Track & Field Claims Two More Individual MVC Titles

first_img 400-Meter Hurdles 1.Bas Van Leersum, 51.66 3. Hudson Priebe, 52.21 Drake Individual Men’s Results 100 Meters 2. Pierce Vincent, 10.32 5. Demetrius Shelton, 10.50 2016 MVC Outdoor Championship Sunday, May 15, 2016 Terre Haute, Ind. Women’s Team Standings 1. Wichita State 155.5 2. Northern Iowa 133 3. Southern Illinois 117 4. Illinois State 107.5 5. Missouri State 100.5 6. Indiana State 70 7. Drake 59.5 8. Bradley 52 9. Loyola (Ill.) 23 2016 MVC Outdoor Championship Sunday, May 15, 2016 Terre Haute, Ind. 400-Meter Hurdles 3. Virginia Hill, 59.00 8. Mary Young, 1:04.11 Triple Jump 3. Kayla Bell,  40-1.5 7. Taryn Rolle, 39-1.75 Day 3 Results 100-Meter Hurdles 3. Mary Young, 13.58 7. Destani Welch, 14.10 Drake Individual Women’s Results 1,500 Meters 2. Emma Huston, 4:27.36 9. Taylor Scholl, 4:38.70 4×100-Meter Relay 4. Owens, Shelton, Chier, Vincent, 40.96 5,000 Meters 1. Emma Huston, 16:27.19 9. Taylor Scholl, 17:19.95 15. Bailee Cofer, 17:30.07 21. Cassie Aerts, 17:37.72 Complete Results 200 Meters 4. Demetrius Shelton, 21.23center_img TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Two Drake University track and field student-athletes were crowned Missouri Valley Conference champions while six others earned All-MVC honors during the final day of the MVC Outdoor Championship.Drake’s champions included Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, The Netherlands) in the men’s 400-meter hurdles and Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) winning her final race at an MVC Championship in the 5,000 meters. Combined with Robert McCann’s (Mississauga, Ontario) title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the Bulldogs finished the three-day championship with three individual titles.”This senior class has been amazing with Rob and Emma leading the way and Pierce Vincent and Kayla Bell coming in clutch with top-3 performances,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown.Van Leersum’s win helped highlight another strong showing in the hurdles and earn the program’s second-straight title in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. The junior finished in 51.66, the sixth-fastest time in school history. He was followed by sophomore Hudson Priebe (Chamberlain, S.D.) who earned all-conference honors for the second-straight year with a third-place finish in 52.21.The women hurdlers had an equally impressive day as Virginia Hill (Haymarket, Va.) was third in the 400-meter hurdles with a huge personal best of 59.00, the second fastest time in school history. Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) was eighth in the race to collect points after turning in a third-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles earlier in the day in 13.58. She was followed in that race by teammate Destani Welch (Des Moines, Iowa) in seventh place.”The Bulldogs really stretched themselves to contribute points this weekend,” Kaiser-Brown said of the efforts across the board.Huston’s victorious 5,000-meter race saw her best the field by more than eight seconds to add to her legacy at Drake. That win came just hours after she earned a second-place finish in the 1,500 meters in 4:27.36, less than a second off the winning pace.The Bulldogs’ men’s sprinters continued their strong season with points in the 100 and 200 meters. Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.) was second in the 100 meters with a wind-aided time of 10.32 while Demetrius Shelton (Markham, Ill.) was fifth. Shelton, who has come on strong recently, later turned in a fourth-place finish in the 200 meters in 21.23, just a split second off the personal best time he clocked to earn a spot in the final.In the field events, Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) earned all-conference honors in a second event with a third-place finish in the triple jump via a jump of 40-1.50 on her final attempt to move up one spot. On Saturday afternoon, Bell also recorded a third-place finish in the triple jump.In the team standings, Wichita State claimed both the men’s and women’s team titles. Drake’s women finished seventh in the team standings while the men were sixth.Members of the team that have recorded regional qualifying marks will continue to train in preparation for the NCAA West Preliminary round in two weeks. 1,500 Meters 7. Robert McCann, 3:53.98 4×400-Meter Relay 6. Hill, Young, Rettig, Ahmed-Green, 3:47.43 4×100-Meter Relay 6. Young, Ahmed-Green, Welch, Rolle, 48.12 Triple Jump 8. Johnathan Osifuye, 46-7.25 11. Ethan Turner, 45-5 16. Sean Buczek, 44-2 4×400-Meter Relay 7. Priebe, Van Leersum, Zak, Lombardi, 3:18.14 5,000 Meters 5. Reed Fischer, 14:30.77 20. Griffin Jaworski, 14:59.72 27. Josh Yeager, 15:14.36 34. Ali Jandal, 15:23.53 Story Links Discus 14. Michael Dolan, 133-11 15. Ryan Lemke, 133-4 Men’s Team Standings 1. Wichita State 206 2. Southern Illinois 132 3. Northern Iowa 125 4. Indiana State 118 5. Illinois State 86 6. Drake 63 7. Bradley 52 8. Loyola (Ill.) 35  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia clash in World Cup opener

first_imgRussia will hope for a dream start to their home World Cup (Courtesy Photos)FIFA World Cup 2018Russia vs Saudi ArabiaLuzhniki Stadium, Moscow-RussiaThursday, 14-06-2018World Cup 2018 hosts Russia will get the tournament started on Thursday evening when they take on the second lowest ranked side at the competition, Saudi Arabia.This is Russia’s fourth World Cup as an independent nation since they broke away from Soviet Union in 1991.Their record in the first game is not the worst as they have lost only one of the previous three games (D1 L1) and with the loss coming at the hands of the Brazilian team that won the 1994 edition, it is at least one that can do away with.However, they have been forced to bring 38-year-old defender, Sergei Ignashevich out of international retirement because of a number of defensive injuries and he is expected to start. They have also been dealt a further blow with the injuries to Aleksandr Kokorin and Fedor Smolov who will not take part in the World Cup.“Our mood is very good; we are ready for work, said Russia head coach Stanislav Cherchesov.“We did a lot of work back in Austria and have reached a good level.“Against Turkey, we showed the kind of game we want to play.The 54 year old has been under pressure from the fans and Russian press about his tactics and team selection.Russia’s head coach Cherchesov has been under pressure from the press and fans“Every coach has to accept criticism, continued Cherchesov.“I don’t read anything and stay focused on my job.“We are trying to do what we’re doing — the fact we are getting criticised, that’s a natural thing in the world we live in today.“We want to do everything we can to turn criticism into positive feedback and we have everything we need to do that.”For Saudi Arabia, they will be featuring in their fourth world cup, the first since 2006 and will be attempting to either match or better their round of 16 elimination in USA 1994.The Green Falcons have collected only one point out of a possible 12 in the first game at the last four World Cups and will be hoping their fortunes change for the better against the hosts.“We have to do our best and progressing to the next stage is not impossible, said Saudi Arabia captain Osama Hawsawi.“There are so many unpredictable things in the World Cup.“We are focused now on the opening game and that will set the tone for the other matches.“We are playing the hosts and are very ambitious. Like all the squads, we want to qualify for the final if we can. Nothing is impossible.Osama says they are focused going into the opening gameIndeed nothing is impossible and they will be taking inspiration from famous world cup shocks like Senegal’s win over France in the 2002 opener and that of North Korea over Italy at England 66.Match Facts.This will be the second official game between the two sides with Saudi Arabia winning 4-2 in the other game back in October 1993.Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia has never reached the knockout stage of the World Cup in three attempts (1994, 2002, 2014).Russia are winless in their last five games at the World Cup (D2, L3). Their only two victories at the World Cup as an independent nation were against African teams (6-1 versus Cameroon in 1994 and 2-0 against Tunisia in 2002).If he plays, Sergei Ignashevich will become the oldest player to represent Russia at a World Cup (38 years, 335 days), surpassing Lev Yashin’s record of 36 years and 279 days.Saudi Arabia are winless in their last 10 games at the World Cup, losing eight of them, since beating Belgium 1-0 in 1994 and have finished bottom of their group in their last three appearances at the world cup.Saudi Arabia have kept only one clean sheet in their 13 World Cup fixtures. They have also failed to score in seven of their last nine games in the tournament.Mohammed Al-Sahlawi scored 16 goals in qualifying – the joint-most of any player, although eight of those came in two games against Timor-Leste.Russia will surely be fancying their chances against one of the weaker sides in the competition and i think they will win this one.Prediction: Russia to win by a slim margin.Comments Tags: FIFA world Cup 2018RussiaSaudi Arabitoplast_img read more