2014 Track Blog Introduction

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Jan. 8, 2014

By Bernard Bennett-Green, GoPSUsports.com Student-Athlete Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Happy New Year, everyone! Hello, my name is Bernard Bennett-Green and I am a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. I am from Cheltenham, Pa., which is a diverse suburb right outside of Philadelphia. I am currently one of the team captains on the track and field team where I compete in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash.

The whole purpose of this post is to give you a little bit of background knowledge of where I'm from and what I plan on doing this semester as a track and field blogger for GoPSUsports.com. This semester, I plan on giving you a different perspective of what goes on in an every day life of a track and field student-athlete at Penn State. I will provide some of my own experiences and I will also be covering different stories on the track team's performances each week. A lot of people believe that we just run in circles for fun but there is a lot more that goes into just running in circles. Also many people don't recognize the field events enough and I plan on maintaining a healthy balance of coverage from the track and from the field.

I enjoy being a track athlete at Penn State because not only do we get to travel the country and run but also we get so many opportunities to grow and learn together. I came to Penn State for many different reasons but one main reason was the many opportunities that the school provided to be successful on and off the track. Penn State has one of the best communications programs in the country, and coming from a high school like mine you would jump at an opportunity to be a part of something this special. I remember coming on my visit here back in the spring of 2010 while the whole school was on spring break and some of the team was still here because they were getting ready for indoor nationals. The campus view was like love at first sight coming down the dotted hill of General Potter highway when I saw Beaver Stadium's majestic beauty in the distance. It took my breath away that day and everything from the academic support to the Penn State pride that every one showed was icing on the cake. I'll go into more detail about the opportunities and experiences that I have encountered here as the semester goes along.



Track and field has two seasons unlike most sports, which are indoor and outdoor. This indoor season, we have four home meets spanning from Jan. 11 to Feb. 8. We finally get to hit the road and travel to Ohio twice at the end of February and the beginning of March. One of the most important goals this year for the indoor season is to have as many people as possible qualify for the Indoor National Championships, which will be held in Albuquerque, N.M., during our spring break.

Our outdoor schedule is great because we get to travel to warmer places throughout the spring. State College isn't the perfect place to have a track meet every weekend because of its cold winter weather patterns, but we do have one home meet this year towards the end of the season. I'll go into more detail about the outdoor schedule when we get closer to that time. If any of my readers are in town this Saturday please come out and support the track team at our first home meet as we embark on our quest to win a Big Ten title this year. The meet will beginning in the morning and will last all day so come out and watch the Penn State track and field team run, jump, and throw for the glory.

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