Thursday, October 17, 2019

Another Visitor For Coach Groves

Al Sheaffer, class of 1969 visits Coach Groves last weekend.  Photo from Greg Fredericks.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Lot Of Familiar Faces

The 1982 XC Team still had a lot of comrades in common with my last team in 1980.  With the addition of so many "youngsters" who attend our Reunion and Golf Tourney each year, it makes for a trip down Memory Lane.

Please make comments below, or on our Facebook Page. 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

I'm Ready For More Abuse: Rankings Of The All-Time Indoor Alumni Records

As the third job I have in this current busy climate, this blog has a very good reputation for inaccuracy, mistakes and overall "I have to look that up".  I take abuse on just about everything I post, but posts involving statistics bring it from every corner of the world. So as an introduction to these marks, please update me on any inaccuraccies, mistakes or "I have to look that up".

Here are the tops marks for Penn State Mens Track Alumni Records from all-time as per the IAAF Scoring Tables.  These were compiled by Matt Grove from Coach Groves' notes and amended by all of us over time.  Undoubtedly, there are mistakes.  But that gives us all an opportunityy to get together in a collegial fashion and have a little fun along the way.   Hee hee hee

  1.  600M          1226        1:14.91                         Casimir Loxsom '13                  2017 (WB)
  2.  Shot Put      1209        70' 5.5" (21.47M)         Joe Kovacs '12                          2014
  3.  800M          1196        1:46.13                         Casimir Loxsom '13                  2017
  4.  Mile            1181        3:56.06                         Brannon Kidder '16                   2018
  5.  1500M        1168        3:39.17                         Brannon Kidder '16                   2018
  6.  60M HH     1137        7.70                              Mike Shine '76                           1978
  7.  5000M        1117        13:39.27                       James Carney '01                       2005
  8.  2 Mile         1107        8:35.0                           George Malley '77                     1979
  9. Heptathlon   1099       5827 pts.                       Ryan Olkowski '02                    2005
  10. 200M           1096       21.25                             Ryan Olkowski '02                    2003
  11. TJ                1082        53' 2.75" (16.22M)       Ricardo Hall                              1995
  12. HJ                1081       7' 2.25" (2.19M)            Dave Kriz '96                            1999
  13. 1000M         1079       2:22.66                          Randy Moore '85                       1986
  14. LJ                1073        25' 3.25" (7.7M)           Rob Boulware '87                      1988
  15. 60M            1059        6.77                               Mike Shine '76                           1978
  16. PV               1056        17' 2" (5.23M)             Rick Kleban '85                          1988
  17. 55M            1056        6.1*  (6.34)                  Barney Ewell '42                        1947 (WR)
  18. 55M            1056        6.1*  (6.34)                  Mike Sands '75                           1980
  19. 300M            995         34.5                             Mike Sands '75                           1976
* 0.24 secs added to hand times as per IAAF standards.

Saturday, October 5, 2019


If I would tell you that the Shot Put Finals ended at the World Championships with the top 3 throwers within less than an inch AND all three threw further than anyone since 1990 (90s throws = tainted? cough, cough) you would probably say something like  "Inconceivable!"

And if I then said that a Nittany Lion came out on top of all three, you may say "Inconceivable" again.  There was another Nittany Lion just out of the medals in 5th too.


and yet it just happened...

Joe Kovacs, 22.91M ON HIS FINAL THROW

Ryan Crouser, 22.90M

Tomas Walsh, 22.90M

1 1908 Joe Kovacs USA USA 22.91 CR 20.90 21.63 21.24 21.95 21.94 22.91
2 1879 Ryan Crouser USA USA 22.90 PB 22.36 X 22.36 22.71 X 22.90
3 1504 Tomas Walsh NZL NZL 22.90 AR 22.90 X X X X X
4 334 Darlan Romani BRA BRA 22.53 21.61 22.53 22.03 22.13 X X
5 1893 Darrell Hill USA USA 21.65 20.58 21.38 21.65 X 21.23 X

Over 75 feet  (just short of 75' 2")

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Track And Field Lost a Good Man

Bob Trump passed away last week.  Bob was a 1955 graduate of Penn State's fine Mining Engineering Program.  He was a stalwart of the Lancaster Lebanon Track world and was a wizard with a camera.  He will be missed by all.  My condolences to his family and friends.

His photo site has many gems.  Visit it HERE

I especially love his link to our web site he placed on his.  My link to his was plain and not exciting.  His link to our site was funny and appreciated.  Bob enjoyed the mirth on our site.  See if you can find it on his site.  It will be worth the search, as you will probably take detours to other interesting places.  

Robert ‘Bob’Paul Trump born on 02/12/31 in Kimmerlings, PA to Katherine Pearl (Longacre) and George E Trump passed away peacefully in his home at Cornwall Manor on 09/12/19 at the age of 88.A graduate of Lebanon High School in 1949, Bob met and married his beloved wife of 67 years, Louise Alice Wike in Schaefferstown, PA in 1952. Bob went on to earn a BS and MS in Mining Engineering from Penn State in 1954/55 and worked for Gulf Oil Corporation in Harmarville, PA for 25 years. Bob was instrumental as the Authority Chairman in the building and opening of the Butler CountyArea Vo-Tech School in 1979. During this time he lived in the Mars Area School District where he served as a school board member and president in the late 70’s. A member of multiple booster clubs his lifelong love of track and field began here in support of his daughters as he volunteered at their track meets.Bob with Louise always at his side returned to Schaefferstown in the early 80’s establishing Hillcrest Nursery on Sheep Hill Road. They both eventually fully retired in Newmanstown before settling in at Cornwall Manor. Bob’s greatest legacy was his unwavering and tireless dedication to student athletes in all places he called home. He became a registered PIAA and USA Track & Field official in 1977 and maintained those designations until his retirement from officiating in 2014. Following his return to Lebanon Countyhe continued to officiate track and cross country meets at numerous local high schools and universities including Penn State. Beyond officiatinghe delighted in photography and routinely posted photos of student athletes in action on his own website. Also providing up to date stats and records his site has been a popular spot for students and parents for years. The district’s annual Junior High Track & Field Invitational meet was renamed in honor of Bob and Louise in 2009. Recognitions and awards from Mars, ELCO, Penn State, Lebanon, and Lancaster organizations for his dedicated efforts are too numerous to detail but he was forever grateful. His entire family is and will forever be proud of him.Bob is survived by his wife Louise; brothers Richard and Phil Trump; daughters Karen & Anita Trump and Linda Trump McLaughlin; grandsons Anthony Jack, Arthur Halko, and Connor McLaughlin; granddaughter Haley (McLaughlin) Jacobs; as well as one great grandson on the way Xander Jacobs.His wish to have no public burial services is being honored and handled by Schaefferstown’s Clauser Funeral Home. The family does plan for a celebration of Bob’s life. The details will be provided on In lieu of flowers or other memorials the family suggests donations in Bob’s name bemade payable to ELCO Athletic Department and sent to 180 ELCO Drive, Myerstown, PA 17067.

Monday, September 30, 2019

PSU Is 800U: World Championships

Brannon Kidder came oh so close to making the Finals in the 800 in Doha.  His time of  1:45.62 was tenth best in the semi-finals.

He will end up 11th in the overall standings as fellow American and rising star Bryce Hoppel advanced to the 8 man final with a 3rd place finish in his heat with a 1:45.95.

Brannon ends the loooooong season as only one of 4 men to have had qualifying times in both the 800M and 1500M events for the World Championships.  Way to go Brannon!

Friday, September 27, 2019

The Founder Of Our Group Never Even Missed Me

1981 was the first year after my graduation from Dear Ole State, and yet the PSU XC world continued on.

In fact, the future Founder of our Group, Clark Haley, started that year and probably never even heard of me for quite some time.  Gary Black probably let him in on my existence at some point, and he probably promptly forgot about it.

I only became a member of the group at the first ever Alumni Golf Tourney in 2002 because Gary made me go with him.  The rest of the crew were all well known to Clark Haley. Since then we have spread the group to all years and both (should I say all?) genders.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

It's Mid-Season For XC, And There Still Is Track!!!

The early cross country season is over.  The tune-up meets and time trials are long gone.  We move on to the meat of the season getting ready for the championship season.

And yet there is still one more Track Meet to go.  The biggest in the world for 2019.   Schedule HERE

And the Nittany Lions have 4 Men representing us in Doha, Qatar starting on Friday:
  • Joe Kovacs                Shot Put     Starting Thursday, October 3
  • Darrell Hill                Shot Put                       "
  • Brannon Kidder        800M        Starting  Saturday, September 28
  • Michael Shuey           Javelin      Starting  Saturday, October 5
XC Season/Track Season, Duck Season/Rabbit Season:


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Smile Is Infectious!

Calling All Able-Bodied XC Alums!

John Evans has alerted me that entries are being accepted for the 2019 USATF Club XC National meet at Lehigh.  Get a team or two together and represent!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Penn State Track Alums Are Everywhere

A gaggle of Track Alums visit Coach Gondak at Pitt tailgate.

PSU Is 800U at "The Match"

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Just About Everyone Other Than Coach Groves Thinks This Was His Best XC Team

Coach Groves had a sweet spot for the 1979 XC team that finished third at the NCAA Championships.  The 1980 XC team also finished third, but was only 1 point out of second.  That was his best XC finish of his 38 year PSU career.

Several Group Officers have come to the conclusion that Coach slightly preferred the 1979 team solely because of the captain that year, "Noisy" Jim Clelland.  I'm not sure about that but we all certainly love Jim. It was great to hear from him recently after a few years and his southern move.

Nearly everyone else feel that this 1980 team was the best team of the Groves era.  I'm not going to argue, as I love both of
those teams. What a wonderful team to be a part of. (sic)

The principle scoring runners were a powerful collection of all American born and raised, regional talent.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Now Let's Rank The Penn State Mens Alumni Road Records *Updated*

There aren't as many events for the road records, so I will attempt to get them done without the Interns.  Again, we will use the IAAF Ranking Tables from the latest addition in 2017.

1.   10 Miles                  Greg Fredericks                 46:10*              1981     1139
      10 Miles                  George Malley                     47:02                1981      1091
2.   Half Marathon        George Malley                  1:01:43               1982     1122
3.   Marathon                 James Carney                   2:12:23              2012     1119 
3.   Marathon                 George Malley                   2:12:23              1985      1119
7.   20K                         George Malley                      58:35              1982      1112
9.   10K                         Tyler McCandless                29:27               2013      1006
       10K                         James Carney                     28:19                2009      1112
8.   15K                         James Carney                       43:31               2009      1101

5.   25K                         Tyler Mc Candless            1:15:24              2018     1088
6.   30K                         John Zeigler                      1:32:17              1980     1085 

10. 30K Race Walk       Steve Hayden                    1:32:06             1970       972
11. 50K Race Walk       Steve Hayden                    4:23:22              1972        943

*  Short Course Trevira Twosome

        8K                          James Carney                   22:52                  2008       N/A
       12K                        Alan Scharsu                    34:54                  1985        N/A

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Another Intern Has Been Sacked: The Updated Penn State Track and Field Alumni Outdoor Records For Each Event Rated By The IAAF Scoring Tables

Yeah, it was an honest mistake.  The IAAF Scoring Tables are confusing and the Intern forgot that there were both Male and Female Charts.  So when he looked up the 10000M record of James Carney, he somehow used the Female table, giving him many more points.  The time still ranks 4th in the updated standings.  Not too shabby.

The Intern involved has been sacked according to tradition.  But don't fear, he easily found a paid-for gig with the current Administration in Washington.  I think he's in charge of entitlements or something.  No harm, no foul.

That means my suspicion all along was correct.  The shot put mark of Joe Kovacs back in 2017 is the top mark.  At the time, it was the longest throw in many years.  And has been topped only once since then.  We'll see what he can do at the World Championships.  And Darrell Hill's recent throw to win The Match against Europe is only a little behind!  Michael Shuey also moved up with his recnt javelin toss at The Match.

1.  Joe Kovacs            2017 2019       Shot Put       74' 0.25" 75' 2"(22.91M)   1275 1335
2.  Knut Hjeltnes       1985                Discus          228' 5"  (69.62M)      1238
3.  Casimir Loxsom   2015                800M            1:44.92                     1176
4.  James Carney         2007              10000M         27:34.62                   1172
5.  Brannon Kidder    2019                1500M          3:35.27                     1171
6.  Barney Ewell        1948                100M            10.1 (ht)                   1170
7.  Mike Shine           1976                400M IH      49.30                         1159
7.  George Malley     1978                 3000M SC   8:21.72                      1159
8.  Lennart Hedmark  1973                Decathlon     8,188 pts.                 1155
9.  Casimir Loxsom  2013                600M            1:14.84                    1154
10. Mike Shuey         2019                 Javelin          273' 0"  (83.21M)    1147
11.  Mike Sands         1975                200M             20.5                         1141
12.  George Adu        1999                 Long Jump    25' 10.75" (7.89M) 1114
13.  Larry Mangan     1983                Mile               3:56.90                    1113
13.  Alan Scharsu       1985                3000M           7:50.40                    1113
14.  Mike Sands         1976                 400M             46.01                       1111
15.  Mike Shine          1979                110M HH       13.80                      1103
16.  James Carney      2008                5000M           13:31.61                  1097
17.  Casimir Loxsom  2014                1000M           2:19.16                   1092
18.  Ricardo Hall        1995                Triple Jump    53' 7.75" (16.22M) 1082
19.  Dave Kriz            1996                High Jump      7' 0.75" (2.15M)    1046
20.  Dave Masgay       1987                Pole Vault      16' 8.75"                 1021
21.  Alvin Jackson      1979                Hammer         211' 11" (64.60M)   957    

Monday, September 9, 2019

Last Chance to Order An Alumni Singlet or Alumni T-Shirt

Kickoff of the Pitt/Penn State football game on Saturday will conclude this year's Alumni Singlet and T-Shirt sale expertly managed by Mark Hawkins.

You know you need one.  You know you want one.  So, get off the couch and order one....

Read all about them and then order one to join the 300 or so of us sporting them around the globe!

Robby Creese dons his Singlet and runs with the lead pack at the Dolan Duals!

Bob Hudson sports a fine look for the Buffalo game.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Ranking of All-Time Best Outdoor Performances of Penn State Track Alumni*

* Performances after PSU eligibility has expired.

The IAAF, or whatever they call themselves now, has a ranking system that can be used to gauge performances across Track and Field times and distances.  This system is very useful, but is only one way to interpret Athletic performances across all the disciplines.

While these tables can never be a definitive measurement of the level of performance
considering the differing opinions among sports statisticians concerning their basis and
method of construction, they do allow us to consistently measure and compare athletes and their performances across the rich variety of event disciplines.

So, I combined our previous compilation of the Event Record Holders in each discipline with the IAAF Scoring Tables.  The results are sometimes surprising.

1.  James Carney       2007                10000M       27:34.64                    1386
2.  Joe Kovacs           2017                Shot Put       74' 0.25"  (22.57M)   1275
3.  Knut Hjeltnes       1985                Discus          228' 5"  (69.62M)      1238
4.  Casimir Loxsom   2015                800M            1:44.92                     1176
5.  Brannon Kidder    2019                1500M          3:35.27                     1171
6.  Barney Ewell        1948                100M            10.1 (ht)                   1170
7.  Mike Shine           1976                400M IH      49.30                         1159
7.  George Malley     1978                 3000M SC   8:21.72                      1159
9.  Lennart Hedmark  1973                Decathlon     8,188 pts.                 1155
10.  Casimir Loxsom  2013                600M            1:14.84                    1154
11.  Mike Sands          1975                200M            20.5                         1143
12.  Mike Shuey         2019                 Javelin          271' 10"  (82.85M) 1141
13.  George Adu        1999                 Long Jump    25' 10.75" (7.89M) 1114
14.  Larry Mangan     1983                Mile               3:56.90                    1113
14.  Alan Scharsu       1985                3000M           7:50.40                    1113
16.  Mike Sands         1976                 400M             46.01                       1111
17.  Mike Shine          1979                110M HH       13.80                      1103
18.  James Carney      2008                5000M           13:31.61                  1097
19.  Casimir Loxsom  2014                1000M           2:19.16                   1092
20.  Ricardo Hall        1995                Triple Jump    53' 7.75" (16.22M) 1082
21.  Dave Kriz            1996                High Jump      7' 0.75" (2.15M)    1046
22.  Dave Masgay       1987                Pole Vault      16' 8.75"                 1021
23.  Alvin Jackson      1979                Hammer         211' 11" (64.60M)   957       

Comments appreciated!                       

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Mike Sands Is OK!

Well, really, he is great!

Karl Tewold finally received an email from Coach Groves' foster son and PSU Track Alumni Great Mike Sands in the Bahamas.  Many people were quite afraid for Mike, but luckily he is in the relatively less affected Southern Bahamas.

Hey Karl,
It's been awhile. Good to hear from you.
Thanks for reaching out and your expressions of concern.

Except for high winds, rain and intermittent power outages, we here in Nassau have fortunately been spared the brunt of Dorian's compact, for which we are thankful.

Fortunately, the same cannot be said for our sister Islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, which are the second and third most populous Islands following New Providence(Nassau).
Despite the devastation we, as a faith based country, are thankful and confident that the sun will rise upon The Bahamas, again!!🙏
Please convey my thanks appreciation to all.
My love and regards to Gwen an all.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Penn State Track Alumni Road Records

Here is the final listing from Matt Groves' research.  As with the Indoor and Outdoor Records, we are looking for any updates that are available!

                                                      *  Marathon         2:12:23         George Malley(77)      1981?

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Was "The Sandwich Year" Coach Groves' Best?

I am pretty sure that Coach Groves considered the 1979 team his best of all time.  And it was sandwiched by teams that finished 3rd and 4th in the NCAA. I will be corrected if I am wrong about that.  A 3rd place at the NCAA Meet with all regional Americans was certainly a minor miracle considering the influx of foreigners in those days.

While I didn't break back into the first team that year, I did finish a meet without the top-7 in first place, making me kinda sorta the 8th man that day.  It wasn't easy on a team with many good runners making up 2nd, 3rd and even 4th teams that could compete quite favorably anywhere.  I did go on to achieve performances in the track season that year that eclipsed my high school performances as measured by the IAAF standards.  So Coach Groves did make me a better runner, as well as a better person.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Final Four Three Years In A Row Started in 1978!

If PSU's basketball team ever made the Final Four three years in a row, we would never hear the end of it.  And rightly so.  But 1978 was the first of 3 straight top-4 finishes for the Men in NCAA Cross Country!

Being a second-stringer on all three of those teams was OK by me.  A guppy in the Koi Pond of Division I NCAA XC was really fun.  I had the time of my life running with some of the best.  This year was hindered by a bout of pneumonia and a groin pull I sustained in Fencing Class!  (That's known as a high-ankle sprain nowadays...)  Never got rolling after all of that, but logged a lot of miles and made some of the best friends

Of all of the PSU team photos, this one shows my true size at the time.  I was the smallest guy on the team, even smaller than Alan Scharsu and Bob SnyderCoach Groves wouldn't even put my true weight on the team brochure, or whatever it was. 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

He Must Be A Wee Bit Irish!

 Harris is an Irish name, after all.

It's root beer, everyone!

Isaiah Harris scored his second victory in the land o' green in the 800M at the Morton Games in Dublin, Ireland.  This time, he slipped at the start and was in last place for much of the first lap.  The announcers called him out of the race with just 100M left but he still managed to pick off everyone with ease.  PSU is 800U in Ireland.

The whole race:

Just the finish:


 Isaiah HARRIS
United States 1:48.20
   Harun ABDA
United States 1:48.44

United States 1:49.07

Ireland 1:49.27

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

We Always Said It, But The 90s Guys Codified It

It has been a joke since the very first students attending the land-grant farmer's high school that became our alma mater.  With the electric chair housed at nearby Rockview Prison, the moniker became even more funnier after Penn State became a University.

State Penn!

But the 1993 XC squad took the name to a new level when they warmed up at the NCAA XC Championships with the t-shirts made up by Leif Steiner.  Even Coach Groves got in on the action during the meet.  I believe these photos were by Brian Boyer and the bike in the last pic is Matt Hutzelmann's

Tom McGlynn, Bob Hamer, Coach Groves, Harry Stants, Ken Cooper.
Coach is holding Jake Bartholomy's All-American Certifate for finishing 29th. The team finished in 14th place overall.  Not bad for a bunch of convicts!

29th Jake Bartbolomy 30:32
58th Robert Hamer 31:00
95th Leif Steiner 31:33
109th Jon Pritchard 31:43
112th Tom Mcglynn 31:45
115th Ken Cooper 31:48
134th  Harry Stants 32:09

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Rate Cut That Is Targeted At Our Group!

For once, here's a rate cut that all of us can benefit from.  Not the shifting from one pocket to the other, but a real cut in the cost of your very own Alumni Singlet or T-Shirt.

Ever hard-working Mark Hawkins was able to obtain diferent suppliers to bring the cost of an Alumni Singlet or T-Shirt to $55 for this time-limited sale.  That includes a reduction for those who have already ordered.  And only $50 for additional items in the same order.  Also $50 for recent grads and those who can have theirs hand-delivered by Owen Dawson in State College

So, you have until kick-off of the Pitt/Penn State Football game to get your order in.

Finally, the time has arrived.  We are having our biggest ever Alumni Singlet and T-Shirt Sale.  I know many of you have been waiting for this for a long time.  In order for this to reach everyone, I am asking that everyone "Like", and "Forward" this post on every available medium.  You have more friends than I do and our reach can exponentially grow if we include yours (and theirs!).

The hard work of this project is being done by Mark Hawkins ('81).  And even though he is a bit shy about it, he deserves thanks and accolades from all of us.  This stuff isn't easy and it would be quite easy to forego any of it except for the love of our program shared by Mark, me and all the rest of our wonderful Group.  We aren't there yet, but I am striving to have us be the largest and most active Track and Field Alumni Group in the world.

I will let Mark's words about ordering stand as the final word on this Super Duper Sale of the Century!

Fill out the form below to order a Penn State Track & Field (and XC) Alumni Singlet or T-Shirt.  Based on a throwback design, they are a great way to celebrate our organization of Penn State proud alumni athletes and coaches.  The shirts were introduced in 2009 and are being worn coast2coast and internationally by more than 250 of your brothers and sisters - spanning teams from 1968 to 2019!

The main design on the front of the shirt reads PENN STATE between two solid bars.  The lower bar includes the ALUMNI designation.  In addition to the front design, the varsity block S is also incorporated into the back or sleeve of each t-shirt or singlet.  You also have the option (preferred) of including your year of graduation or competition (ie '81) positioned on the right chest above the main design.

Mark Hawkins ('81) is handling the orders again this year.  Mark will be contacting you to acknowledge and finalize your order.  We order the stock as needed and each shirt is custom printed by Collegiate Pride in State College. Please note that Mark orders the stock and supplies it to the printer, so please communicate with Mark.  Due to the inclusion of the graduation year, it is not trivial to make changes or substitutions.  If you have not seen the shirts, Mark will be happy to send pics.

The singlets and T-shirts will again be the Nike "Miler" style.  There are Men's and Women's versions available for both of these dry-fit shirts.  For this printing, our primary color scheme is Blue printing on white shirts.  We have printed white on blue for the women's shirts as an option in the past - if you are interested in this color scheme or other shirt styles, please contact Mark.

Costs of the shirts have increased, and we now pay a royalty charge to PSU via the printer.  This year both singlets and T-shirts will cost $55 (including shipping).  For personal hand delivery or for additional shirts shipping to the same address, you may deduct $5 each.

Look for an announcement of the closing date for orders. Closing date for orders is the kickoff of the Pitt/Penn State Football game.  Thank you!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Recent Additions To Our Ranks Around The World!

Michael Shuey added to his National title in the javelin with a 4th place finish in the Pan-Am Games in Lima Peru.  I know I would instantly have food poisoning if I went there, so it's a notable achievement!

And our most recent member, Isaiah Harris, just ran a season best 800M prior to heading to Europe for some fast 2-lappers!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

I Ran In The Same Spikes As Greg Fredericks!

I am just angry that mine were 2 minutes slower (or more) than the version he got.  It's just not fair... They sure were beauties, though.  And the more you wore them, the better they fit.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Cross Country Starts Soon

From Greg Fredericks:

August is here and XC camps open soon... where did the summer go?

Attached is a photo of an "old" xc shoe.  How many remember the original version was real leather and had green stripes.  Oh to be young again and run or glide over the golf course!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

These Guys Were Coach Groves' First Athletes

Phil Peterson sent me this pic of the 1968XC season.
  • #1: Al Sheaffer
  • #7: Phil Peterson
  • between #1 and #7: Jeff Deardorff
  • Glasses: Ray Smith
  • far left: Steve Gentry
  • Others in back: Art Knapp and Joe Witkowski
We need stories from this year from any of them.  The personality change in coaches from John Lucas to Harry Groves must have been something like a 7.0 Earthquake.  With Coach Groves' Army background, the turbulent late 60's with protests and anti-war sentiment must have been a volatile mix.

And don't forget to order your "Official" Alumni singlet or T-shirt

Monday, July 29, 2019

If A National Champion Wants An Alumni Singlet, So Should You

Darrell Hill already has an Alumni Singlet and he is on the US team travelling to Qatar for the World Championships.  And now, National Champion Michael Shuey has invested in one.   You read that right!  Michael won the National Championship in the Javelin with his best ever toss of 82.85 meters (271' 10").  With that toss, Michael missed the World Championship Standard by 0.15M.  He still can make the US World team with a toss over the standard until early September or remaining in the top 32 ranking in the IAAF (Or whatever it is now...). 

Join the nearly 300 Alumni spreading the word of the greatest Track and Field Program in America by purchasing a Singlet or T-shirt like Darrell and Micheal.

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