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September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgWith the women’s track team several weeks into the 2009 outdoor campaign, many of the University of Wisconsin’s athletes are beginning to prove they belong among the nation’s best. ;Two veteran members of Wisconsin’s track squad recently punched their tickets to the NCAA Regionals with outstanding recent performances. Chavon Robinson, a senior from Milwaukee, will be a part of the regional field after posting a mark of 12.74 meters in the triple jump. Robinson holds the school record in the outdoor triple jump but was still relieved to have earned a spot.“There is definitely less pressure going into my next meets,” Robinson said. “It’s great to have qualified.”Robinson has come into the 2009 season with high expectations, and after dealing with injuries earlier in her career, she appears to be primed for an outstanding finish to the outdoor campaign. Robinson posted excellent marks throughout the 2008 season in both the triple jump and long jump, but that is not to say there were no struggles along the way.“Last year was tough because I had a new coach, and I wasn’t really sure what direction we were going in,” Robinson said. “I know now that we are headed in the right direction, and I am a lot more confident when I’m out there.”Having settled into her role on the team, Robinson is now looking to refine her technique. The triple jump requires strict attention to detail and can be a difficult event for some of the most talented athletes. Throughout the season, Robinson and her coaches have been working diligently to maximize her performance.“The coaches have been telling us that it is all about where the jump starts,” Robinson said. “I’ve been struggling with it ever since I’ve been at Wisconsin as a triple jumper, but when it all comes together I think I’ll have a pretty good jump.”Robinson will continue to refine her skills as the season progresses, and due to her redshirt, she will have all of next year to improve on her marks as well.UW senior javelin thrower Amy Lewis is competing in her final season for the Badgers. Like Robinson, Lewis just recently qualified for the NCAA Regionals, a goal she expected to accomplish.“It was kind of an expectation to make the NCAA Regionals this year, but it’s great to be able to do it early in the season,” Lewis said. “I’ll be able to work on my technique and get myself ready for the rest of the season from here on out.”This will be the third time in her career Lewis has qualified for Regionals, but the senior from Colts Neck, N.J., is aware of some improvements she still needs to make.“I just want to refine all the footwork that takes place right before I throw,” Lewis said. “That is something I will continue to work on.”Lewis is nearing the end of her UW career and wants to make sure she gives her best effort in her final days as a Badger.“I don’t want to look back on my career have any regrets about anything,” Lewis said. “The seniors and I have had some extra motivation to leave it all on the line every time we go out for a meet.”Regardless of how the season finishes for Lewis, she is proud to have represented her university as a member of the track team, and will look to lead by example as the outdoor season begins to heat up.“I have loved being a part of everything this team has gone through since I have been here,” Lewis said. “Being a leader and having the time to act as a role model has been an exciting time for me.”last_img read more

September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgAfter losing at home to Arizona last Saturday, UCLA (19-2, 6-2) fell outside the top five in the AP poll for the first time in eight weeks. Meanwhile, USC (17-4, 4-4) received votes for the ninth straight week. The two teams were part of an elite corps of six that finished non-conference play undefeated. With UCLA off to its best start since the 2006-07 season — which saw them reach the Final Four — and USC off to its best start since 1971-72, Angelenos have been anticipating Wednesday’s game for quite some time. In fact, tickets sold out nearly one month ago. The Trojans will need to feed off the home-crowd energy delivered by 10,000-plus fans, including 1,500 raucous students. USC has won 27 of its last 31 home contests, but UCLA excels on the road, and it will surely bring a sizeable contingent of fans to the Galen Center, too. The Bruins are 4-1 away from home this season, with their sole loss coming from a buzzer-beater miracle at Oregon.Katlyn Lee | Daily TrojanIn UCLA’s rare losses, it has allowed 92.5 points per game. USC has scored 93 points three times this season — once in an overtime victory — but the Trojans average 69.9 points per game in conference play. Basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy ranks UCLA 127th in defensive efficiency, as the team has allowed 80.6 points per game in Pac-12 play. However, the Bruins have hid their defensive deficiencies behind one of the best scoring offenses in the nation. UCLA head coach Steve Alford has a repertoire of skilled guards on his team, as well as six double-digit scorers.The Bruins share the ball better than all of their conference foes. Their 22.3 assists-per-game is the highest mark in the Pac-12. Freshman prodigy Lonzo Ball leads the conference with 8.0 assists-per-game, and the guard’s ball-handling skills are unparalleled. He has maintained a 3.58 assist/turnover ratio this season — a full-point better than all other point guards in the league. No one scores more prolifically on UCLA than the coach’s son, senior guard Bryce Alford. He leads the Pac-12 in 3-pointers (71), and four Bruins, including Alford, shoot better than 43 percent from beyond the arc. There aren’t many all-around threats like UCLA freshman T.J. Leaf, who is second in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage. The 6-foot-10 big man plays similarly to USC’s own, sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright. Leaf rebounds, passes and scores, averaging 16.7 points, 3.2 assists and 8.7 rebounds on the season. USC’s defense faces a tall order in slowing Leaf and company, especially without Boatwright and potentially redshirt senior forward Charles Buggs, who sat out Sunday night with a sore left knee. The Trojans will probably spend much of the game in their zone defense to solve the tricky individualmatchups UCLA poses. “We’re doing a good job defensively this year,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “We’ve been inconsistent this year, but we play hard. We block shots. We steal the ball. We play small. We play big. We’ve got a special group here.”Boatwright was originally expected to miss 6-8 weeks after injuring his knee against San Diego in November, but eight weeks later, he continues to sit. The coaching staff expects him to return to full practice soon — hopefully within a week or two.“Our coaching staff is thrilled to be 17-4 without Bennie,” Enfield said. “The 327th most experienced team in the country has played beyond its years.”last_img read more

August 12, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Florida woman who pulled an alligator from her yoga pants during a May traffic stop has dodged a bullet in court.Ariel Machan-Le Quire, 25, was sentenced to probation Thursday after pleading guilty to four counts of illegally possessing wild animals. Michael Clemons, her 22-year-old accomplice in the case, has not yet been sentenced.Machan-Le Quire and Clemons grabbed Internet headlines in May following a traffic stop in Charlotte County.After a sheriff’s deputy found 41 turtles stuffed into a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack, he asked Machan-Le Quire if there were any other animals in the vehicle he needed to know about. She responded by reaching into her pants and producing a foot-long alligator.last_img read more