First, let's get the two Performances of the Week out of the way.
In order to not incur the wrath of Group Officers, the Interns have been banned from giving their opinion this week. And despite the duo of Malik Moffett and Xavier Smith going first and second in the 200M AGAIN (21.06 and 21.26 with Dan Chisema in third!), they are just among the rest of the honorable mentions this week!
- A World Record absolutely deserves top mention, right? Well, when 2 members of our group happen to dip UNDER the existing world record, even the Interns would have to pick that event, right? So indeed, Casimir Loxsom's new world record 600M tops our list for the week. Only the second runner to dip under the 1:15.00 barrier all-time (1:14.91), he was followed extremely closely by Sophomore Isaiah Harris* in 1:14.96!
|A half of a victory lap!|
I had the pleasure to speak with Casimir after the race and can offer this exclusive quote, "That was fun." He was thrilled that efforts to erase his record just two hours later fell apart for Duane Solomon in Boston. He also confirms he will participate with my 10 Questions about 800M running for a future post with 800M legend Dave Wottle (Honorary member of 800U) and other PSU standouts.
|Le faucon d'orange with Casimir Loxsom.|
- And next up is the third School Record in a row by Freshman Danae Rivers!!!, this time in the Mile. She demolished the existing record with a dominating 4:34.87. She followed that up with a leg of the 4x400M relay! Her range is astounding.
I had the pleasure to speak with several members of 800U during the meet. Michael Slagowski had just made his debut in the 1000M, so I didn't bother him (much!). Domenic Perretta* was in a good mood after his very fine 1200M performance on Friday and went on to win the 800M Invitational in 1:50.33, just off his PR. He seems to be adjusting to the rigors of University well!
|Dom Perretta winning the 800M.|
Robbie Creese returned to the ranks of fresh sub-4 Milers with a splendid 3:59.73 and family members are interested in finally getting him the Alumni Singlet he deserves. Mark Hawkins (who ran the Open Mile on Friday!) actually has an extra Medium version with blank year space for any emergencies. Let us know! (The next order may coincide with the Alumni Reunion/Coach Groves Golf Tourney and Big Ten Championships! Stay tuned to the blog with it all.) Robbie followed that up with the finest rabbiting of the day in the 3000M. (Where were the Fullers when they were needed?) Owen Dawson mixed it up with the runners in the 3000M, so wasn't able to rabbit any of the other events either.
Another School Record fell with the 9:07.22 3000M efforts of Tessa Barrett, fastest in the NCAA so far this year. Right behind her was graduate Tori Gerlach in 9:10.09 who has outdoor eligibility remaining.
Others in attendance were Jess Riden and Bridget Franek in their new roles for Stanford and Akron respectively. Sorry I missed both of you.
All in all, it was a great afternoon spent with friends both old (you know who you are!) and new.
And after all of this, I got to celebrate Chinese New Year with Daughter the Elder and Daughter the Younger at the Golden Wok in State College. An excellent version of Kung Pao Chicken was had containing actual lip-numbing szechuan peppercorns! These were banned in the US for many years.
* It is remotely possible that the "Lion Pride" Alumni Wrist Bands I presented to Isaiah and Dom had a bit to do with their excellent performances later in the afternoon. Isaiah actually wore his during his Collegiate Record 600M! And I am scouring all the crevices in my house to find a "800U" version for both of them.