Sunday, January 14, 2018

Season Opening Meet Is More Than A Rustbuster! And a Homecoming For An Officer Of The Group

Don't forget, there is only one day left to get your vote in for the 2017 Performance of the Year.  Go to the full website.  Look at the left sidebar and vote for your top 2 out of the 6 finalists!

There were 2 School Records set in the first meet of the season at the Horace Ashenfelter Indoor Track.
  • Bryce Williams stunned everyone except himself with an opening meet School Record in the Triple Jump.  (53’-3.50”)
  • David Lucas heaved the heavy ball further than any Nittany Lion ever. 
But in my eyes, the performance of the meet was our very own Undersecretary of Fun Billy Cvecko butting heads in the 800M with the younger crowd.  He finished third in 1:56.06.  And I'm betting he never gets enough sleep!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

George Washington Is Now A Member Of Our Group

I remember hearing stories of George Washington's athletic prowess as a kid.  But with all the myths and stories told, which ones could possibly be true?

One that just might be true is his unofficial world record of 22 feet 3 inches in what was then called the broad jump.

With his track and field bona fides sorta kinda cemented, we can now turn to his links to our group...

Turns out that former Lion great Ricky Garcia bought a house 4 years ago in Alexandria, VA which was built and used by George Washington himself.  The house remained in the Washington family for generations after.

When Ricky decided the house needed a basement he sought help in surveying and excavating the space beneath his living room.  When they discovered a well and cistern, archeologists became interested.  There is now an official archeological dig going on at the home!  I'm hoping they find a Penn Relays Watch or something similar (hee hee hee).

And don't forget that there is only 2 days left to vote in the 2017 Performance of the Year Poll on the left sidebar of the full website.  Please vote for your top 2 of the 6 finalists!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A True Gentleman

I was happy to see that our Chief Laundry and Morale Officer posted a couple of nice remembrances on the Facebook page about the passing of Penn State's Dean of Running, Horace Ashenfelter III, as I was away from Blog control.

It really is too late for me to add much to the many heartfelt regards streaming in from all over the world.  All I will add is that I was honored to be able to speak with him several years ago at our Reunion.  I was tickled to hear him tell me that a 3 to 5 mile run should be considered a long run!  He was also delighted to learn that we named the prize for the longest putt on hole 18 after him at the Coach Groves Golf Tournament.

Mr. Ashenfelter with our Golden Putter.
And don't forget to vote for the 2017 Performance of the Year on the left sidebar of the full website!

Monday, January 8, 2018

2017 Performance Of The Year Finals

Both Semi-Finals were close.  There were so many worthy performances this year, it was hard to pick only 3 in each semi-final.  But now it is time to pick among the 6 Final Performances...
  • Mens team wins the first ever Outdoor Track Big Ten title.
  • Darrell Hill wins the IAAF Diamond League Shot Put with a 20 inch PR.
  • Cas Loxsom sets the World Record in the Indoor 600M with Isaiah Harris just behind him to set the Collegiate Record.
  • Danae Rivers sets multiple Indoor School Records in the 600M, 800M, Mile and DMR.
  • Brannon Kidder and Cas Loxsom World Champions in the IAAF 4 x 800M Relay.
  • Joe Kovacs places 2nd in the IAAF World Championship Shot Put.
Go the the full website and vote for your top 2 performances on the left sidebar!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

PSU Is Shot Put U

The 2017 rankings are out and Penn State affiliated Shot Putters are high on the list again.

The US List:
  • #2 Joe Kovacs - 2nd place World Championships
  • #3 Darrell Hill - Diamond League Champion
  • #4 Ryan Whiting - former Assistant Coach
The World  List:
  • #3 Joe Kovacs
  • #6 Darrell Hill
  • #9 Ryan Whiting
And here's a nice article about Darrell Hill from another prominent track blog (although it has no Physics content as far as I know!)

And there is still a little time to vote in the 2nd and last semi-final for the  2017 Performance of the Year. Go to the full website and vote for your own top 3 on the left sidebar to put them into the Finals!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Trapped Like A Rat 12?

I'm not really sure what number of annual trips in a row this is, but it has been long enough to not be able to keep track.

But it another one of those cold years they have down here in wonderful Florida every once in a while.  With snow to the north and freezing temperatures in the am for the next several days, it's not quite the same.  But I have always said I can vacation anywhere away from work....

Now don't forget to vote in the 2nd Semi-Final of the 2017 Performance of the Year.  We don't want to disappoint the Interns any more than the first semi-final already has...

Monday, January 1, 2018

2nd Semi-Final Poll For Performance Of The Year 2017

Happy New Year.  Now let's pick the final 3 finalists for our annual poll.  You know the drill...

  • Go to the full website
  • Look at the top of the left sidebar
  • Vote for your top 3
  • Tell all your friends to vote also
Our Semi-Finalists are:
  1. Joe Kovacs - Silver Medalist at World Championships Shot Put 
  2. Isaiah Harris - 2nd place at NCAA Championships 800M
  3. Malik Moffett - Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year -200M and Long Jump
  4. Mens Team - Big Ten Outdoor Championship
  5. Doreen Statare McCoubrie - 2nd age group at Boston Marathon
  6. Cas Loxsom (600M) and Brannon Kidder (1000M) 2nd USATF Indoor Champs.
  7. Xavier Smith - 60M Big Ten Championship in 6.66
  8. Mens 4 x 400M Indoor Big Ten Championship and School Record
  9. Brannon Kidder wins Milrose 1000M ahead of Cas Loxsom
  10. Danae Rivers with Indoor School Records in 600M, 800M, Mile and DMR

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Way Back Wednesday

"It was Satyr Hill, a 330-foot rise in a half-mile that came 18 miles into the race, that proved to be many a runner's Achilles' heel."

Don't forget to get your votes in for the first semi-final in the 2017 Performance of the Year poll on the left sidebar of the full website.  The Interns tell me they are disappointed with the number of votes so far!  Vote for three to make the Finals in 2 weeks.  2nd Semi-Final coming during the Penn State Bowl game.

My wife was rummaging around in my old homestead and found this pic from yesteryear.  It was fairly easy to figure out what is was...

Some dorky aspects:

It is the 1976 Maryland Marathon, run from the old Memorial Stadium to Loch Raven and back. That means a huge hill at the 18 or 19 mile mark, Satyr Hill.  This whim of mine to run one of the most difficult marathon courses around without really training for it was only one of the stupid things I did before my Penn State experience!

                               26.2 MILE RUN
              Baltimore, Md     December 5, 1976  10:30 A.M.
Place Name                Ag S Time    Pace 
===== =================== == = ======= =====
    1 William Rogers      28 M 2:14:22  5:08
    2 Tom Fleming         25 M 2:16:01  5:12
    3 Ron Hill            38 M 2:20:23  5:22
    4 Barry Brown         32 M 2:21:07  5:24
 220 David Beakwill 17 M 2:58:45 6:50

Mean Temperature     30 °F  

And they didn't even spell my name right!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Our First Semi-Final Poll On 2017 Performance Of The Year

2017 was a phenomenal year for the Penn State Track and Field Alumni Universe. there were literally hundreds of great things happening.  This triggered an unprecedented number of nominations to our Performance of the Year Awards.  I have had to combine numerous entries to narrow the field down, there were so many!

Vote for your top three in this semi-final poll on the left sidebar of the full web site! 

Remember, we want to hear from you at any time on submissions for this annual award.  There is a place on the right sidebar of the full web site (not on mobile devices!) to submit anything you find to be worthy at any time. 

Previous winners of the Award:
  • 2016 - Joe Kovacs - Silver Medal Olympic Shot Put
  • 2015 -  Joe Kovacs - IAFF World Champion Shot Put
  • 2014 - Brannon Kidder - School Record 1500M  (3:38.3)
  • 2013 - Penn Relays DMR Championship of America (Brannon Kidder, Brandon Bennett-Green, Casimir Loxsom, Robby Creese)
  • 2012 - Bridget Franek - Finals of Olympic Steeplechase
Semi-Final 1 Nominations for 2017 Performance of the Year: (Vote for your top three! on the left sidebar)
  • Andrew Sell transitions from the Club Team to #3 runner on the XC team at the Big Ten Championships.
  • Darrell Hill wins IAFF Diamond League Shot Put Championships.
  • Tori Gerlach 3rd at NCAA Steeplechase.
  • John Gondak - Mens Big Ten Outdoor Track Coach of the Year.
  • Brannon Kidder and Casimir Loxsom - World Champions at IAFF 4 x 800M Relay.
  • Danae Rivers - 3rd at NCAA Mile.
  • Best ever combined Indoor finish by Mens (2nd) and Womens (1st) teams.
  • Danae Rivers and Isaiah Harris - Big Ten 800M Champions Indoor
  • World Record and Collegiate Record in 600M by Casimir Loxsom and Isaiah Harris at Penn State National.
  • Tessa Barrett School Record 3000M. 
  • Michael Shuey 3rd at NCAA and Olympic Trials Javelin.
  • Solo Womens DMR results in School Record and NCAA Qualifier.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Isaiah Harris Ranked Third American In 800M By T&F News

I have the very last "PSU Is 800U" wristband to give to Isaiah Harris at the Penn State National at the end of January.  He wore the last one in a few top races (NCAA Championships and Olympic Trials?) but then lost it somewhere along his travels around the world.

3. Isaiah Harris • Penn State • 21 years old • 1:44.53 sb (#3 in US) • World Championship semis • 2nd at USAs • 2nd at outdoor NCAAs • 4th at indoor NCAAs
Harris was brilliant outdoors, going undefeated until NCAAs, where he was second to Emmanuel Korir of UTEP/Kenya. Considering Korir was one of the biggest 800 talents to ever come through the NCAA system, finishing second to him — and remember, Harris was actually gaining at the end of the race — is no shame. From there, Harris went on to finish second at USAs and fourth in his semifinal at Worlds, missing the final by two spots. Harris will be the favorite to win the 2018 NCAA title, and if he continues to progress in the same fashion as the past two years, he should get the job done.
Isaiah Harris WITH his original "PSU Is 800U" wristband.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Home Town Press Is Always The Best

With his recent 2nd place finish at the USATF Championships, Tyler McCandless awakened the reporters at the Allentown Morning Call.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Attending This Years Reunion And Golf Tourney May Help Us Fully Fund The Coach Groves Scholarship!

Just got word from our Chief Laundry Officer that we are ever closer to fully funding the Coach Groves Scholarship!  Just $8,770 to go.  We usually raise $4,000 or so with our Reunion and Golf Tourney contributions which is doubled by our group's corporate employers.

In other words, this is the year you should attend to see Coach Groves get the word of a full scholarship in his name while meeting with the rest of us rabble for fun and frolic!

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