Two more Penn Staters earned their way to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics this August. This past Friday, Joe Kovaks and Darrell Hill placed second and third in the shot put at the U.S. Track & Field Olympics Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Kovaks narrowly missed the Olympics four years ago when he placed fourth at the trials, but since became the world’s top-ranked shot put athlete in 2015. Hill finished second at the 2015 NCAA National Championships and set a personal best at the trials to qualify.
Also in Rio: Penn State men’s volleyball will be well represented at the Summer Games with four former-student-athletes split between two countries. Matt Anderson, Max Holt, and Aaron Russell will be playing for the United States and Carlos Guerra will compete with Mexico.
Across the pond: World Campus athlete Julie Boserup’s surprising run at Wimbledon came to a close in straight sets against Elena Vesnina on Sunday. Qualifying for her first Grand Slam, Boserup advanced to the third round after seventh-ranked Belinda Bencic withdrew with an injury, but not until Boserup had already taken the first set from her.
World Cup prep starts today: Five members of the Penn State women’s soccer team will spend the next ten days in Chula Vista, California as the United States begins prep for the U-20 Women’s World Cup this fall. Penn State has more representatives than any other school on the team, meaning Rose Chandler, Maddie Elliston, Ellie Jean, Emily Ogle, and Kaleigh Riehl will miss the start of the upcoming collegiate season as they represent their country.
Still the best: Kirk Herbstreit took to Twitter to reaffirm his belief that Penn State has the best student section in college football. Herbie first made the claim during the 2005 Ohio State game at Beaver Stadium and has repeated it many times since.
Lastly: Get angry! Not really, but Every Day Should Be Saturday trumps up every one of Alabama’s minor, recently self-reported NCAA violations.