Gehret leaves PSU

Brady Gehret, an Altoona Area High School graduate who reached the finals of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in the 400-meter dash and won a Big Ten 400-meter dash championship for Penn State as a sophomore, is no longer taking classes at the university.

“Brady is not enrolled at Penn State this semester,” Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson wrote via email to the Mirror in response to a question about Gehret’s status.

Gehret has been working at the Summit Tennis & Athletic Club in Altoona.

“I’m taking this semester off, and I’m training here full-time for the outdoor season,” Gehret said in a statement to the Mirror. “I do plan on running the outdoor season.”

When Gehret was asked if he meant that he’d be running the outdoor season at Penn State, Gehret repeated that he “planned on running the outdoor season,” and would not clarify where or at what level.

When reached at the Penn State National track meet Friday, Penn State director and track and field coach Beth Alford-Sullivan declined to speak to the Mirror at the current time.

Gehret finished sixth overall in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships with a career-best time of 45.44 seconds in June of last year after winning championships in both the 400-meter dash and 1,600-meter relay at the Big Ten Championships. Gehret’s 1,600-meter relay team placed fourth at nationals. Fellow Altoona graduate Aaron Nadolsky was also part of the team.

Gehret matched his career-best time in the 400-meter dash during the semifinals of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials before running a 45.48 and finishing eighth in the final.

Following Penn State’s outdoor track and field season, associate head coach Chris Johnson departed for Arkansas where he took the same position for the Razorbacks’ women’s track team. Johnson had been at Penn State for the past eight years.

When interviewed for a story by the Mirror in 2011, Gehret credited Johnson for some of his collegiate success.

“The workouts are a lot harder, but Coach Johnson knows how to set you up each week,” Gehret said. “He’s made me a lot stronger when I run”

Johnson also coached Gehret during his indoor track season, and Johnson’s official biography on Arkansas’ website lists Gehret and Nadolsky as his proteges.