FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Fabian McCall and Houston Baptist’s Christopher Welch are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.McCall and Welch each took first-place honors at the Ted Nelson Invitational in College Station, Texas over the weekend. McCall’s 7.81 finish in the 60-meter hurdles topped a 22-man field, ranks first in the Southland and also stands 15th nationally. His time ranks first in the Southland and stands 15th nationally.Welch’s first-place finish in the triple jump bested a field of 18 competitors with a 51-3.75 (15.64m) leap on his final attempt. The sophomore’s jump broke his own school record in addition to a meet record for the Ted Nelson Invitational.Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Fabian McCall, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Huntsville, TexasMcCall exploded to a terrific start with a first-place finish in the 60m hurdles at the Ted Nelson Invitational. The senior opened the event with a 7.94 finish that won his preliminary heat and served as the only sub-eight second time. He then completed his afternoon with an impressive 7.81 in the finals to take home the gold medal and add 10 points to the Bearkats’ team score.Honorable Mention: Jared Touart, Central Arkansas; Stephen Aguilar, Houston Baptist; Armando Villarreal, UIW; Slavoski Wright, Northwestern State.Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Christopher Welch, Houston Baptist – So. – Dickinson, TexasWelch broke his own school record in the triple jump event, setting a new meet record along the way for the Ted Nelson Invitational. The sophomore won the event by more than six inches with a final attempt of 51-3.75, a mark that currently ranks 18th nationally in the event.Honorable Mention: Tyler Richardson, Abilene Christian; Jeremy Lawson, Northwestern State; Clayton Fritsch, Sam Houston State; Branson Ellis, Stephen F. Austin.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
At a City Council meeting in July, Deputy Director of Real Estate Management and Sales Donald Wright stressed that the city would work with the North End on what the community would like to see move into the property. “Having that community input in the RFP helps focuses the responses we want to see.”One local group that has expressed interest in the space is the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, currently located near the Paul Revere Mall. After this meeting and the community comment period, the DND will draft the RFP and open it to potential developers.View the project website here. The Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) will hold a community meeting on Wednesday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nazzaro Center regarding the request for proposal (RFP) process for 48-50 Tileston Street.The Mayor’s Office filed an order to declare surplus the two vacant buildings at 48 and 50 Tileston Street earlier this year, transferring custody, care and management to the Public Facilities Commission.This meeting will discuss the upcoming property disposition process for the two buildings. Community members are encouraged to attend and provide feedback for the development guidelines that will be used in the upcoming RFP.*Advertisement*
Every day, young sunflowers follow the sun like spectators at an incredibly slow tennis match. But scientists have never known why, or why the tracking stops when they become adults. Now, a new study suggests that this daily sun worship is guided by circadian rhythms during development. In a series of experiments, scientists tied down young plants to prevent them from moving or rotated them so they were facing the wrong way when the sun rose. When the plants’ normal movements were thwarted, they grew far more slowly than regular sunflowers, with about a 10% decrease in both biomass and leaf area. Researchers say the rhythmic tracking helps the plants grow bigger, allowing them to add cells on whichever side is doing the “stretching”: the east side during the day and the west side at night. When the sunflowers finally settle down and stop this daily tracking, their position also gives them an advantage, researchers report this week in Science. A second set of experiments showed that mature plants’ permanent eastward orientation makes for warmer flower faces, which may be responsible for a large increase in pollinator visits—five times more than in mature plants that face west. Looks like following the sun is more than just a spectator sport!