9th Annual Club Sports Honors Reception
With over 300 guests in attendance, this year’s version of the Honors Reception was a hit! We gathered in Beaver Stadium’s Mt. Nittany Club to recognize the hard work and achievement of the 77-student formed and student-run club sport organizations. This year our program offered support to a total of 5,889 students, faculty, and staff participating in club sport organizations. Clubs hosted over 502 events on and around campus this year, ventured on 424 trips, and sent teams and/or individuals to program-record 47 national championship competitions. Once again, Penn State Club Sports is the largest club sport program in the United States.
Since last year’s Honors Reception, club sport organizations have captured five team national championships and garnered five runner-up finishes! Individually, Penn State Club Sports saw numerous individuals win national titles this year including Mike Meehan (Triathlon), Colby Trauger (Track & Field), Vanessa Romulus (Track & Field), Emily Martone (Track & Field), Erica Filipovits (Track & Field), Katrina Helcoski (Cross Country- Half Marathon), Dan Wilcko (Cross Country- Half Marathon), and Monica Volk (Cycling).
Aside from competitive success, we recognized our clubs for numerous community service endeavors including Soles4Souls, Coaches vs. Cancer, Clearwater Conservancy, State College Food Bank, American Red Cross, Centre County PAWS, Pennsylvania Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, and Swim Across America to name a few. We were well represented at the Penn State Dance Marathon with 57 dancers representing their clubs and collectively raising over $375,000 towards this year’s THON total.
Diverse arrays of awards were collected over the course of the night. With many awards handed out within each category, the categories were as follows: Athletic Excellence, Organizational Excellence, Individual & Officer Awards, as well as Club of the Year to cap off the presentation.
The 2015-2016 Female Athlete of the Year recipient was Erica Filipovits of Track & Field. Only a sophomore, Erica holds three club records and set one national record en route to her second straight national title in the 100-meter hurdles.
Our 2015-2016 Male Athlete of the Year recipient was a member of the Track & Field club as well: Colby Trauger. The men’s team won the team title with a total of 110 points while Colby accounted for 44 points individually. He won national titles in the 400-meter hurdles, and as part of the 4x100m and 4x400m relay. He was the most decorated athlete from any school at the 2016 NIRCA Championships.
Finally, we were proud to award the Penn State English Equestrian Club for their excellence in the saddle, the classroom, and the community as the Club of the Year. Competitively, the club ended the season with a 1st place regional finish and 3rd place finish at the Zone 3 Championships. Two riders qualified for the IHSA National Show in Lexington, KY. Collectively, the club earned the distinction of “high point team” at 8 different shows throughout the year. Club members’ dedication to their studies resulted in the top academic spot in the Becket Tournament of Champions Series. Members helped raise $25,000 towards THON, and worked with disabled children through the Hands on Therapeutic Riding program. Their efforts demonstrated the epitome of a club sport organization.
The Penn State Track & Field and Cross Country Clubs teamed up and turned in historic finishes at the 2016 National Intercollegiate Running Club Association (NIRCA) Track & Field and Half Marathon Championships. The Men captured both the Track & Field and Half Marathon team national titles while the Women were national runner-ups in both events. Individual national champions were also brought back to Happy Valley in both events.
Women’s Track & Field Team Results:
Despite key injuries, the Penn State women almost rallied to a national championship. The team scored in 16 of 17 events, including double –digit points in 9 of those 16 events. Individual championships were secured by Erica Filipovits in the 100m hurdles, Emily Martone in the 800m run, the 4x400m relay comprised of Sarah Wolverton, Amy Bogan, Meghan Reynolds, and Emily Martone, as well as Vanessa Romulus in the high jump. Other scorers included:
Men’s Track & Field Team Results:
Similar to the women’s team, the men scored in 12 of 17 events to bring home the national trophy. This included double-digit points in 5 of those 12 events. Individual champions were Colby Trauger in the 400m hurdles, the relay team of Ryan Kalkbrenner, Ali Dastagirzada, Colby Trauger, and Hunter Small in the 4x100m, as well as another relay team of Ali Dastagirzada, Colby Trauger, Richard Bardell, and Hunter Small in the 4x400m. Additional scoring efforts consisted of:
Women’s Half Marathon Team Results:
Penn State’s Katrina Helcoski, having placed 4th in 2015, took more than two minutes off her finish time from a year ago to take the individual crown in the 2016 NIRCA Half Marathon in 1:26:59, leading Penn State to a strong runner-up finish. Jenni Hendin placed 5th overall in 1:28:47 and teammate Alex Leandri crossed the line in 1:36:32 to round out the scoring.
Men’s Half Marathon Team Results:
Penn State garnered yet another individual national champion on their banner day at NIRCA Nationals when Dan Wilcko won the Half Marathon title in 1:12:44. Teammate Max Petrosky was the individual runner-up in 1:13:18 as the 1-2 finish propelled Penn State to their first-ever team title in the Half Marathon. Matt Beyerle completed the scoring with a time of 1:15:20. All three Nittany Lions are under-classmen.
Do you like sports? Are you looking for a fun job? Are you interested in developing skills that will allow you to succeed in any career? Then being a Club Sports Supervisor is the job for you!
The position will begin in the fall of the 2016-2017 school year, so click the link below to apply (Cover Letter and Resume are required). We will begin reviewing applications on Wednesday, April 20th.
Please click here to view the posting and apply, 2016-2017 Penn State Club Sports Supervisor . If you have any questions, please contact Michael Potter, Club Sports Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-865-2472.
Check out the club sport events on/around campus this weekend!
Women’s Volleyball hosts the Nittany Lion Invitational on March 19th. Starting at 9:00am, the event will take place at the IM Building in Gym 2 & 3 until 8:00pm.
Karate is participating in one of the club’s bi-annual testing seminars on March 19th. From 9:30am until 6:00pm, the seminar will be held in Room 106 White Building.
Handball plays host to its League Day in Rec Hall. The two day event will start on March 19th at 9:00am, and the event concludes on March 20th at 8:00pm.
Softball is hosting Bloomsburg University on March 19th for a series of games to be played in Yeagertown, PA. The games begin at 10:00am.
Baseball is playing Cornell in a home series at the Shaner Baseball Complex on March 19th and 20th. The first game begins at 12:00pm, while the second game begins at 3:00pm on the 20th.
With one team national championship and three team runner-up finishes, the Fall 2015 Semester was a very successful one for Penn State Club Sports.
CROSS COUNTRY WINS WOMEN’S NATIONAL TITLE, MEN SECOND
The Penn State Cross Country Club had won three women’s national titles since 2006 not none in the last five years coming into this season. On November 14th in Lexington, Kentucky that all changed. With four runners garnering “NIRCA All-American status” and all five scorers in the top 35 of the 300 runner meet the Nittany Lions scored 121 points to win the title. Regional rival University of Virginia was second with 155 points and last year’s champions from the University of Michigan were third with 163. 37 complete teams competed at NIRCA Nationals.
Individually, Jeni Hendin placed 15th, running 23:19 on the challenging 6k course. Kaitlyn Spangler was 23rd (23:19), Noemi Noullet was 26th (23:28), Shannon Wagner was 30th (23:35) and Ariane Abadi was 35th (23:41).
PSU Club XC also captured the NIRCA women’s Mid Atlantic Regional this fall, easily defeating Penn, Georgetown and Virginia to win the meet for the third consecutive year.
The Penn State men had never finished better than third at NIRCA Nationals, and that came in 2013. After finishing fourth at the Mid Atlantic Regional a few weeks prior, they were far from favored to place in the top three at Nationals. But running their best overall race of the season, they averaged 26:07 over the 8k course and came within 19 points of winning the national title, placing second to UC Davis 106-125. Two-time champion Indiana University was third with 149 points. 50 complete teams competed.
Similar to the women, it was excellent grouping that helped the Nittany Lions to their historic finish as four runners earned All-American status. John Lacey was the highest finisher, placing 12th overall in 25:43. Senior Tim Appman was the next Penn State runner to cross the line in 20th (26:02), followed by Max Petrosky (26:11) in 26th, Mark Puleo (26:13) in 27th and club president Doug Jordan (26:26) in 42nd .
MEN’S SOCCER PLAYS FOR NATIONAL TITLE
Receiving an automatic bid by winning the Region 1 tournament, the Penn State Men’s Soccer Club brought a refuse-to-lose attitude to Phoenix, Arizona and the 2015 NIRSA NCS National Championship tournament.
The Nittany Lions went 1-0-1 in the pool play round of Nationals, tying UCLA 0-0 and beating Cincinnati 3-2 behind two goals from Jake Garrigan. Winning their pool with 4 points, PSU advanced to single-elimination bracket play in Phoenix.
In three consecutive one goal games, PSU Club Soccer came out on top in each, beating Cornell 1-0, Texas A&M 1-0, and Weber State 2-1 to advance to the national championship for the first time in 15 years. Mike Wilke, Derk Simpson, Drew Peterson, and Shane Kronick all contributed to the scoring effort leading up to the title game. Penn State would ultimately fall to the University of North Carolina 2-0 in the final.
FIELD HOCKEY TAKES SECOND AT NATIONALS
The Penn State Field Hockey Club, winners of three national titles in the past four years, entered the 2015 NFHL National Championship tournament in Virginia Beach, VA as the top seed and made quick work of their opponents in pool play. The Nittany Lions defeated Maryland 7-0, Navy 5-0, and Drexel 6-1 to advance to the national quarter-finals.
In the quarters, Penn State and in-state rival Pittsburgh went toe-to-toe through regulation (1-1) before needing a penalty shoot-out to decide it in favor of the Nittany Lions. A win over Delaware in the semis put PSUFHC in their title match against the defending champs North Carolina. In a nail-biter, UNC would win the championship by a 1-0 score.
FALL 2015 REGIONAL CHAMPS
In addition to Men’s Soccer Club and Women’s Cross Country Club, the Penn State Men’s Water Polo Club and the Women’s Soccer Club also captured regional titles this fall and had strong showing at Nationals.
Women’s Soccer was a perfect 5-0 at the NIRSA Region 1 Championship tournament defeating John’s Hopkins (3-0), Towson (5-0), TCNJ (6-0), Northeastern (3-0), and Pittsburgh (2-2, 8-7 PK’s). At Nationals in Phoenix, PSU went 1-1-1, defeating Arizona 2-0 and tying Colorado State 1-1 in pool play before falling to Cal Poly 3-1 in the round of 16.
Men’s Water Polo rolled through the CWPA Mid Atlantic Regional tournament with wins over their B team 20-4 and Drexel 20-6 to reach the championship. In the title match PSU dominated Villanova 24-7 to advance to Nationals in Santa Cruz, CA. At Nationals the Nittany Lions lost a close match to Long Beach State 13-12 before defeating host UC Santa Cruz 16-13 and Maryland 12-5. In the ninth place match, PSU Club Polo fell to Colorado 8-3.
Penn State’s Club Sports have been extremely active these past 2 weekends, traveling to 41 competitions and hosting 16 tournaments. Those competitions ranged from Invitationals to National Championships, and our clubs were extremely successful. Below are some recaps of the top performances from the past 2 weekends
Outing had the ACA National Championships in Roanoke, Virginia, on October 17-18 and to say they were successful would be an understatement, as neither Men or Women placed last year. The Women were unable to keep Warren Wilson College from back-to-back championships, but did a fantastic job nontheless and achieved 2nd a place finish. The Men’s team prevented Warren Wilson College from achieving the three-peat as they came out on top and claimed Penn State’s first ACA National Championship. Congrats to Outing for their results and keep up the good work!
Cross Country attended the NIRCA Mid-Atlantic Regionals this past weekend in Princeton, New Jersey and placed 5 runners in the top 10 of the Men’s and Women’s races. The Men’s team placed 4th overall and were led by Mark Puleo, who finished 8th. For the Women’s team, Katrina Helcoski (5th), Jeni Hedin (7th), Adriana Abadi (8th) and Kaitlyn Spangler (9th) combined to give the Women 1st place overall for the 3rd consecutive year! Nice work and keep running hard!
Men’s Soccer visited The First State over the weekend to compete at Regionals in Kirkwood. The Men breezed through pool play, going undefeated and scoring 11 goals and only allowing 4, then had a tough semi-final match against Brown that ended with a 1-0 victory. In the finals they took on the boys from Harvard, but took it to the Crimson, winning 1-0, to claim the Region 1 Championship and earn a bid to the NIRSA National Soccer Championships in Phoenix, Arizona in late November. Good work and make us proud next month!
Women’s Soccer also took the trek to Delaware to compete at Regionals in Kirkwood. They matched the Men’s team by also scoring 14 goals during pool play, but shut out all three of their opponents to stroll into the next round. They continued their scoring prowess and lock-down defense by winning 3-0 to advance to the finals where they met stiff competition from rivals Pitt, who scored the first goals against the lady lions in the tournament, leading to a tie at the end of regulation, 2-2, where it took penalty kicks to determine Penn State the Region 1 victors (8-7). They will be joining the Men’s team in Phoenix, Arizona next month at the NIRSA National Soccer Championships. Great job and good luck next month!
Men’s Water Polo went undefeated during the regular season which led to a #1 seed at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship in Villanova. The “A” team began their pool play with a bye while the “B” team was looking for a spot in the rankings. An opening round victory by the “B” team led to a matchup with the “A” team. Following a defeat at the hands of the “A” team, the “B” team moved on eventually defeated West Chester for 7th place to end their season on a positive note. After the “A” team defeated the “B” team, they advanced to the semi-finals where they dispatched Drexel with ease and advanced to the Championship and faced Villanova, who was also easily defeated, 24-7, which lead to an undefeated season and another Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship under their belt. With the championship, Penn State advances to the National Collegiate Club Championships in Santa Cruz, California, in mid-November. Good luck and bring us home another trophy!
Women’s Basketball, undefeated on the season in league play, traveled to Philadelphia for the UPenn Tournament and kept their record unblemished by winning the tournament.
Bass Fishing traveled north to Ticonderoga, New York, for the Collegiate Cup Championship and finished 7th overall, which qualified them for Nationals later this year in May.
Fencing attended the Swarthmore SAC Invitational and had an extremely successful weekend. The Men’s Saber and Foil both finished 1st and the Women’s Foil finished in the top 3.
Powerlifting went to Scranton in hopes of starting up a new season of The Office but instead settled for a couple of top 5 finishes. Sarah Cruz podiumed, placing 2nd in the Junior Division while Marisa Lang took home 5th in the Collegiate Division
Swim took a trip “south” to the University of Maryland for their Invitational and had an extremely successful weekend as both Men’s and Women’s took home 1st place for the weekend.
Taekwondo made a quick stop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the MIT Tournament and left after placing 3rd overall, which included 2 bronze medalists and 1 silver.
Tennis had sectionals in West Windsor, New Jersey, and won the whole tournament without breaking a sweat!
Baseball’s D2 team, Field Hockey, and Softball all went 3-0 on the weekend.
Cross Country hosted their annual Nittany Lion Invitational at the Blue and White golf Course and ran away with first place in both Men’s and Women’s; despite a combination of rain, sleet, and sunshine during the meet.
Women’s Volleyball also hosted their annual Happy Volley Tournament at the Intramural Building and crushed their competition. Penn State Blue won 10/10 sets while Penn State White won 6/10 sets.
Disc Golf headed west to Wexford for the Western PA College Championships and came away with a 2nd place finish on the weekend.
Fencing traveled to Indiana, Pennsylvania, for the IUP Halloween Spooktacular and dominated in the epee event. Jeffrey Borck (1st), Abdullah Khan (3rd), James O’Connor (5th), and Lawrence Flood (6th) gave Penn State 4 of the top 6 places.
Field Hockey competed in the Lehigh Tournament in Broomall, PA, where they went 2-0 and became eligible to attend Nationals.
Men’s Lacrosse participated in the Kelsey Klassic Charity Tournament where they came away undefeated as they continue on their quest to make it back to the National Championship.
Women’s Ultimate Frisbee went down to the University of Maryland participate in the Dazed and Cornfused Tournament but remained Focused and Composed as they ended the tournament with a 5-1 record and placed 2nd.
Women’s Basketball hosted a small tournament and the “B” team finished 4-1 with their only defeat coming to Delaware, who lost to the undefeated “A” team in the championship game, 37-29. The Women’s Basketball Club remains undefeated on the year.
Men’s Ice Hockey defeated RMU and PSU Altoona by a combined score of 15-4 while playing the night-cap at Pegula.
Quidditch hosted their Nittany Invitational and went 4-2 on their way to a 2nd place finish while defeating Pitt 170-50 and Villanova 190-30 along the way.
Softball continued their dominance this season as they defeated Rowan in all three of their games this weekend.
Penn State Aquatics offers multiple opportunities during the fall, spring, and summer semester for Penn State students, faculty, and staff to receive American Red Cross certifications in standard first aid and adult CPR/AED at a discounted rate.
Club sport organizations that are a risk level 2, 3, or 4 must maintain no less than two student safety officers at all times to be active and risk level 3 and 4 clubs must have at least one coach/instructor with safety certifications.
For a full list of upcoming classes, please visit the Penn State Aquatics website:http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/campusrec/rec/nat/FirstAidCPRAEDTraining.asp
If you are interested in attended a class, you must register in-person at the McCoy Natatorium and pay in full for the class. Club accounts cannot be directly billed though individuals may be reimbursed by their clubs at the club’s discretion and only with their original receipt received at the Natatorium upon registration.
The Club Sports Program offers athletic training services for all student members in our 77 club sport organizations. This service is free of charge and allows club sport athletes to have injuries evaluated by one of Penn State Sports Medicine’s best!
Our athletic trainer for 2015-16 is Allison Jacobs and she holds appointments on a weekly basis in the White Building Athletic Training Room (52). Allison schedules 20-minute time slots from 9:00am-10:40am on Tuesdays, 2:00pm-3:00pm on Thursdays and 9:00am-10:40am on Fridays during Spring Semester.
To schedule an appointment, please stop by or call the Club Sports Office (814-865-9202). You must have a valid participation agreement/waiver on file for 2015-16 with your club and you must be a student (with limited resources and times we cannot extend this service to faculty/staff members of clubs).
While we all stress health and safety as well as injury prevention, we understand that injuries in sport do occur. Please inform your club members of this enhanced Club Sports Program service should they have an injury related to their participation with your club.
If you would like to schedule athletic training services for your on-campus events during the 2015-16 academic year, please put in a request with Michael (email@example.com) at least 2 weeks prior to the event.
The Club Sports Program, in partnership with Penn State Fitness, provides “Club Sport Athlete Only Lifting Hours” in the Intramural Building Weight Room each week during fall and spring semester.
The (old) IM Weight Room is located downstairs in the IM Building. Club Sports hours for Spring 2016 semester are as follows:
To gain free access for your club members during this time, a club officer must email a list of names to Club Sports Program staff member Donna Basalla (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NOTE: Please only send the names of club members who have approved participation agreements/waivers on file with the Club Sports Office. Club officers can check their approved roster at any time online under the Officer Log In section of our website. Do NOT copy and paste your entire roster into an email. We are happy to allow access to anyone in your club who will utilize this service but with over 5,000 participants in club sport organizations, we want to only create lists of members who have expressed interest to you. Each member will be asked to show an ID to enter the room.
Club Sport members do not need to purchase a fitness pass in order to use the IM Weight Room during Club Sport lifting hours but will not have access any other days/times or access to other weight room facilities on campus. Only student members of clubs will be added to the Weight Room List.