Track & Field Has A Phenomenal Day To Close the Iowa State Classic

By on December 24, 2019

first_img4×400-Meter Relay10. Drake, 3:24.71 Triple Jump2. Taryn Rolle, 40-6.75 Complete Results (PDF) Mile16. Morgan Garcia, 5:10.36 800 Meters43. Danielle Griesbaum, 2:17.0850. Kayla Giuliano, 2:22.28 Drake Individual Men’s Results400 Meters10. Bas Van Leersum, 47.8425. Hudson Priebe, 48.9346. Malik Metivier, 50.36 800 Meters48. Xavier Lechleitner, 1:56.1750. George Webb, 1:56.31 Story Links Drake Individual Women’s Results400 Meters18. Rai Ahmed-Green, 56.9225. Ebele Okoye, 57.64 4×400-Meter Relay8. Drake, 3:50.34 Mile38. Chris Kaminski, 4:19.70 AMES, Iowa – The Drake University track and field teams recorded three performances that rank in the top-10 all-time at Drake and nine personal bests during the second day of the Iowa State Classic Saturday.”Today and was a great day for the team,” said co-interim head coach LaRon Bennett. “I asked them to give their best and expect great results.”Early in the afternoon, junior Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) continued to lower her personal best by clocking a time of 8.37 in her preliminary heat of the 60-meter hurdles. That time was the second fastest in school history and fastest qualifying time of the day. Later she took second in the final of the event in 8.39.”Mary had monster PR in the hurdles,” Bennett added. “We had a game plan that she executed it perfectly, but even I was shocked when I saw 8.37.”The Bulldogs’ 4×400-meter relay team also turned in the sixth fastest women’s time in school history with a time of 3:50.34 to take eighth place. Iowa State Classic – Feb. 11Ames, Iowa – Lied Athletic Recreation Centercenter_img 60-Meter Hurdles (Final)2. Mary Young, 8.39 High Jump12. Forest Moses, 6-6.75 Triple Jump3. Johnathan Osifuye, 48-3.25 Shot Put21. Brittani Griesbaum, 27-7.5 Print Friendly Version Select Drake athletes return to competition next weekend at Nebraska for its final tune-up before the MVC Indoor Championship.”We will rest most of the team next weekend, in preparations for the conference meet in two weeks,” Bennett said. “But I’m so proud of this family and what they’ve done so far this season.” Photo Gallery 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)13. Hudson Priebe, 8.4323. Dominic Lombardi, 8.60 For the men, Johnathan Osifuye (Woodbury, Minn.) finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 48-3.25, a personal best for the junior and the sixth-longest jump in school history. In the women’s triple jump, Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) was second with a jump of 40-6.75. On the track, Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, The Netherlands) was 10th in the 400 meters in 47.84, a time that was just a third of a second off of his school record pace. Complete Results (HTML) 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)1. Mary Young, 8.3713. Victoria Coombe, 9.02last_img read more

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Super Bowl LIII: Tom Brady vs. Jared Goff gives the Bay Area a stake after all

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgWhen the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots face off in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta in two weeks, the Bay Area will be well-represented on the field.Not only are both starting quarterbacks Bay Area natives, but there are impact players on both rosters with deep ties to the region.So who should you root for in Super Bowl LIII?I know choosing between the team from our region’s chief rival, Los Angeles, and the nearly universally reviled Patriots isn’t easy, but luckily, the battle lines …last_img read more

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Barloworld’s brilliant Tour success

By on December 19, 2019

first_img30 July 2007South Africa’s Team Barloworld wrapped up an outstanding debut at the Tour de France, which ended in Paris on Sunday, with Robert Hunter finishing fourth on the final stage and second in the points’ competition, while Mauricio Soler captured the prestigious polka dot jersey, which is awarded to the King of the Mountains.In addition to those two excellent results, Barloworld also showed that its future is in good hands by placing two riders in the top-five of the white jersey competition for cyclists under the age of 25.Team Discovery Channel’s Alberto Contador, the winner of the race, finished first, with Soler ending second and Kanstantsin Siutsou fifth.New contractAnd speaking of the future, there was great news for Team Barloworld during the race when Soler – about whom there was so little known before the Tour that the voices of cycling, the great and very knowledgable commentary team of Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin, admitted they hadn’t previously heard of him – chose to extend his contract with the team by two years, through to the end of 2009.After his brilliant performances in the Tour, Columbia’s Soler has become a hot property, a cyclist that many of the big teams would have loved to offer a contract, so his decision to stick with Barloworld is a real coup.Team manager, the highly respected Claudio Corti, said in a statement: “I’m really delighted. Mauricio is a true professional who found in our team the perfect conditions to demonstrate his skills.”Stage victoriesBoth Soler and the team’s captain and sprint ace, South Africa’s Robbie Hunter, recorded stage victories.With French President Nikolas Sarkozy following him in the race director’s car, the Columbian climber tore through the field on the ninth stage from Val d’Isere to Briancon, one of the toughest of the Tour, to register a massively impressive victory.Hunter, meanwhile, after narrowly missing out on a win on the fourth stage, and consistently being among the top finishers in the sprint stages, got it right on stage 11, which finished in Montpellier.A six-year waitWriting on his website afterwards, he said: “This is a victory I have been looking for for over six years and, I guess it’s true, the more you wait for something the more you appreciate it. I gotta say I hope it shows everybody back in SA that anything can be achieved if you try hard enough and give it your all.“More than anything, I hope this causes a wave of interest in the sport ’cause I know how much talent there is back home and I’m sure there plenty of young guys that can achieve the same and more.”Hunter’s victory gave Barloworld two stage wins within three days and, for the sponsors, a fantastic reward for their support of the team by exposing the Barloworld brand to a huge worldwide audience.After the penultimate stage of the Tour, Chris Fisher, the head of corporate marketing at Barloworld, was interviewed on the Moneyweb Power Hour radio programme and asked about the feeling within the team.‘Absolutely delighted’“Well, within our team we’re absolutely delighted,” he said.“We’ve exceeded our expectations by far, bearing in mind we came here with the objective of having a podium finish. We’ve now had two firsts, a second, two thirds, two fourths, two fifths, a sixth today – so things couldn’t be going better for us.”And those words came before Hunter’s fourth place finish in the last stage on the Champs Elysees.Those performances have changed people’s perception of the team immeasurably; at the start of the Tour de France, many would have, upon hearing of Barloworld’s entry, asked “Who?”Following the completion of the epic race, people have sat up and taken notice. They know all about Team Barloworld now.The commentary team of Liggett and Sherwin, both enthusiastic supporters of cycling in South Africa, summed up the impact Barloworld made on the Tour by calling the team one of the stories of this year’s event.South Africans in the Tour?For South Africans, there is a big question to be asked after the successes of the SA-sponsored outfit on the biggest stage of them all. It is whether or not there will be any cyclists that follow in Robbie Hunter’s footsteps and compete in the Tour de France.Hunter had the answer to that one in an interview with Moneyweb.He said: “There are a couple of guys that this Barloworld has got. You know, you’ve got a young guy like John Lee-Augustyn, who is a hugely talented bike rider. Unfortunately he’s just a little bit too young right now to feature in the Tour de France. If it was one year later, you know, I have no doubt in my mind that he would have been in the Barloworld team.“Other riders unfortunately, like Ryan Cox, had a slight problem; he had an operation just before the Tour de France, otherwise he would have been in the race. So there are a couple of South African riders who are there and can compete on this level.”Very bright highlightsSo, while the Tour de France was dogged by some controversy, including a number of positive doping tests and Michael Rasmussen – at the time the leader of the race – being axed from Team Rabobank and sent home because of lies he had told regarding his whereabouts when out-of-competition doping tests were to have been done on him, there were also some very bright highlights.Apart from the overall victory by the young Spaniard Alberto Contador, many of them were provided by Team Barloworld.They included the out-of-nowhere domination of the King of the Mountains by Maurico Soler, the never-say-die attitude of Robbie Hunter in the sprints, and the stunning performances from the previously little-known team from South Africa, who took up the challenge of facing the big guns with gusto and emerged from the task having gained a new legion of fans. 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What The Hell Is Syracuse Doing In The Final Four

By on September 30, 2019

2015Michigan State2.70 1986LSU1804Louisville, Duke, Kansas2049-244 2006George Mason1.52 2010Michigan State3.60 2012Louisville4.70 1999Ohio St.1893UConn, Duke, Michigan State2182-289 2016Syracuse1.50 YEARTEAMELOOTHER FINAL FOUR TEAMSAVG. ELODIFF. One of these teams is not like the others 2016Syracuse17721942+170 YEARTEAMPRE-TOURNAMENTPRE-FINAL FOURIMPROVEMENT 2010Butler2.80 Because Syracuse had stretches of staggeringly bad regular-season play for a Final Four team, our NCAA Elo ratings — which estimate a team’s strength at a given moment — rated the Orange as the 41st-best team in the 68-team field going into the tournament. (Among Final Four teams since the tourney expanded to 64 teams in 1985, only No. 52 VCU in 2011 and No. 44 George Mason in 2006 ranked lower.) By contrast, UNC was the third-best team in the field by pre-tournament Elo, Villanova was fifth, and Oklahoma was ninth. So in terms of the disparity between Syracuse’s pre-tournament Elo and the average of the other Final Four teams, the team is the sixth-most-out-of-place Final Four entrant since 1950.2This is as far back as our table of Elo ratings goes for NCAA Tournament games; that year, the tourney was limited to an eight-team field. 2013Wichita State1.00 1965Princeton1687UCLA, Michigan, Wichita St.1923-236 Most improved Final Four teams 2016Syracuse1772Villanova, Oklahoma, UNC2031-259 1963Oregon St.1704Loyola-IL, Cincinnati, Duke1966-262 1971Villanova18141996+182 2011VCU17251985+260 1972Florida St.1751UCLA, UNC, Louisville1997-247 1960NYU1766Ohio St., California, Cincinnati2008-241 2014Kentucky4.40 1965Princeton16871876+189 ELO RATING 2011Butler0.99 Ratings aside, the team earned its way with a strong performance in the tourney, particularly when it outlasted Gonzaga and Virginia this past weekend. A lot has changed over the past two weeks; now Syracuse has nearly caught up to its Final Four peers, making it the sixth-most-improved Final Four team by Elo since 1950. 1952Santa Clara1416Kansas, St. John’s, Illinois1834-418 If I’d told you a couple of weeks ago that North Carolina, Oklahoma and Villanova would be packing their bags for a Final Four date in Houston, you probably wouldn’t have batted an eyelid. (Assuming you weren’t a Kansas or Oregon fan.) According to FiveThirtyEight’s NCAA Tournament prediction model, the Sooners and Tar Heels were the most likely men’s teams to emerge from their regions, and the Wildcats were a strong second choice in theirs. That trio is as chalky as a group featuring a couple of No. 2 seeds can get.Syracuse, however, would have stopped some traffic. The Midwest’s Final Four entrant is a major stunner — its region of the bracket featured a No. 1 seed (Virginia) that ranked as the third-best team in the country in our pre-tournament team ratings and a No. 2 seed (Michigan State) that many analysts believed deserved a No. 1, plus a strong second tier of teams including Purdue, Utah, Iowa State and even better-than-its-11-seed Gonzaga. Meanwhile, the 10th-seeded Orange were uncertain bets to merely make it past Dayton in the round of 64, much less forge a path all the way to Houston.Before the tourney began, both our model and Ken Pomeroy’s odds assigned Syracuse somewhere between a 1 percent and 2 percent chance of making the Final Four. Comparing Pomeroy’s log5-based probabilities this year to archives from every year going back to 2006,1The 2006 tournament is the earliest for which I could find odds derived from Pomeroy’s ratings. I also used Sean Forman’s similar simulations in the absence of Pomeroy’s data for the 2009 and 2010 tournaments. that makes this year’s Orange the fourth-most-unlikely Final Four participant of the past 11 NCAA tournaments. 2013Wichita St.17911960+169 Elo ratings are pre-tournament 1950Baylor1459CCNY, Bradley, NC State1782-322 Teams like these don’t have a terrific track record once they get to the Final Four: Of the nine teams alongside Syracuse above, only three — Bradley in 1954, Villanova in 1971 and Kansas in 1991 — advanced to the championship game, and none won the title. The most improved Final Four team to win a title was Villanova in 1985. (For what it’s worth, Butler — which was the 61st-most-improved team and an even less likely Final Four entrant than Syracuse — came within a few inches of bank from snatching the title from Duke in 2010.) Syracuse will get a chance to improve that success rate against North Carolina on Saturday, and based on its performance these past few weeks, it would be foolish to count the team out again. YEARTEAMFINAL 4 PROB. 1968Ohio St.1730UCLA, UNC, Houston1991-261 1959Louisville16741839+165 1954Penn St.15771729+153 1987Providence18852076+191 1991Kansas19462095+149 1954Bradley15431720+177 Source: 2011VCU0.02% read more

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