Thursday, October 17, 2019

Another Visitor For Coach Groves

Al Sheaffer, class of 1969 visits Coach Groves last weekend.  Photo from Greg Fredericks.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Lot Of Familiar Faces

The 1982 XC Team still had a lot of comrades in common with my last team in 1980.  With the addition of so many "youngsters" who attend our Reunion and Golf Tourney each year, it makes for a trip down Memory Lane.

Please make comments below, or on our Facebook Page. 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

I'm Ready For More Abuse: Rankings Of The All-Time Indoor Alumni Records

As the third job I have in this current busy climate, this blog has a very good reputation for inaccuracy, mistakes and overall "I have to look that up".  I take abuse on just about everything I post, but posts involving statistics bring it from every corner of the world. So as an introduction to these marks, please update me on any inaccuraccies, mistakes or "I have to look that up".

Here are the tops marks for Penn State Mens Track Alumni Records from all-time as per the IAAF Scoring Tables.  These were compiled by Matt Grove from Coach Groves' notes and amended by all of us over time.  Undoubtedly, there are mistakes.  But that gives us all an opportunityy to get together in a collegial fashion and have a little fun along the way.   Hee hee hee

  1.  600M          1226        1:14.91                         Casimir Loxsom '13                  2017 (WB)
  2.  Shot Put      1209        70' 5.5" (21.47M)         Joe Kovacs '12                          2014
  3.  800M          1196        1:46.13                         Casimir Loxsom '13                  2017
  4.  Mile            1181        3:56.06                         Brannon Kidder '16                   2018
  5.  1500M        1168        3:39.17                         Brannon Kidder '16                   2018
  6.  60M HH     1137        7.70                              Mike Shine '76                           1978
  7.  5000M        1117        13:39.27                       James Carney '01                       2005
  8.  2 Mile         1107        8:35.0                           George Malley '77                     1979
  9. Heptathlon   1099       5827 pts.                       Ryan Olkowski '02                    2005
  10. 200M           1096       21.25                             Ryan Olkowski '02                    2003
  11. TJ                1082        53' 2.75" (16.22M)       Ricardo Hall                              1995
  12. HJ                1081       7' 2.25" (2.19M)            Dave Kriz '96                            1999
  13. 1000M         1079       2:22.66                          Randy Moore '85                       1986
  14. LJ                1073        25' 3.25" (7.7M)           Rob Boulware '87                      1988
  15. 60M            1059        6.77                               Mike Shine '76                           1978
  16. PV               1056        17' 2" (5.23M)             Rick Kleban '85                          1988
  17. 55M            1056        6.1*  (6.34)                  Barney Ewell '42                        1947 (WR)
  18. 55M            1056        6.1*  (6.34)                  Mike Sands '75                           1980
  19. 300M            995         34.5                             Mike Sands '75                           1976
* 0.24 secs added to hand times as per IAAF standards.

Saturday, October 5, 2019


If I would tell you that the Shot Put Finals ended at the World Championships with the top 3 throwers within less than an inch AND all three threw further than anyone since 1990 (90s throws = tainted? cough, cough) you would probably say something like  "Inconceivable!"

And if I then said that a Nittany Lion came out on top of all three, you may say "Inconceivable" again.  There was another Nittany Lion just out of the medals in 5th too.


and yet it just happened...

Joe Kovacs, 22.91M ON HIS FINAL THROW

Ryan Crouser, 22.90M

Tomas Walsh, 22.90M

1 1908 Joe Kovacs USA USA 22.91 CR 20.90 21.63 21.24 21.95 21.94 22.91
2 1879 Ryan Crouser USA USA 22.90 PB 22.36 X 22.36 22.71 X 22.90
3 1504 Tomas Walsh NZL NZL 22.90 AR 22.90 X X X X X
4 334 Darlan Romani BRA BRA 22.53 21.61 22.53 22.03 22.13 X X
5 1893 Darrell Hill USA USA 21.65 20.58 21.38 21.65 X 21.23 X

Over 75 feet  (just short of 75' 2")

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Track And Field Lost a Good Man

Bob Trump passed away last week.  Bob was a 1955 graduate of Penn State's fine Mining Engineering Program.  He was a stalwart of the Lancaster Lebanon Track world and was a wizard with a camera.  He will be missed by all.  My condolences to his family and friends.

His photo site has many gems.  Visit it HERE

I especially love his link to our web site he placed on his.  My link to his was plain and not exciting.  His link to our site was funny and appreciated.  Bob enjoyed the mirth on our site.  See if you can find it on his site.  It will be worth the search, as you will probably take detours to other interesting places.  

Robert ‘Bob’Paul Trump born on 02/12/31 in Kimmerlings, PA to Katherine Pearl (Longacre) and George E Trump passed away peacefully in his home at Cornwall Manor on 09/12/19 at the age of 88.A graduate of Lebanon High School in 1949, Bob met and married his beloved wife of 67 years, Louise Alice Wike in Schaefferstown, PA in 1952. Bob went on to earn a BS and MS in Mining Engineering from Penn State in 1954/55 and worked for Gulf Oil Corporation in Harmarville, PA for 25 years. Bob was instrumental as the Authority Chairman in the building and opening of the Butler CountyArea Vo-Tech School in 1979. During this time he lived in the Mars Area School District where he served as a school board member and president in the late 70’s. A member of multiple booster clubs his lifelong love of track and field began here in support of his daughters as he volunteered at their track meets.Bob with Louise always at his side returned to Schaefferstown in the early 80’s establishing Hillcrest Nursery on Sheep Hill Road. They both eventually fully retired in Newmanstown before settling in at Cornwall Manor. Bob’s greatest legacy was his unwavering and tireless dedication to student athletes in all places he called home. He became a registered PIAA and USA Track & Field official in 1977 and maintained those designations until his retirement from officiating in 2014. Following his return to Lebanon Countyhe continued to officiate track and cross country meets at numerous local high schools and universities including Penn State. Beyond officiatinghe delighted in photography and routinely posted photos of student athletes in action on his own website. Also providing up to date stats and records his site has been a popular spot for students and parents for years. The district’s annual Junior High Track & Field Invitational meet was renamed in honor of Bob and Louise in 2009. Recognitions and awards from Mars, ELCO, Penn State, Lebanon, and Lancaster organizations for his dedicated efforts are too numerous to detail but he was forever grateful. His entire family is and will forever be proud of him.Bob is survived by his wife Louise; brothers Richard and Phil Trump; daughters Karen & Anita Trump and Linda Trump McLaughlin; grandsons Anthony Jack, Arthur Halko, and Connor McLaughlin; granddaughter Haley (McLaughlin) Jacobs; as well as one great grandson on the way Xander Jacobs.His wish to have no public burial services is being honored and handled by Schaefferstown’s Clauser Funeral Home. The family does plan for a celebration of Bob’s life. The details will be provided on In lieu of flowers or other memorials the family suggests donations in Bob’s name bemade payable to ELCO Athletic Department and sent to 180 ELCO Drive, Myerstown, PA 17067.

Monday, September 30, 2019

PSU Is 800U: World Championships

Brannon Kidder came oh so close to making the Finals in the 800 in Doha.  His time of  1:45.62 was tenth best in the semi-finals.

He will end up 11th in the overall standings as fellow American and rising star Bryce Hoppel advanced to the 8 man final with a 3rd place finish in his heat with a 1:45.95.

Brannon ends the loooooong season as only one of 4 men to have had qualifying times in both the 800M and 1500M events for the World Championships.  Way to go Brannon!

Friday, September 27, 2019

The Founder Of Our Group Never Even Missed Me

1981 was the first year after my graduation from Dear Ole State, and yet the PSU XC world continued on.

In fact, the future Founder of our Group, Clark Haley, started that year and probably never even heard of me for quite some time.  Gary Black probably let him in on my existence at some point, and he probably promptly forgot about it.

I only became a member of the group at the first ever Alumni Golf Tourney in 2002 because Gary made me go with him.  The rest of the crew were all well known to Clark Haley. Since then we have spread the group to all years and both (should I say all?) genders.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

It's Mid-Season For XC, And There Still Is Track!!!

The early cross country season is over.  The tune-up meets and time trials are long gone.  We move on to the meat of the season getting ready for the championship season.

And yet there is still one more Track Meet to go.  The biggest in the world for 2019.   Schedule HERE

And the Nittany Lions have 4 Men representing us in Doha, Qatar starting on Friday:
  • Joe Kovacs                Shot Put     Starting Thursday, October 3
  • Darrell Hill                Shot Put                       "
  • Brannon Kidder        800M        Starting  Saturday, September 28
  • Michael Shuey           Javelin      Starting  Saturday, October 5
XC Season/Track Season, Duck Season/Rabbit Season:


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Smile Is Infectious!

Calling All Able-Bodied XC Alums!

John Evans has alerted me that entries are being accepted for the 2019 USATF Club XC National meet at Lehigh.  Get a team or two together and represent!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Penn State Track Alums Are Everywhere

A gaggle of Track Alums visit Coach Gondak at Pitt tailgate.

PSU Is 800U at "The Match"

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Just About Everyone Other Than Coach Groves Thinks This Was His Best XC Team

Coach Groves had a sweet spot for the 1979 XC team that finished third at the NCAA Championships.  The 1980 XC team also finished third, but was only 1 point out of second.  That was his best XC finish of his 38 year PSU career.

Several Group Officers have come to the conclusion that Coach slightly preferred the 1979 team solely because of the captain that year, "Noisy" Jim Clelland.  I'm not sure about that but we all certainly love Jim. It was great to hear from him recently after a few years and his southern move.

Nearly everyone else feel that this 1980 team was the best team of the Groves era.  I'm not going to argue, as I love both of
those teams. What a wonderful team to be a part of. (sic)

The principle scoring runners were a powerful collection of all American born and raised, regional talent.

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