Track & Field Heads To Nebraska For Husker Invite

first_imgFor the second time this season, the Drake University track and field teams will compete on the Bob Devaney Sports Center track at this weekend’s Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.The Bulldogs travel to Lincoln, Neb., after registering 33 top-10 finishes at last weekend’s Messersmith Invite. Action this weekend gets underway on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday at noon.”We’re expecting to see some progression and improvements this weekend,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown. “We’ve been training through the first few meets and last weekend had athletes competing in multiple events. This weekend, everyone is focusing on one event.”The Bulldogs will be challenged by a strong field comprised of 36 teams including track and field heavyweights such as Arizona State, Auburn, UCLA, Texas, Missouri and Kansas.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

South African sets new athletics record

first_img6 July 2015Rounding off a record-breaking week for South African athletics, Henrico Bruintjies set a new national mark in the men’s 100m in Switzerland yesterday.Bruintjies shaved 0.01 seconds off the previous South African record of 9.98 held by Simon Magakwe. He won his heat at the Resisprint International meeting clocking 9.97 to become only the third South African to break through the 10-second barrier in the 100m sprint.Bruintjies’ coach, Hennie Kriel, said he believed it was only a matter of time before his star athlete broke through the 10-seconds barrier. “He was very excited and I asked him if it was official and he immediately replied ‘yes, yes,’” Kriel said.“I knew a good time was on the cards, the race was at 1 000m above sea level but he is now running good times in European conditions.”This feat follows the 9.99 time Akani Simbine posted at a European Permit meeting in Slovenia on 1 July.Bruintjies was disappointed after finishing behind Simbine in that race, clocking 10.15. “He was not happy with his own race and the last two or three weeks he’s been saying that he was ready to go below 10 seconds,” Kriel said.On Saturday night, 4 July, Wayde Van Niekerk became the first African to dip below 44 seconds in the men’s 400m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris. Van Niekerk beat Grenadian Olympic champion Kirani James in a new South African and African record time of 43.96.James had to be content with second place, clocking 44.17, with David Verburg of the United States bagging bronze in 44.81.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more