Thank You

Thanks to everyone purchasing items in our Track Alumni Store. We sold 4 dozen items! They will arrive in 4-5 weeks. Wear them with pride and send me reviews and pics!

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Curious Case Of The Drone That Made A Big Bang

Or...   How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Drone

The appearance of Airship 800U at the Coach Groves Spiked Shoe Cross Country Invitational 2 weeks ago brought more than wonderment and joy.  It actually brought apprehension and disdain to the Officials in charge of the whole thing.  In fact, the reaction was overwrought and accusatory if the rumors are true.  I am here to set the record straight.  For once, I was correct and followed all the rules in place to bring you the first ever aerial footage of a Penn State Cross Country race.  In the mean-time, all future drone flights have been banned.  I will, of course, abide by the decision, but it should be changed quickly. The interns will see what they can do.

Artist's Conception of Official's reaction.
First up, they stated that laws were broken by flying within 5 miles of the State College Airport. And while the take-off and landing point of the drone was 4 1/2 miles from the airport, there is no law governing use of a hobbyist drone within 5 miles of an airport if all other rules are followed. Those rules are mostly common-sense about safety issues and the notification of the airport of when and where the flight will be flown (permission is neither given or required. Only notification). As a State College airport employee related to me, any aircraft flying below 400 feet at the Penn State Golf Course is an emergency situation. It never happens otherwise. I also had a $1,000,000 insurance policy on each of the 4 flights I took. The insurance issuer does not insure flights within a dangerous radius of airport activity or flight paths.

Officials also questioned whether the drone was flown out of sight of the operator, and said that it was, as they did not see it when the pack was on the other side of the course.  Needless to say, they didn't see it because I had already landed back at the start, and had only followed it for the first fairway of the race and returned to an empty area after each flight.  I flew well within sight at all times.  My flight logs are available for anyone to check.

They also related that drones should not be flown above groups of people.  And I whole heartedly agree.  Logs will also prove that it was never flown above groups of people.  It was above the starter for a brief second after the race started, but otherwise the only people under it were those that walked or ran under it on their own, and these people were alerted to it. Drones should also not be flown OVER stadiums or sporting events.  This rule was also followed, as I was always away from the competition and not directly over it. Videos and flight logs leave no doubt.

Other questions were raised about the NCAA regulations of the drone.  There are rules governing drones in use by NCAA representatives concerning fair play and spying etc.  The possibility of gaining an unfair advantage using a drone had been raised.  But real-time video of the drone footage was blocked and only filming for later viewing was done.  The NCAA has no jurisdiction over anything I do with the drone, as I do not represent PSU T&FXC in any official capacity. The NCAA is updating its rules about drone at the end of the year.

Coaches, athletes, competitors and officials shall not use video or audio devices, radio transmitters or receivers, mobile phones, computers, unmanned aerial systems (i.e., drones)or any similar devices in the competition area, except as authorized by the games committee for meet administration
To provide control regarding the use of unmanned aerial systemsas they may interfere with competition. In
addition, to allow for competitive equity and enhance student athlete safety. Eliminating “for meet administration”
authorizes the games committee to allow use of these devices even if not for meet administration, such as within an
infield coaches’ box (general prohibition remains).

There ARE rules (laws) governing commercial use of drones exceeding 0.55 pounds, but these do not apply to me.  As a hobbyist using Creative Commons 4 licensing for all of my content, I have no commercial ties or aspirations.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Coach Groves In A Coach Groves Shirt!

We have always been cognizant of the perils of having Coach Groves' name engraved in the winners of his own Coach Groves Golf Tourney Cup.  Will it unleash a tear in the space/time continuum?  Will it end in a Black Hole?  Luckily in the days when he did golf with us, he happened to be in my foursome, thus almost guaranteeing it wouldn't come up!

But with this recent pic from Coach's chauffeur, we may have to rethink the whole concept?

Here's Coach Groves wearing a Coach Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational T-Shirt!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Physics, Running And Old Shoes

Everyone already knows about my love of Physics, my love/hate relationship with running and my desire to return to the 70s.  So here's a post to combine all three succinctly.

Here's a colleague of Ron Moore who is good at both Physics and running long distances.

A hat-tip and honorary membership to Prof. Jenny Hoffman of Harvard.
 And my post of the olden Nike Cortez returning to stores everywhere sent Greg Fredericks into his basement to dig up this pair from the early 70s.  My bet is that they were hard, unstable and uncomfortable.  But Greg made them fast anyway!

Circa 1972.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

You Can Go Home Again Deux

Olympic Shot Putter Darrell Hill made it home to Suburban Philly and PSU to a hero's welcome!

Anyone making it to the Dinner Party in his honor can send me pics and an update! Please!

πŸ“’ATTENTIONπŸ“’::: The Dinner Party for our Olympian, Darrell Hill, is scheduled for Saturday, NOVEMBER 26th from 6p-10p at the OAKS BALLROOM in Glenolden! Tickets are on sale for $50! Please understand that your GIFT IS INCLUDED in the price! A formal flyer with full detail will follow!! There will be NO TICKETS sold at the door!! Come on out and enjoy a fun time celebrating our Olympian!!πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Plenty of food, music, dancing, fun & laughter! ❤️
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Last Chance In 2016 For Your Penn State Track Alumni Apparel

 This is the last day to order a jacket, shirt or stadium blanket in the Kelly's Sports Sale.  It is high quality merchandise at moderate prices.  And it will show everyone where your heart lies!

  1. Go to
  2. Click on    SHOP YOUR TEAM STORE button
  3. Type in the password:  PSTFA16
All orders must be placed by midnight on September 19th!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

You Can Go Home Again

Joe Kovacs made it back to hometown Nazareth, PA and to the game between Nazareth and Bethlehem Catholic, his alma mater.  He received a hero's welcome from both sides, something we rarely see in these times!

And he has a little more spending money, as three former Nittany Lion Shot Put specialists received a little extra spending money from the concluded Diamond League events.

  • Joe Kovacs - 35th overall money winner,  $39,000
  • Darrell Hill - 267th overall, $7000
  • Ryan Whiting - 409th overall, $4000

Friday, September 16, 2016

Soon You Will Need A Jacket In State College

Time is running out on the second opening of the Penn State Track Alumni Store run by Kelly's Sports.  That's the same organization that the Penn State Alumni Association uses for its sales of PSU paraphernalia.  And contrary to rumor, I get no payment for promoting or bringing you these great jackets, shirts and other things. 

Our sales have grown from the first opening last year, and we have met the minimum orders for all the items.  Everyone has been pleased with their stuff so far and we are spreading the word of PSU Track and Field far and wide!

There are only 3 days left to get your orders in.  Following that, the items will be embroidered with our classy, intern-inspired logo (except for the silk-screening on the t-shirts). Shipping will occur around October 19th.  That's just in time for the chilly and rainy season of State College, for those getting the jackets!

  1. Go to
  2. Click on    SHOP YOUR TEAM STORE
  3. Type in the password:  PSTFA16
All orders must be placed by  September 19th!!!!!!!
Under Armour Ace Rain Jacket

Nike Team Overtime Jacket

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Living In The Past Gets Better All The Time

The early days of Nike have been well documented.  And I have never really run much in anything else.  A few miles in Adidas Spyders spikes, a couple of miles in Brooks that injured me and a couple more in some Adidas Concretes (or whatever their sole was made of!) that Coach supplied for me.

I had the pleasure last year to wear some renewed Nike Internationalists, and now they have brought back another gem.

They are celebrating Athletics West with a new remake of the Nike Cortez in multiple color combinations.  The first large scale professional running program, Athletics West, "employed" multiple former Nittany Lions in the 70s and 80s.

I had a pair, did you?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

National Athlete Of The Week!

All the chatter among the nerdy class on running message boards was about the returning NCAA XC Champion Syracuse Orangemen and the debut of their transfer Iliass Aouani.  But when all was done at the Coach Grove Spiked Shoe Invitational, Tessa Barrett stole the show.

Tessa was named the USTFCCCA Athlete of the week for her dominating performance in the 6K race.

Monday, September 12, 2016

More Photos From The Spiked Shoe Invitational

First, get off your butt this Monday morning and order some stuff from the Kelly's Sports Store!  We have met the minimum order for everything except the t-shirts.  SO ORDER A T-SHIRT, WHY DON'T YOU?

It's as easy as....

  1. Go to
  2. Click on    SHOP YOUR TEAM STORE
  3. Type in the password:  PSTFA16
All orders must be placed by  September 19th!!!!!!!

All photos stolen from Bob Trump!  Use the comment section to supply captions to the photos.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

A Brotherhood. We Are!

And by Brotherhood, I mean all of us, women included.  If that is allowed in this politically correct world? (Even if it isn't.)

And speaking of brothers, I saw quite a few families represented yesterday at the Coach Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational.

  • The Fuller Brothers manned 60% of the Alumni Team.  And you all know that I can never remember which is which! (Fuller Harem member Mary Dell finished 4th in the Women's race.)

Psu Alumni
  643    30  Brian Fuller               27:36    5:18
  644    64  Mark Fuller                30:07    5:48
  732    65  Nick Scipro  (?)              30:15    5:49
  645    71  Kevin Fuller               31:05    5:59
  731    73  Sam Masters                32:29    6:15
Fullers with Harem. Which is which?
  •  Owen Dawson represented the Dawson twins!
  • Middle distance recruit William Ashenfelter, grandson of Horace Ashenfelter of the Ashenfelter Bros. was there.
  • The McGowan brothers were representing PSU  (5th - Tim, John - 27th)
Visit the store and buy some stuff, Please! 

 Remember the rules:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on    SHOP YOUR TEAM STORE
  3. Type in the password:  PSTFA16
All orders must be placed by  September 19th!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Coach Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational

Don't forget to get your orders in for the store!  It closes in 9 days!!!!

It was a pleasure seeing so many friends at the Meet today!  Let me try to name as many as I can...

  • Coach Harry Groves
  • Coach John Gondak
  • Coach Bill Whittaker
  • Dan Curran
  • Laura Loht
  • Owen Dawson
  • Isaiah Harris
  • Elyse Skerpon
  • Steve and Beth Shisler
  • Dave Felice
  • Artie Gilkes
  • Greg Fredericks
  • Tim Backenstose
  • Nick K.
Daughter the Elder, Pooky and Coach Groves.

Photo by Daughter the Elder.

Photo by Daughter the Elder.

And there is one person I expected to see but didn't.  Roger "Gunny" Roll was involved in an automobile accident after having dinner with Coach Groves and others last night.  He did not attend the meet, but is said to be banged up "just a little" and did not go to the hospital. He won't be using that car again, as both were totaled.  If you know his history and service to our country, you can understand him trying to avoid a hospital trip.  Everyone keep him in your thoughts and prayers. There is no one quite like Gunny and PSU T&FXC owes him a debt of gratitude beyond measure.

The Women dominated the meet, while the Orangemen of Syracuse ran away with the Mens title.
Airship 800U did indeed see some action, but I did not push things to the limit.  I have some aerial shots of both starts and action from the Womens leaders at 4K and the Men at 7K.  It was fun flying the bird on a hot day in State College.

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