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SHSU’s McCall, HBU’s Welch Take Men’s Indoor Track & Field Weekly Awards

first_imgFRISCO, 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.last_img read more


Presidents Obama Solís sign historic security donation for Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:President Solís to discuss migration, green energy with US Vice President Joe Biden Costa Rica, Panama ask neighbors to help with stranded migrants President Luis Guillermo Solís to meet with U.S. Vice President Michael Pence Solís’ approval rating at record low Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís, U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden announced an unprecedented donation of security equipment for Costa Rica on Monday during Solís’ visit to Washington.They also agreed on the terms for joint projects aimed at curbing problems related to organized crime, migration and public security.Solís described the aid from the U.S. government as “the biggest assistance granted in the last 30 years” and a reflection of the good relations between the two countries.The extensive donation list includes aircraft, speedboats, biometric equipment for identifying undocumented migrants in the field, equipment and training for the National Police and communication equipment and other resources for park rangers.The list also includes emergency supplies and equipment for attending natural disasters, kits for rape victims, scholarships and funding for education programs, among others. Some of the listed donations are ongoing or had been previously announced.Although Solís initially was scheduled to meet only with Vice President Biden, Obama also met with Solís and members of his entourage.The presidents talked about current challenges that organized crime and drug trafficking pose to both countries, Casa Presidencial reported.Solís said the meeting at the White House increased “as never before, the bilateral cooperation in the fight against organized crime.” Donations will be used primarily to block operations of international criminal organizations.Among the most important actions, the new resources are meant to reduce the amount of drugs passing through Costa Rica bound for the U.S. and also prevent crime in vulnerable communities of the country.President Solís said the U.S. donations will result in a noticeable improvement of resources and training of Costa Rican police officers.The president also expressed to Obama his concerns about the remilitarization of Nicaragua. Daniel Ortega’s government last week displayed part of the new military equipment bought from Russia, including a tank.Solís told Obama that he does not expect these military resources to be used against Costa Rica, but highlighted that his administration “is not comfortable with Nicaragua’s rearmament.”Clean energy, women’s empowermentThe meeting at the White House also included discussions about energy concerns and access to clean and renewable energy sources.The leaders also discussed programs and policies aimed at empowering women. That conversation followed negotiations that began during separate visits to Costa Rica by President Obama and second lady Jill Biden.Solís also took the opportunity to request U.S. support for Costa Rican Christiana Figueres’ bid for the General Secretariat of the United Nations. Facebook Commentslast_img read more