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ACU’s John Walker Promoted to Women’s Tennis Head Coach

first_imgABILENE – Abilene Christian will have separate head coaches for its men’s and women’s tennis teams for the first time in school history starting with the upcoming 2018-19 season.Hutton Jones, who stepped into the role of head tennis coach during the summer of 1996, will remain in charge of the men’s team, while John Walker – his trusted assistant of 15 years – will take the reigns of a highly successful women’s program that has experienced only three losing seasons through 43 years of competition.”I’m extremely honored to receive this promotion,” said Walker, whose ACU career as an assistant coach dates back to 2003,” and I look forward to upholding the rich tradition of character and leadership of the coaches who have led this program in the past.”I’m also excited for the challenge of leading my team against the best in the country, and doing that in a way that glorifies God on and off the court of play.”Walker will be only the sixth head women’s tennis coach at ACU. Cleddy Varner coached Wildcat tennis from 1974 to 76, but didn’t mentor the women’s team until his final season. Cecil Eager’s first stint as head coach lasted from 1977 to 1983, and again served in this role between 1986 and 1990 prior to his being named ACU’s Director of Athletics. Allen Tappe coached the Wildcats in 1984 and 1985, while Ron Elston was in charge from 1991 through 1996.”In essence, John Walker has been a head coach for a long time,” said Jones. “He’s been my men’s and women’s assistant head coach for about 15 or so years and always was given head coach responsibilities. It’s truly ‘another day at the office’ for John and he’s going to do great!”Walker joined Jones’ staff prior to the 2003-04 season and since then the Wildcats have posted an overall program record of 643-251 (.719) with the women’s team responsible for 355 of those victories. This era of Wildcat tennis additionally includes 17 trips to the NCAA Division II championship tournament, 22 All-Americas and close to a dozen conference players of the year.ACU tennis continued to excel straight into Southland Conference competition. The women have a league record of 40-16 (.714) since joining in 2014, while the men are 16-10 (.615) and claim a share of the 2017 regular season crown. The Wildcats also have combined to earn 42 individual All-Southland Conference citations over the past five seasons with specialty awards presented to Josh and Jon Sheehy (Freshman of the Year) and Hunter Holman (Newcomer of the Year).”We always want to give our programs every opportunity to succeed at the highest level,” said ACU’s Interim Director of Athletics Drew Long, “and it became clear that John was ready to manage his own team after serving as both an assistant coach and associate head coach for several years. It was a natural fit for him to take over the women’s tennis team.  “Coach Walker and Coach Jones work extremely well together and this move provides both programs with the individual attention that’s required to excel at the Division I level,” added Long. “Hutton has done a tremendous job as the leader of the ACU tennis program both on and off the court and we believe he and John together will continue to elevate the Wildcats.”A five-time ITA South Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year, Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in pre-med and elementary education from ACU in 1989. He later graduated from the Parker College of Chiropractic in 1994.Walker worked at four country clubs as either the assistant tennis pro or the head tennis pro prior to his time at ACU, including eight years (1995-2003) as the assistant pro at the Abilene Country Club followed by one year as the head tennis pro at the Odessa Country Club.Walker and his wife, Kelli, have three children, Jaclyn, Madelyn and Erin. Jaclyn was a three-year all-America for the Wildcats from 2009-11, while Madelyn played two seasons from 2010-12. Erin – a three-time high school state qualifier – won the singles and doubles crowns at the 2015 Ojai Valley Tournament.Following today’s announcement, three Southland institutions employ separate head coaches for their men’s and women’s tennis programs: ACU, Lamar and Incarnate Word. Steve Moore serves as the Director of Tennis at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and has associate head coaches for the Islanders’ men’s and women’s teams, while New Orleans and Nicholls maintain one head coach for both their squads.Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, McNeese, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin do not sponsor men’s tennis.ACU’s men’s tennis became an organized sport on campus in 1927, and its list of head coaches prior to the program’s arrival in the Lone Star Conference includes notables such as Guy A. Scruggs (1928, 1949-54), Dalton Hill (1929-31), J.W. Treat (1932-42, 1955), Garvin Beauchamp (1947-48), Dwain Hart (1956-58 and 1961-71) Dee Nutt (1959-60). The Wildcats’ John T.L. Jones Jr. Tennis Building is nearing completion, and Long expects the project to be done in the next 14-17 days. Watch this video for more information on ACU’s newest athletic facility.last_img read more

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Los Angeles River revitalization plan gets council’s OK

first_img“We finally got a place where we could truly talk about change, truly talk about the future and instill the thought that this great riverway can bring life back to our city, can rejuvenate and replenish those communities that have a history of being neglected.” Tetra Tech, a Pasadena-based environmental and engineering firm, was hired to oversee the revitalization plan, which will be financed by federal, state, county and city funds. Planners say that depending on funding, the project could take 20 to 50 years to complete. The 40-acre Rio de Los Angeles State Park opened last month as part of the master plan. Nearly $43 million in state and local funds were used to purchase Taylor Yard and transform it from a defunct rail yard into a greenbelt adjacent to the concrete-lined Los Angeles River. “Today we are reclaiming Los Angeles’ most vital natural resource and the center of our great city,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “Today, we chart a new course that will make Los Angeles the cleanest and greenest big city in America.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – A $2billion plan to revitalize the Los Angeles River over the next several decades was unanimously approved Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council. The Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan – a blueprint to restore part of the 32-mile waterway to its natural state – calls for 239 projects, including more parks, open space, pedestrian and bicycle paths, bridges and channel modifications from Canoga Park in the San Fernando Valley to Boyle Heights on the Eastside. The plan, unveiled in February, also calls for housing, retail and office space along some stretches of the river. “For six years, we didn’t give up, for six years, we kept pounding away on a concept and a dream that’s going to come to fruition,” said Councilman Ed Reyes, who spearheaded the plan. last_img read more

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Video Transfer Spotlight: Check out this youngster currently being eyed by Arsenal

first_imgLegia Warsaw’s Krystian Bielik is on the verge of joining Arsenal – see his best bits here.last_img

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BREAKING REPORTS: Leicester have agreed a £23m deal for Sporting Lisbon striker

first_img Islam Slimani celebrates scoring for Sporting Lisbon 1 Leicester have agreed a deal for Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani, according to reports in Portugal.Claudio Ranieri is in the market for a centre-forward to provide support for Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa next season and the Foxes have scouted Slimani on numerous occasions this season.And now, according to A Bola, Leicester have triggered the Algerian’s £23m release clause and have been given permission to finalise personal terms with the player.The 27-year-old has enjoyed his most prolific season of his senior career, scoring 26 goals in 32 league games for Sporting.West Ham and Crystal Palace were also keen on Slimani but the prospect of playing in the Champions League for Leicester next year proved to be the decisive factor in the deal.last_img read more

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TÁ JIMÍ AG BAINT CLUICHÍ LE COLÁISTE AILIGH

first_imgYOU’VE heard the original ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ by Kilcar man Rory Gallagher. And you’ve probably heard a few other versions you wished you hadn’t.But this is right up there with the original – the Irish version from the students and teachers of Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny.It is absolutely superb.We’re sure Rory will approve. Scoláirí agus múinteoirí Choláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn ag ceol leagan Gaeilge den amhrán ‘Jimmy’s winning matches’. Meán Fómhair 2012. Tír Chonaill Abú!Click to play. TÁ JIMÍ AG BAINT CLUICHÍ LE COLÁISTE AILIGH was last modified: September 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:jimmy’s winning matches Irish versionletterkennyTÁ JIMÍ AG BAINT CLUICHÍ LE COLÁISTE AILIGHlast_img read more

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FARMER GETS 18 MONTHS JAIL FOR HANDLING STOLEN TRACTOR

first_imgA Raphoe farmer has been jailed for 18 months but had the sentence replaced by 150 hours of community service after admitting possessing a stolen tractor.Well-known sheep and cattle dealer Nelson McConnell was visited by Gardai at his farm on November13th last.Garda Tom McNally told Letterkeny Circuit Court that it later became apparent that the 59 year old had fled the scene on the Massey Ferguson 4355. Gardai later called to his home and he made a statement.He told Gardai that another person had left the tractor at his home and he used it as his own tractor was broken.The court heard that the other man owed McConnell money for stock and this was the return on it.McConnell registered the vehicle in a neighbour’s name without their knowledge, got a new license plate made up for €50 in Letterkenny and transferred the insurance from his old tractor to the new machine.The tractor had been stolen form a raid on a farm in Castle Allingham in Co Louth.Barrister for McConnell, Mr Peter Nolan said his client was one of a number of people who had been a victim of a certain third party along the way.Describing him as a family man with four children, Mr Nolan said the incident has already brought great embarrassment to McConnell.“He will be the talk of the mart in Raphoe for the next two weeks. He will have to face all that and I would like to think he has learned a lesson,” said Mr Nolan.Judge John O’Hagan said he accepted there were other parties involved but that Mr McConnell had to be taught a lessonHe ordered McConnell to pay €4,000 to the man who lost the tractor which was paid in court yesterday.Judge O’Hagan commented that if nobody was receiving stolen goods then there would be no thieves.And he added that he did not accept that McConnell did not know what he was doing or he would not have pleaded guilty in the first place.FARMER GETS 18 MONTHS JAIL FOR HANDLING STOLEN TRACTOR was last modified: July 30th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Nelson McConnellRaphoestolen tractorlast_img read more

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West Ham 1-0 Tottenham: Manuel Lanzini wrecks London rivals’ title dreams

first_imgTottenham’s title hopes were dealt a decisive blow as Manuel Lanzini’s strike gave West Ham a memorable 1-0 win over their London rivals.Spurs needed a victory to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea but will now find themselves seven points adrift, with only three games to play, if the Blues beat Middlesbrough at home on Monday.Such has been their impressive pursuit of Chelsea that Mauricio Pochettino’s side arrived at the London Stadium looking for a 10th straight Premier League win.Few people in either camp would have foreseen any other outcome, either, with West Ham limping towards the finishing line of what has been a torrid season.Yet it seems there is nothing like a home game against Tottenham to rouse the Hammers and their fans – just a year ago a 1-0 defeat at Upton Park put a major dent in Spurs’ eventually unsuccessful title bid.For all the talk of the lack of atmosphere at West Ham’s new home, it crackled early on as some old-fashioned derby tackles went in.And as Lanzini smashed home the second-half winner, a roar went up like nothing heard at the former Olympic Stadium since Mo Farah came down the final straight in 2012.For all that it meant to Tottenham, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic had the look of a man with the weight of the world removed from his shoulders as his side ensured they are mathematically safe from relegation.The victory could also go a long way to keeping Bilic in a job next season.But for the second season in a row it looks as though Tottenham’s title dreams have been shattered, as just two wins for Chelsea will take the title back to Stamford Bridge.West Ham’s game plan was clear from the off, to soak up the Spurs pressure and hopefully hit them on the break.It almost paid off after just five minutes when a slick counter saw Andre Ayew play in Lanzini but the Argentinian midfielder dragged his shot across goal.However, the Spurs attack suddenly burst into life when Harry Kane’s low drive was beaten out by Adrian, Dele Alli’s follow-up was blocked and Adrian recovered to make another fine save to deny Kane.West Ham’s Spanish keeper then frustrated the visitors from the corner for good measure when he kept out Eric Dier’s header.Tottenham hearts were in their mouths moments later when Lanzini raced clear again and was cleaned out by Hugo Lloris on the edge of the area, but the Spurs keeper did get the ball first and referee Anthony Taylor took no action.Ayew missed a glorious chance to put West Ham ahead after the break when he skied Sam Byram’s cut-back from 18 yards.For Tottenham, the uncharacteristally quiet Christian Eriksen hit a weak shot at Adrian, before the Spaniard tipped a Heung-Min Son shot round his postBut the goal West Ham – and Chelsea – craved arrived in the 65th minute, when Spurs did not deal with Aaron Cresswell’s cross.Byram and Ayew helped the ball on until it rolled to the feet of Lanzini, who gleefully crashed it past Lloris from six yards out.Spurs pressed for an equaliser but came up short, which looks like being the story of their season for the second year running. Mauricio Pochettino’s side saw their hopes of catching Chelsea take a likely fatal blow 1last_img read more

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ATHLETICS: EAMON HARVEY’S TIR CHONAILL AC REPORT

first_imgTir Chonaill Athletics Club Summer RoundupAs Tir Chonaill A.C. members embark on a new season, with its many challenges, it’s fitting that we take a quick look back at a most successful, busy and eventful summer of activities, coaching, organising and competition. At all levels there have been so many positive aspects and successes to recall and highlight. Road successes Early in the summer the club successfully hosted two Donegal Road League races in Ballyshannon and Donegal Town. A sincere thanks to all who helped make these and the trio of club open Sunday morning races/walks safe and successful experiences for the hundreds that participated. Subsequently club members were successful in winning numerous category prizes, at a variety of Donegal league races throughout the county. The final race of the Donegal League takes place on Sunday 16th September at 11.15 in Convoy. A large number of club members will travel to support and no doubt will be hopeful of returning with podium/category finishes.Summary numbers of club athletes compete in Donegal Road league racesSuccess for T.C athletes at 8th Danny McDaid 15k – 21 TC compete Frank Duffy 10mile in the Phoenix Park –congrats to Paul Mc Devitt,  71mins 43ses; Canice Nicholls 73mins 43secs; Jane McDevitt 75mins 44secs and Sean Cassidy, 77mins 36secsNorthern Ireland Ironman Triathlon –well done Tony Cummins on an outstanding individual performance and to the relay team of Fred Ormston, Swin, Aidan Ferguson, Cycle and Noel Hoey, RunLongford Half Marathon – well done Linda Ward, 3rd Lady and Philomena Gallagher on two fine performancesGood to have Paddy Donoghue home from his summer sojourn in France. It’s only a rumour that he was in an ‘altitude training centre’ getting in some secret trainingTraining groups up and running again – Paddy Donoghue’s training group report 25/30  training at the moment. Kevin Mc Glynn’s, Donegal Town group will resurrect within the next week. Currently Kevin is taking a well-deserved holiday in the USA. —not sure what type of training he is doingVery Recent performances –on Sunday last  club athletes put in a number of outstanding performances at the prestigious Derry Half Marathon. Congrats and well done to  Fiona Stack FO Bundoran,01:22:18; Richard McCarthy M50 Tír Chonaill AC; 01:24:52Philomena Gallagher F40 Tír Chonaill AC  01:35:52; Gerry McManus M40 Tír Chonaill AC 01:36:32; Johnny Ward M50 Tír Chonaill AC 01:37:01; Mark McGowan M40 Tír Chonaill AC  01:37:51; Linda Ward F45 Tír Chonaill AC 01:38:09; Pauric Keenaghan M35 Tír Chonaill AC 01:38:45; Sharon McGowan F40 Tír Chonaill AC 01:41:38; Aidan McGonigle MO Tír Chonaill AC  01:43:04; Jessica Gallagher FO Tír Chonaill AC  01:43:38; Sean Cassidy M45 Tír Chonaill AC 01:44:48; Sinead McGowan F35 Tír Chonaill AC 01:49:42; Loretta Cullen F45 Tír Chonaill AC 01:52:39; Carmel Gormley FO Tír Chonaill AC 01:53:53; Claire Currid  F35 Tír Chonaill AC  01:54:06; Kay Drummond F45Tír Chonaill AC  01:54:06; Paul McGuckin M45 Tír Chonaill AC 01:53:57; Richard Orr M45 Tír Chonaill AC 02:00:01; Martina McGee F35 Tír Chonaill AC  02:00:33; Deborah Dawson F35 Tír Chonaill AC 02:01:55; Frances Duffy FO Tír Chonaill AC 02:11:27On Saturday in nearby Garrison 5k Eoin McManus was the overall winner with good performances from Paddy Donoghue, Brendan Hoey, Malachy Cullen, Aidan McGonigle and Barry DuffyOn Saturday in the Glens 10k Diarmuid Mac a’Bhaird in 5th place overall was the first junior to finish while brother Georaid was a little farther back1:24:57 01:24:52200 715 Philomena Gallagher F40 Tír Chonaill AC 00:46:28 00:49:31 01:35:59 01:35:52213 454 Gerry McManus M40 Tír Chonaill AC 00:47:09 00:49:31 01:36:40 01:36:32217 523 Johnny Ward M50 Tír Chonaill AC 00:47:16 00:49:52 01:37:07 01:37:01229 1134 Mark McGowan M40 Tír Chonaill AC 00:49:11 00:48:50 01:38:01 01:37:51234 712 Linda Ward F45 Tír Chonaill AC 00:49:11 00:49:05 01:38:16 01:38:09243 1154 Pauric Keenaghan M35 Tír Chonaill AC 00:47:36 00:51:09 01:38:45 01:38:45330 716 Sharon McGowan F40 Tír Chonaill AC 00:49:54 00:51:52 01:41:46 01:41:38368 1213 Aidan McGonigle MO Tír Chonaill AC 00:52:11 00:51:16 01:43:26 01:43:04381 907 Jessica Gallagher FO Tír Chonaill AC 00:52:07 00:51:53 01:43:59 01:43:38411 1127 Sean Cassidy M45 Tír Chonaill AC 00:49:44 00:55:11 01:44:54 01:44:48517 1135 Sinead McGowan F35 Tír Chonaill AC 00:55:00 00:54:57 01:49:57 01:49:42597 515 Loretta Cullen F45 Tír Chonaill AC 00:56:45 00:56:16 01:53:00 01:52:39629 1133 Carmel Gormley FO Tír Chonaill AC 00:56:30 00:57:42 01:54:12 01:53:53633 589 Claire Currid F35 Tír Chonaill AC 00:56:30 00:57:53 01:54:22 01:54:06635 1137 Kay Drummond F45Tír Chonaill AC 00:56:30 00:57:53 01:54:23 01:54:06638 430 Paul McGuckin M45 Tír Chonaill AC 00:57:13 00:57:11 01:54:24 01:53:57789 397 Richard Orr M45 Tír Chonaill AC 00:59:41 01:00:39 02:00:20 02:00:01794 578 Martina McGee F35 Tír Chonaill AC 00:59:40 01:01:09 02:00:49 02:00:33820 547 Deborah Dawson F35 Tír Chonaill AC 00:59:40 01:02:32 02:02:12 02:01:55942 336 Frances Duffy FO Tír Chonaill AC 01:02:12 01:09:16 02:11:27 02:11:Mark McGuinness , over the weekend . finished 4th in the Sean McCools 5k race in Ballybofey –time 16mins 50 secs. Mark in addidition to his exploits on the track also lowered his mile PB on two occasions during the late summer when he travelled to Graded mets in Dublin       TrackSeniorOn the track Tir Chonaill athletes also made the headlines throughout the summer. Mary Mc Loone continues to dominate at National Senior level. At the National Seniors, on the week prior to the start of the Olympics she Triple jumped 12.69m for an impressive victory and Long Jumped 6.17m for silver. Later she led the clubs senior women’s team in two preliminary rounds of the National League at Antrim and Santry. This group finished 11th overall, narrowly missed out on a top 8 and final position, and retained their Premier League status. Well done to this group which included Mary Mc Loone, Geraldine Stewart, Louise Harvey, Karen Crossan, Brenda Morris, Linda Ward, Philomena Gallagher, Patricia Boyle, Hannah Campbell and Claire Brady.Junior and InternationalAt the National Junior c/ships Karl Griffin and Christopher Doherty had impressive performances. Karl, moving down a distance to the 400m, dipped under 50secs in the semi-final and in the decider, with a time of 49.52secs, was a popular winner of the very demanding 400m. It was a successful whirlwind of a summer for Karl –running two U20 World Junior qualifying standards and competing successfully in the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona in the World Junior c/ships. 17 year old Karl is eligible for the 2013 European and 2014 World Junior c/ships. Christopher Doherty, when the Leaving Cert results were published recently scored an amazing 585pts. He travelled to the National Juniors and cleared 3.50m for a silver medal winning position proving that it is possible and advisable to partner sport and academics/study.On the International stage, in addition to Karl Griffins exploits, two 15 year old club members had a string of outstanding performances. Following on from the success of the Abbey Voc. Schools individual and team performances at the Irish schools c/ships in early June a number were selected on the Ulster team for the schools Inter Pro in Santry. As a result of impressive victories Kelly Mc Grory and Kate McGowan gained selection on the Irish U17 team v Scotland, Wales and England. Ashford, in Kent, was the venue and a number of Donegal and Irish flags could be seen in the crowd. Both girls battled and took 3rd place finishes in their respective events – Kate 80m Hurdles and Kelly -300m Hurdles. In August Kate, as part of the Irish team, smashed the U16 Celtic record when winning the 80m Hurdles. Two weeks ago, in Bedford, at the British U17 c/ships Kelly and Kate again rose to the occasion and versus the best from these islands recorded two second place finishes and outstanding PB times. Kelly on day one qualified in 2nd place in heat three for the following days decider. Her heat time of 45.12secs left her in 4th overall qualifying position. In the final, on a day when the temperatures reached  the early 30’s and humidity made it most uncomfortable, Kelly drawn in Lane 4, blasted from the blocks and led over the opening two sets of barriers. As she entered the home straight, with two sets of obstacles to negotiate, less than one metre separated four athletes –all fighting for 2nd position. Holding her rhythm Kelly seemed to find another gear and gradually moved away from the quartet and closed down on the leader. The finish line appeared too soon – result Richards, Epsom and Newell, 41.84secs; 2nd McGrory, Tir Chonaill, 42.91secs; 3rd Rogers, Birchfield, 43.22secs. Kate McGowan, drawn in Heat 2, qualified for the 80m Hurdles final in 2nd place– time 11.66secs. She was ranked 3rd fastest entering the final with .03 secs separating 2nd and 5th places. In the final, Kate got the perfect start, and at Hurdle 4 of 8 was contesting for a top three placing. At the finish, Irving from Croydon, time 11.36secs, was an impressive winner followed by Kate in a new PB time of 11.45secs and Cooke of Haringey 3rd – 11.54secsIrish Juvenile c/shipsIn Tullamore, on two weekends in mid and late July the club was represented by a large group of athletes in the All Ireland individual and relay finals. Congrats and well done to the following and their coaches.    Individually they  placed 5 x Gold, 4 x silver , 1 x 4th , 3 x 5th, 1 x 7th and 2 x 9th  place finishes plus 2 x silver relay team podium positions.Orla Coughlan, U13G Long Jump 9th 4.24m; Clara Herron,U15G Shot,2nd  11.73m; Chloe Masterson, U15G Hammer, 5th, 27m; Kate McGowan, 1st U16 80mH -11.86secs, 1st Long Jump -5.59m, 6th 100m 12.89secs;Ruth Gillespie, G80m H -8th U16 80m H-14.31secs; Katie Hoad, 2nd U16 Pole Vault-1.70m; Kelly McGrory, 2nd U17 100m -12.48secs, 2nd 100m H 15.54secs, 2nd 200m -25.47secs; Hannah Campbell, 1st u17 Pole Vault – 2.50m; Caolan O’Callaghan, U16 High Jump 5th -1.65m; Mark McGuinness, 2nd U18 3,000m-9mins 8.68secs, 7th ,1,500m -4mins 12.72secs; Sarah Timoney, 4th U16 Girls 2k walk -11mins34.68secs; Emma Brady, 1st U17 Triple Jump -10.66m;Eva McMullan, U16 200m Heat 27.61secs -9th overall; The girls U16 and Under 17 relay teams won silver medals. The former squad of Ruth Gillespie, Eva McMullan, Kate McGowan, Niamh McGrory and Chloe Masterson with a time of 51.97secs were 2nd to St Laurence O’Tooles from Carlow -50.46secs and Leevale, Cork 3rd 51.96secs. Yes 2nd and 3rd had the same time with the 4th team Tralee on 51.97secs. Electronics decided on the placings. The U17 squad were involved in an equally exciting and nail biting final. Ruth Gillespie, Kelly McGrory, Emma Brady, Eva McMullan and Kate McGowan with an excellent 49.88secs finishing time, were out manoeuvred by Galway City Harriers who won in 49.82secs. The Galway City Harriers group of sprinters and relay runners are coached by former Abbey Voc, student/athlete and Drimarone woman Pauline Dunleavy/Harington. Mark McGuinnessIn addition to winning a3,000m  silver medal at the All Ireland, Mark McGuinnes travelled to a number of Dublin Graded meets during August and posted a winning U18 Mile time in Santry. His performances on the road have also come in for positive attention where he has also recorded a number of podium finishes. Summer CampThe clubs annual summer camp, attracted 110 young athletes.  An enjoyable and varied week of activities was enjoyed by all thanks to the planning and work of over thirty coaches, teachers and leaders. A sincere thank you to all who made the camp a success and to the Principal of the AVS for putting the schools extensive sports facilities at the clubs disposal.Special Olympians The summer weekly coaching sessions for Special Olympians from the O’Cleary  Centre, has just came to a close.Congrats. and well done to all and thanks to club coaches Peter O’Connor , Paul O’Gara and Anne McGowan who planned and delivered the fun filled sessions for the groupMembership A recent document on registered membership received from Athletics Ireland makes interesting and positive reading. Nationally, the overall athletics club membership as on 31st August 2012 is 36,128.Membership on 31st August 2011 was 31,416. At the end of 2007 the national membership was less than 20,000.Locally within the county of Donegal  the current registered club membership is as follows-Cranford, 94; Finn Valley, 261; Innishowen, 207; Killybegs, 21; Letterkenny, 251; Lifford, 152;Milford, 23;Rosses, 139; Sliabh Liag, 69 and Tir Chonaill, 282. The trend in the county shows a 22% increase between August 2011 and August 2012. This welcome increase challenges the clubs to have more varied and professional programmes, to find more administrators, officials and coaches and to move forward as nationally it is forecast that Athletics Ireland will have close to 50k membership at the end of 2013.Back training again Club groups will be back training within the next ten days. In Donegal Town,on Thursday 13th the 12 to 19 age group will have their first session of the new season- time 6.30-8pm -New members are always welcome. The younger age group i.e 8-12year olds will start their fun in athletics programme on Thurs 20th Sept – 5.45-7pm. Registrations for the new season will be taken on that night.The Donegal Town fit4life group will be back in action on Tues.18th Sept at 7pm.Again new members are welcome to join the twice weekly group sessions. The club meet and train group in the Ballyshannon/Bundoran area are up and running and before the end of Sep.t the juvenile programme for the area will be published.ATHLETICS: EAMON HARVEY’S TIR CHONAILL AC REPORT was last modified: September 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ATHLETICS: EAMON HARVEY’S TIR CHONAILL AC REPORTlast_img read more

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Track & Field To Span The Country This Weekend

first_img Stanford Invitational Live Results Texas Relays Live Results Bobcat Invitational Live Results Central Invitational Live Results Story Links SFSU Distance Carnival Live Results AUSTIN, Texas – The Drake University men’s and women’s track and field teams split up to span the country this weekend as Bulldog student-athletes are set to compete in five different meets in three states this weekend. A select group will race at the 90thClyde Littlefield Texas Relays presented by Spectrum in Austin, Texas, while others will be in nearby San Marcos, Texas, for the Texas State Bobcat Invitational. A pair of distance runners will head to California, and the remainder of the team will stay close to campus for the Central Invitational in Pella, Iowa.Friday will be the busiest day for the Bulldogs as five step into the starting blocks at the Texas Relays to compete in the men’s and women’s 100 meters, men’s 110-meter hurdles, women’s 100-meter hurdles and men’s 400-meter hurdles. That same afternoon, 11 Bulldogs are scheduled to compete at the Texas State Bobcat Invitational. The Texas Relays features more than 7,700 athletes across all levels of competition including competitors from nearly 200 colleges and universities. At Texas State, the Bulldogs will compete against more than 50 other programs.Both Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) will be competing in California on Friday. Fischer will run the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational under the lights at 11:34 p.m. CDT, while Yeager will run the 5,000 meters at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival at 6:42 p.m. CDT. Fischer’s race will be his outdoor debut after capturing the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championship in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters. Last weekend, Yeager opened his season by finished third in the seeded section of the 1,500 meters at the Arkansas Spring Invitational.On Saturday, the Bulldogs continue competition at the Bobcat Invitational while others will make the short trip from campus for the Central Invitational, hosted by Central College in Pella, Iowa.This weekend’s competitions mark the second week of action during the outdoor season for the Bulldogs. Last weekend, the Bulldogs took on some of the nation’s top competitors at the Arkansas Spring Invitational, including host Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Missouri State, Wichita State and Tulsa. Drake finished the weekend with 29 top-10 finishes.Junior Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) nabbed the team’s only title, winning the triple jump with a leap of 39-5.75. Rolle also finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 18-3, an outdoor best. Junior Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) and sophomore Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) both also tabbed personal bests. Young, who took fourth in the 100-meter hurdles, recorded a personal best in the 200 meters finishing eighth in 24.73 while Coombe took sixth in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:03.77.The men’s team was led by freshman Xavier Lechleitner (Edgar, Wis.) who finished second in the un-seeded section of the 800m with a time of 1:55.22. Senior Demetrius Shelton (Markham, Ill.) took fifth in the 100 meters and fourth in the 200 meters for the men and junior Chris Kaminski (New Lenox, Ill.) took third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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DONEGAL LEFT IN THE DARK AS CLOUDS RUIN SOLAR ECLIPSE

first_imgPicture taken last night by Brendan O’Donoghue in Stranorlar. Donegal was left in the dark as cloud cover restricted people from viewing the spectacular solar eclipse.Clear viewing opportunities of the rare phenomenon were ruined by overcast skies and clouds leaving thousands across the county disappointed. People had been warned not to look the eclipse directly in the eye due to the risk that you may go blind, and experts were advising people to wear special glasses.Clear skies the previous few nights gave people the opportunity to view the spectacular Northern Lights.It was hoped the skies would remain clear to view the solar eclipse but it was not to be.Scientists have described the solar eclipse as the best one in years and millions of people across the rest of Ireland and the UK witnessed the breath-taking sight. We’ll just have to wait until the next one and hope it’s not too cloudy. 🙂DONEGAL LEFT IN THE DARK AS CLOUDS RUIN SOLAR ECLIPSE was last modified: March 20th, 2015 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:cloudsdonegalFeaturesnewsOvercastSkiessolar eclipselast_img read more

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