UWF Cross Country Prepares for Opening Meet in North Carolina

first_img Aug. 28, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – On Saturday, August 31, the Argo Cross Country teams will run in the ASU Covered Bridge Invitational in Boone, North Carolina. Last Year the Argos men’s and women’s Cross Country teams competed in the Appalachian State Invitational meet and finished 5th in the men’s meet and 7th in the women’s meet. However, they were the top finishing Division II school in the meet. Coach Matt Dobson is fielding a young team, but still expects to do better than last year, despite some key injuries to top runners, and the loss of All-American Michael Padilla to graduation. Padilla placed first individually in the ASU meet last year against some top-notch Division I athletes.This is a great early season test for the 2007 teams, especially those that will be competing in their first collegiate meet. Many young runners will be counted on as the Argos may be somewhat shorthanded. On the Men’s team, potential number one runner Brian Gowin (Jr. / Pensacola, Fla.), and number two runner Jordan Theuerkauf (So. / Wausau Wisc.), will not be able to make the trip. Theuerkauf, with a hip injury may miss more than the first meet. Meanwhile, for the women’s team, potential number two runner Maria DeFeo (Fr. / Orange Park, Fla.) will miss the first meet also with an injury (possible stress fracture) that could be more long term. However, Coach Dobson is very optimistic about the opening meet. “It’s primarily a D-1 meet, but we want to do well, and should be able to top last year’s performance.”Both squads are young, and the Freshmen will be called upon to help the teams’ performances, and they need racing experience. The men’s squad has four Freshmen that could be in the top six runners, while the women’s team has two Freshmen likely to be in the top 4 runners for the team.Diana Sitar (Sr. / Las Vegas, Nev.) should anchor the women’s squad as the number one runner, with DeFeo, Kelli Midden (Fr. / Boca Raton, Fla.), and Katherine Ragia (Jr. / Daytona Beach, Fla.) strong contenders for the number two spot. For the men, the top spot is likely Gowin, with Theuerkauf and Nicholas Maedel (Fr. / Ridgeview, Fla.) potentially two and three. Jared Black (Fr. / Tallahassee, Fla.), Reynolds Griner (Fr. / Tallahassee, Fla.), and Andrew Maedel (Fr. / Ridgeview, Fla.) round out a very young but talented top six.Coach Dobson feels that the pre-season training has been real good, “we are very fit and ready to compete.” He explained that the overall plan, “is to improve each week and peak for the post-season. We will approach all meets the same until conference.” Speaking of the GSC, Coach Dobson indicates that the Argos will likely battle with Harding for the conference Championship, and if they stay healthy the Argos will have a great chance for both the conference titles and a trip to the National meet.Part of the preseason was a charity relay run from `Jay to the Bay’ to help benefit the North Florida Arthritis Foundation. The athletes raised more money than their goal, and got a great workout in the process. The great success of the event shows the work ethic of the young Argo runners. Meanwhile, Coach Dobson, a 2:21 Marathoner, jumped in to inspire his young runners and ran 20 miles with the team as they traded off legs. If Dobson’s training mentality is picked up by the young team, they have a great future.The Argos will host the Gulf Coast Cross Country Stampede on September 29th. This meet will be at the Escambia County Equestrian Center. Then, on October 20th, UWF will host the Gulf South Conference Championships, to be held on the UWF Campus. Print Friendly Version UWF Cross Country Prepares for Opening Meet in North Carolina Sharelast_img

Buxton beats out infield single in 9th; Twins top Tigers 4-3

first_img Written By First Published: 6th September, 2020 07:56 IST LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 6th September, 2020 07:56 IST Buxton Beats Out Infield Single In 9th; Twins Top Tigers 4-3 Miguel Sanó led Minnesota’s rally against the Detroit bullpen with a home run and the tying single in the ninth inning, before Byron Buxton beat out an infield single for the game-winning RBI to give the Twins a 4-3 victory over the Tigers on Saturday night COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE Miguel Sanó led Minnesota’s rally against the Detroit bullpen with a home run and the tying single in the ninth inning, before Byron Buxton beat out an infield single for the game-winning RBI to give the Twins a 4-3 victory over the Tigers on Saturday night.Sanó — who homered in the seventh off Joe Jiménez — singled to drive in Josh Donaldson, who walked to start the ninth against José Cisnero (1-2). With two outs and two strikes, Buxton hit a slow grounder to shortstop Willi Castro. One of the fastest players in baseball, Buxton blazed down the first-base line and just beat Castro’s throw, before the Twins spilled out onto the field in celebration.Jorge Alcalá (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the Twins, who have won five straight games and are 17-4 at home for the best mark in the major leagues.Victor Reyes homered for Detroit on Kenta Maeda’s second pitch, and starter Tarik Skubal stifled Minnesota over six innings.Maeda produced another masterpiece for the Twins, retiring 18 straight batters after Reyes sent his hanging slider into the covered-up right field seats. Maeda yielded only two hits in six innings, but a walk to Jonathan Schoop to start the seventh was the spoiler. After a single by Miguel Cabrera, Tyler Clippard relieved.Jeimer Candelario, Castro and Jorge Bonifacio each hit an RBI single before Clippard recovered to get three straight bases-loaded outs. Three runs were charged to Maeda, who still has a 1.64 ERA in three home starts with 26 strikeouts and four walks in 22 innings.Skubal allowed only two hits himself, the only run against him scored by Jake Cave on a double-play grounder hit by Eddie Rosario. Cave pinch-ran for rookie Brent Rooker, who produced Minnesota’s first hit to start the fifth.With the Tigers lugging a starting pitching ERA that was the second-worst in baseball at 6.47 entering the evening, the rookie Skubal delivered a well-timed gem by beating the Twins for the second straight Saturday. He gave up two runs on three hits in five innings in Detroit last weekend. The Twins and Tigers are playing 10 times in a 26-day span from Aug. 29 to Sept. 23.The defending AL Central champion Twins entered the evening third in the division — but only one-half game behind the leader Chicago, with Cleveland in between.FOR STARTERSReyes is batting .357 in his last 13 games (20 for 56) since sliding up to the leadoff spot on Aug. 22, with 11 runs and six RBIs in that span. The center fielder hit his second career leadoff homer.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: SS Niko Goodrum was placed on the injured list with a strained right oblique muscle. He last played on Tuesday. Castro will take Goodrum’s place for now. “We all believe Willi’s going to be a big league shortstop,” manager Ron Gardenhire said.Twins: C Alex Avila went on the injured list with lower back tightness, and Willians Astudillo was added to the roster to back up Ryan Jeffers with regular Mitch Garver already on the injured list. … 2B Luis Arraez missed his third straight game with patellar tendon soreness in his left knee.UP NEXTTigers: RHP Casey Mize (0-1, 6.75 ERA) pitches Sunday afternoon. Mize, the first overall pick in the 2018 draft, has yet to finish the fifth inning in his first three major league starts.Twins: LHP Rich Hill (1-1, 3.94 ERA) takes the mound for the fourth game of the series. Hill is 3-0 with a 3.77 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 28 2/3 career innings against Detroit.Image credits: AP last_img read more