Sunday, January 14, 2018

Season Opening Meet Is More Than A Rustbuster! And a Homecoming For An Officer Of The Group

Don't forget, there is only one day left to get your vote in for the 2017 Performance of the Year.  Go to the full website.  Look at the left sidebar and vote for your top 2 out of the 6 finalists!

There were 2 School Records set in the first meet of the season at the Horace Ashenfelter Indoor Track.
  • Bryce Williams stunned everyone except himself with an opening meet School Record in the Triple Jump.  (53’-3.50”)
  • David Lucas heaved the heavy ball further than any Nittany Lion ever. 
But in my eyes, the performance of the meet was our very own Undersecretary of Fun Billy Cvecko butting heads in the 800M with the younger crowd.  He finished third in 1:56.06.  And I'm betting he never gets enough sleep!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

George Washington Is Now A Member Of Our Group

I remember hearing stories of George Washington's athletic prowess as a kid.  But with all the myths and stories told, which ones could possibly be true?

One that just might be true is his unofficial world record of 22 feet 3 inches in what was then called the broad jump.

With his track and field bona fides sorta kinda cemented, we can now turn to his links to our group...

Turns out that former Lion great Ricky Garcia bought a house 4 years ago in Alexandria, VA which was built and used by George Washington himself.  The house remained in the Washington family for generations after.

When Ricky decided the house needed a basement he sought help in surveying and excavating the space beneath his living room.  When they discovered a well and cistern, archeologists became interested.  There is now an official archeological dig going on at the home!  I'm hoping they find a Penn Relays Watch or something similar (hee hee hee).

And don't forget that there is only 2 days left to vote in the 2017 Performance of the Year Poll on the left sidebar of the full website.  Please vote for your top 2 of the 6 finalists!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A True Gentleman

I was happy to see that our Chief Laundry and Morale Officer posted a couple of nice remembrances on the Facebook page about the passing of Penn State's Dean of Running, Horace Ashenfelter III, as I was away from Blog control.

It really is too late for me to add much to the many heartfelt regards streaming in from all over the world.  All I will add is that I was honored to be able to speak with him several years ago at our Reunion.  I was tickled to hear him tell me that a 3 to 5 mile run should be considered a long run!  He was also delighted to learn that we named the prize for the longest putt on hole 18 after him at the Coach Groves Golf Tournament.

Mr. Ashenfelter with our Golden Putter.
And don't forget to vote for the 2017 Performance of the Year on the left sidebar of the full website!

Monday, January 8, 2018

2017 Performance Of The Year Finals

Both Semi-Finals were close.  There were so many worthy performances this year, it was hard to pick only 3 in each semi-final.  But now it is time to pick among the 6 Final Performances...
  • Mens team wins the first ever Outdoor Track Big Ten title.
  • Darrell Hill wins the IAAF Diamond League Shot Put with a 20 inch PR.
  • Cas Loxsom sets the World Record in the Indoor 600M with Isaiah Harris just behind him to set the Collegiate Record.
  • Danae Rivers sets multiple Indoor School Records in the 600M, 800M, Mile and DMR.
  • Brannon Kidder and Cas Loxsom World Champions in the IAAF 4 x 800M Relay.
  • Joe Kovacs places 2nd in the IAAF World Championship Shot Put.
Go the the full website and vote for your top 2 performances on the left sidebar!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

PSU Is Shot Put U

The 2017 rankings are out and Penn State affiliated Shot Putters are high on the list again.

The US List:
  • #2 Joe Kovacs - 2nd place World Championships
  • #3 Darrell Hill - Diamond League Champion
  • #4 Ryan Whiting - former Assistant Coach
The World  List:
  • #3 Joe Kovacs
  • #6 Darrell Hill
  • #9 Ryan Whiting
And here's a nice article about Darrell Hill from another prominent track blog (although it has no Physics content as far as I know!)

And there is still a little time to vote in the 2nd and last semi-final for the  2017 Performance of the Year. Go to the full website and vote for your own top 3 on the left sidebar to put them into the Finals!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Trapped Like A Rat 12?

I'm not really sure what number of annual trips in a row this is, but it has been long enough to not be able to keep track.

But it another one of those cold years they have down here in wonderful Florida every once in a while.  With snow to the north and freezing temperatures in the am for the next several days, it's not quite the same.  But I have always said I can vacation anywhere away from work....

Now don't forget to vote in the 2nd Semi-Final of the 2017 Performance of the Year.  We don't want to disappoint the Interns any more than the first semi-final already has...

Monday, January 1, 2018

2nd Semi-Final Poll For Performance Of The Year 2017

Happy New Year.  Now let's pick the final 3 finalists for our annual poll.  You know the drill...

  • Go to the full website
  • Look at the top of the left sidebar
  • Vote for your top 3
  • Tell all your friends to vote also
Our Semi-Finalists are:
  1. Joe Kovacs - Silver Medalist at World Championships Shot Put 
  2. Isaiah Harris - 2nd place at NCAA Championships 800M
  3. Malik Moffett - Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year -200M and Long Jump
  4. Mens Team - Big Ten Outdoor Championship
  5. Doreen Statare McCoubrie - 2nd age group at Boston Marathon
  6. Cas Loxsom (600M) and Brannon Kidder (1000M) 2nd USATF Indoor Champs.
  7. Xavier Smith - 60M Big Ten Championship in 6.66
  8. Mens 4 x 400M Indoor Big Ten Championship and School Record
  9. Brannon Kidder wins Milrose 1000M ahead of Cas Loxsom
  10. Danae Rivers with Indoor School Records in 600M, 800M, Mile and DMR
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