Life... Back on Track Relay Underway

Link - http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/c-xc/spec-rel/082812aaa.html

 

Life... Back on Track Relay Underway

10 runners are attempting the world record for the 1,000-mile relay

 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Ten runners, predominantly Nittany Lion alumni, are amidst a record-setting journey this week, attempting to break the world record for the 1,000-mile relay.  The event, which is sponsored by the Kevin Dare Foundation and the Life... Back on Track Scholarship Fund, is scheduled to end this Friday afternoon at Nittany Lion Track, beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m.  Following a small ceremony at the University of Minnesota Field House – the site of Dare’s tragic death at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in 2002 - on Monday morning, the Life... Back on Track relay team began the 1,000-mile effort in Prescott, Wisc., and will run around the clock until all 1,000 miles have been completed.

 

Former Nittany Lion graduate Ryan Foster, who has worked as an assistant at the Kevin Dare Foundation over the past year, has served as the event’s organizer, following a stellar Penn State career from 2008-2011.  Foster won a total of four Big Ten titles – the most of any male athlete in the program’s history – and was also a three-time All-American during his Nittany Lion career.

 

Also running are 2012 graduates Vince McNally, Kyle Dawson and Owen Dawson.  McNally and Kyle Dawson are no strangers to the longer miles, as McNally qualified for four-straight NCAA Cross Country Championships, and Kyle Dawson – the 2008 Big Ten Freshman of the Year - was a three-time NCAA cross country participant.  Owen Dawson, who was also an NCAA cross country qualifier and NCAA All-Region finisher, found success in the middle distance, as an All-American in the 800-meters in 2010.

 

Fellow participants Brian Fuller, Teddy Quinn, and Dennis Pollow – all 2009 graduates – were also accomplished distance standouts over their Penn State careers, as all three were members of the Lions’ NCAA-qualifying cross country squad in 2008.

 

Filling out the final three spots on the 10-man roster are former Notre Dame standout Luke Watson, who is currently pursuing his PhD in accounting at Penn State, as well as former Lock Haven stars Ryan Blood and Nick Hilton.

 

The mission of the Kevin Dare Foundation and Life... Back on Track is to help athletes with debilitating injuries/illness, through financial scholarships, achieve their academic goals in memory of the life of Kevin Dare - a legacy of integrity, inspiration, and indomitable spirit - to get Life...back on track.

 

The Foundation's goal is to provide an opportunity to outstanding high school students, exhibiting the courage, strength, and fortitude to rise to the challenges of their situation and still have the determination and will to achieve the academic success that they had always hoped to accomplish. It is our hope that as scholarship recipients become alumni recipients, this inspirational group will, in turn, help to support others in achieving their dreams.

 

For more on the run, log on to the Foundation’s website at www.lifebackontrack.com, and on Twitter (@lifebackontrack).

 

 

 

 

 

Jess Riden

Director of Operations

Track and Field/Cross Country

Penn State University

147 Bryce Jordan Center

University Park, PA 16802

Office: 814.863.2120

Cell: 814.883.6616

Fax: 814.863.8933

 

Description: PSUFB     Description: PSUTwitter

  

Calling All Alumni!  Click to Update Your Contact Information!

 

Brian Herron Plans To Skip HS Outdoor Season And Run Unattached

USATSI_10553179_168383134_lowres.jpg

Brian Herron is quickly becoming one of the nation's top sprint talents, but he may soon join a very rare list of athletes with great potential who never won a state championship. 

Christian Coleman, Natoya Goule Highlight Professional Weekend

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Coleman

Last Friday, Christian Coleman jump-started the professional indoor season with his 6.37 performance in the 60m. While there’s still uncertainty about whether or not the time will be ratified as an American and world record — there are different requirements for each — it signals that Coleman’s 2017 wasn’t an aberration. 

Norway's Sondre Nordstad Moen To Race Napoli Half Marathon

unnamed.jpg

Sondre Nordstad Moen will begin his 2018 racing season in the Napoli City Half Marathon (February 4th) after a sensational final few months in 2017.  In September he began with a personal best 27:55 for 10K in the Birell Prague Grand Prix and concluded with a December victory in the prestigious Fukuoka Marathon in a European Record 2:05:48.  In the interim he improved to number three on the European half marathon list with 59:48, in Valencia.

Matthew Centrowitz Moving To D.C., Still With Nike Oregon Project

CentroOlympics.jpg

Matthew Centrowitz announced on Instagram that he is still with the Nike Oregon Project, but has relocated back to the Washington, D.C. area. The 2016 Olympic champion in the 1500m attended Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Oregon and remained in Oregon for his professional career. 

All The Best Things That Happened In The NCAA This Weekend

Cheryl Treworgy Screen Shot 2018-01-22 at 9.17.42 AM.png

Three collegiate records highlighted NCAA action this weekend, as UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni, Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp, and Georgia senior Keturah Orji set standards in their respective events.

Keturah Orji Breaks American, Collegiate Indoor Record For Triple Jump

Screen Shot 2018-01-21 at 2.05.26 PM.png

Georgia's Keturah Orji broke her own American and NCAA indoor records in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 14.53m/47-8 at the Clemson Invitational.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K

a.jpg

North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener

DT8ZhghXkAY1zsK-1.jpg

Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

Kirby Lee VincentCrisp.jpg

Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

Screen Shot 2018-01-20 at 8.12.01 AM.png

On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.