Articles for category: Athletics and Track & Field

Badeaux Declares Retirement from Position as Head Track & Field Coach

Badeaux Declares Retirement from Position as Head Track & Field Coach

In Lafayette, Louisiana, Lon Badeaux, head coach of the Louisiana track and field program for 12 seasons, has officially announced his immediate retirement, effective this Monday. Throughout his tenure as head coach of the Ragin’ Cajuns, Badeaux mentored an impressive roster, producing 17 All-Americans, including notable athletes such as Albert Fournette, Jasmine Manuel, Maria Bienvenu (a two-time All-American), and Morgann Leleux, the 2016 NCAA DI women’s pole vault runner-up and an alternate on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. Badeaux earned accolades as the LSWA Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2022, and the Sun Belt Conference ...

2024 Indoor Track & Field Schedule Unveiled

2024 Indoor Track & Field Schedule Unveiled

LAKE CHARLES – Head Coach Brendon Gilroy has unveiled the much-anticipated 2024 indoor schedule for McNeese’s track and field men’s and women’s programs as the new year approaches. The schedule features two key home collegiate meets, emphasizing an exciting start to the season. To kick off the campaign, the McNeese Cowboys and Cowgirls will showcase their talents at both the McNeese College Indoor I and the LSU Purple Tiger meets on January 12, commencing at 11 a.m. The teams will be competing separately but aiming for collective success. Following this, the blue and gold athletes will return to their home ...

Unveiling the 2023-24 Track & Field Schedule for the Mountaineers.

Unveiling the 2023-24 Track & Field Schedule for the Mountaineers.

In Boone, North Carolina, App State’s Director of Track & Field/Cross Country, Damion McLean, revealed the anticipated 2023-24 schedules for women’s indoor and men’s & women’s outdoor events this Monday. This spring, the Black and Gold teams will showcase their prowess by hosting a high school meet and the App State Open at the Randy Marion Track & Field Facility. Women’s Indoor Track & Field Schedule The women’s indoor track & field team is set for an exciting season with three visits to the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem. Key dates include competitions on December 2 for the Visit Winston-Salem ...

Syracuse parts ways with Coach Dino Babers after an 8-year tenure, marked by only 2 successful seasons.

“Syracuse parts ways with Coach Dino Babers after an 8-year tenure, marked by only 2 successful seasons.”

Syracuse bid farewell to Coach Dino Babers on Sunday after an eight-year tenure with the Orange that saw only two bowl appearances. Babers, with an overall record of 41-55 and a 20-45 standing in the Atlantic Coast Conference, experienced a standout season in 2018 when the Orange achieved a 10-3 record, concluding at No. 15 in the AP Top 25. However, the subsequent seasons failed to match that success, with only a 7-6 record in 2022 marking his other winning season. Despite having one season remaining on his contract, the specific terms were not disclosed by the private school. Athletic ...

The Las Vegas Grand Prix now stands as the contemporary equivalent of the Super Bowl.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix now stands as the contemporary equivalent of the Super Bowl.

The narrative surrounding Formula One’s revitalized Las Vegas Grand Prix on Saturday night hinted at a spectrum ranging from catastrophe to disappointment, largely fueled by the repeated declarations of F1’s top driver, Max Verstappen, in the lead-up. Verstappen emphasized that the race was “99-per-cent show and 1-per-cent sporting event,” expressing concerns that drivers were being portrayed as “clowns.” He stressed the importance of conveying the true essence of the sport to fans. With Verstappen adding his voice to the skepticism, every glitch during rehearsals was magnified as a potential disaster. Challenges, such as negotiating fees with trackside restaurants, constructing grandstands ...

Quaker Valley sports enthusiasts prioritize sportsmanship during WPIAL summit.

Quaker Valley sports enthusiasts prioritize sportsmanship during WPIAL summit.

Quaker Valley’s athletic prowess took center stage at the 14th annual WPIAL Summit on Sportsmanship, held on November 8 at the Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. Over 400 student-athletes from schools across Western Pennsylvania convened for this event, sponsored by The Wilson Group and the WPIAL sportsmanship committee. Representing Quaker Valley were seniors Zach Djedid (football, basketball, track & field), Katelyn Clark (volleyball), Bennett Haas (soccer), Madison Chapman (basketball), Gavin Fallgren (baseball), and Taylor Cupelli (lacrosse), accompanied by Mike Mastroianni and Christina Johns from the QV athletic office. Djedid, a versatile 17-year-old three-sport athlete, found ...

Runner Caster Semenya rejects the intersex label and opposes compulsory medical interventions.

Runner Caster Semenya rejects the “intersex” label and opposes compulsory medical interventions.

Cis lesbian South African runner Caster Semenya has made it clear that she does not identify as intersex in a compelling essay published in The New York Times, adapted from her upcoming memoir, “The Race to be Myself.” The two-time Olympic gold medalist emphatically states, “That identity doesn’t fit me; it doesn’t fit my soul. I know I look like a man. I know I sound like a man and maybe even walk like a man and dress like one, too. But I’m not a man; I’m a woman. I’m a different kind of woman, I know, but I’m still ...

UTSA soccer concludes its season with a final match at Park West and then heads to Rice for the regular season finale.

UTSA soccer concludes its season with a final match at Park West and then heads to Rice for the regular season finale.

San Antonio, TX – The UTSA soccer team wrapped up its final two home games of the season, going head-to-head against American Athletic Conference (AAC) opponents. In a weekend that showcased their resilience, the Roadrunners played out a goalless draw against Florida Atlantic (FAU) and fell short with a 1-0 loss to South Florida (USF). The showdown against FAU, on Thursday, ended in a 0-0 stalemate as both teams fought fiercely but failed to break the deadlock. Although the Roadrunners had a substantial share of opportunities, including 11 set pieces, they couldn’t capitalize and put the ball past FAU’s goalkeeper. ...

Norfolk Education Awards The Recipient of the Commitment to Sport Award Announced

Norfolk Education Awards: The Recipient of the Commitment to Sport Award Announced

The Nest, a community hub located in Horsford and affiliated with the Community Sports Foundation, has been declared this year’s recipient of the Prestigious Commitment to Sport Award, generously sponsored by The Centre of Excellence for Sport, Outdoor Leadership, and Uniformed Services at Easton College, as part of the Norfolk Education Awards. Situated on a sprawling 22-acre property, The Nest boasts an impressive array of sports facilities, including a well-lit 3G pitch and top-notch grass football fields. Its diverse offerings cater to a wide spectrum of individuals, encompassing kids’ football courses, walking football, group fitness classes, and free running groups ...

Reyes Takes Role as Senior Assoc. AD for Student Life at Pitt

Reyes Takes Role as Senior Assoc. AD for Student Life at Pitt

PITTSBURGH – Liz Reyes is the new Senior Associate AD for Student Life in the Cathy & John Pelusi Life Skills Program at the University of Pittsburgh. This announcement came from Director of Athletics Heather Lyke. Reyes joins Pitt after her role as Associate AD, Illini Way Student-Athlete Development at the University of Illinois since August 2020. Director of Athletics Heather Lyke expressed her excitement, stating, “We are thrilled to have Liz Reyes join our leadership team at the University of Pittsburgh. She brings a strong background and experience to lead our nationally acclaimed Life Skills department. She will work ...

Prachi Yadav's Second Gold at Hangzhou Asian Para Games Fuels India's Medal Tally to 17.

Prachi Yadav’s Second Gold at Hangzhou Asian Para Games Fuels India’s Medal Tally to 17.

The Asian Para Games’ fourth edition commenced on October 22, marking the start of medal events. India’s impressive track record at the event includes 14 medals in 2010, 33 in 2014, and a remarkable 72 in 2018. At the inaugural games in Guangzhou, India clinched just one gold medal, while that number rose to 15 in Indonesia. In Jakarta, India secured the 9th position overall in the medals tally. Track and field have traditionally been India’s major contributor to the Asian Para Games medal count, with 60 of India’s total of 119 medals before the 2023 edition coming from athletics. ...

Ashley Charters Officially Enshrined in the Washington Athletic Hall of Fame

Ashley Charters Officially Enshrined in the Washington Athletic Hall of Fame

Washington softball legend Ashley Charters received the prestigious honor of being formally inducted into the University of Washington Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place at the Alaska Airlines Arena within the Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Charters was among the distinguished group of athletes inducted into this year’s class, which included Ryan Brown (track & field), Steve Pelluer (football), Cody Pickett (football), Paige Mackenzie (women’s golf), Jim Smith (wrestling), Isaiah Thomas (men’s basketball), and Krista Vansant (volleyball). The 2023 class has solidified its place in the history of Husky Athletics by contributing to multiple national championships, adding to the ...

Honoring student-athletes for their contributions to the community.

Honoring student-athletes for their contributions to the community.

The 2023 Utah Athletes in Service Award celebrates the dedication of student-athletes to community involvement. Within the University of Utah community, comprising students, faculty, staff, and alumni, these athletes find substantial support. In return, many of them generously contribute to our local community in diverse ways. During the California vs. Utah football game on October 14, the Bennion Center, in partnership with U of U Athletics, presented the annual award to Summer Stanford and Madeline Woznick. BobbiJo Kanter, Director of the Bennion Center, emphasized, “The Bennion Center promotes community engagement as an integral part of the educational experience at the ...

Esteemed Track Coach Commemorated in a Special Ceremony

Esteemed Track Coach Commemorated in a Special Ceremony

In a heartwarming turn of events, what was initially anticipated as a typical Homecoming football game on a Friday night took a special twist as the community came together to honor Coach Jim Anderson, a legendary figure in the world of track and field. Anderson’s unwavering commitment to guiding and inspiring youth athletes led to a surprise ceremony that left him both delighted and speechless. The centerpiece of the event was the unveiling of the brand-new “Jim Anderson Vertical Jumping Area.” This remarkable addition showcased state-of-the-art high jump and pole vault pits and standards, expertly manufactured by UCS. What’s truly ...

USU Athletics Teams Up with Intermountain Health for a Suicide Prevention Workshop Featuring the Defensive Line

USU Athletics Teams Up with Intermountain Health for a Suicide Prevention Workshop Featuring the Defensive Line

Utah State, in collaboration with Intermountain Health and The Defensive Line, took a significant step in promoting suicide prevention within the world of athletics. This initiative was highlighted by a workshop and panel discussion held on a Monday evening, aimed at delivering a powerful message about the importance of suicide prevention within the athletics department. The Defensive Line, an organization founded by Solomon Thomas, a defensive lineman for the New York Jets, played a central role in this event. Solomon, along with his parents, Chris and Martha, embarked on this mission after the tragic loss of his sister, Ella, to ...

Profile of Tameka Roberts A Member of the Inaugural Hall of Fame Class at UTSA Athletics

Profile of Tameka Roberts: A Member of the Inaugural Hall of Fame Class at UTSA Athletics

UTSA Athletics is set to enshrine its inaugural Hall of Fame Class during Homecoming Weekend on October 27th and 28th. This inaugural class comprises remarkable individuals who left an indelible mark on the university’s sporting history. Among the distinguished inductees are McKenzie Adams, known for her prowess in volleyball and women’s basketball, Devin Brown, a standout in men’s basketball, Marcus Davenport, a force to be reckoned with in football, and Tameka Roberts, who excelled in women’s track and field as well as women’s basketball. In addition to these athletes, the Hall of Fame will also recognize the outstanding contributions of ...

Mark Schuck Outdoor Track & Field Dedication Ceremony Announced by MSU

Mark Schuck Outdoor Track & Field Dedication Ceremony Announced by MSU

“MANKATO, Minn. – On Friday, October 27th at 11 a.m., Minnesota State Athletics will honor the enduring legacy of Mark Schuck, the renowned Maverick cross country and track & field coach who has earned a place in the hall of fame. For over four decades, Mark Schuck’s name has been inseparable from the program. The event will witness the presence of Coach Schuck, along with distinguished figures such as Dr. Edward Inch, President of Minnesota State University, Mankato, Kevin Buisman, Director of Athletics, and Mike Turgeon, the current head coach of Maverick Track & Field. The ceremony is open to ...

Former Olympian leverages his expertise to guide his athletes toward success on the track and in life.

Former Olympian leverages his expertise to guide his athletes toward success on the track and in life.

Rod DeHaven, the coach of South Dakota State University’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams, embodies the spirit of never giving up, both in his own athletic journey and in his coaching career. Under DeHaven’s guidance, the men’s and women’s cross-country teams have been achieving remarkable success this season, consistently securing top-10 placements. The culmination of their hard work and dedication will be on display when they host the Summit League Cross Country Championship on Saturday, October 28th, at 11 a.m. DeHaven is eagerly anticipating this championship event and is brimming with confidence. DeHaven’s own running career began at ...

Sun Belt Conference Recognitions Unveiled at Autumn Gatherings

Sun Belt Conference Recognitions Unveiled at Autumn Gatherings

During the annual Fall Meetings held in Atlanta, the Sun Belt Conference officially acknowledged the recipients of awards for the 2022-23 season at the Sun Belt Honors Banquet. South Alabama secured the conference’s most prestigious accolade, the Vic Bubas Cup, which represents the Sun Belt’s all-sports championship trophy. This esteemed award is presented each year to the conference’s top-performing athletics department, determined by a points-based system. Remarkably, this marked the 16th time that the Jaguars had claimed this honor, solidifying their status as leaders in the conference. Impressively, South Alabama, which sponsors 17 out of the Sun Belt’s 19 sports, ...

Ekiru's ten-year suspension reveals the intricate nature of doping within Kenyan athletics.

Ekiru’s ten-year suspension reveals the intricate nature of doping within Kenyan athletics.

The imposing 10-year suspension handed down to Kenyan marathoner Titus Ekiru by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has unveiled another layer of the doping crisis that has gripped Kenya’s athletics scene for nearly a decade. In a statement released in the Kenyan capital, the AIU clarified that this stringent penalty, the longest ever imposed on a Kenyan athlete, was the result of a thorough investigation. This inquiry unearthed that the 31-year-old athlete had actively obstructed the investigation into two failed drug tests. It was disclosed that Ekiru had colluded with a senior doctor in Nandi County, located in northwest Kenya, ...