Bush Medicine

first_imgSatiricus was sweating. He and his friend Cappo were in their native habitat – the Back Street Bar – a little bit earlier than usual. In fact it was quite a bit earlier being just a bit past midday. It was the two friends’ custom not to drink until the afternoon. And they’d virtuously held out till the hands of the clock moved past 12. They polished off their first bottle of beer in a single long gurgle.“I’m so damned hot!” fretted Satiricus, “I wonder why June is the month for weddings, when the sun is right overhead because it’s moving north.”“Mussee because dem marri’d couple gat fuh tear aff dem clothes de marri’d night!!!” Cappo gave one of his famous chuckles. “An’ sometime de gyaal shy!” They ordered another round and settled down.“So what’s going on in the estate, Cappo?” was Satificus’ opening gambit to Cappo.“Well Building start fuh grind but dem na get nuff cane,” Cappo reported with a rueful shake of the head. “Dis a rain mumma man!!’”“I heard you went to town,” said Satiricus. “What for?”“Budday! Na mek me get mo’ vex!” Cappo looked at Satiricus suspiciously. “Yuh hear?”“Hear what?” Satiricus replied with a puzzled look.“Well me bin fuh me bush medicine, na?” Cappo lowered his voice.Satiricus gave him a wide grin. “Oh! THE bush medicine? The one you does add to the Steel Drops?”“Yes…yes…Yuh na gat fuh tell de whole bar,” Cappo replied. “And de Bush Medicine lady na deh in front a Stabroek Market, na mo. She gaan!’”“Well you hear they moved the vendors away from Stabroek Market front, didn’t you?” Satiricus tried to sound sympathetic. “So how you making out at home, with all the rain.”Cappo gave his friend a bleak look and tried to change the subject. “Why dem na find a prappa place fuh dem Venda, like me bush medicine lady?”“Budday! Town crowded all over, you know,” Satiricus pointed out. “Where you will put them?”“Sato, wha kinda question da?” Cappo asked in annoyance, “Na me an’ you bin a de Jubilee March? Tu’n de Durban Park Stadium to wan market fuh de Venda dem!”“But that is a brand new Green Heart stadium, to be used for Big Events,” replied Satiricus.“Green Heart?” said Cappo incredulously. “Dat wood na green heart…dat is Puckadee Wood! Wood ants guh eat out dat Stadium in six months! Buy a nex’ round Sato. Me cyaan guh home early.”last_img read more

The Future is in Our Hands

first_imgCreating avenues that will allow rape victims to be able to report cases of abuse to the authorities is a top priority for the Ministry of Gender and Development and its partners.Since January 2015, more than six cases of rape and sexual abuse have been reported to the Ministry of Gender and Development.  In some cases, victims were murdered by strangulation and other forms of violence.The heated question lurking in every corner of Liberia is: why is rape still a major problem in Liberia? According to the Minister of Gender and Development, Julia Duncan-Cassell, the fear many victims have when it comes to reporting rape cases, silences the fact that it’s happening.“There are many women being abused, but we only hear about the children. We’re not hearing about it because they are afraid of stigmatization. They’re afraid that nothing will come out of it. Because of that, the women are not coming out to say they have been abused. Ninty-eight percent of rape cases are children, but there are a lot more out there,” Minister Cassell added.“This year there have already been more than two cases in Brewerville; and there were two other cases as well in Nimba and Bong,” she disclosed.The Media and Its RoleThe media has been called on to help get the word out that rape is happening and apart from authorities, there are now people being assigned to help fight this crime as well.Said the Minister, “we ask all the media to join us in this fight.  This is not just about the Ministry or women; it’s about the society.  Something has to be done and we are open for suggestions, for ideas, so that collectively we can bring things under control.”Meanwhile, awareness in the matter of women and their rights is a serious issue which needs to be looked into, and the Ministry is aware.“We have our gender offices in all of the 15 counties and besides that we have set up a community-based organization called the Observatories. They are in different communities, headed by the local community residents,” the Minister disclosed.“If something is to happen, they will be there to see to it. We’re hoping to work along with our partners UNFPA and government so that we may establish an observatories committee in all of the communities.These community members should be watchdogs,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberian Olympics Body Seeks Audience with Chief Patron of Sports

first_img-To Sponsor local team the African Youth Games in AlgeriaLiberia is expected to join over 50 other countries to participate in the youthful international multi-sport events, held every four years, known as the African Youth Games.The 3rd Edition of the African Youth Games this year will be held in Algiers, Algeria, from the July 17–27.Liberia is expected to be represented in four disciplines, including athletics (four athletes); table tennis (two athletes); taekwondo (two athletes) and cycling (one athlete).The Liberia National Olympics Committee (LNOC), the governing Olympics body in the country, is seeking an audience with Chief Patron of Sports former international football player, who is now called President George M. Weah. The LNOC intend to formally present the ‘Olympics Team’ and request for financial assistance in the tune of US$55,000 to enable the 22-man delegation to go to Algiers, Algeria; for the 10 days.The Olympics delegation is expected to depart the country Monday, July 16, 2018 for the Games, as Liberia is expected to begin participating on July 19.The Secretary-General of the LNOC, Frederick Pratt, said: “The Olympiad Solidarity is providing the tickets and accommodation for the athletes, while the government is responsible to provide per diem and accommodation for the officials. The Liberia National Olympics Committee has already purchased track suits for the teams and officials.”“We have informed Youth and Sports Minister Zoegar Wilson about our audience with the Chief of Sports in order to have him sponsored four teams and officials to African Youths Games in Algeria.”He added: “This is the first youthful Olympics games under President Weah, and his support to the team is significantly important for a successful participation.”The teams began training in May 2018, and are sponsored by the LNOC, through the Olympiad Solidarity.Those in training for Taekwondo are Philip S. Sarnoy and Richard B. Tellewoyan; Athletics include Charles Gbelia, Sunnyboy Barcon, Princess Dunah and Jermama T. Kanwie.Other athletes are Ernestine J. Goodridge and Jeremiah Sarkpa for Table Tennis and Kollie B. Sumo, the lone man for Cycling.Taekwondo coach Paul Dennis said for the past months the athletes have been learning the tournament’s rules and undergoing physical training.“This week, they will begin doing techniques, tactics and skills training in the gym,” Coach Paul Dennis said.As for the Table Tennis coach, Y. Yonton Kerbawhen said: “As of Monday, the kids will be at the headquarters on Broad Street, physical training is over on the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex.”As for the Cycling official, Mr. Saah Roberts, he said cyclist Kollie Sumo is upbeat for the tournament, whereas the head coach for the Liberia Athletics Federation, Samuel Cooper, said he is hopeful of bringing medals back to the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Roller Derby making a stop in Dawson Creek

first_imgAll the hard-hitting, fast paced action will take place at Dawson Creek’s Encana Events Centre.Tickets costs $10 for the event, and anyone interested in some high intensity roller derby action is encouraged to attend.The Encana Events Centre will open its doors at 6 p.m. with the bout beginning at 7 p.m.- Advertisement -Tickets can be purchased online, or by phone at 1-877-339-8499. Tickets can also be purchased through the Encana Events Centre, or through any of the Roller Girls.last_img

Iceland World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up

first_img 3 Iceland take part in their first World Cup this summer. talkSPORT.com takes an in-depth look at the Group D nation.MANAGERHeimir Hallgrimsson took the reigns as Iceland’s sole manager at the end of Euro 2016, after sharing the role with Lars Lagerback for a couple of years. The 50-year-old spent his entire playing career in his homeland, where he also serves as a dentist for the local village. Hallgrimsson continued with his dentistry part-time while joint-managing Iceland with Lagerback, although he now focuses solely on football.Since taking individual control of Strakarnir okkar, Hallgrimsson has won 10 of 19 matches, drawing two and losing the remaining seven.CAPTAINIceland’s captain since 2012 has been Aron Gunnarsson, who is a familiar face to fans of English football. He has played on these shores for the majority of his career, joining Coventry in 2008 before moving on to Cardiff City three years later. A combative central midfielder, Gunnarsson is solid in all aspects of the game, and is a great leader in the middle of the park.He has won 77 caps for his nation since making his first appearance in 2008, and he became the first man to captain Iceland at a major international tournament, when Strakarnir okkar  reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.KEY PLAYERGylfi Sigurdsson has been a key player for Iceland in their recent rise, and he top scored in World Cup qualifying with four goals in 10 matches. His set-piece ability makes Sigurdsson a major attacking outlet for Iceland, as no one else in Hallgrimsson’s squad provides real quality in the final third.This is why Iceland were panicked when Sigurdsson picked up an injury in March, playing for Everton in the Premier League. He had to see a specialist due to a knee problem which kept him out of action for the remainder of the domestic season, but he was named in Hallgrimsson’s squad regardless, and returned to training ahead of the tournament.ONE TO WATCHAlbert Gudmundsson earned his place in Hallgrimsson’s squad for the finals having impressed in a January friendly against Indonesia, when the winger netted a hat-trick in a 4-1 win. Aged just 20, Gudmundsson is the youngest member of Iceland’s team, and could prove to be something of a livewire in Russia; his pace and dribbling ability will make him a threat if brought on from the bench against tiring opponents.At club level, the youngster represents PSV Eindhoven, with nine first-team appearances to his name.FIXTURESSaturday, June 16: ARGENTINA v Iceland (Otkrytie Arena, Moscow) – kick-off 14:00Friday, June 22: NIGERIA v Iceland (Volgograd Arena, Volgograd) – kick-off 16:00Tuesday, June 26: Iceland v CROATIA (Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don) – kick-off 19:00KITS RECORD IN QUALIFYINGIceland were drawn in a tough qualification group, with four of the six teams in Group I present at Euro 2016 – the highest proportion of any group. Nonetheless, Iceland booked their place in Russia automatically by finishing first, two points ahead of runners-up Croatia.Although they conceded just seven goals in their 10 qualifiers, worrying for Iceland is the fact that no other UEFA group winner scored fewer than their 16 goals throughout the qualifying campaign.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONSIceland had two matches prior to the finals, losing 3-2 to Norway and drawing 2-2 with Ghana in Reykjavik on June 2 and 7 respectively.BASE CAMPResort Centre Nadezhda, Krasnodar regionPROBABLE LINE-UPtalkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

Barkley starts: Croatia vs England preview, team news and live commentary

first_img LATEST Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker SORRY Most read on talkSPORT.com What the managers are sayingZlatko Dalic (Croatia): “The loss to Spain was hard, but it happens. We need to improve the situation against England to correct the impression we left and because of building a team for Euro qualifiers The English have their own problem with players and have a number of new young players in the team. The match will be played with no fans in an un-football like atmosphere but we need to accept that. It gives nobody an advantage. The English are fast, young, ambitious and we will have some difficulties.”Gareth Southgate (England): “Croatia deserved to go through to the final in summer, we have to take our medicine on that, but I have had a couple of conversations with their coach since and we both agree that the more big games you play, the more you learn to handle the pressure so that eventually you will be able to get over the line. We are in a good position now, we don’t have to rip everything up and start again, we have made progress and we want to keep that progress going.” 3 BEST OF Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Where can you listen?Full commentary of Friday’s clash will be available on talkSPORT. Click here for the Croatia vs England live streamConfirmed teamsSouthgate hands the in-form Ross Barkley his first England game since 2016, while Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell makes his full Three Lions debut.It’s a positive England line-up which sees Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling all start.Meanwhile, the likes of Dejan Lovren, Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic, who played in the World Cup tie, all start for the hosts.Croatia: Livakovic, Jedvaj, Lovren, Vida, Pivaric, Kovacic, Rakitic, Kramaric, Modric, Perisic, RebicSubs: Bartolec, Milic, Mitrovic, Rog, Sluga, Livaja, Bradaric, Pasalic, Santini, Badelj, PjacaEngland: Pickford, Walker, Chilwell, Dier, Stones, Maguire, Barkley, Henderson, Kane, Sterling, RashfordSubs: Trippier, Butland, Alexander-Arnold, Dunk, Gomez, Winks, Chalobah, Maddison, Mount, Bettinelli, Sancho How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings predicted Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update England will be looking to get their revenge on their World Cup vanquishers when they visit Croatia in their UEFA Nations League group match on Friday evening.Gareth Southgate’s side’s Russia campaign was ended with a heart-breaking 2-1 defeat to Zlatko Dalic’s men before they went on to lose to France in the World Cup final. Southgate comes up against Dalic, who bested him in Russia The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed 3 tense Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 3 scrap Mario Mandzukic struck the decisive blow to knock England out the World Cup Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Croatia remain without a win since that fateful night in Moscow, drawing with Portugal in a friendly then being thrashed 6-0 by Spain in their Nations League opener.England also lost their first match in UEFA’s new competition to La Roja, falling to a 2-1 defeat at Wembley three days before Spain’s 6-0 rout of Croatia, but they recovered to secure a victory over Switzerland in a friendly at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.Both England and Croatia will be going for their first win in the new Nations League format, though they will have to cope with playing the match behind closed doors; no fans will be allowed into the Stadion HNK Rijeka due to a punishment handed to Croatia after a swastika was marked onto the pitch before their Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy, played back in 2015. changes latest Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Kane starts despite being rested in traininglast_img read more

Leicester City star signs long-term deal after incredible start to career

first_img Chilwell has committed his future to Leicester Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars “It’s great news for the club,” Puel said of the new deal. “Ben is an exciting young player with huge potential who is already learning and improving by playing regular Premier League football.“If he continues to work hard he will become a valuable player for us and I hope for the England team.” Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “The club has really big, long-term plans and it’s really exciting to know that I’m going to be part of that. We’ve got a great squad with quite a youthful core so there’s a real opportunity for us to push on and achieve something together in the coming years.”Chilwell spent a large part of Leicester’s famous title-winning season of 2015/16 on loan at Huddersfield, but after making his Premier League debut the following campaign he has nailed down the left-back position as his own.Foxes boss Claude Puel praised Chilwell’s progress and said he can be a role model for youngsters in the club’s academy. deals REVEALED Getty Images huge blow REVEALED The left-back celebrates England’s win over Spain on Monday center_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining gameday cracker 2 Chilwell made his England debut last month and his first starts followed in last week’s goalless Nations League draw with Croatia and the 3-2 win in Spain.The left-back joined Leicester’s academy aged 12 and said he was excited to extend his association with the Foxes until June 2024.“Leicester’s always felt like the right place for me,” he said.“I’ve had fantastic support at every level since I arrived nine years ago and I’ve always felt opportunities would come if I continued to work hard. That’s a great feeling to have as a young player. Ben Chilwell has signed a new long-term deal with Leicester City to cap a remarkable start to the season.A month after agreeing fresh terms with Harry Maguire, Leicester have secured 21-year-old left-back Chilwell, who came through the ranks at the King Power Stadium. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Latest Premier League News tense last_img read more

ONE IN FIVE DONEGAL DRIVERS IN CLOSE CALLS WITH PEDESTRIANS

first_imgALMOST one in every five Donegal motorists has admitted either hitting pedestrians or having close calls with them in the last two years.A new study by AA Motor Insurance also show that one in every eight drivers on Irish roads have either had a near miss or a collision with a cyclist in the last two years.More than 12,500 drivers in Ireland were polled in the study and 5 per cent have revealed that they have either hit or almost hit a motorcyclist – with a further 0.7 per cent saying that they had done the same with someone on horseback. A higher number of men than women said that they had a near miss or an accident with a cyclist within the past two years, and 17 per cent of accidents happened while it was raining.“Naturally road surfaces are slicker and visibility can be affected during downpours, cyclists may swerve to avoid a puddle you won’t necessarily see, and pedestrians will be anxious to get out of the rain so motorists should exercise extreme care and expect the unexpected,” said Conor Faughnan, Director of Policy at AA Ireland.Dublin topped the poll in terms of county results, with 17 per cent of Dublin drivers indicating they had almost had an accident with a cyclist in the past two years. Following this were drivers in Galway at 14 per cent and Wicklow at 13 per cent.Here in Donegal 17 per cent of drivers said that they had a close call or had knocked down a pedestrian, while Wicklow had one of the worst track records when it came to motorcyclists. An above average number of incidents involving horse riders were located in counties Waterford and Limerick and Cavan, Donegal and Roscommon reported the highest number of incidents involving animals.The study also revealed that the time of day can have a massive impact on the number of accidents on Irish roads. 48 per cent of incidents reported to the AA occurred during daylight, with 28 per cent happening during darkness.“Cyclists travelling after dark should make sure to wear reflective clothing or accessories and have lights at the front and the rear. Pedestrians should also stay visible after dark with reflective and light coloured clothing, stick to footpaths where possible and avoid distractions such as texting while walking,” says Conor Faughnan.“We can’t emphasize enough the importance of always checking your mirrors and keeping your full attention on the road,” he added.YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW: ONE IN FIVE DONEGAL DRIVERS IN CLOSE CALLS WITH PEDESTRIANS was last modified: January 16th, 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:aa irelandcyclistsdonegal drivingpedestrianslast_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY COMMUNITY NOTES

first_imgBancanna Buidéil – Gort a’ ChoirceTá na bancanna buidéil/athchúrsála suite anois ag Halla na Paróiste. Bhog an comhairle contae iad de thairbhe rialacha sláinte agus sábháilteachta ó Bhord Soláthair an Leictreachais. Is maith go raibh suíomh eile ar fáil don phobal agus go dtig linn leas a bhaint as an tseirbhís tábhachtach seo go fóill. Bailte Slachtmhara – Gort a’ ChoirceBuíochas le achan duine as bhur gcomhoibriú uilig. Tá ag éirí go maith leis an obair. Bíonn an coiste gnóitheach ag péinteáil, tógáil/cóiriú ballaí, glanadh agus scuabadh, tógáil bruscair, lomadh féir agus cur blátha. Tá an comórtas faoi lán seoil agus bheadh sé ina chuidiú dá gcoinneofaí an baile ag amharc go deas sna míonna amach romhainn. Tá oibrí úr againn faoin scéim fostaíochta pobail, John McClafferty, agus é ag obair go dícheallach don phobal. Má bhíonn aon tuairimí/moltaí agat beidh fáilte rompu ach dhul i dteagmháil le duine den choiste.Buíochas Oíche Fhéile Eoin Ba mhaith leis an grúpa timpeallachta Meas Iarthuaisceart buíochas a thabhairt d’achan duine nár dhóigh ábhair mínádúrtha macasamhail boinn rothar, rubar agus bruscar tí ar tinte Fhéile Eoin i mbliana.Taispeántas Déanta MúirínBeidh taispeántas déanta múirín ar siúl sna Tithe Gloine i gCill Ulta ar an Satharn 14ú Iúil ar 12 meán lae. Seo uair a chloig eolais ag foghlaim faoi déanamh múirín as dramhaíl bhia. Laghdaigh an méid dramhaíl a chuirtear sa bhocsa brúscair sa bhaile agus déan múirín le cuir sa gharradh. Beidh coimeádáin múirín (compost bins) de chuid na Comhairle Contae le díol fosta ar €13.00 an ceann. A eagrú ag an grúpa timpeallachta MEAS Iarthuaisceart as Gort a’ Choirce le tacaíocht Na Tithe Gloine, Cill Ulta. Tuilleadh eolais : www.meas-it.com nó 087-6111524.Composting DemonstrationThere will be a composting demonstration at Na Tithe Gloine, Cill Ulta on Saturday 14th July at 12 midday. This is an information hour of learning how to make compost from food waste. Reduce the amount of waste that goes into the rubbish bin at home and make compost for your garden. County Council compost bins will also be on sale at €13.00 each. Organised by the environment group MEAS from Gort a’ Choirce with the support of Na Tithe Gloine, Cill Ulta. Further information: www.meas-it.com or 086-8460764.Can’t Pay Won’t Pay Cloch Cheann FhaolaBuíochas le achan duine a tháinig chuig an léirsiú taobh amuigh d’oifig Dinny McGinly TD ar an Satharn 30ú Meitheamh. Thanks to everyone who came to the protest outside the office of Dinny McGinley TD on Saturday 30th June.Léirsiú ar an Aoine 6ú Iúil, 12 meán lae ar na Croisbhealaigh.Protest on Friday 6th June, 12 midday at the crossroads in An Fál Carrach.Póstaeirí neampholaitiúil le bhur dtoil. Bring non-political posters. Ballraíocht feachtais ar fáil fosta. Campaign membership also available.Buíochas le achan duine a bhíonn i láthair ag na léirsuithe seachtainiúil.Thanks to everyone who attends the weekly protests.An chéad cruinniú pleanála eile ar an Satharn 7ú Iúil in Óstán Loch Altan ar 1in.Next organising meeting on Saturday 7th July in Óstán Loch Altan at 1pm.Info: 0863122784 or 0876111524. Follow us on FaceBook. National campaign: www.nohouseholdtax.org, www.wewontpay.ieLOCAL NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: July 2nd, 2012 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:Cloughaneely community noteslast_img read more

Cross Country Opens October At Chile Pepper Festival

first_img2016 Chile Pepper FestivalOct. 1 – Fayetteville, Ark.Drake Men’s Individual Results – 8 kilometersScoring finishes6. Reed Fischer, 23:53.2563. Kyle Brandt, 25:46.1376. Chris Kaminski, 26:05.3978. Kyle Cass, 26:09.3792. Josh Yeager, 26:30.3698. Matt Cozine, 26:38.1111. George Webb, 27:03.11126. Alec Bognar, 28:49Drake Women’s Individual Results – 5 kilometersScoring finishes25. Bailee Cofer, 17:40.5745. Mykaela Cole, 18:11.0772. Morgan Garcia, 18:45.498. Olivia Rogers, 19:18.5100. Meghan Kearney, 19:21.22109. Paige Nicholson, 19:37.94111. Kayla Giuliano. 19:52.93112. Theresa McAlister, 19:54.91115. Shelby Varney, 19:59.66 Women’s Results Men’s Results Story Linkscenter_img FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Drake University men’s and women’s cross country teams returned to action on Saturday, Oct. 1, as the young Bulldogs gained valuable experience at one of the biggest meets in the nation at the Chile Pepper Festival.The race featured competitors from 65 schools across 17 states in the largest collegiate field in the history of the venerable event. The Bulldog men’s team finished 12th out of all NCAA Division I teams while the Drake women’s team was 13th. Arkansas claimed both the men’s and women’s team titles.”I’m very proud of how well our freshmen competed on the men’s side in their first 8k, especially against so many nationally ranked teams,” said Drake head coach Dan Hostager. “On the women’s side, nearly everyone was able to come out with a 5k personal best, so we’re excited for our bigger meets ahead.”Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) led the men’s team again, scoring in sixth place, ahead of reigning All-Americans, with an 8-kilometer time of 23:53.25 against a field that included more than 300 competitors. Fischer was just 20 seconds off the winning pace.”Reed ran very well in a tough nation-wide field and to finish where he did at this point in the season is a great indicator of what is ahead for him in the coming weeks,” Hostager added.Two of the Bulldogs’ next top three scorers were freshman as Kyle Brandt (Maple Grove, Minn.) was 63rd in 25:46.13 while Kyle Cass (Deforest, Wis.) was 76th.Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) continued her strong junior season by scoring in 25th to lead the women’s team.”Nearly half of our team is made up of freshman and it’s great to have some tremendous leadership from our upperclassmen like Bailee,” Hostager added.Cofer completed the 5-kilometer circuit in 17:40.57 and was followed by a trio of freshmen in the top scorers 100 for the Bulldogs.Mykaela Cole (Urbandale, Iowa) turned in a 45th place finish in her biggest collegiate race to date while Morgan Garcia and Olivia Rogers (Boulder, Colo.) were 72nd and 98th, respectively.With the MVC Championship quickly approaching at the end of the month, the Bulldogs will train for two weeks in advance of their next competition, the adidas Pre-National Invitational on Oct. 15. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more