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Monday, June 25, 2012

PSU is Shot Put U

Blake Eaton, Ryan Whiting and Joe Kovacs following the Finals of the Shot Put at the USATF Championships and Olympic Trials.

The Happy Valley trio did some extraordinary work over the two-day competition.  Blake ended up in 11th place3 (61' 8 1/2").  Joe set the new PSU record with a 4th place finish (69' 2") and Ryan made the Olympic team with his second place toss (71' 1/4").

And don't let me forget that Altoona's own PSU Sophomore Brady Gehret made the finals in the 400 M, where he ran the fastest 300 M of his life.  As he said after, "Too bad the race is 400 M!" .  I cannot wait to see what the next two years will bring him!

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Next up for PSU is Bridget Franek in the Steeplechase Prelims.


  1. I nearly tossed my glass of Pinnacle Cotton Candy Vodka when Brady was in the lead with about 150 meters to go. Awesome effort. And Whipped Chocolate much better.
    (As a comment on NBC announcers, it was a disgrace they never once mentioned Brady, or some of the others in race. Also, Joe's and Blake's positioning got no coverage in final. Great job to them as well.)

  2. He certainly went after it. As he says, he was in lane 8, so you don't see anyone else unless they pass you. If he had lasted 50 more meters before the bear jumped on him he would have been in the running for 3rd. That event is not for sissies!

  3. Based on the 100 meter line at head of stretch, it seemed like he was in fourth but only half stride from second. I did nine events on Friday local senior games, one being the 400...(I ran the first 200 faster than my open 200) bear was smaller but then again I'm weaker than Brady.

  4. The same number of events as Bryan Clay. A decathlon of sorts! Send me the details.

    And at the end of the semis, the announcers pronounced his name as "gaa-ray" like he was French or something. Obviously, they had no clue who the skinny college Sophomore was.

  5. Great to see him go for it. But, top six make the team and the "reserves" usually run the prelims. As a competitor it is tough to gear your thinking toward just finish in the top 6 because we train to win. All the best as he matures.


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