Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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
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.
- Larry Mangan 24:40 5.2 mile (Course Record)
- Alan Scharsu 24:56
- John Zeigler
- Tom Rapp
- Jeff Adkins
- Ricky Garcia
- Jim Clelland
Monday, September 28, 2015
As Larry Mangan points out, there are 3 Nittany Lions in the top 27 here:
- Greg Fredericks, 4th
- Charles Maguire, 17th
- Paul Stemmer, 27th
Sunday, September 27, 2015
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.
Friday, September 25, 2015
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
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
- 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
- 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.|
|50K with PSU Pride!|
|Ron exits Rat Jaw|
Monday, September 21, 2015
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
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.
Friday, September 18, 2015
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
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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
Monday, September 14, 2015
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
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 Groves. Casimir 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.|
|Marta, Lauren and Daughter the Elder representing York Suburban High.|
Saturday, September 12, 2015
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
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
ALL-TIME WOMEN’S SPIKED SHOE INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS:
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 (
UnattachedRyan's wife and our Southern Hemisphere Outreach Specialist.)
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
ALL TIME MEN’S SPIKED SHOE INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS:1979 Jim Allahand (Unattached)1980 Alan Scharsu (PSU)1981 George Malley (
Athletics WestNew 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
Link is fixed! Thanks KKOB
Monday, September 7, 2015
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...
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
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.
*All proceeds from the ads are destined for the benefit of the group.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
======================================================================= 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
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
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.
Mike Krakower email@example.com
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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
The Physics world is heating up now that the CERN Super Collider is back up and running at increased energy.
- The Higgs Boson is being further defined in the initial experiments. "All of the measured properties are in agreement with the predictions of the Standard Model"
- When the device was powered up at the increased energy, a very strange thing happened! Maybe this actually confirms that there is another Universe where I am actually the world's fastest distance runner!
- And the discoveries about Dark Matter seem to indicate that Physics is even harder than you ever thought!
- But most importantly, a Physicist took the time to prove that Yoda has a negative mass!