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...

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

An Olympian In Many Ways

In addition to making the Olympic 10,000M team in 1980, with all-time greats Craig Virgin and Alberto Salazar, Greg Fredericks has been an Olympian in many other ways.  Each day he helps out Coach Groves at his living facility and takes him for a walk.  And he also keeps me fully loaded with post ideas and content.  Combined with his eternally optimistic attitude and family values, I know I picked the best of idols in my early running career in 1975.  Hats off for Greg!

First up is a video of the Olympian Recognition at the recent PSU White-Out game.  Greg actually tips his hat to us in this one!

Next is an interview with "the Moses" of PSU Cross-Country, Curt Stone.  (He led us through the desert to the promised land of the NCAA Championship by recruiting and assembling a storied group, including all 3 Ashenfelter brothers.)  Horace told me that if it wasn't for Curt, none of this would have ever happened.

Greg was also the first to alert me to the upcoming end to Mark Parker's tenure as CEO of Nike.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Singlets Are Coming!

And the t-shirts...

Don't worry.  The very busy Officers of this Group haven't forgotten about your orders for Alumni Singlets and T-Shirts.  If we haven't been in touch with you yet, soon we will make sure of your order and get the prestigious parcel to you to show off to the world!

There were around 30 new orders, with even more interest after the "deadline".  That will end up bringing our total to more than 300 out in the wild.  The Soon-To-Be Largest and Most Active Track and Field Alumni Group in the World keep getting stronger and stronger.

Diamond League Champion, Darrell Hill owns one!

Former World Best Indoor 600M runner, Cas Loxsom owns one!

Monday, October 21, 2019

An Unorthodox Way To Try For A Performance Of The Year Award

I have always said that you can win our annual award for anything, not just performances on the Track or Field or Cross Country Course.  Well, Doug Walter took me at my word and has a very fine performance to add to this year's voting.

Doug grew up in Chambersburg, PA with his Uncle Nephew* Nate Miller more like a brother than an uncle nephew. With Nate having recent health problems, Doug has jumped in and donated a portion of his liver to Nate in a recent surgery (or series of surgeries) at John Hopkins Hospital.  Anyone who knows even a little bit about this surgery knows it is not to be taken lightly.  Nate endured at least three surgeries totaling more than 24 hours.  Doug is just getting back on his feet after several days.  My prayers are with them both.  Doug, you get an automatic entry in this year's Performance of the Year!

Doug and Nate, preop.

Doug Walter, postop.
Thanks to Jake Bartholomy for alerting me to this story.   * Brian Boyer reports that Nate is Doug's nephew.  This blog wouldn't be what it is unless I get basic facts wrong!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Olympians In Beaver Stadium

Penn State Track and Field Olympians were honored on the field during the White-Out Game with Michigan.  Included were two of my heroes, Greg Fredericks and Curt Stone.  Curt was actually the brains and muscle behind Penn State's emergence as a Cross Country powerhouse in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  He recruited nearly all the athletes who made up a couple of NCAA Championship teams.  He will soon be 97 years old!

Greg Fredericks on the Jumbotron.

Curt Stone, center.

There are Track Alumni Golfer platinum points in store for anyone who can fill in all the names in the second photo!

That was quick!    Greg Fredericks, Steve Hayden, Curt Stone, Connie Moore and Shana Cox with AD Sandy Barbour.

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 www.bobtrump.com. 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.
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