team in place of McCandless, additional details will come with the documentation in the “fully reasoned award” which will be forthcoming.

McCandless elaborated on his feelings:
“It’s hard to describe how excited I was to believe I was to have the opportunity to represent the USA in international competition and to wear the USA singlet. Those reading my social media posts could see the excitement and I enjoyed the support and encouragement I received back from individuals and race organizations.”
“I never thought that accepting a nomination to the Pan Am Games would end in heartbreak. When selected to the Games, I deferred a full-time job offer by a month, pushed back my PhD dissertation defense by a month and dedicated nearly two months of intense training for the Pan Am Games Marathon – foregoing other racing opportunities as well. My mom even pushed back a necessary hip replacement surgery to see me compete in Toronto!”
“Beyond all that, I feel that my own NGB, USATF, misrepresented the truth in submissions to the arbitrator in what can only be characterized as a personal attack rather than an attempt for justice. Humiliated, heart-broken, and shattered are words to describe my feelings right now.
“Of course, I wish Craig Leon and all of Team USA the best at the Pan American Games and know that he and the team will wear the red, white and blue with pride. Although a career dream come true has now become a nightmare that I won’t be able to wake up from for some time, I will continue to dedicate myself to the sport I love.”

I Had Nothing For Today

I really couldn't come up with anything for a post today, and no one has sent me anything of interest in awhile (Hint, hint...).  So I went to the Intertubes again to steal a vacation photo from someone else.  I hope they don't mind.

Tim "Grizzly" Johnson and Dennis Pollow on top of Pike's Peak.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Exciting Times For Shot Put U

More than one person tweeted out "Clean World Record" after yesterday's Shot Put competition at the Diamond League Meet in Monaco.  Congrats to Joe Kovacs in surpassing the 74 foot barrier (74' 1/4")!  And Ryan Whiting is rounding into shape also.

And don't forget that Darrell Hill is finishing up his preparations for the Pan-Am Games.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Debbie Downer Is A Park Ranger Now

When Scott Jurek surpassed the Appalachian Trail unofficial record last week, he was greeted with a gaggle of other hikers and well-wishers, AND Ranger Debbie Downer.  He was handed 3 citations for :
  1. Littering (champagne struck the ground when the bottle was opened)
  2. Hiking with a large group (12 or more)
  3. Consuming alcohol (the rest of the champagne)
The company filming was also cited for filming within 500 feet of the highest point of Mt. Katahdin, which was not covered by the paid-for commercial license.

Baxter State Park is considering eliminating itself from the Appalachian Trail over the incident.

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