Start time for Tokyo 2020 Olympics marathon in limbo

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew On July 18, the organizing committee submitted a competition schedule plan to the International Olympic Committee that was approved. The date for the women’s marathon is set for Aug. 2 and the men’s for Aug. 9. In consideration of the high temperatures, the committee changed the start time of the marathon events to 7 a.m. from 7:30 a.m., the time stated when the committee launched its bid to host the 2020 Games.A senior committee official said some people were of the opinion that it would be hot even at 7 a.m. But the side representing athletes said it would be difficult for athletes if the start time was set too early as they wake up at least three hours before the start of their races, so the committee settled on a 7 a.m. start, according to the official.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHowever, the temperature exceeded 40 C for the first time in Tokyo on July 23, during a scorching summer heat wave. On the same day, the mercury reached 39 C in central Tokyo, where the marathon events will be held. The temperature in the area was 31.3 C at 7 a.m.With temperatures more intense than envisaged, a senior official of the National Sports Federation said, “It’s desirable to start [the marathon] at an earlier time.” The athletes’ side is also said to have conveyed a similar view to the organizing committee. 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If daylight saving time was adopted, competitions in the morning would be shifted to hours when temperatures are relatively cool. But events such as soccer and rugby, which are scheduled to take place in the evening, would be held when temperatures are high.The competition time schedules are decided based on various conditions, including those related to each sport’s organizations, TV broadcast hours at home and abroad, and public transportation services.A source linked to the Games said, “I wonder if it would be possible to shift the start times of all the events uniformly by introducing daylight saving time.”On Sept. 11, Mori said, “Some members of the National Governors’ Association proposed holding the event at night.” But a source knowledgeable about marathon running said a night race would make it difficult for athletes, who are accustomed to competing in the morning and daytime, to coordinate their conditioning.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown TOKYO — There is no end in sight for discussions over the time schedule for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics marathon, which is expected to be impacted by the extreme summer heat.The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has set the marathon’s start time at 7 a.m., 30 minutes earlier than initially planned. However, in the wake of this summer’s heat wave, some have called for introducing daylight saving time while others have proposed holding the marathon’s events at night. The organizing committee is being pressed to review the competition time again.ADVERTISEMENT Asia League: Zhejiang Guangsha eliminates Yulon from Terrific 12 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. October optionThere have been persistent calls for the 2020 Games to be held in October, like the 1964 Games in Tokyo.In recent years, however, it has been common to hold the Summer Olympics in July and August. Since the 1992 Barcelona Games, the Olympics has been held in July and August, except for the 2000 Sydney Games.When bidding to host the 2020 Games, Doha proposed holding them in October. But the Qatari capital failed in the bid, with the IOC expressing a view that holding the Games in October would conflict with other major sports events. Meanwhile, Tokyo won its bid after claiming that with many sunny and warm days, the Japanese capital has an ideal climate in which athletes can perform at their best.A senior official of the Tokyo metropolitan government said, “As we were responsible for making the bid, it’s extremely difficult for us to ask for the schedule to be changed at this stage.”But a source close to the organizing committee said, “It’s necessary to consider changing the start time for at least the marathon and race walking, which are likely to take place under scorching conditions.”Takaaki Matsumoto, a professor of environmental physiology at Chukyo University, said:  “Under the current start time, there will be a high risk of heatstroke on most parts of the course. To protect the health of athletes and spectators, it’s essential to move the start time forward.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Bandit shot dead after robbing foreigner

first_imgA suspected bandit was shot and killed in the wee hours of Tuesday during an exchange of gunfire with a security officer at an apartment building in Crown Street, Queenstown.Dead: Nigel WellingtonDead is 36-year-old Nigel Wellington of Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara. He was reportedly shot at least four times after robbing a foreign national who was making his way into the apartment building.Based on reports received, the 33-year-old victim, who is a chef at the El Sol Hostel returned home at about 03:30h and after exiting the car, he stood at the door waiting for the security officer to open it when the bandit pounced on him.The chef had just returned from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) after accompanying some friends who left Guyana.Whilst waiting at the door, he was held at gunpoint by the now dead man who demanded he hand over his cash and other valuables. The victim refused to cooperate with the bandit and in retaliation, the armed man struck him to his mouth and relieved him of his mobile phone. The bandit also grabbed an undisclosed sum of foreign and local currency. The alert security officer, who is attached to Ingrid and Chase Mining Company, upon realising what was happening, ran out and instructed the bandit to “freeze”. The bandit then turned around and pointed his 9mm pistol in the direction of the guard and in retaliation, the security shot him once to the foot.Upon falling to the ground, Guyana Times was told that the bandit attempted to raise his gun at the officer and again, he was shot, this time to the shoulder.Although the bandit was shot twice, he attempted to shoot the guard once again but this time, he received the fatal blow. The man dropped to the ground where his lifeless body remained until the undertakers arrived.The security officer, a police source related, contacted his superiors and summoned the police to the scene. It is believed that the bandit did not get an opportunity to use the weapon that he was carrying but the investigators have retrieved several spent shells.The police have also retrieved the items that were taken from the victim. In addition, the firearm that was being carried by the bandit along with a live round of ammunition was found close to his body.The man’s body was taken to Lyken’s Funeral Home and is awaiting a post-mortem.Wellington is no stranger to the law. In January 2018, he was slapped with several robbery charges. He was accused of robbing Vanessa Albert of a Samsung smart TV, a TCL TV, a Samsung 7 Edge phone and a gold ring on December 2017. The stolen items were valued at $570,000 in total.Also, he was previously charged for robbing Ezekiel London of a $90,000 laptop and 2 iPhones, valued at $160,000.Additionally, he along with others, on January 4, 2018, at North Ruimveldt, while armed with a gun, robbed Simona Hopkinson of two gold rings valued at $84,000, three gold earrings valued at $25,000 and a $75,000 flat screen TV, a total value of $184,000.last_img read more

Under-fire Wenger faces testing end to transfer window

first_imgChile forward Sanchez is desperate to seal a move to Manchester City after rejecting Arsenal’s offer of £300,000-per-week to extend a contract which is due to expire at the end of the season.Sanchez, who angered fans when he was pictured smirking on the Arsenal bench during the Liverpool rout, is reported to have asked to be excused from training with Chile this week while negotiations over his future heat up.City are said to have offered their England winger Raheem Sterling plus cash in a bid to convince Wenger to part ways with his prize asset.Wenger reportedly countered by asking City to include Sergio Aguero as a makeweight in the deal but, while Pep Guardiola has shown signs of losing faith in the Argentine striker, it would be a surprise if he was allowed to joined Arsenal.West Bromwich Albion are looking at signing Arsenal’s left-back Kieran Gibbs (R) © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONCity would prefer a straight cash deal for Sanchez, but are believed to be willing to compromise by including Sterling and would fly to Chile to sort out personal terms and a medical before the deadline.Sterling, who was sent off after scoring City’s winner at Bournemouth on Saturday, could be surplus to requirements at Eastlands given the array of attacking talent in Guardiola’s squad.Sanchez’s future isn’t the only problem piling up in Wenger’s in-tray.England winger Oxlade-Chamberlain has snubbed Wenger’s attempts to persuade him to sign an £180,000-per-week contract extension and, with his deal running out in June, he is reported to be on the verge of joining Chelsea in a £35 million deal.West Bromwich Albion are looking at signing Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs, while Shkodran Mustafi, Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Debuchy could also be sold.– Damage limitation –After a miserable first season with Arsenal, Lucas Perez has been told he can leave and the Spanish striker hopes to return home, with Levante among the interested clubs.Paris Saint-Germain winger Julian Draxler (pictured) is said to be on Arsene Wenger’s shopping list © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEWenger will try to off-set those potential losses with some last-ditch shopping of his own and West Brom defender Jonny Evans and Paris Saint-Germain winger Julian Draxler are among his mooted targets.For Arsenal to be in such a panicked state is a huge blow to Wenger only three months after an FA Cup final triumph against Chelsea that the 67-year-old Frenchman hoped would herald a new era of sustained success.The craven manner of Arsenal’s capitulation at Anfield, coming just a week after a disappointing defeat at Stoke, laid bare all the flaws that Wenger has been unable to fix in recent years.Without a Premier League title in 13 years and absent from the Champions League this season following last term’s fifth-place finish, Arsenal are no longer a marquee destination for the sport’s top stars.Now Wenger, who signed a new two-year contract in the close season, looks set to spend the remaining hours of the transfer window in damage limitation mode.And former Arsenal star Ian Wright has seen enough, claiming it’s time for his old boss to step down.“Where do we start? The amount of things that are going wrong, it does come back to Arsene Wenger’s door. We’re three games in and we’re literally at crisis point,” Wright told the BBC.“Do I think he should go? I would like him to go simply because I do not believe now that Arsene Wenger can motivate those players with everything that’s going on above him.“We are three games in and it’s already an absolute nightmare.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000With the transfer deadline looming, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger finds himself mired in a mess of his own making as Alexis Sanchez (R) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headline a host of Arsenal stars trying to flee the troubled club © AFP/File / Odd ANDERSENLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 30 – Rocked by Arsenal’s humiliating 4-0 defeat at Liverpool, Arsene Wenger faces a series of damaging transfer window defections that threaten to derail his side’s already chaotic season.With the transfer deadline looming at 2200 GMT on Thursday, Gunners boss Wenger finds himself mired in a mess of his own making as Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headline a host of Arsenal stars trying to flee the troubled club.last_img read more

Skype video chats to become sharper

first_imgNEW YORK – Video chats using Skype, eBay Inc.’s popular Internet telephone service, are about to become sharper and more lifelike, at least for those who have high-end new computers and webcams. Logitech International SA released driver software Tuesday for three webcams that allows them to connect Skype chatters at a resolution of 640 by 480 pixels, the same resolution as a DVD. Frame rates of up to 30 pictures per second, the standard for TV broadcasts, are possible with the cameras. That’s up from around 15 frames per second in typical Web chats and should cut down on jerkiness and blurring of moving subjects, the companies said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Getting the maximum image quality requires the latest, “beta” version of Skype’s software and computers with the latest dual-core processors on both ends. The processors are needed to compress the video signal to fit it on a standard broadband Internet connection, then decompress it on the other end. The applicable cameras are the $99 Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 and QuickCam Pro for Notebooks, and the $129 QuickCam Orbit AF. The cameras came out this summer. Other webcams are theoretically capable of the same resolutions and frame rates, but Skype and Logitech said the hardware, drivers and Skype software all need to work together to achieve the maximum quality, and “extensive work” by their engineers was necessary to get the three recommended cameras working at their best. Jonathan Christensen, Skype’s general manager for audio and video, said a quarter of all Skype calls have at least one talker on video. The service claims 246 million users. Logitech’s drivers are not available for Macintosh computers, but these have been able to use high-resolution video for some time using Apple Inc.’s iChat software, at least on the fastest broadband connections.last_img read more

Ex-city official to head probe of Red Cross

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“`Survivor’ means you’re able to stay and I did,” he said. Now 75, McIntyre is applying his tenacity to head up a group that is assessing the management at the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. Critics have accused chapter CEO Angie Turner and the board of mismanagement and the allegations have hurt the Red Cross’ image in the community, officials said. According to Turner, she and her two supervisors – board Chairman Michael Zoeller and Pat Hofmaster, executive director of the Pacific Service Area of the Red Cross – decided to form an independent committee of community leaders to investigate the allegations. The process will show there are no serious problems and stem negative media reports, Zoeller said. McIntyre was appointed chairman of the 12-person panel, which is spending a month reviewing the allegations before making a recommendation to the board. He had final approval for selecting each member and says the investigation will be independent and unbiased. PASADENA – When the staff celebrated Don McIntyre’s 15-year anniversary as Pasadena’s city manager, they gave him a jar of shredded money in honor of his tight-fisted reputation and a police nightstick for his toughness. It was 1988 and for the previous two years a faction on the City Council – then known as the Board of City Directors – had pressured McIntyre to retire. The group included current Mayor Bill Bogaard and Rick Cole, now the city manager of Ventura. It was a time when City Hall needed a more collaborative form of leadership, Cole said. Despite the political opposition and criticism of his “old school” ways, McIntyre held onto his post until June 1990. Some have called McIntyre a “survivor,” and he doesn’t dispute the description. Those who know McIntyre, including some of his former political combatants, say they believe his leadership adds credibility to the assessment. “When it comes to character, I’ve always thought of him as an exemplary role model as a city manager,” said Cole. Cole said when he first joined the city’s elected leaders in 1983, he felt strongly that Pasadena needed to move in a different direction. “To be fair to Don, he handled my skepticism and ambition to make change with superlative professionalism,” Cole said. “A lesser person would have lost his temper, would have been resentful and would have made my life difficult.” Bogaard credits McIntyre with laying the infrastructure that allows Pasadena to thrive today. The early ’80s ranked as a highly controversial era in Pasadena politics, as leaders battled about things like the future of Old Pasadena, which was then a slum, he said. McIntyre always dealt with conflict in constructive ways, Bogaard said. “He didn’t lose his temper, never saw it,” Bogaard said. “But he had very strong views and did not give up easily.” Since leaving Pasadena in 1990, McIntyre has been president and CEO of the Central City Association and General Manager of the Orange County Sanitation District. He’s also served as a consultant for multiple public agencies. Regarding the Red Cross, McIntyre said he will be even-handed and fair. The objective is to be balanced, “otherwise we’re wasting everybody’s time,” he said. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Hezbollah lobs rockets; Israelis swiftly retaliate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Israeli army spokeswoman Maj. Avital Leibovich described the attack as a “serious act of provocation” and said the military was put on high alert in the area. Shortly after the attack, Israeli planes bombed suspected Hezbollah targets along the south Lebanese border, said a Lebanese security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. The official said the planes fired at least four missiles at targets near the villages of Kfar Chouba, Kfar Hamam and Halta in the Chebaa Farms area. Israeli artillery also fired at sites where the Hezbollah rockets were thought to have come from. There was no immediate word on casualties. On Wednesday, Israel said its troops fired at, and apparently hit, a man who crossed the border earlier in the day carrying a firearm and binoculars. Lebanon said the person who went missing after coming under Israeli fire was a 15-year-old shepherd named Ibrahim Youssef Rhayyel. BEIRUT, Lebanon – Hezbollah guerrillas attacked an Israeli military position in a disputed part of the south Lebanon border Friday, provoking swift Israeli airstrikes on suspected Hezbollah sites, Lebanese security officials said. Hezbollah said its bombardment of rockets and shells was in retaliation for the killing by Israel this week of a 15-year-old Lebanese boy who had gone missing in the border area Wednesday. Hezbollah added it attacked the same Israeli position that fired the shots that killed the boy. The Israeli army confirmed that Hezbollah fired a barrage of rockets at an Israeli military position in Chebaa Farms and said there were no immediate reports of injuries. In a speech, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said the attack Friday was a message to Israel that “the resistance was, still is and will always be there to defend the dignity and blood of its people.” Hezbollah insisted Rhayyel was a civilian and Nasrallah warned Wednesday that if the boy were found dead, the guerrillas would “punish the killers without hesitation.” The boy’s body was found Thursday, riddled with bullets, on the Lebanese side of the border. In its statement Friday, Hezbollah said the Israeli outpost took “direct hits” from the shelling, but the group did not mention casualties. Chebaa Farms is frequently the scene of fighting between Hezbollah and Israeli troops. A tiny parcel of land held by Israel, Lebanon claims the territory and Hezbollah has vowed to liberate it. But U.N. cartographers say it belongs to that part of Syria that is occupied by Israel. It lies only a few miles from Israel proper. In November, fighting in Chebaa Farms left four Hezbollah guerrillas dead and 11 Israeli soldiers wounded. The last flare-up in cross-border violence was in late December when rockets fired from Lebanon crashed in the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona, damaging property but causing no casualties. Israel retaliated with an airstrike against a radical Palestinian guerrilla base on a hill south of Beirut. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgFáilte Ireland has announced that the Wild Atlantic Way is to get its own Passport.Visitors will be issued with the special passports from May.“The Wild Atlantic Way initiative has been a massive success for tourism growth throughout the country and in particular here in Donegal and it contributed to what was a record breaking year of tourism in 2015, with more than 8.5 million overseas visitors to Ireland,” said Minister Joe McHugh. “I had the pleasure of visiting Gleann Cholm Cille yesterday with its breathtaking scenery of Sliabh Liag just one example of the massive attraction for the WAW. This has been one of the single greatest tourism initiatives, introduced by Fine Gael, in terms of increasing tourism and helping to grow local businesses and create local employment.“The Wild Atlantic Way Passport will encourage repeat visits to Ireland. It will also be a great resource for tourists to find the various Discovery Points along this spectacularly beautiful route, that they might not otherwise visit, many of which are located here in Donegal.“As they make their way along the WAW, tourists will be able to collect official stamps to prove they have been a visitor to each area. An Post and the Fáilte Ireland Tourist Information Office network will provide the distribution outlets for visitors to collect the stamps after visiting each local Discovery Point.“Once the visitors have completed the route, which can be done over a number of years, they can apply for an official Wild Atlantic Way Passport. The passport will be seen as a collector’s item for visitors and a great keepsake of their achievement in completing the route and their time spent in Ireland, which will really boost the potential for return visits again in the future. “Fine Gael has a Long Term Economic Plan to keep the recovery going and tourism is a huge part of this. Our Plan has three steps: more and better jobs; making work pay; and sensible investments in public services thanks to the revenue generated by increased employment.”VISITORS TO GET ‘WILD ATLANTIC WAY’ PASSPORT was last modified: February 9th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Glenfin do enough to secure Division Two status for next season

first_imgLotto Lotto winning numbers for 06/09/2016 are 2-6-5-4-8-7-3-1. Conor Ward Gortness matched 3 numbers and gets €60.00. Jackpot for the 13/09/2016 is €4200.00. This is a great way of supporting the club and also gives you a chance of winning the Jackpot of €4200. So make sure you are in the draw for next week. One chance for €2 and three chances for €5. Minor BoardHard luck to the U13 boys who lost at home to Malin on Sunday the 11th. U16 Boys home to Glenswilly on Sunday the 18th at 5.30pm.U16 Girls play Ardara on Tuesday the 20th in the A Quarter Final. Time TBC U18 Boys play Letterkenny Gaels in the Division 3 semi-final. Date & time TBC Senior Ladies No Senior ladies game this weekend. Their next fixture TBC Senior Men Reserves and seniors played Glen away on Sunday the 11th. The reserves lost by a point but the seniors secured their Division 2 status for next year with a well deserved draw. Both teams are free next weekend due to the All-Ireland final. It’s back to championship action then the following weekend with our reserves playing St-Eunans in the Senior B Quarter final and our seniors taking on Four Master in the senior A play-offs. Venues and times TBC.The 3rd team lost to Glenswilly at home on Wednesday the 7th.Their next fixture TBC. Airtricity Walk The Club is looking for volunteers to take part in the Airtricity Walk on Saturday the 24th of September 2016. Sponsorship cards are available from Seamus Herron 0879195467 or Seamus Ward 0872052481. SSE Airtricity will make a donation to the club based on the amount of money raised on the walk. It’s a great social event and you can start between 9am and 12 Noon. It will help the Club raise much needed funds by just registering and doing the 15KM walk/run. We need to get as many as possible over 12 years of age to take part. Your help will be very much appreciatedClub Gear is available in all sizes. To order contact Kate McGlynn on 0877952880, Sean Bonner on 0872608539, Francie F Marley on 0872414714 or Jakie OMeara on 0871222112 . Any club member or manager wanting to put information into the Club notes can do so by sending it to or texting 0872052481Glenfin do enough to secure Division Two status for next season was last modified: September 12th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Division TwoGAAglenfinSportlast_img read more


first_img“Of course it will be under the watchful eye of our security staff,” said the spokesman. There are two 3-day courses being coached by trained Liverpool Academy experts – a Premier Soccer School and a Goalkeeping Soccer School. There are still a limited number of places available. The academy is being run in conjunction with the Happy Children charity. Dozens of children from across Ireland will attend the latest LFC Academy at the University of Ulster Jordanstown Campus next Tuesday, April 26th. “But it will be great for all the children to have the opportunity to have their picture taken with this famous trophy.” Anyone interested in attending the course should log on to: KIDS SET TO SEE LIVERPOOL’S EUROPEAN CUP was last modified: April 19th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AntrimdonegalLiverpool FC Academy THEY’VE won the trophy more times than any other English club and next week Liverpool FC will bring the European Cup to its latest Academy Soccer School Camp next week – and a number of Donegal kids will be there to see it. An LFC Academy spokesman said the club is very excited to be bringing the European Cup to Ireland.last_img read more

Track & Field Resumes Indoor Season With Strong Performances

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – The Drake University track and field teams resumed their indoor season this weekend with strong performances at the Holiday Inn Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.”We hit the training really hard the past two weeks and I figured everyone would feel a little flat and a little sore,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown. “The hope was that they would still compete hard and they did. I like what I’m seeing this year. If this weekend is any indication of performances to come, the next few meets should be fun!”Sophomore standout Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) continued her indoor season with a season-best time of 8.52 in the 60-meter hurdles.  Young’s time was the fastest collegiate time with only professional Sharika Nelvis finishing ahead of Young. Nelvis, a former NCAA Champion, owned the fastest 60-meter hurdle time in the world last season.Later in the afternoon, Young joined Rai Ahmed-Green (Irvine, Calif.), Laura Gann (Wheaton, Ill.) and Virginia Hill (Haymarket, Va.) to finish second in the 4×400-meter relay in 3:51.76. Ahmed-Green also finished eighth in the 200 meters in 25.53.The women’s distance medley relay team of Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.), Meghan Kearney (Kansas City, Mo.), Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) and Cassie Aerts (David City, Neb.) also finished second in 12:07.40.On the track for the men on Saturday, junior college transfer Bas Van Leersum made his Drake debut in the 600 meters and finished fifth in 1:20.02, but was the third fastest collegiate competitor in the race that also featured Erik Sowinski, the American record holder in the event.Van Leersum also turned in a 47-second anchor split in the 4×400-meter relay to help the Bulldog team of Hudson Priebe (Chamberlain, S.D.), Dominic Lombardi (Columbus, Ohio) and James Saxton (La Crosse, Wis.) finish eighth in 3:20.65.”Bas almost caught the heat leader but ran out of real estate,” Kaiser-Brown said. “The crowd went nuts when they heard his split.” Freshman Aaron Chier turned in an eighth-place finish in the 200 meters with an indoor personal best of 22.26. In the field evens on Saturday, Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) and Taryn Rolle turned in a pair of top-10 performances in the triple jump. Bell was second with a leap of 39-8.75 while Rolle was sixth in 39-0.5″Kayla Bell and Taryn Rolle represented the jumpers at a high level,” Kaiser-Brown said. “Both kicked of the 2016 season making their presence known.”In Friday evening’s events Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) won the mile with a personal best time of 4:55.69 that bested the field by nearly six seconds and was the sixth-fastest time in school history.  Huston overcame a tough start and slow pace early in the race to pull away from the pack with 500 meters left.”Emma started her season off great winning the mile and separated herself from the field,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown.Also on the track for the women, freshman Meghan Kearney (Kansas City, Mo.) took second place in the 800 meters in 2:16.22. The field events were highlighted by Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) taking fourth in the long jump with a leap of 18-7.”Kayla’s speed on the runway has really developed,” Kaiser-Brown said.For the men’s team, James Saxton (La Crosse, Wis.) continued his indoor season by finishing third in the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.54.”James fought hard in the 800 meters and it won’t be long before we see a big drop in his time,” Kaiser-Brown said. Holiday Inn Invitational – Jan. 15-16, 2016Lincoln, Neb. Drake Women’s Results 60 Meters (Prelims)13. Taryn Rolle, 7.9425. Rai Ahmed-Green, 8.12 200 Meters8. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.5311. Mary Young, 25.7539. Destani Welch, 27.49 400 Meters24. Victoria Coombe, 1:01.82 800 Meters2. Meghan Kearney, 2:16.226. Laura Gann, 2:17.4417. Shelby Varney, 2:34.81 1,000 Meters8. Kayla Giuliano, 3:07.89 Mile1. Emma Huston, 4:55.69 3,000 Meters7. Bailee Cofer, 10:27.9014. Taylor Scholl, 10:41.18 60-Meter Hurldes (Finals)2. Mary Young, 8.52 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)2. Mary Young, 8.6512. Virginia Hill, 9.1116. Destani Welch, 9.24 4×400-Meter Relay2. Ahmed-Green, Young, Gann, Hill, 3:51.76 Distance Medley Relay2. Cofer, Kearney, Huston, Aerts, 12:07.40 High Jump – Seeded5. Jaclyn Aremka, 5-5 High Jump – Unseeded3. Taylor Patton, 5-3 Pole Vault5. Christina LeMunyon, 10-6 Long Jump4. Kayla Bell, 18-710. Taryn Rolle, 17-7 Triple Jump2. Kayla Bell, 39-8.756. Taryn Rolle, 39-0.5 Holiday Inn Invitational – Jan. 15-16, 2016Lincoln, Neb. Drake Men’s Results 60 Meters (Prelims)9. Vincent Pierce, 6.9414. Demetrius Shelton, 6.9920. Aaron Chier, 7.0823. Kendall Owens, 7.14 200 Meters 8. Aaron Chier, 22.2610. Demetrius Shelton, 22.4112. Kendall Owens, 22.4913. Pierce Vincent, 22.50 400 Meters17. Hudson Priebe, 49.8224. Dominic Lombardi, 51.34 600 Meters5. Bas Van Leersum, 1:20.02 800 Meters3. James Saxton, 1:54.547. George Webb, 1:57.1824. Alec Bognar, 2:04.48 1,000 Meters11. John Freeman, 2:37.68 3,000 Meters25. Ali Jandal, 9:05.69 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)14. Hudson Priebe, 8.4618. Dominic Lombardi, 8.5729. Tyler Zak, 9.10 4×400-Meter Relay8. Priebe, Lombardi, Saxton, Van Leersum, 3:20.6513. Ejubovic, Webb, Myles, Zak, 3:27.00 High Jump – Seeded8. Ryan Cook, 6-4.75 High Jump – Unseeded4. Forest Moses, 6-2.75 Pole Vault13. Adam Perkins, 12-6 Long Jump9. Johnathan Osifuye, 22-3.525. Ethan Turner, 18-7.25 Triple Jump6. Johnathan Osifuye, 46-09. Ethan Turner, 44-711. Sean Buczek, 42-8.25 Shot Put14. A.J. Erb, 40-7.517. Michael Dolan, 38-5.5 Weight Throw18. Michael Dolan, 45-3.5 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more