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, May 30, 2018

Penn State Track And Field Alumni Golfers Promoted!

Not me.  I'm still a lowly regarded employee at my own business. But I'm really better at it than I am at golf...

Ryan Foster and Jess Riden (both Officers of our group!) have been promoted in the Track World.

Ryan Foster was named Assistant Coach at Tennessee, joining former Coach Alford-Sullivan at Rocky Top.  He takes his numerous Coach of the Year honors at Division II Edinboro and his wonderful wife Kara Millhouse south of the Mason-Dixon Line.  Our Tennessee friend and All-American, Patrick Davey is delighted.  He also joins Assistant Coach Steve Waithe. The Orange is starting to get a little more Blue, isn't it?

And Jess Riden has stepped up at Stanford to Assistant Athletic Director!  Congrats.

Both have golfed in our Golf Tourney and Ryan was able to pull off the "Adam Sandler" tee shot better than anyone among us ever has.

Monday, May 28, 2018

A Good Weekend

The Nittany Lions qualified 7 individuals and the Mens 4 x 100M team for the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field in a week and a half.

  1. Morgan Shigo   -  Hammer Throw   223' 11"      10th
  2. Steph Sievers   -   Javelin       159'11"                  10th
  3. Megan McCloskey   -   High Jump     5' 10.75"    5th
  4. Isaiah Harris    -    800M                   1:46.80        4th
  5. Michael Biddle  -     Javelin               208' 6.25"     9th
  6. David Lucas   -    Discus Throw          187' 2"      4th
  7. Danae Rivers   -   1500M                     4:11.75     3rd
  8. 4 x 100M Relay  -                               39.61         12th  (Will Henderson, Anton Porter, Xavier Smith, Malik Moffett)
  9. We must not forget (I did) that Madeline Holmberg previously qualified in the heptathlon!
And Tyler McCandless has improved at every Boulder Boulder he has run, cumninating in this year's victory.

Tyler McCandless Boulder, CO M31 30:54.76 4:59
2015 - 26th, 32:35
2016 - 6th, 32:05
2017 - 4th, 31:04
2018 - 1st, 30:54

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Unsung Hero No Longer

One of Founder Clark Haley's original rules for the Coach Groves Golf Tournament was the random draw of foursomes on the Friday night before the tourney.

This ensures that most of us will meet new members of our community every year.  It also ensures that we will then realize the things we all have in common as well as learn the wonderful differences we all have.  There's nothing like golfing with a member of a 1950s National title team one year and a graduate from last year the next!

And our best-ball format means that literally anyone can participate AND contribute to the foursome. No one knows this better than 2-time winners like Brian Boyer and now ME!

Nearly every year we talk a non-golfer to play with us.  This year we persuaded Dick Geiger to jump into the tourney.  Well, maybe it took a few drinks Friday night in addition!

It turns out that Dick has some interesting credentials to solidify him as solid Officer of our group.

  • Dick related a story from 1960-something detailing a running shoe and jocks only distance run forced upon the Freshman.  (Greg Fredericks denies all knowledge of this.)  The Yanomamo from the late 70-something years must admit reverence for their elders on this point! We know that this story is true, as it was one of the first times the fledgling new Coach, Harry Groves got in trouble with the higher-ups.  This signaled the first of many Wednesday morning chewing-outs for Coach Groves during his 38 year tenure.
  • Dick was a State Champion team member of York County's Spring Grove Cross Country team which also included a friend of mine David Mosebrook, an avid track/cross country fan who ran for Coach Dolan at Lock Haven following the State Championship.  And that is the very same Coach Dolan that headed up the Freshman team of Greg Fredericks before heading to Lock Haven!  It is no wonder that Lock Haven and Penn State have a close team friendship reflected in the Dolan Duels every year.
  • It turns out that Dick was the very first of hundreds of  Coach Groves walk-ons, a group that includes me and many of my readers.  Coach Groves may be the finest coach of walk-ons to ever coach in the college ranks.  I thank him every day for the opportunity he granted me all those years ago.
  • We should also thank Dick for the generous donation to our efforts to fund the Coach Groves Scholarship.  His substantial bequeath was the one that put us over-the-top to actually fully fund the tuition scholarship in Coach's name.  Donations will continue to fully fund the scholarship to include tuition and room and board awards.

Thus, Dick has been awarded the Officer Status of Walk-On Progenitor Excelsior

Dick Geiger accepting the Rob Whiteside Brotherhood Award from Founder Clark Haley.

Dick Geiger, second from right, with his foursome and Clark Haley.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Our Founder Won Both Putting Contests

Founder Clark Haley was triumphant in both the Friday night Hotel and the Saturday Golf Course putting contest.  And he donated all of his winnings back to the total that will be given to the PSU Track Program!

Clark lines up the 50-footer that he then sunk! Photo by Digital Archive goddess Kay Warfel.

Monday, May 21, 2018

It Took Me Twelve Tries To Repeat!

Honestly, my foursome played well enough to come in 4th in our tourney of 6 foursomes.  I contributed little to the effort on a rather tough day to golf.  The foursomes picked at the Friday night reception were as evenly matched as any have ever been in our 17 year history.

But somehow, the gods shined down upon the struggling foursome of Steve Brown, Steve Brown Jr., Brian Laird and me,  making us the Champions of the 2018 Coach  Harry Groves Golf Tournament.  At (-1) for the tourney, it is one of the worst winning scores we have had.

Unfortunately, I had to leave early and didn't get to make it to the Awards Dinner and Clark Haley Comedy Show, but I will pass along the rest of the results when I can.

Steve Brown Jr., Steve Brown, Brian Laird and me.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Times, They Are A Changing.

The Alumni "Run" was sorta kinda a bust this year.  Multiple forces conspired to make things that way. Apologies all around for the problems.
  • For the first time in our 17 years (except last year's hosting of the Big Ten Championships), the track was locked up tight.  Never expected that.
  • Hastings Road was torn up and that made our usual parking area unavailable.
  • The team moved their practice time back an hour to take advantage of a break in the weather.
  • It rained the whole time.
But five hardy souls still managed a campus run, and the rest of us were ushered into the Indoor Track at 10:00AM to meet some of the athletes moving on to the Regional NCAA Championships.

Now what do I do with 4 dozen donuts and a nearly full "Box of Joe" still buried beneath my golf clubs in the back of my car?

In honor of Horace Ashenfelter.
Better luck next time.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Far Away, But Close To All Of Us

Our Official Physicist Brian Boyer, originally thought he would be with us again this weekend, possibly earning his third golf title. And he may be the only person I would be comfortable calling a worse golfer than I. But he has 2 titles and I have only 1, despite being in every single tourney so far!

Although Brian can't be with us this weekend, he still brings the noise from far away, exotic Austria.

Brian represented the IAEA quite well at a recent competition wearing his Alumni Singlet! 

One Day To Go!

People are already on their way to the 17th Annual Penn State Track and Field Alumni Reunion by plane, train and automobile.  And despite the forecast, our golf tourney has had a run of 16 straight years without cancellation.

Clark Haley and I are already en route...

And you can, of course, still join us.  The more, the merrier!  And this year we are downtown for the first time. 

Here are the cozy bunking accomadations Clark and I have arranged...

One Person options:

Monday, May 14, 2018

Ten For Twelve!

The Nittany Lions had 2 more Big Ten Champions yesterday, both from the Middle Distance ranks.

First, Danae Rivers bested the field in the 1500M in 4:27.47Greta Lindsley placed 8th in 4:32.14.

And Isaiah Harris made it six 800M Big Ten titles in a row (both Indoor and Outdoor) with a resounding 1:45.31, a new Big Ten Championship record.  Jordan Makins ran to 6th in 1:48.62.

That Outdoor title made it 10 of the last 12 Big Ten 800M titles for the Nittany Lions!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

PSU Is Javelin U Too

The first Big Ten Outdoor title of the year goes to Sophomore Michael Biddle in the javelin. 

After a strong start to the season (after playing Freshman second fiddle to an NCAA 2nd place finisher last year), Michael came through with a big PR in the final throws of the Big Ten Championship.  His toss of 239 feet 7 inches was a PR by several feet.  In addition, there were fifth and and eighth place finishes for the Lions by Matt Nawrocki and Mark Porter, totaling a big 15 points, helping the Men to second place after the first day's complete scoring.

Big Ten Javelin Champion, Michael Biddle.

Friday, May 11, 2018

One Week To Go!

17th Annual Harry Groves Golf Outing / Track and Field          Alumni  Gathering
                                   (MAY 18 – 19, 2018)

FRIDAY’S (MAY 18th) EVENTS:                                                                                                                                                                                                                
7:00pm – 11:00pm   Meet and Greet (cash bar - with the exception of kegged beer with hors d ‘oeuvres)                                                                                                                                   
Days Inn (240 South Pugh Street).  This is where both receptions will take place -
 (814) 238-8454.

Picking of the foursomes, 50-50, Putting contest, other craziness will also take place
Mad Mex is located right next to the reception hall making it convenient for Margarita nightcaps.

9:00am – 10:30am   The Alumni "run" will take place starting at the outdoor track for anyone interested in a short jog or a loop around campus (accompanied by coffee and donuts for those who don’t run!).
12:00pm – 5:30pm   The Golf outing will be held at the Mountain View Country Club (old Elks Club) again this year with the putting contest taking place at 11:15. If you need clubs, there are always folks bringing extra sets so you don’t have to worry about renting (be sure to let us know when you register so we can plan to have them there).

1:00pm – 3:00pm   Activities for those not golfing.  Depending upon weather and volunteers, we usually have a group gathering to hike Mt. Nittany or take a campus tour (either to the Creamery or the Sports Museum (may be an additional cost).  Meeting spot(s) and tour guide(s) to be announced – leaving from the hotel lobby.

Some of the present team members will be in town and possibly at the morning run at the track.  Some may join us at the evening reception (awaiting confirmation from the Coaches)

7:00pm – 11pm   Dinner reception and awards ceremony for golf outing

Will the change of venue and its proximity to campus, the fees had to increase this year to $200 for those attending the outing and both receptions – add a significant other (or another family member) $300 (if not planning to golf $250).  More Immediate family members than that, add $100 if golfing, $50 if not (children $25).  Friday and Saturday receptions without golf $130, add significant other $175, add additional $50 for each additional immediate family member ($25 for children).    Friday night reception only - $40 add significant other $75 – add $25 for additional immediate family members.  Saturday only reception $100 add significant other $150 – any additional immediate family member $50.  Saturday reception with golf included $150 – add a significant other $250 if golfing ($200 if not) – additional immediate family members $75 if golfing, $50 if not.  If you have graduated in the past three years, dump 20% of the tab. (Who knew so much math was required?)

This event is open to men, women, and friends of PSU alumni - the more the merrier!  This is all about the laughs and brother/sisterhood, not scores, and you’ll have three other hackers on your team to laugh at so don’t worry about how bad your game may be!

PayPal and credit card options this year on the Blog or Facebook page as a matter of convenience.
(I know, about time, right!) – if utilizing PayPal  another $5 will be added to your total to defer the charge.
If you should have any other questions or comments, please let me know – Hope to see you this year! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

All In The Family

Half of you probably have no idea what that means! But Archie, Edith, Gloria and Meathead never took a run together.

But  Alan Scharsu took his entire family to a 5K Fun/Color Run!

And of course, everybody seems to have won an award.

His daughter won her age group in 28:22.

His son also won his age group in 27:05.

And Alan seems to holding a rather large trophy!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Penn State Track Alumni Makes A Pilgrimage

Thanks to Ken Brinker for forwarding what Father Matt Chadwick has been up to lately!

In the footsteps of the saints

By Mags Ivatts
In the footsteps of the saints
Mass being celebrated at the tomb of St Francis in Assisi
Recently a group from the Catholic church in Rye, St Anthony of Padua, set out on a pilgrimage. There is usually something romantic associated with a journey described as a pilgrimage. Such journeys are so very ancient and always to a spiritual destination.
Historically a pilgrimage would be associated with physical hardships or the challenge of difficult terrain but, for the group of Catholics setting out from Rye to Rome at 5:15am, it was the early morning time of the flight from Gatwick that presented the biggest challenge. There were 16 in our group led by our parish priest Father Matthew Chadwick OFM Conv.
Being a small parish and having a small church, many of us do not meet each other during the course of normal worship and mass attendance, so it was particularly enjoyable to be able to travel together. Our group was a mixture of people, some new to Rye and others who have been attending St Anthony’s for many decades.
We all felt eager anticipation to visit Assisi, most especially the great Basilica of St Francis, consecrated in 1253. This was especially the case for our parish priest who is a Franciscan friar from America. On arrival in Rome we all transferred to a coach to Assisi and arrived in time to for a short visit to the Basilica before dinner.
It is apparent from first glance that the Basilica of St Francis is an extraordinary showcase of paintings. In fact it contains the most complete mural decoration of the 13th and 14th century to be found in Italy. The following day we all thoroughly enjoyed a tour of the Basilica, a particular highlight being Father Matthew celebrating Mass at the site of the tomb of St Francis. We visited St Francis’ house, and the sites around Assisi closely associated with the life of St Francis and St Clare and the beginning of the Franciscan movement.
We then transferred to Padua by coach where our hotel was directly opposite the Basilica of St Anthony, the famous Franciscan saint after whom our parish church is named. Padua is a beautiful medieval town and includes the celebrated Capella degli Scrovengi, chapel decorated with some of the finest frescos by Giotto.
It was extraordinary and mind-boggling to realise that this small, beautiful chapel with its vibrant bright colours was being decorated at the same time as Dante wrote the Inferno.
Our six-day trip came to an end too quickly and too soon we were all back on the plane to Gatwick and on our way home to Rye. It was in many ways a refreshing trip, to be in the company of like-minded others, and to be able to discuss faith and spirituality openly is a rare experience these days.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Finals Are Almost Over! And That Means... (Running of a Sort)


It isn't like it used to be.  When young Freshman dweebs like me longed to get our first real good look at the naked frame of a member of the opposite sex.  Nowadays, people are prosecuted as sex offenders for the "innocence" that once was "funny" to most.

But the legacy lives on, and I honor the alpha male who started the tradition...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

New York Athletic Club Celebrates 150 Years

Our esteemed Morale Officer recently had the opportunity to attend the festivities at the New York Athletic Club's celebration of its 150th birthday. He even had the required jacket!

He obtained these pics of the Nittany Lions honored in their Hall of Fame. Horace Ashenfelter, Curtis Stone and Alan Helffrich!

Curtis Stone
Horace Ashenfelter
Alan Helffrich
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