Fred Carlson

Monroeville, PA

About Me

I am an incurable distance racing fan and stat freak.
Second, GO GATEWAY GATORS!

I think distance running is the ultimate sport and trains the body mind and spirit for any challenges in life. PRs high school (Simsbury CT '73): mile 4:24 state meet 5th place medalist outdoors spring 1973 and 5th place mile indoors earler that winter on the Coast Guard Academy speedie track; 2-mile 9:47 in an early April 1973 scrimmage vs Hartford Public HS on their great track. Some things about Simsbury distance: We were second in the state in XC in 1971 and won states in 1972 when I was tri-captain. The Simsbury XC boys had a great run 1991-1995 with multiple large school titles, a state individual champion in 1993 (Broulliet), and second at the New Englands one year. The boys just won (2012) the state class LL and the State Open 4x800 titles, both in record times (7:48.89 for the Class LL title, and 7:51.30 for the State Open title-YES!) The Simsbury girls 4x800 relay rocked at the New England championships June 2010 with a second place 9:16.64-congrats girls!

My son Rick's high school PRs are now 51.7 (400), 1:55.15 (800-Gateway HS school record), 4:27.9 (1600), 9:47.78 (3200), 16:37 5K XC--but I'm more proud of his past excellent academic life: also treasurer of the National Honor Society, President of the Gateway chapter of the PA Classical League, and his terrific and unselfish work ethic in all he does. He's a May 2011 graduate of the mechanical engineering major at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute IN, the #1 undergrad engineering school in the US 13 years running, and is now Lieutenant Carlson in the Naval Nuclear Program serving on the Ohio-class sub the USS Henry M Jackson out of Puget Sound. He learned everything he knows from his older sister Ellen, the other star in my universe! She taught him to read before kindergarten, and has the running training bug recently.

"Sverige" is Swedish for "Sweden"--they USED to have good distance stars!! --unfortunately no one decent in 40 years (they're all playing hockey now)!

I presently live and work as an illustrator near Pittsburgh and enjoy the comraderie with all the other parents, coaches, and kids in this under-promoted sport.

Visit my art site at www.carlsonstudio.com

Discussion Posts

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15 days ago Tessa Barrett and Hanna Green at NCAA nationals!!
Penn State's Tessa Barrett got 5th in the 5K and 10th in the 3K at NCAA indoor nationals this pas...
15 days ago New national DMR record for Carlisle!
adapted from the PA trackXC news about the new balance indoor nationals: won't take long for t...
16 days ago New national DMR record for Carlisle!
I'll be interested to see how Noah Affolder does on the all-time PA list in the 1600/mile. Archbi...
17 days ago New national DMR record for Carlisle!
Congrats to the Carlisle boys. That 1200 3:02 and 1600 4:04 does it every time!! Tremendous! Look...
26 days ago National Class Records Tarnished by Age advantage not being recognized.
Yes, Wendy, Donbet is right...there are age records kept and should be the go-to stats. But class...
1 month ago Anybody out there? Let's talk Indoor States
Love to see if anyone has the splits on the Carlisle 10:12 distance medley from Saturday's indoor...
1 month ago Anybody out there? Let's talk Indoor States
Hi everyone--is Nick Dahl hurt? He's not listed on any of the heat sheets. Or is he training for ...
2 months ago Anybody out there? Let's talk Indoor States
Hoey and Dahl dueling in the mile! State record here we come!
2 months ago Ned Willig 3:58.09
That's fantastic!! More PA runners in the sub-4:00 fold!! What were the details?
5 months ago Devlin v Savchik: Girls AAA at States
Anna Juul: OUCH! Speaking of losing shoes--In the 2004 boys XC AAA final, on the older Hershe...
5 months ago Devlin v Savchik: Girls AAA at States
Everyone needs to see the AAA girls video on the mile split site. After being over 5 seconds back...
5 months ago Devlin v Savchik: Girls AAA at States
I mentioned this about observing the D7 racing at Coopers Lake on October 27--9 days ago: "Clara...
5 months ago D7 observations-SV/NA, Clara Savchik, W-T, Oakland Catholic
Seneca Valley held off North Allegheny at WPIAL D7s yesterday. That squad from SV broke NA's dist...
7 months ago Top Returning Boys Teams for 2016 XC--D West/B Shanahan/Carlisle etc
So, to the forum readers, which teams are going to be at the Gateway Invite tomorrow morning in B...
7 months ago Top Returning Boys Teams for 2016 XC--D West/B Shanahan/Carlisle etc
The D7 boys no surprises: NA, Pgh Central Cath, Mt Lebo, Norwin, Canon Mac in aaa. Don't know if ...
7 months ago Top Returning Boys Teams for 2016 XC--D West/B Shanahan/Carlisle etc
With Noah and Sam Affolder's best 5K times factored in from their Carthage NY 2015 season, Carlis...
7 months ago Top Returning Boys Teams for 2016 XC--D West/B Shanahan/Carlisle etc
Time for predictions and prognostication everyone! Labor Day weekend is 9 days off! I notice t...
9 months ago Congrats to Jaxson Hoey out in California at Junior
Jaxson Hoey got himself a nice 7th place at the USATF Juniors in Clovis CA...keeping his season a...
10 months ago Great Job on the "Upsets" Story
http://pa.milesplit.com/articles/184239-the-biggest-upsets-from-the-piaa-track-field-state-champi...
10 months ago Kent Hall-Unionville 2016 spring outdoor: top 500 list 3200m
The D7 boys took out the pace, conservatively in the heat, but KRAVITZ takes it (North Pocono) in...
10 months ago Kent Hall-Unionville 2016 spring outdoor: top 500 list 3200m
Kravitz has been running with the big boys the past few years, no doubt. 6th in last year's AAA 1...
10 months ago Kent Hall-Unionville 2016 spring outdoor: top 500 list 3200m
I was reminded by one of my fellow penntrack post-ers that Brehm's 8:55 for the 3200 in 2015 was ...
10 months ago Kent Hall-Unionville 2016 spring outdoor: top 500 list 3200m
Last year's barnburner was definitely a senior showpiece led by Zach Brehm's 8:55 state meet reco...
10 months ago Kent Hall-Unionville 2016 spring outdoor: top 500 list 3200m
Kent Hall down to 9:19 and right behind Jake Brophy at D1 3200 quals. The Unionville peaking magi...
10 months ago Nick Wagner: Penn Trafford 800m runner?
Nick Wagner-of Penn Trafford; Wondered if he was injured this outdoor season? He ran 1:53 last su...
11 months ago WPIAL Southern Qualifiers
Everything is up (as of 4pm today on mile split)! You can also go to wpial.org and click on the t...
11 months ago Ryan Thrush Baldwin 800 performance
If anyone wants a 800m AT Baldwin list through 35 marks email me fred@carlsonstudio.com
11 months ago Ryan Thrush Baldwin 800 performance
Baldwin Invitational 43 years top 800m times after May 6, 2016 (sources-Baldwin Invite program a...
11 months ago Ryan Thrush Baldwin 800 performance
Ryan Thrush's time (1:52.76) was also the second fastest 800m time ever after 43 years of meets a...
11 months ago Angel at Villanova: school record in the 1000m
@ mastermirthmaker Do you think she (Angel) will try and train for the Olympic Trials?
11 months ago TSTCA Outdoor Championships 2016
Mild winter helping at all with the distance training in PA? Those times (places 1-6) at the TSTC...
11 months ago Angel at Villanova: school record in the 1000m
Now there is! I saw that Jim (the news about Neely)! It's good to remind the current crop of HS-e...
12 months ago TSTCA Outdoor Championships 2016
Great day for the TSTCA Championships at West Mifflin yesterday...this meet which too often is da...
1 year ago More from the Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh) on Latrobe's Hanna Green and her recent 2nd at NCAA 800m
Many saw her last spring at the NCAA outdoors in the 800m making the outdoor final, finishing 3rd...
1 year ago More from the Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh) on Latrobe's Hanna Green and her recent 2nd at NCAA 800m
http://triblive.com/sports/otherlocal/10197773-74/green-ncaa-running
1 year ago Vashti Cunningham is just battering the H.S. indoor HJ record at USATF Nationals.
That 5K time by Kejelcha (12:53) is 44 seconds faster than what Galen Rupp ran at the same age in...
1 year ago Angel at Villanova: school record in the 1000m
You guys in the east are probably well-informed about Villanova track news every day, but today I...
1 year ago Penn Relays - questions about tickets
You know what track coaches always say to inspire their runners in the final stretch--'it's all i...
1 year ago Penn Relays - questions about tickets
Donbet I truly miss that gif you used to use of Chris Farley as the demented motivational speaker...
1 year ago Kent Hall-Unionville 2016 spring outdoor: top 500 list 3200m
Just like to read that people stay healthy. Susalla has missed a lot of time the past couple of y...
1 year ago Vashti Cunningham is just battering the H.S. indoor HJ record at USATF Nationals.
...and speaking of young folks...the runner from Ethiopia who held off Ryan Hill's final sprint i...
1 year ago Vashti Cunningham is just battering the H.S. indoor HJ record at USATF Nationals.
NOW WORLD CHAMPION INDOOR! (on fewer misses, but still...world champ in HS!) Absolutely amazing!!
1 year ago Kent Hall-Unionville 2016 spring outdoor: top 500 list 3200m
Knowing Unionville's great track record peaking 3200 guys at the right time I would be surprised ...
1 year ago Vashti Cunningham is just battering the H.S. indoor HJ record at USATF Nationals.
National champ senior year of high school! Shades of Jim Ryun/Gerry Lindgren...
1 year ago this or that
@coachalba Jeans! Tyson Gay or Justin Gatlin?
1 year ago PA XC champ Ryan Gil 4:02 at Razorback Invite this past weekend
...even as a freshman in HS (July 2008) he placed 3rd nationally in the 2000m SC at the Jr Olympi...
1 year ago PA XC champ Ryan Gil 4:02 at Razorback Invite this past weekend
@mschwartzusatf I missed that 2000 SC race for Ryan Gil--sometimes the USATF regional/national yo...
1 year ago PA XC champ Ryan Gil 4:02 at Razorback Invite this past weekend
Great to see North Allegheny's Ryan Gil run a strong 4:02.32 full mile at the Arkansas Razorback ...
1 year ago this or that
Regarding the 800m question of a few years ago--The past few decades it's been the long sprinters...
1 year ago Running fans don't forget--the PA state XC races edited and rebroadcast on PCN over Thanksgiving
The 6 state championship XC runs replays on PCN will be shown again Monday morning November 30, I...