Sunday, December 16, 2018

Performance Of The Year 2018 Finals

That's right, FINALS!

There was a big decrease in nominations this year, possibly because of the quality of performances early in the year.  Regardless, there were ten nominations, so we will put them up to a vote all at once.

Please vote for your top 2 Performances this year!

Voting will end on Christmas Day.  Spread the word far and wide!

Vote for the Performance of the Year 2018 (Vote for 2)
David Lucas - NCAA National Champion  35 lb. Weight Throw.
Womens team makes it 4 top twenty finishes in a row NCAA XC.
Maddie Holmberg All-American NCAA Pentathlon.
Darrell Hill nominated for USATF Field Athlete of the Year.
Isaiah Harris - Sixth 800M Big Ten title in a row (Indoor and Outdoor).
Two Nittany Lions in the top 5 in the Shot Put and 2 in the top 8 in the Javelin at the USATF Championships.
All American David Lucas in the Discus.
Darrell Hill - USATF National Champion Shot Put.
All American Morgan Shigo Hammer Throw.
NCAA Championship in the 800M for Isaiah Harris.
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    Wednesday, December 12, 2018

    PSU Is 800U: World Record Edition!

    We have highlighted PSU's half-mile and 800M prowess many times, from the turn of the previous Century to this year's NCAA Championship.  But here's one I didn't know about.  And the greatest Track and Field Museum Curator Mike Fanelli, just dug up another one!

    Following the 1952 Olympics where Horace Ashenfelter set the world record in the 3000M Steeplechase, the team headed to Jolly Ole for a battle of Revolutionary importance.  The US team bested the Brits in a head-to-head matchup for all the marbles.

    In that crew was Horace's brother Bill on the 4 x 880y team.  And they won against the home team in a world record time of 7:29.2

    Thursday, December 6, 2018

    A Frivilous Post Just Because

    Paul Newman's self-professed favorite movie.  It gets better each time it is watched.  Written by a woman who's brother was a minor league hockey player.  The ultimate movie to explain what the '70s were really like.  And some people you probably know were extras in the movie.  Half of State College drove to Johnstown for the rink scenes.  I once dressed in the arena just below the Managers Office for the Johnstown 10K, my all-time 10K PR.  Even won a pair of shoes in the post race raffle.

    Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    Indoor Memories

    The more recent Nittany Lions have reveled in the glory that is the ultra-modern indoor track at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Complex.  But things weren't always so easy or beautiful like they are now!  Some of us toiled in what would now be called primitive conditions.  Somehow, we still had fun, learned things and excelled anyway.

    The world's greatest Track and Field Museum curator, Mike Fanelli, recently posted an old photo of a high school indoor meet in the 1960s.  It did not fail to get a rise out of many people, including our very own Chief Morale and Laundry Officer, Larry Mangan.  I just wish Larry would write these things down for the blog instead of making me steal them from the other intertubes!
    At Penn State my freshman year, we worked out on the "track" in the rafters (asbestos anyone?) of Rec Hall. That rectangular torture device basically had one and a quarter lanes. You did your recovery hugging the inside railing (yes, railing) while all types of sprinters and middle distance runners blazed by on your right as they completed their workouts. As your fatigue increased, your chances of weaving to the right increased, as did your chance of getting run over by Paul Lankford or Gary Schwartz (why was the throws coach running on that "track"?). We actually held an intrasquad meet on that damn medieval surface. Fortunately, Penn State's athletic administration, in all its glorious wisdom, moved us to the Greenberg Indoor Sport Complex, lovingly referred to as the Ice Palace. The surface of this unheated (yes, unheated in Central PA - wisdom) facility, which also had leaking skylights (yes, skylights in an unheated facility), was a hard, green, pebbled finish. Oh, and it was a flat, 13 lap to the mile circuit. The 20 meter straightaways provided a brief respite to everyone's screaming Achilles's tendons. My favorite part of the warm up was using our racing spikes to chip away the ice that formed on the track when the aforementioned skylights failed to hold their water. I would have much preferred to run outside on a creaky old board track.

    My favorite memory of the Rec Hall Intrasquad Meet was the 400M.  Each heat had two athletes who hated each other.  One or the other ended up "over the rails" or "into the wall" in every dual.  Highly entertaining for a skinny Freshman looking to survive the spike injuries and sore throat to come in his 2-mile race!

    Larry Mangan leads the Mile!

    And let's not leave out the Greenberg Complex, which we have dealt with before...

    Sunday, December 2, 2018

    Indoor Season Has Arrived

    Some Nittany Lions saw their first action of the season at the Bison Opener at Bucknell. The six total athletes combined for seven first places!

    But I am not here to bring you the particulars of that meet.  I would rather tout the opening season exploits of one of our very own.

    Phil Cararher opened his 30th-whatever season with the longest throw ever by a 49 year-old American!  His best put landed 50' 7.5" from the circle at the Appalachian State Open.  Well done, Big Guy. And he is looking for much more this season.

    Phil overseeing an athlete at his fitness facility.

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