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4 Jackets for all seasons, a matching rain pant and classic 100% pre-shrunk cotton tees just like olden times! Not those new-fangled smelly technical tees! If a code is needed, it is PSUTFAL

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Number Three With A Bullet... Er, A Javelin


The last time we visited, Michael Shuey and I related the success of his injury-induced 5th dream season.   He had done just about everything he set his mind to.  But somehow, he has added even more to it at the USATF National Championships!

Michael added 5 more feet to his School Record and placed third in the Javelin Championships with his toss of 255' 8".  (He had another toss of more than 253'!)  Congrats Michael.




Rachel Fatherly also placed 14th in the Shot Put with a heave of 53' 6 1/2".  Meanwhile, Joe Kovacs, Darrell Hill and ex-assistant coach Ryan Whiting will be competing in the Shot Put this afternoon, while Isaiah Harris makes his way in the second National Championship Final in the 800M.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

800U On To The Finals!

I only picked this pic because it clearly shows the PSU Is 800U Wrist Band on his wrist. This was last year before he lost it in his voluminous travels. I have another one for him!

Isaiah Harris qualified for the Finals in the USATF 800M last night with a 1:45.77. He will join Joe Kovacs and Darrell Hill, who are in the Shot Put, competing for a spot on the World Championships team on Sunday.

1Erik Sowinski
Nike
1:45.48 Q
52.29
-
Pl: 1
1:45.48
53.20
Pl: 1


2Abraham Alvarado
BYU
1:46.62 Q
52.58
-
Pl: 3
1:46.62
54.04
Pl: 1


3Clayton Murphy
Nike
1:45.70 Q
52.58
-
Pl: 3
1:45.70
53.12
Pl: 2


4Drew Windle
Brooks
1:46.69 Q
53.28
-
Pl: 8
1:46.69
53.42
Pl: 2


5Isaiah Harris
Penn St.
1:45.77 Q
53.01
-
Pl: 7
1:45.77
52.76
Pl: 3


6Donavan Brazier
Nike
1:46.88 Q
52.36
-
Pl: 1
1:46.88
54.53
Pl: 3


7Drew Piazza
Virginia Tech
1:45.83 Q
52.90
-
Pl: 6
1:45.83
52.94
Pl: 4


8Charles Jock
Nike / NIKE OTCE
1:46.92 Q
52.79
-
Pl: 5
1:46.92
54.13
Pl: 4



And Evonne Britton moved on to the Semi-Finals of the 100M Hurdles.

Friday, June 23, 2017

USATF Championships 2017


Isaiah Harris, Dom Perretta and Casimir Loxsom represented Penn State in the 800M opening round yesterday in steamy California.  Isaiah won his rather slow heat by closing with a relish to move on to tomorrow's semi-finals.  although Dom and Casimir failed to advance, Cas certainly put a smile on my face by donning his Alumni Singlet at the Championship level!  Cas has also announced a return to State College next year for training.  



Also, Morgan Shigo placed 11th in the Hammer Throw, capping off a stellar season.  Tori Gerlach also finished her tremendous season and PSU career with a 15th place finish in the Steeplechase.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bears! Be Careful Out There


It's that time of year again.  Bears are all in the news.  And most of it is bad.

Two maulings with death in Alaska last week.  One was a teenage trail runner who was chased, mauled and killed.  And these were both black bears, not the more aggressive brown variety. (And here.)

And here was another race in Colorado, where a black bear decided to bandit for possible prize money!  In the old days, this would have forfeited her amateur status.


And everyone remembers MY BEAR STORY from 1980 in Happy Valley!  I also took a run in Bear Meadows, parking the car along the trail.  The windows were cracked just a bit and there were sandwiches inside for when we were done our run.  When we returned there were 3 full grown bears on top of the car.  I handled it by adding 5 more miles to the run.  When we were done again, the bears were gone.

And don't forget to get your orders in at the Group Merchandise Store.  There are 4 different jackets for every season, a classic t-shirt that won't smell bad after one wear, and a rain suit for those early season track meets you are officiating or coaching. Use code PSUTFAL to enter the store.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Guest Post From One Group Officer About Another


Our Chief Laundry and Morale Officer forwarded this from a wayward intern about our Director of Youth Development.  Both are Yinzers, but maybe the rest of us can follow along...

“One of the new interns, currently working on top-secret, autonomous Cross Country van project deep in the bowels of CMU’s Robotics, Propulsion and Isaly’s Klondike Lab, found this hidden jewel in the recesses of the internet.  Finally a story about something good happening in Cleveland!”


The Days of Our Lives

PITTSBURGH, PA - Sometimes I wish I could go back on a rollercoaster ride, when life's just a game. One of Queen's lesser-known songs, "These Are The Days of Our Lives" is the perfect tune by which to remember those times we have left behind us. Everyone of us, at various points in our lives, takes those fateful trips down memory lane. Some of us look back with a smile, and some look back with a sigh of regret. Yet look back we all do, and it is about this that I write today. While hopping about the internet the other day, I happened upon the official Shady Side Academy Cross Country Page, and the memories came flooding back. Reading the tales of the accomplishments of the past year's cross country team, as well as some of the history of the team at Shady Side, I was reminded of how old I had gotten, and how long it had been sonce I ran along those rolling hills of Fox Chapel. How many years it had been since I had taken the long bus ride to Mercersburg, PA, with a dozen or so of us rocking along with Freddy Mercury and Queen in the back. When the last time was that I gathered with my teammates for a pre-race trip to the sacred Pizza Hut. Needless to say, I was quite thrilled to have found this tiny corner of the cyber-world, for it has inspired me to recall the lasting legacy of a man I feel was the greatest runner ever to don a Shady Side uniform - Arthur Scott Gilkes.
It is not the easiest thing to enter high school, a highly regarded cross country runner, the year after a state championship. Having graduated a majority of the major players from the 1988 State Championship team, Shady Side Academy was in a rebuilding year, which still left the team quite competitive by league standards. Artie Gilkes was immediately thrust into a leadership role on the team, surging into a top five position from the onset. The graduation of still more seniors that year thrust the spotlight on Gilkes and his sophomore teammates in the 1990 season. After a strong showing in the state meet that year, where Gilkes finished fourth, the team, which placed three sophomores in the top four slots on the team, appeared destined for something great.
Gilkes' junior year featured more of the same, as Gilkes was rapidly becoming a household name in cross country circles in Western Pennsylvania. As he raced to numerous titles in local invitationals, the team nonetheless found itself in the all-too-familiar role of bridesmaid in the league and state meets. The core of the team, now comprised of three juniors - Gilkes, co-captain Bruce Jacobs, and myself - and a freshman - Andy May - could not get over the huge hurdles in its path, and Gilkes was forced to settle once again for individual achievement. He was victorious in the league championship meet, and he placed second at the state invitational. Would his senior year hold more of the same heartache? Or would his team finally rally around their defiant leader?
Magic Johnson is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, not only for the skills he possessed on the court, but for his ability to make those around him better. Artie Gilkes discovered in himself that same desire and that same will. He would not let his team lose, doing everything in his power to propel his team to victory. He only lost one race during his senior year, a state-wide invitational in early September of 1992, but it was his dedication to the team that made him a lasting legend at Shady Side.
Never having known the joys of a team victory at the Interstate Prep School League championships, Gilkes was faced with the unenviable task of weighing certain personal glory against potential team gain. Victory was almost assuredly his, if he so desired it. Yet if he went out and demolished the competition, the team might again find itself in second place. The chief competition, Western Reserve Academy, had two top runners - Hastings and Masiella - who would most likely find themselves in second and third place if Gilkes ran away early. I had never beaten these two runners in three years of head-to-head competition, and as the team's second-best runner, my ability to stay with these two was crucial. Working two-against-one however, the W.R.A. runners had a significant edge, and passing me at the end was a likely outcome. Assistant Coach Tom Graham explained to Gilkes that he would have to risk defeat if he wanted the team to have a chance to win: he would have to hold back, running in a pack of four, only to sprint at the end and take me with him down the victory chute. The decision was not even a decision at all.
Encouraged by my teammate's presence against the two W.R.A. giants, I was able to stay in the lead pack for almost two and a half miles. The four of us had rapidly distanced ourselves from the rest of the field, and it was becoming apparent that Hastings and Masielle were gaining confidence at having kept up with Gilkes. With a half mile to go, Coach Graham signaled for Gilkes to make his move, and motioning for me to come with him, Gilkes took off across the barren Ohio fields. I am not sure to this day why I went with him at the moment, or how I had the strength to do so, but I did, and he pulled me right along with him to the finish. Gilkes had run the race perfectly, and he and Coach Graham had known precisely when to make the final kick. That willingness to sacrifice on the part of Artie Gilkes earned us the league championship.
Artie Gilkes went on to win the state championship as well that year, even though the team finished a close third in the most competitive field in the tournament's history. He went on to star with Penn State University, running track and cross country in the Big Ten. People look back on high school with a variety of memories, from the prom to past girlfriends to pre-college anxiety. I look back on high school and see one race, run late in October, in chilly conditions, just outside of Cleveland, OH. I remember crossing the finish line, profoundly aware that the league title was ours, knowing that the man fifty yards in front of me was responsible. I raced my entire career with Artie Gilkes, always one step behind, and I never met a better runner, or a better leader. Even while just jogging around my Virginia neighborhood, I can still see his face, nodding to me that it was time to go. Run, then, Artie. Run to your place in history. I will be right behind you.
Submitted 7/30/98.

Monday, June 19, 2017

PSU Is Javelin U


NCAA All-American Michael Shuey will be competing for a place on the World Championship team this weekend.  But this former PSU Javelin thrower has competed at many of our Coach Groves Golf Tournaments.  Take a guess in the comment section or on our Facebook site!

And don't forget to visit our store to pick up a jacket, rain suit or t-shirt!!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Danae Rivers, Freshman Of The Year


Danae Rivers was just named the Freshman of the Year yesterday by the Big Ten. She can add a big trophy to her 5 (or is it more?) School Records!


And don't forget to visit the Penn State Track Alumni Store to pick up some t-shirts or Jackets!   Use Code PSUTFAL to go to the store site.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Store Is Open!


The Kelly Sports Group Store is now open.  That means you have one month to place your order.  Simply create an Account and order away! Orders will be finalized in 28 days (7/10/2107) and only then will you be charged.  The items will then be embroidered in the next month and shipping will occur on around 8/8/2017

Calling all readers to spread the word again, via phone, Twitter, Facebook, email or (gasp!) by mouth! Those spreading the word by Sharing on Facebook will be entered in a drawing for a classic t-shirt! (Funds for this will come from the Intern Stipend Fund.)

All items are in Mens Sizing!!!  (adjust accordingly) 
Addendum: 
For those using the landing page, the password listed on the flyer* will get you to the right page. Double check that the password is being entered correctly: PSUTFAL


Several items that I selected were unavailable, so this year's store will mostly be a Jacketpalooza! There are 4 separate jackets available, all with our great group logo embroidered on the left breast.
  • A lightweight jacket from Nike that was our most popular item the last two times.



  • A rain jacket from Under Armour that has been requested by many who missed it the first time.  I have this and it is a spectacular item.  I have used it extensively already, even at the recent Big Ten Championships when the sky threatened to let loose!
  • A Hybrid jacket with Nike Sphere technology that will bridge the gap between lightweight and heavy parka.

  • A Nike Parka for the worst weather Happy Valley throws at us.

Also, there are 2 other items available:

  • Rain pants from Under Armour to complete the rain set, especially for track officials and track coaches for those early season rainy meets. Logo on the left hip.
  • Classic 100% cotton t-shirts that are pre-shrunk.  These come in either white or grey with the small logo embroidered on the left breast.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Ten Questions: Michael Shuey All-American!


Thanks to Michael Shuey for playing along with my 10 questions!



1. From what I can gather observing from afar, this year seems like a dream come true for you. Is that an accurate appraisal?
Anytime I can compete for Penn State is a dream come true for me. Being an athlete at this college was my dream since age 8. But to go through the surgeries and still be able to reach my goals is just icing on top of the cake.
 2. What was your injury and what did it take to come back as well as you did?
 I have had set backs since my 10th grade year in high school when I dislocated my elbow in a football game. Then the following year I got a blood clot in my throwing arm. The junior year at penn state in tore my UCL in my throwing arm which lead to surgery and was out for a whole year of not throwing javelin. Recovery from that is more mental then physical, I had to trust the surgery and not baby it. Which was just ignoring the little bit of pain.
 3. Was it as much fun as it looked winning the Big Ten title?
Winning the team title was a completely different feeling than any individual success. The vibs from the coaches and athletes made the experience amazing. We are such a close group of guys that achieving something together was something that I will never forget.
 4. Who taught you to throw a javelin?
In 7th grade I asked Coach Charney who was also a teacher I had, that I wanted to try javelin. He said that it's very technical and not something I could just pick up and do. But the last practice of the year he let me throw it in practice. The first couple throws I'll never forget he said "You could go to the Olympics" so after that he helped along with an assistance coach named Mike Sherry and Richard Schriber. But my high school coach Kurt Breakey was someone that really helped me become successful in it.
 5. Who are your idols in the Sport? 
Jan Zelzeny the world record holder is one of the throwers that I watched a lot growing up along with Tero Pitkämäki and Andreas Thorkildsen.
6. What is the proper angle when throwing a javelin?
The angle you want to throw the javelin is around 35 degrees. I'm working on doing that part of the throw well.
(There was a video game we used to play while in Podiatry School called "Track and Field"  It was a decathlon-like game with 10 events.  In the game 35 degrees was the ideal javelin angle while 45 degrees worked best for the shot put.  Takes me back 33 years!)
7. Have you ever heard Coach Groves’ story about how Willie Mays taught him to throw a javelin?
No, I never heard that story, please share hahah 
(It's a true story.  Willie Mays was in Coach Groves' unit in the Army at Fort Eustis Virginia, where Coach had a team. You need to go visit him and ask the question.  You may hear the story twice!)
8. It looks like there is more in the tank. What’s next for you?
Yes, more to come I hope. We leave for the USA championships in hopes to place high enough to make a USA team. 
(Good luck. Maybe I need to come up with 10 more questions!)
9. If you couldn’t throw the javelin, what other event would you do?
 If I couldn't do the javelin and had to pick another event. It would be high jump! I was recruited for the decathlon my freshmen year and loved to high jump.
10. Will you join us for a future Reunion and Coach Groves Golf Tourney?
I will for sure do the reunion and golf tournament.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

How Did The Women Do At The NCAA Championships?


The big answer is tied for 29th place.

Tori Gerlach used her extra eligibility to All-American effect by placing third in the 300M SC! And Danielle Gibson used her first effort in the Triple Jump to place sixth for the second All-American for PSU!  Both Tori and Danielle PRed in their Championship performances.  Coach Groves would be proud.  Only Tori PRed, (Thanks Mimi McGarry McCloskey!) Coach Groves is still proud.  Blog interns will be denied soup at lunch for the next week. 

600M Record Holder Cas Loxsom with Tori Gerlach.


The Team Rundown:
  • 800M - Danae Rivers     19th   2:07.17
  • 3000M SC - Tori Gerlach      3rd   9:46.76
  • 5000M - Tessa Barrett     20th   16:18.86
  • 10000M - Jillian Hunsberger     10th   33:29.40
  • Pole Vault - Hannah Mulhern      NH
  • Triple Jump - Dannielle Gibson    6th   43' 10"
  • Shot Put - Obeng Marfo   19th   53' 3/4"

Saturday, June 10, 2017

How Did The Men Do At The NCAA Championships?


 "It was a fun race."
-Isaiah Harris, runner-up in the 800M.

(And let's not forget this previous tweet from Isaiah!)
"Light yourself on fire and then roll in broken glass to put out the fire!" -from Isaiah Harris's Twitter Feed, explaining how to replicate the feeling after an 800M race.

The big answer is, tied for 20th in the team standings.  For the third straight year in the top 20!  Congrats to the coaches and all the athletes (and not just the ones who scored!).  Coach Gondak related his happiness and the hunger for more!

Coach Gondak and Isaiah Harris.
Isaiah Harris closed out the NCAA Championships with a very smart race, finishing second to the heavy favorite, UTEP's Emmanuel Korir.*  Isaiah stayed back early and ran relatively even splits (52.32 and 53.09).  That kept him out of trouble when the 2 UTEP runners tangled and Michael Saruni went down with 200M to go.  Many thought Korir could have been disqualified for the trip, but judges eventually ruled it out.

Isaiah Harris represents the 7th All-American performance in the 800M since 2009 and ties both Brannon Kidder and Casimir Loxsom with the highest finish in the event at the Championship level.

All the participants in the NCAA Championships: 
  • Javelin - Michael Shuey   3rd   250' 9"
  • Javelin - Ryan Kerr       9th     232' 0"
  • Javelin - Michael Biddle   18th   219' 8"
  • Long Jump -  Malik Moffett       18th   24' 1/4"
  • Shot Put - Jon Yohman    11th      62'   1/2"
  • 4 x 100M - Karson Kowalchuk, Dan Chisena, Xavier Smith, Malik Moffett  13th  39.15
  • 4 x 400M - Dan Chisena, Xavier Smith, Tyreek Mathis, Isaiah Harris  9th   3:04.17
  • 800M - Isaiah Harris   2nd    1:45.40
  • 800M - Domenic Perretta   21st   1:49.14
  • 200M - Malik Moffett   22nd   20.93
  • Discus - David Lucas    9th  190' 3"
  • Triple Jump - Bryce Williams  17th  51' 1 3/4" 
* Even better, Isaiah wore his "Alumni-like Singlet" in the Final.

Friday, June 9, 2017

A Little Rant: I Wish The Scoring System At NCAA Would Be Updated


It has always confused me as to why the scoring system for the NCAA Track Championships is as restricted as it is.  Only scoring the top 8 in the Nation shortchanges so many schools and individuals who are at the top of the Sport. It doesn't make sense.

The 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 system is fine for smaller invitationals, but doesn't do justice for anyone who truly loves the Sport.  A team with 1 dominant sprinter/long jumper and NO OTHER TEAM MEMBERS can place high or even win the Championship (think a one man team of Carl Lewis!). And that would be a team likely to be at the bottom of their conference Championships and unable to win any dual meets (Not that they exist anymore anyway!).

A 20-18-16-14-13-12-11(...)-1 system would make more sense! It would still weight the top 3 positions as more important, but would reward well-balanced teams equitably. It is supposedly a team sport, after all.

What do you think?

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Javelin Nation!


Michael Shuey made his extra year of eligibility count as he performed better than ever before at the NCAA Championships in Eugene yesterday.  This follows a return from major injury and a disappointing first Senior Season!

Not one, but 2 other Nittany Lions also performed well on the big stage at Hayward Field.  Michael Biddle placed 18th with a toss of 218' 8" Ryan Kerr just missed All-American honors with a 9th place finish with 232' 0".

Ryan Kerr and Michael Shuey.


But Michael Shuey made his first throw in the extra 3 given to the top 9 count with a PR and new School Record of 250' 9"!  Congrats Michael.

1Ioannis KYRIAZISJRTexas A&M82.58m (270-11 )




2Nicolas QUIJERAJRMiss State76.77m (251-10 )




3Michael SHUEYSRPenn State76.42m (250-9 )




4Alex PASCALJRMissouri75.38m (247-4 )




5Matti MORTIMOREJRN. Dakota St.74.33m (243-10 )




6Sindri GUDMUNDSSONFRUtah State73.28m (240-5 )




7Curtis THOMPSONJRMiss State72.47m (237-9 )




8Chris MIRABELLIJRRutgers71.68m (235-2 )




9Ryan KERRSRPenn State70.71m (232-0 )




10McLean LIPSCHUTZSRAlabama69.41m (227-8 )




11Sam HARDINJRTexas A&M69.34m (227-6 )




12Cody DANIELSONSROregon69.31m (227-4 )




13Michael CRITICOSJRMemphis69.18m (227-0 )




14Adrian MITCHELLFRAlbany68.54m (224-10 )




15Matthew KUSKEYSRUC Santa Barbara68.25m (223-11 )




16Simon LITZELLFRUCLA67.62m (221-10 )




17Werner BOUWERFRTexas Tech67.60m (221-9 )




18Michael BIDDLEFRPenn State66.95m (219-8 )


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

All Kinds Of Nittany Lions See Action Today


The NCAA Championships start this afternoon.  There will be many Nittany Lions on the Track and in the Field.  You can keep up with all the action via ESPN.

Day

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Alumni (Golfers) In The News


Brannon Kidder ran a PR 1500M last weekend in the Asics Furman Elite 1500.  His 3:38.79 is the equivalent of a 3:55 or so Mile, which is significantly longer than his preferred distance!

And 3 Nittany Lions were drafted into the Tracktown Series of 3 meets with the Final meet to be held at Icahn Stadium in New York and televised on ESPN.
  • Ryan Whiting (former Asst. Coach) Shot Put - Philadelphia Force
  • Darrell Hill  Shot Put - San Francisco Surge
  • Casimir Loxsom  800M - New York Empire 
  • Others may be joining the fray as Free Agents...

2017 SCHEDULE

JUNE 29 – San Francisco
JULY 2 – Portland
JULY 6 – New York City


Monday, June 5, 2017

Four More Awards


The Mid-Atlantic Region of the USTFCCCA has recognized 4 Nittany Lions for Outdoor Track and Field Yearly Honors.

  • Head Coach of the year,  John Gondak
  • Track Athlete of the Year, Isaiah Harris
  • Mens Assistant Coach of the Year, Lucais MacKay
  • Womens Assistant Coach of the Year, Fritz Spence
And all are on an all-expense paid trip to Tracktown USA! (Actually, they are in Eugene for the NCAA Finals on Wednesday through Saturday.)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

More About The Upcoming Kelly Sports Store


Things are not completely verified yet, but the store will be upcoming shortly.  There will be 9 items for sale this time.  I have included the original light jacket and the rain jacket, as they are two of the most popular items.  I have both and use them often.

I have also added the matching rain pants this time to complete your full rain suit for that extra special Happy Valley weather we all know so well!

Also included this time is a value polo at less half the cost of the big name brands and a plain old white t-shirt and a grey t-shirt for those of us that miss those 4 o'clock practices of old.  The t-shirts are both 100% pre-shrunk cotton (but not worn yesterday by the guy running next to you)!

The Way That The Store Works:

  • The store will be open on the blog link for only 3 or 4 weeks. Be sure to alert your friends.
  • At the end of the 3 or 4 weeks, your credit card will be charged and the items will be silk-screened or embroidered.
  • Appoximately 1 month after the closing of the store, your items will be shipped. 
  • Our group does not make money for the store sales, but we do reap the benefit of spreading the word and pride of PSU Track and Field. 
    Lightweight Jacket.

    Value Polo

    Mid-weight Hybrid Jacket.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Kelly Sports Store Is Opening Soon And I Need Your Help!


There will be another opening of the Kelly Sports Store very soon.  That's the same crew that the Alumni Association uses.  We will have more items available than ever before.  Some of them will be popular repeats and others will be brand new.  There will be items ranging from a measly $9 all the way to a spectacular Nike Winter Jacket for $200.

I am going to need the help of my many wonderful readers to spread the word throughout our Universe.  All of us will want several of these items, but some will never know they are available without YOUR help.

Please be sure to let others know about our blog and this sale.  You can do that in the old fashioned ways, like talking and phoning people.  But if you are a member of the new digital hermits out there, please Like and Share all our posts on all your social media sites to your friends and enemies alike.  Remember, you have many more friends than I do!!!!

Logo on all items formulated by industrious blog interns!


Under Armour Rain Pant

Nike Parka

Nike Hybrid Jacket

Old-fashioned cotton grey t-shirt for all the alums who ran in them daily from the 40s to 80s!
 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Recipes And Another Steve Black TV Show


I don't really have much right now as we await the NCAA Finals and the #11 PSU Mens performance next week.  So I figured a couple of delicious chicken recipes were in order.

First up is a deep-fried version of Kung Pao Chicken!  (You knew that was coming, didn't you?)


And another spicy chicken dish I happen to love is Bojangles Roasted Bites.  Here's a simple recipe that makes a tasty dish right in your own oven or air fryer.

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts
3-4 Tablespoons of oil for marinating
and...
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions:
  1. Cut chicken breasts into chunks or bites.
  2. Place seasonings and oil in bowl and mix till well coated.
  3. Place on edged baking sheet (to cook it in its own juices).
  4. Bake in oven preheated to 375 F for 12 minutes, flip, then bake for an additional 12 minutes.
And last but not least is another television movie starring 800U's Steve Black.  In this one he stars as the lead FBI agent in the reenactment of the bizarre Pizza Delivery/Neck Collar Bomb/Bank Robbery case in Erie.




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Doping In Our Sport: A Little Or A Lot?

*Thanks go to Founder Clark Haley for his posting of this topic on the Facebook site.



At our recent Reunion Alumni "Run", I had a chance to speak with Coach Gary Schwartz and others while the rabble wandered around campus.  The topic of doping came up and I stated my opinion on the matter.  "It is far more prevalent in our sport than any of us would like to admit."

While that will be my official opinion on the matter, I will say I fear the incidence is more than 80% across all disciplines of the sport.  Some were shocked by this and gently argued against it.  And Coach Schwartz correctly pointed out that since the dawn of what we consider sports, the original Greek Olympic events, athletes have always looked for an edge against their foes.  Whatever line is drawn, there will always be those who poke the line, cross it by a little bit, or trample it entirely.

The recent leak of the WADA report on Alberto Salazar and the Nike Oregon Project certainly points to a poking of the line, and probable crossing of it by people we root for.  I am not really sure how to feel about it, as I think that the people they are running against have crossed the line much further than anything the NOP has???  Alberto has certainly let his opinion be known.

I had the pleasure of 2 10-mile runs with Alberto at Frank Zarnowski's Mount Saint Mary's Running Camp in 1976.  The first was a real disaster as the camp directors convinced me to drink milk in order to achieve more in the sport.  Three stops in the woods later, Alberto had come back to find "the lost straggler".  Catching back up to the group, I somehow convinced him that I wasn't really a straggler and arranged another 10-miler with him the next early morning.  Since almost none of the other campers were interested in a run of that distance, it was me and Alberto and two other campers.  We had a real wonderful run through the mountains that Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton had hiked 150 years before.

A high school Alberto with Boston Billy.

I have rooted for Alberto ever since.  Even through his dabbles with DMSO and out-and-out performance enhancers during his later competitive years.

What do you think? In the comments below or on our Facebook site.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

PSU Is 800U: Generations


Penn State Track Alumni (Golfers) are excelling in coaching all over the United States!  And although high school and College coaching keep some of them from coming to our Reunion and Golf Tourney, we sure like to include them in our ranks as often as possible.

And all of them showed up at the PIAA Championships with some 800M runners worthy of 800U interest.

It was a battle for all 4 legs, but Central Bucks West nipped State College for the victory in the 4 X 800M Relay!


That's John Mahoney, coach of the middle distance crew of Brian Baker, Luke Fehrman, Alec Hofer and Jake Claricurzio.  (7:40.14)


State College (7:41.42) anchor Nick Feffer duals Central Bucks West's Jake Claricurzio.

State College is coached by Steve Shisler and Chris Cipro.  Other State College runners were Owen Wing, Chris Di Perna and Joey Feffer.

 
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