20th Annual Penn State Track and Field/XC Reunion

And SAVE THE DATE! The Executive Committee meeting of the Officers of the Group convened and chose the dates for the 2022 Reunion and Coach Groves Golf Tournament. This will be the 20th anniversary of the formulation of this whole shebang, and you better SAVE THE DATE!! So set aside May 13th and 14th, 2022. (Each year will alternate between May and August) We will be going all out for this event and you won't want to miss it. Adult beverages, camaraderie with old and new friends, mediocre golf, AND LIVE MUSIC FROM PROFESSIONALS! Stay tuned...

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

It's Hard To Get Practice Time At The Nursing Home

That seems to explain the no-height in the pole vault for 100 year-old Don Pellman, who then exclaimed, "I thought I was in better shape than that."

Don lives in an assisted living retirement home with his wife, noting that they don't have a track. Maybe our PSU Track Old Folks Home will be called Tranquil Ovals and come with a 360M track with measuring devices having 90cm = 1 M?

100 M - 26.99
Long Jump - 1.78M
High Jump - 0.90M
Shot Put - 6.56M
Discus - 14.86M
Pole Vault - No height

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My Readers Are The Best: And I'll Never Doubt Our New Blog Laureate Again

The 1974 AAU XC Championship listing from Mike Fanelli's vast archives was a big hit.  The only way to top it would be photographs from that meet.  And Dan Martinez, our best Oregon Duck connection, has come through for us again!  Both Mike and Dan have always been invited to our Reunion and Golf Outing.  It would be a pleasure to have a Duck and a native Philadelphian amongst our ranks.  Please chime in with who is who among the runners pictured. (Hint: There seems to be 2 Nittany Lions lurking in the photos somewhere?)

And it turns out that Larry Mangan was 100% correct and both the previous Blog Laureate and I were 100% wrong.  Larry will now be tasked with his newest Group title as Blog Laureate, a position that has been unfilled for far too long.

The Coach Groves Spiked Shoe Meet was known as the Coaches Conference Meet in its early manifestation.  I'm not sure who did the legwork on this but I am impressed.  The telltale article was found in the Reading Eagle of all places.

  1. Larry Mangan   24:40   5.2 mile  (Course Record)
  2. Alan Scharsu     24:56
  3. John Zeigler
  4. Tom Rapp
  5. Jeff Adkins
  6. Ricky Garcia
  7. Jim Clelland
I cannot thank my readers enough for making this site almost factually accurate! hee hee hee All errors in fact are usually my responsibility.  But most times, my readers rescue me.

Monday, September 28, 2015

An Oldie And A Goodie At A Different Belmont

This is brought to us from the garage museum of our great friend Mike Fanelli.  One of these days Mike will come golf with us and bring his Nittany Lion wife with him!  If the Olympic History was preserved by Coach Lucas, Mike has pretty much taken up everything else.  There seems to be no end to his vast archives!

As Larry Mangan points out, there are 3 Nittany Lions in the top 27 here:
  •  Greg Fredericks, 4th
  • Charles Maguire, 17th
  • Paul Stemmer, 27th 
The rest of the names are a Who's Who listing of the golden era of Cross Country.  Be sure to peruse the listing for a few smiles.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Belmont Plateau Is Still In The News!

The rejuvenation of Fairmount Park's Belmont Plateau Cross Country Trails has generated lots of buzz in the running community. We previously discussed this in 2 other posts.

Here's still another treatise on the changes.

Philadelphia story: the regeneration of FairmountPark’s running trails

I will get a first-hand look at the site in 2 weeks at the Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championship.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Big Day For High School Cross Country

Saturday has 2 really big meets on the slate in the High School ranks, not too far apart. 

Hershey will be hosting races in 3 divisions (Blue, Red and Gold) on the PIAA and District 3 course on the old golf course near the Giant Center, Chocolate World and Amusement Park.  Teams from all over vie for a view of the course before Championship season arrives.

And Carlisle hosts one of the biggest and best run high school races in all the nation on the high school course right in town.  Teams from as far west as Ohio, as far east as New Jersey, as far north as Connecticut and as far south as Virginia will be there.  Again, many division including Freshman races and JV races!

I'll be in Wilkes Barre for another PSUAC meet.  Weather is supposed to be absolutely great for all three races!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

It Ain't Over Til It's Over

And it's not really over then, BTW!   RIP Yogi Berra, you've been an inspiration to millions and a true American hero.  (WWII machine-gunner assistant on Omaha Beach followed by 10 World Series rings!)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Alumni Singlets On The Ultra-Trail

Another friend I have met through my work on the blog has been Ron Moore.  Everyone knows my admiration for Ron, even though we have never met!  Here are a few reasons for my admiration.

  • Ron was a State Champion in high school.
  • Ron was a top runner for Coach Groves while at PSU.
  • Ron toils in the top levels of Physics even while juggling a family and ultra-marathon training. 
  • Recent 8th place finish at the Barkley Fall Classic 50K 50+K.
  • Ron proudly wears his Alumni Singlet while competing in places with names such as "Rat Jaw" , "Testicle Spectacle" and "Frozen Head". (I run on a treadmill called Bob)
  • Ron could give me 20 IQ points and still be ahead of me.
  • Ron will be running his first 100-Mile race soon!  (Donate to his cause HERE)
Ron at Testicle Spectacle.

The Finish

50K with PSU Pride!

Ron exits Rat Jaw

Monday, September 21, 2015

Penn State Track Alumni Golfer Makes The National Team!

One of the great perks of being the Group's Herder of Cats is that I get to meet people I would have missed otherwise. And learn of the vast interests and talents that our member's have.

One that stands out is the long-term love of Field Hockey and John McGraw himself.  John was just announced as a member of the USA World Cup Masters Team.  John is currently living in Hershey and training in Lancaster.  Anyone who has ever played the sport knows how difficult it is.  I once played against my high school girls team, with disastrous results. It isn't anyway as easy as they make it look.  Ryan Foster is another who has played the sport in the sport's World Champion Country of Australia.

John McGraw, front and center.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Cross Country Apps For Your Phone And Tablet

These are all Android Apps.  For those who travel with The Dark Side, you are on your own! (Most everything is available for the iPhone too.)

By far the most interesting for me is CourseWalk - The Eventer's App  This is actually an app for the equestrian version of cross country.  This allows riders to view a course ahead of time and match landmarks and mile marks.  You can actually take a virtual tour of the course!  This kind of program could be adapted to the human form of cross country and make a lot of people happy.  I would have loved this a very long time ago at William and Mary when we warmed-up by running the entire 6.2 mile course before the race, and then ran the race.  Maybe my warm-up was faster than my race?  When we then started on the course again for the warm-down, I was finished.  6.2 + 6.2 + 6.2 = (actually high level mathematics like that was impossible at the time with my dizziness and confusion.)  When you realize that the course is on the grounds of an infamous mental institution, you really don't want to be left behind...

There are a couple of fundamental score keepers available for free, and some others that can cost a few dollars apiece.  The really good ones are for use by coaches on tablets and can run upwards of $20.

And for the really adventurous, here's an app for Cross Country Running Strength conditioning, whatever that is!?

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Definitive Old School Vs. New School Post

I've had my minions working on this for awhile. (Actually you know there hasn't been a post for 2 1/2 days, so it has been me trying to compile this all by my lonesome in between patients and my other work duties!)

An old post was picked up by other award-winning blogs when I first reposted it recently, so here I am reposting it for a third time!   Am I running out of things to say? Is the blog nearing an end?   (No.)

Anyway, here is the definitive post compiling all New School/Old School submissions in all the various iterations no matter where the source.

Old School (1970s): Practice right after school.
New School (2012): Practice at 5:30PM, just 1 1/2 hours after they get home from school.

Old School: Practice lasts 1 1/2 hours, team meeting included. Ends on time.
New School: Practice lasts 2 1/2 hours, followed by a team meeting. Never on time.

Old School: Practice at high school, trip home by school bus.
New School:  Practice at numerous variable sites, transportation necessary both to and from.

Old School: Dual Meets twice weekly.
New School: Quad or Quintuple Meets once weekly.

Old School: Tattoos only on a spectating ex-Marine Uncle from out of town.
New School: Neck tattoos on Freshman runners.

Old School: No sunglasses.
New School: Sunglasses on an overcast day as essential running equipment.

Old School: Nike Waffles.
New School: "Barefoot" Shoes.

Old School:  Winner at about 16:00 for boys 18:00 for girls.
New School: Winner at about 16:00 for boys 18:00 for girls.

Old School:  No idea what friends are up to during practice.
New School: Tweets and Facebook updates during practice to know that friends are "chillin".

Old School: Coach is basketball coach and high school math teacher.
New School: Coach is 6-time All-American and stay-at-home-dad.

Old School: 0 assistant coaches.
New School: 6 assistant coaches.

Old School: 1 Newspaper article a year, with many facts wrong.
New School:  Blog with daily updates on minutiae of every runner's life.

Old School: Quarter mile or half mile repeats a staple.
New School: Don't know what a quarter is.

Old School: One runner with a VW van on its last legs takes a few people home.
New School: Each runner over 16 drives their own BMW, Lexus or Mercedes home.

Old School:  Cotton
New School: Lycra

Old School: Stretch
New School: Core

Old School: Fartlek
New School: Lactate-Threshold or Tempo

Old School: 10-year old school-owned-and-loaned spikes which were painted each year to freshen them up.
New School: A personal aresenal.

New School: Screen-printed singlet logo.
Old School: Embroidered ones. Woo-Hoo! The old-timers win one!

 Old School: Coach would pile whole team (boys only back then) into Plymouth Fury (Big boat car) and drive 10 miles out of town and drop off team, following team all way back to school. No one would bat an eye.
New School: Coach mentions a 5 mile run and whole team rolls eyes, AD forbids team from going off campus (school board lawyer says liability), and coach drives a Mini Cooper anyway. No one has any endurance.

Old School: Kids did things without critique of "how it used to be"
New School: Adults blog about how kids aren't tough anymore.

 Old School- Barney Ewell    New School- Usain Bolt

Old School- Nike Waffles    New School- Vibram 5 Fingers

Old School- New Zealand Splits  New School- Compression Shorts

Old School- ERG    New School- G2

Old School- Cinders    New School- Mondo

Old School- Lydiard    New School- Salazar (Coach)

Old School- Salazar (Runner)   New School- Meb

Old School- Salazar (Champion)  New School-  Salazar (Heart Rehab Patient) or New school Coach - Schumacher

Old School- Amateur    New School- Professional

Old School- Squinting, warming up   New School- Running Sunglasses, arm warmers, breathe-rite strips, running "zorro" masks

Old School- Track and Field News   New School- Track and Field News or New school (for better or worse)- Letsrun.com or New School: Flotrak.org

Old School- Steve Prefontaine   New School- Galen Rupp or New school - Solinsky
Old School- Rec Hall/Ice Palace    New School- Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track

Old School- Coach Lucas    Old School- Coach Groves
Old School- "Wait an Hour" Health Center  New School- Ritenour Health Center

Old School- Gentle Thursday    New School- Earth Day

Old School- 2 cups of coffee (50 cents for both)   New School- Energy drink ($3.99)

Old School- Steve Balkey    New School- Ryan Foster 

Old School:  In most of my years at UC I would go around in a van and give people mile splits, just to get a sense of pace. 
New School:  Toward the end they would correct me as to where the mile split actually was based on their GPS.  I began to wonder why I was even out there.  The same was true for bus trips where I formally enjoyed talking with team members on the bus.  Toward the end they were all texting and there was essentially nobody to talk with.  Once again I began to wonder why I was even on the bus. Courtesy of Bill Schnier
Old School:  Running comes first , so drop a class so as not to miss practice.
New School: School comes first, so skip practice so as not to miss class. Courtesy of Phil Scott
Old School: Start a run down any country road or trail and run for 60-90 minutes, guesstimating the distance and pace.
New School: GPS tells you exactly where you are, how far and how fast your pace. 
Courtesy of Susan Abuasba
Old School:  Cross Country was Blue Collar kids of factory workers, living in the city.
New School: Cross Country is Upper Class kids of college grads, living in the suburbs.
Old School: Cross Country team was mainly basketball players getting in shape before their season, lucky if there were 8 or 9 kids on the team. Many ran in Converse All-Stars high tops.
New School: Cross Country team has 5-10 serious runners and 30-50 kids trying to boost their resumes for getting accepted to college.  George Brose



Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I'm Terrified Of The 400 M

I have always been terrified of having to run a 400M race.  In high school it was my coach's threat to get me to run 4 races instead of having to run anchor on the 4 x 440Y.  I have only ever run one timed 400M and that was early in my Junior year when Coach Groves announced the event at the beginning of an interval session.  We even lined up in lanes with John "JB" Barber and Coach Groves and others actually timing everyone individually. 

I held my own with a just slightly too fast start and smooth middle 200M.  The last 100M was grueling but I held my own and came to the finish in the middle of the pack tied with John "Ziggy" Zeigler in 54 seconds.  I think with years of practice and dedication to the event, I could have topped out at 53.9!

But THIS 400M will not be my next attempt at the distance. Thanks to KKOB for the link.

What was Your Best 400M, you distance-running smartypants?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Can You Name The Only Penn Stater In Nike's Ad?

 This ought to Pi$$ a lot of people off in my dozens of readers out there, but then again, they at least included one Nittany Lion who had to live in a van during his tenure in Happy Valley. (This is for one of our most loyal readers, Dan!)

Monday, September 14, 2015

There Was An Empty Starting Corrall At The Spiked Shoe Meet

Be careful out there everyone! 

Especially when running in large groups on highly traveled roads.  It seems the Bucknell Mens team just missed a bad blow to their season on the eve of the race. Only one spent time in the hospital overnight and all will return to action next week. They decided to withdraw both the Mens and Womens teams from the race.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Diamonds (are a) Girls, Best Friend(s)

Joe Kovacs added to his haul of awards this year with the Diamond League Championship in the Shot Put Competition.  "Hey Joe, where are you going with that trophy in your hand..."

The Womens Team won the Coach Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational in State College against some higher ranked competition.   They were paced by race winner, Tori Gerlach.

The Mens Team performed well, placing third behind Syracuse and Michigan. Ean DiSilvio placed 7th to lead the Lions.

The PSU Alumni Team placed 5th in the team competition with Brian Fuller leading the way in 22nd place.  Others on the team were Joey Walls, Mark Fuller, Kevin Fuller, Chris Cipro and co-blogger Matt GrovesCasimir Loxsom acted as coach, trainer and captain for the squad.  Thanks for representing the rest of us sloths!

Cas Loxsom, Kevin Fuller, Mark Fuller, Brian Fuller, Chris Cipro, Matt Groves and Joey Walls.
I missed the meet as I was in Pittsburgh for my daughter's PSUAC race in McKeesport.  It turns out 2 of her best friends and high school teammates were also there.  ( running for University of Pitt Johnstown, Mt. Aloysius College and Penn State Mont Alto.)

Marta, Lauren and Daughter the Elder representing York Suburban High.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Still In The Burgh

I had a tour of downtown Pittsburgh last night before a wonderful street show and a great Italian dinner. Today is the PSUAC branch campus XC race at the Greater Allegheny campus in McKeesport.  There is also a high school race at Schenley Park,  just like the one 38 years ago before our meet against Pitt and West Virginia. It was raining hard, just like today,  as I  watched future Nittany Lion Alan Scharsu lead  the mud covered harriers.

Here's my blurry pic of Flagstaff Hill at Schenley Park.  But my pic of the "Dirty O"  didn't turn out.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

PSUAC in the Burgh

Instead of being in Happy Valley for the Coach Harry Groves Spiked Shoe XC Meet,  I am in Pittsburgh for my Daughter the Elder's PSU Campus meet in McKeesport. On the way to "The Burgh" I passed the signs for 2-time HS mile champion and PSU All-American Bob "Snid"  Snyder 's home town of McConnellville.   "THAT' S BURG,  YOU DUMMY."

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Spiked Shoe Invitational: Women's Turn

I take heat every time I post something and seemingly forget the Women.  But you women know we love you!  Never fear.


2000 Katie Jazwinski (Michigan)

2002 Tracey Brauksieck (PSU)

2003 Molly Landreth (PSU)

2004 Molly Landreth (PSU)

2005 Lindsey Donaldson (Yale)

2006 Jillian Sullivan (UConn)

2007 Bridget Franek (PSU)

2008 Cheryl Spring (PSU

2009 Cheryl Spring (PSU)

2010 Emily Jones (Georgetown)

2011 Hannah Neczypor (Georgetown)

2013 Emily Giannotti (PSU)

2014 Kara Foster (Unattached Ryan's wife and our Southern Hemisphere Outreach Specialist.)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Spiked Shoe Invitational This Week

 This weekend brings us the first Home XC Meet of the season with the Coach Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational.  In honor of the event I have compiled the individual champions from each of the races for your perusal and comment.


1979 Jim Allahand (Unattached)
1980 Alan Scharsu (PSU)
1981 George Malley (Athletics West New Balance)
1982 Jeff Adkins (PSU)
1983 Greg Fredericks (Unnatttached)
1984 Tim Springfield (Virginia)
1985 Eric Carter (PSU)
1986 Eric Carter/Dave McMillan (PSU)
1987 Eric Carter (PSU)
1988 Peter Weilermann (JMU)
1989 Mark Crogan (Ohio State)
1990 Keith Dowling (Pittsburgh)
1991 Chris Payne (USF)
1992 Bob Donker (W. Virginia)
1993 Frank Nesko (Pittsburgh)
1994 Bob Hamer (PSU)
1995 Tom McGlynn (PSU)
1996 Che Arosomena (PSU)
1997 Matt Kodak (Bucknell)
1998 Frank Bruder (Pgh Pharoah Hounds)
1999 Peter Sherry (Unattached)
2000 Karl Savage (St. Joe’s)
2002 Jason Woodhouse (Okla. State)
2003 Dan Mazzocco (PSU)
2004 Macharia Yuot (Widener)
2005 Teddy Meyers (St. Joe’s)
2006 Mike Anderson (Dayton)
2007 Brian Fuller (PSU)
2008 Dan Busby (Syracuse)
2009 Lee Berube (Geneseo State)
2010 Donn Cabral (Princeton)
2011 Lee Berube (Geneseo State)
2012 Alejandro Arroyo Yamin (Princeton)
2013 Robby Creese (PSU)
2014 Matt Fischer (PSU)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

An Update On The Fairmount Park Belmont Plateau XC Course

Seems nostalgia for the days of yore have motivated enough people that more things are starting to happen in Philadelphia.  In addition to Parachute Hill and Flagpole Hill, Sure Kill Hill may be returning!
Link is fixed!  Thanks KKOB

Monday, September 7, 2015

Holiday Ramblings Amid a Day Off

 Don't forget to help spread the word of PSU Track and Field Alumni (Golf) to all your Social Media friends who won't listen to me!  Prizes await.

It's Labor Day, a day set aside for the Working Man to NOT have to work.  A day envisioned by Union activists and finally made into Federal law. With my bona fide membership in a division of the AFL-CIO Union, even I take the day off.  Add my 2 Hybrid cars and 3 electric lawn mowers, and you would swear I was a certain Leftist.  You'll have to ask Gary, Nick and Larry about that...

Don't bother to stretch before you run.  And don't warm-up too much, either. But anyone paying attention to me over the years already knew that. 

"A marathon is a 20-Mile Run with a 3-Mile warm-up and a 3 Mile warm-down."
-Anonymous, before the 1979 NVTC Marathon.

 Does the average runner care about USATF?  No, of course not. But it does give me an excuse for another photo of Cas Loxsom with Nick Symmonds!

The Prisoner's Dilemma adapted to Students.  People are remarkably predictable.

Uh-Oh!  Are cracks forming in the Hoover Dam of Physics?  Will Large Hadron Collider experiments dismantle the Standard Model?

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Help Spread The Word And Win!

Now that the Cross Country season has finally begun, and this Blog has taken a vow not to mention the Sport played with an oblong and pointed ball any more this year, you are going to need something else to do.

My recommendation is to help spread the word of our Track and Field (and XC!) Alumni Group.  Eventually this leads to an increase in the Coach Groves Scholarship Endowment!  As an incentive, I'm offering a chance to win a fabulous prize to be drawn at next year's Reunion Awards Dinner.  I figure my circle of friends is (really!) limited, so let's expand the circle to all of your more numerous friends.  Like a pyramid scheme or something.  Without the buy-in and the inevitable realization that you've been had!

So here's the deal:

  • You get one entry for each time you Share a post on Social Media or email it to wider audience (be sure to include me in the email).  One per post.
  • I'll keep track of the numbers via a spreadsheet specially formulated by an Excel expert not affiliated with LetsRun.com.
  • We will draw a winner from the accumulated mess at the next Reunion, and...
  • Someone will win a free entry to a future Reunion and Golf Tourney and $100 in cash.
In order to help keep me from having to take food away from my hungry children to make up for the $250 I have invested in the contest....  Merely clicking on the ads garners us a few cents.  Actually going deeper into the site garners increasing amounts of mullah.  Actually buying something may bring us gold coins or something.

*All proceeds from the ads are destined for the benefit of the group.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Cross Country Season Finally Begins!

The Penn State Nittany Lion teams opened the season at the Dolan Duals in Lock Haven.  The Men scored 19 points while the Women scored a perfect 15.

Woman's 4K:
  1 #962 Gerlach, Tori           Penn State   14:00.98    1             
  2 #960 Chikotas, Elizabeth     Penn State   14:06.10    2             
  3 #964 Hunsberger, Jillian     Penn State   14:26.68    3             
  4 #965 Kocjancic, Julie        Penn State   14:33.53    4             
  5 #966 Lindsley, Greta         Penn State   14:36.96    5             
  6 #956 Aldrich, Stephanie      Penn State   14:38.83    6             
  7 #961 Crawford, Victoria      Penn State   14:45.69    7             
  8 #928 Arnold, Alexis          Lock Haven   15:01.00    8             
  9 #958 Bennatan, Lisa          Penn State   15:18.68                  
 10 #967 Ulizio, Cara            Penn State   15:26.64                  
 11 #963 Hellman, Megan          Penn State   15:40.25                  
 12 #982 Mills, Gretchen         Unattached   15:45.90                  
 13 #983 Sick, Katie             Unattached   15:48.63                  
 14 #930 Capper, Courtney        Lock Haven   15:58.06    9             
 15 #959 Catalano, Hannah        Penn State   16:03.66 
Men's 6K:
 1 #970 DiSilvio, Ean           Penn State     17:41.74    1             
  2 #952 Mountain, Dylan         Lock Haven    17:49.35    2             
  3 #968 Abert, Colin            Penn State    17:53.64    3             
  4 #979 Quinn, Conner           Penn State    17:55.52    4             
  5 #976 McGowan, Timothy        Penn State    17:56.98    5             
  6 #972 Endress, Wade           Penn State    17:57.52    6             
  7 #954 Robinson, Ben           Lock Haven    18:05.84    7             
  8 #978 Pondel, Austin          Penn State    18:07.45    8             
  9 #992 Mains, Zach             Unattached    18:16.01                  
 10 #948 Guiod, Matt             Lock Haven    18:16.22    9             
 11 #986 Bobbitt, Brady          Unattached    18:36.06                  
 12 #974 Lippert, Conrad         Penn State    18:44.83   10             
 13 #975 Makins, Jordan          Penn State    18:52.60                  
 14 #995 Raehsler, Liam          Unattached    18:56.99                  
 15 #993 McGowan, John           Unattached    18:59.50                  
 16 #971 Dugan, John             Penn State    19:15.34                  
 17 #943 Coakley, Mitchell       Lock Haven    19:16.97   11             
 18 #977 Miller, Jack            Penn State    19:21.31 
But I was at Shippensburg for the Galen Piper Challenge,
also a 4K/6K affair.And I wasn't alone!  Brian Fuller 
and Kevin Fuller were there with their 
Significant Others, members of the Shippensburg Alumni 
team.  Word is out that Penn State Alumni will be toeing
the line at the Penn State Open.

Daughter the Elder and HS teammate Samantha.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Teammates Are Forever

I have had a couple of submissions about some teammates of mine, from teammates of mine, that I wish to pass along.

First up, roommate Doug "Do Right" Kent dug up his copy of the 1980 Penn Relays Program including this photo of the 1979 Marathon winner.  I know Tim Backenstose frequently checks in.  He'll be pleased to see this again.  As was I!

And Larry Mangan sent this announcement along from a Houston friend of Marc Dunmire.  Marc was a teammate of both of us and a long time PSU Football seat-mate of Larry's.  Let's help Marc get his memorial paving stone!

Dear Friends and Family of Marc Dunmire,

Marc had and
always will have a special place in each of our lives.

A day doesn't go by
without thinking of Marc. Many times I find myself picking 
up the phone to tell him about an upcoming sporting event,
to play golf or just to tell him about a
comic situation that only Marc's humor would understand.

Marc influenced our
lives in so many ways.  I wanted to create some way to 
memorialize his memory for all of us.  Marc spent a lot 
of time at running at Memorial Park. The
running center is a brand new facility at Memorial Park 
which offers pavers for individuals names. These pavers 
are for purchase in two sizes,
12" x 24" of 24" x 24".

If you are interested in participating in a paver for
Marc please email or call me for more information or 
questions. Also please forward this to friends, co-workers, 
or others not included in this email. The cost of the 12"x24" 
paver is $2500, the "24 x 24" is %5000. 


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Cross Country Course Renewed

There has been a big push to rejuvenate the Cross Country courses at Fairmount Park's Belmont PlateauThey have been in use by high schools and colleges since at least the 1960s.

I had the pleasure of running there in 1977 (I think? Help me out Larry and Kelly??).  It was an OK course and more challenging than most courses.  We were up against Villanova and we, of course, beat them if I remember correctly???  My claim to fame (!) was beating both Mark Belger and Don Paige in the race, the only one I ever ran against them.  I met Don last year with Greg Fredericks when he was inspecting the Ashenfelter Indoor Track.  Don's company was in charge of the design and installation of the track, and certainly did a remarkable job.  I pointed out to Don that I was undefeated in my races against him.  It landed with one of the largest thuds ever!  I didn't mean to offend him, but it certainly ended our conversation then and there.  Oh well.....

They are bringing the course back to its glory and looking to attract some big meets to the Philadelphia area.  They recently started a Hall of Fame and had the first annual Hall of Fame Classic.

If you are interested in helping out, join the Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Physics Updates In Lieu Of Actual Cross Country Posts

The XC season starts this weekend.  (Thank Goodness!) But for now you'll just have to sit back and get you some more learnin.

The Physics world is heating up now that the CERN Super Collider is back up and running at increased energy.
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