CauseWired: Plugging in, Getting Involved, Changing the World

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. CauseWired: Plugging in, Getting Involved, Changing the World Howard Lake | 7 April 2013 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis From Facebook causes and campaigns on MySpace, to a raft of new startups and innovative projects like Kiva, Change.org and DonorsChoose, this immensely relevant book delivers actionable research and recommendations to help readers launch their own successful wired social campaigns.  5 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis [amzn_product_post]For today′s super–wired, always–on, live–life–in–public young Americans, the causes they support define who they are. Societal aspirations have so permeated the “net native” population that causes have become like musical tastes. CauseWired illustrates wired causes in action, bringing real–world stories to readers.• Tracks the massive societal impact on causes of online social networks–from blogs, to video, to the rise of social networks• Reveals the extraordinary influence of online social networks–in raising money for charity, in changing the political climate and electing candidates, and in raising consciousness for causes Advertisementlast_img read more

What Makes A Great Gin? We Asked Pasadena’s Most-Awarded Gin Maker

first_img Make a comment Do you know what makes Gin the great tasting spirit that it is? If you enjoy this drink, and never knew what gives it the flavor that you love so much, we have some enlightenment for you.Gin has been a seriously underrated drink, until now. Millennials have made Gin one of the most popular spirits today, having discovered it is the life force behind many great cocktails. But do you have any idea how Gin is produced?Stark Spirits Micro-Distillery in Pasadena is an award-winning local micro-distillery acknowledged nationally and internationally for its great-tasting spirit beverages. Greg Stark is the Stark Spirits master distiller for most of their spirits, but Karen is the Gin Maker at Stark Spirits. She gave us an insider’s peek into the Gin-making process, and how creative it is. There is a lot of work to making a truly great and award-winning Gin like Stark’s Skyline Gin, but it’s worth the time and effort.As you may well know, Gin is a botanical drink distilled from a neutral grain spirit base, meaning it starts as odorless, tasteless, and colorless, no hint of its original ingredient. It can have as little as four on up to 26 different herbs, spices, berries—the botanicals! Gin always has to have juniper, but then the other botanicals can be things like orange peel, cinnamon, star anise to more exotic items like squash blossoms. Gin is a drink of wide and varying creativity.Stark’s Skyline Gin begins with traditional ingredients, but the result surprises as a Gin that goes its own way.“The nose is citrusy to me, the flavor profile well-balanced for tart and sweet, lemon-honey-spicy, gently warms the palate and finishes dry with lingering notes of tart and sweet,” says Karen, who developed the recipe for the great Gin coming out of Stark Spirits distillery.What she has found amazing is the wealth of impressions from the visitors that come for tastings at the distillery. Individual elements in her recipe stand out so uniquely for different palates.Karen also was amazed at how many people have told her “I really don’t like Gin, but this is delicious” or some other word of praise. She didn’t know how to take this sort of spontaneous critique: was it a good thing or a bad thing to make a Gin that appeals to people who don’t like Gin? However, she was relieved to find that serious Gin drinkers praise Skyline enthusiastically as well as novices.There are two common methods of making Gin. One is called maceration, and the other is called vapor infused distillation. Macerated Gins’ botanicals sit in the still right in the neutral spirit, and all the botanicals infuse the Gin at once. Stark Spirits Distillery uses a vapor infused distillation method, one favored by many well-known commercial brands. The botanicals are placed in a basket at the top of the still, and the boiled spirit vaporizes through the basket, condensing to the aromatic, flavorful liquid called Gin. Karen favors this method because she can distill very slowly, giving the more delicate botanicals sufficient time to express their aromas and flavors in the Gin.Of course, each different Gin has its own special recipe, usually a guarded secret, with specific botanical volume ratios. The challenge facing small distillers such as Stark Distillery is to ensure that the botanicals used will create the same flavor profile each and every time. It’s a hard task and one that requires expertise and concentration and luck! That’s because the botanicals obtained from a supplier can derive from different regions where the environment provides subtle or not so subtle differences in flavor profile. But Karen points out that anything handcrafted means slight variations are to be expected!So the next time you order a Skyline martini or a Gin and tonic, hold your glass up and remember all of the work that went into it at Stark Spirits Distillery.Stark Distillery is located at 1260 Lincoln Ave #1100, in Pasadena. For more information call (626) 798-1377 or visit http://starkspirits.com/ . 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We Asked Pasadena’s Most-Awarded Gin Maker By LAUREN SHARKEY Published on Friday, June 8, 2018 | 11:47 am faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

Earthquake Energy: Now that’s alternative

first_imgDear EarthTalk: Can earthquake energy be harnessed for power, particularly in places like Japan? Also, how can Japan, so vulnerable to earthquakes, even have nuclear power?  –– Sasha M., AustraliaWhile it is no doubt theoretically possible to generate electricity by harnessing the kinetic energy of shifting tectonic plates below the Earth’s crust, pulling it off from a practical standpoint would be a real logistical challenge—not to mention prohibitively expensive compared to harnessing other forms of energy, renewable or otherwise.Big earthquakes throw off vast amounts of energy. According to Beth Buczynski of the CrispGreen website, researchers have calculated that the January 2010 magnitude 7.0 earthquake that killed upwards of 220,000 people in Haiti released as much energy as 31 of the atomic bombs the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. And the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck northeast Japan in March 2011 unleashed the equivalent of more than 15,000 Hiroshima bombs. That’s a lot of energy indeed.“The total energy from an earthquake includes energy required to create new cracks in rock, energy dissipated as heat through friction, and energy elastically radiated through the earth,” reports the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazards Program. “Of these, the only quantity that can be measured is that which is radiated through the earth.” Likewise, only this radiated energy—which is what shakes buildings and is recorded by seismographs—could be harnessed given the dedication of enough resources and the proper implementation of the right technologies.Just how to harness tectonic energy is the big question. One way would involve stringing quartz crystals, which can transfer electricity via piezoelectricity, underground along known fault lines. When tectonic plates shift, the crystals could transfer the energy they pick up to a grid-connected storage medium for later use. But this is hardly practical, for one because earthquakes rarely happen in a predictable manner let alone in the exact spots where energy harvesters would have set up their gear. Also, fault lines tend to run deep below the Earth’s surface, so laying down a network of quartz crystals would involve mining out shafts and connecting them underground on a scale way beyond what humans have done to the present.Regarding why Japan is so reliant on nuclear power despite the tectonic risks is a matter of economics. Lacking the rich oil, coal and other energy reserves of many other nations, Japan relies on nuclear power for some 30 percent of its electricity. Prior to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Japan was gearing up to boost its nuclear power reserves to account for half of its electricity needs by 2030. This increased reliance on nuclear power was set to play a big part in the country’s rollback of greenhouse gas emissions.Prior to the earthquake and tsunami, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency had modeled a 54 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2000 levels by 2050, and a 90 percent reduction by 2100, with nuclear energy accounting for upwards of 60 percent of the country’s total energy mix. Now it looks like the country may scale back its nuclear expansion plans, which in the short term will only increase its reliance on fossil fuels which will in turn drastically limit Japan’s ambitious plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Of course, one would hope that turning away from nuclear expansion would spur the growth of alternatives such as wind power and other forms of renewable energy.CONTACTS: CrispGreen, www.crispgreen.com; U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazards Program, www.earthquake.usgs.gov.last_img read more

COVID-19: City-wide transport restrictions cause buildup at Transjakarta, MRT stations

first_imgA restriction on the operational hours of public transportation imposed by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 appears to have backfired, with large crowds and long lines building up at Transjakarta and MRT Jakarta stations across the capital on Monday.City-owned bus operator Transjakarta is operating only13 of its 248 routes, with 20-minute headway expected for each bus. As a result, long lines began to accumulate at stations, stretching onto the streets at sidewalks.Read also: Jokowi calls for ‘social distancing’ to stem virus spread Topics : However, pictures spreading on social media have shown commuters — many wearing face masks — squeezing into packed buses and stations.Transjakarta passengers queues at Puribeta Transjakarta shelter, Tangerang City, Monday, 3/16/2020. Due to the changes in schedules and routes to the anticipated spread of the Corona virus, thousand Jakarta public transport passenger are stranded. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)The restriction was part of the city administration’s efforts to promote social distancing as Jakarta grapples with an increasing number of COVID-19 infections.Besides Transjakarta, city-owned MRT Jakarta and LRT Jakarta have also imposed similar measures.Sahabat tiJe, Kami menghimbau agar pelanggan yang tidak memiliki urusan sangat penting untuk tetap berada di rumah. #dirumahaja pic.twitter.com/wM4NEU8Alj— Transportasi Jakarta (@PT_Transjakarta) March 16, 2020Transjakarta urged Jakartans to stay home as much as possible.“We urge our customers who do not have important business matters to stay at home,” the company posted on its Twitter account, which had many replies from netizens lambasting the restriction as useless as not all companies have allowed their employees to work from home.Crowds and long lines were also seen at MRT stations. MRT Jakarta reduced the number of cars for each train to four from the usual 16, bringing down the maximum capacity from 300 people to 60.center_img Lia Muspiroh, a Transjakarta user who usually takes a bus from the Mangga Besar Station in West Jakarta, said she was shocked to find people crowding the usually quiet shelter on Monday morning.“I don’t mind the restriction, but there should be more [buses] operating. Passengers are squeezed against each other inside the buses,” she said as reported by kompas.com.Transjakarta management announced the restriction on Sunday, saying it would only operate 13 routes from March 16 to 30. During the same period, the company will also suspend its evening services (AMARI).Dividers are provided at bus stations so that passengers can stand at a distance from one another. Transjakarta said it would also adjust the distance between seats inside its buses to minimize contact between passengers.last_img read more

David Seaman claims Bernd Leno is currently Arsenal’s best player

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 Jan 2020 2:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Leno has made 78 saves this season, the second highest in the league (Picture: Getty Images)Goalkeeping legend David Seaman believes fellow custodian Bernd Leno is Arsenal’s best player.The ex-Arsenal man rushed to the defence of the German stopper, who was heavily criticised for a mistake leading to Jorginho’s goal in the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last week.Seaman posted on Twitter: ‘Drives me mad when all I hear about is @Bernd_Leno mistakes, he’s had so much to do this season and with the amount of saves he’s been making he’s possibly the best player in the Arsenal team at the moment.’He followed up that tweet applauding Leno’s late save from Marcus Rashford in Wednesday night’s 2-0 win over Manchester United, in which the German keeper made himself big to cling on to just his fourth clean sheet of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe 27-year-old has impressed this season for the Gunners, making 78 saves, which is the second highest in the Premier League behind Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka. Given that Arsenal concede an average of over 15 shots per game, it’s clear to see why he’s been so busy.Drives me mad when all I hear about is @Bernd_Leno mistakes, he’s had so much to do this season and with the amount of saves he’s been making he’s possibly the best player in the @Arsenal team at the moment. #ARSMUN #COYG— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) January 1, 2020 Critics will be quick to point out that since the beginning of the 2018/19 season, no other goalkeeper has committed more errors leading to goals than Leno (7), but Seaman feels that is understandable with the amount of efforts fired at his goal.In each one of Mikel Arteta’s first three games as new Arsenal boss, it’s clear to see Bernd Leno’s ability to pass out from the back will be vital in implementing the manager’s style.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe way Leno’s teammates reacted to his poor mistake against Chelsea, posting encouraging messages on Instagram, speaks of a squad that is together and ‘happy’, as Sokratis and David Luiz pointed out in their interview after the United victory.The win against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men was Arsenal’s first against a side in the top 10 of the table this season.MORE: Rio Ferdinand identifies the key change in Mesut Ozil under new Arsenal boss Mikel ArtetaMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang breaks silence on his Arsenal future David Seaman claims Bernd Leno is currently Arsenal’s best player Advertisementlast_img read more

Alicia Hansen the latest to carry Syracuse’s offense in 2-0 win over Colgate

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ On Monday, Sammy Fernandez’s three hits and three runs powered the Orange in its 4-2 victory over Cornell.Two days prior, Rachel Burkhardt’s last-gasp heroics saved Syracuse against North Carolina, as the senior’s walk-off solo-shot was the sole run in a 1-0 win.Both Alexa Romero and AnnaMarie Gatti allowed three hits or fewer in shutout performances when SU swept North Carolina State two weekends ago.Recently, it has taken stellar individual performances to drag the Orange to victory. That trend continued on Wednesday, as Alicia Hansen powered both RBI as Syracuse (30-19, 9-12 Atlantic Coast) downed Colgate (11-29, 6-9 Patriot), 2-0, on a gloomy night at Skytop Softball Stadium as SU closed out its regular season. Game two of the doubleheader was cancelled after three-and-a-half innings due to rain.“Softball’s one of those things where you just can’t dictate who’s gonna have the opportunity when the game is on the line,” head coach Mike Bosch said. “We need to have (batters) one through nine having that mindset that it’s going to be their opportunity, their time to get it done.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe victory marked 10 of 11 for Syracuse, which will head to Atlanta, Georgia, in the coming days for the ACC tournament, which begins on May 9. While SU has garnered success from individual standout games of late, it knows it will take a collective, balanced effort to prosper in the postseason.On Wednesday, Syracuse followed suit to another one of its recent trends: scoring early. In three of its last five contests prior to Wednesday, the Orange scored at least two runs in the first inning en route to victory. Hansen was the provider of such runs against Colgate, as the junior helped build a lead in the first two innings that SU never gave up.To open the bottom of the first, Fernandez tripled down the right field line to give the home team its 21st triple of the season, the joint-second best clip in Division I. Hansen, the next batter, blooped a single to left field, which dropped well short of Colgate left fielder Olivia LaQua. Fernandez scored from third with ease, giving SU an early one-run advantage.“It’s a lot easier to know you’re going into something with the lead and you have breathing room,” Gatti said. “The bats were alive, they were kind of silent after that. But that gives me a lot of breathing room because we know they’re there for the day.”Just as she did in her two starts versus North Carolina State, Gatti was dominant once Syracuse jumped out to an early lead. The senior pitched her third consecutive complete game at home, a mark she failed to reach in any of her first 17 starts of the season. After allowing a double to Meghan Romero in the top of the first, Gatti retired 16-straight hitters over a 5 1/3 inning span.The Orange’s sent six batters to the plate in the first and did the same in the second inning. Neli Casares-Maher, who returned after missing the last 13 games, walked to open the inning. Colgate pitcher Kyle Griswold proceeded to walk SU’s next two batters, Michala Maciolek and Fernandez, before Hansen stepped up with the bases loaded.The junior hit a high pop-up to center field, where it was caught by Colgate’s Mia Guevarra a couple of feet from the warning track. Guevarra opted not to fling the ball home, allowing Casares-Maher to trot in peacefully from third for Syracuse’s second run in as many innings.“We’re a team that can rely on every person to do their job,” Hansen said. “We can just work on little things. That means just base hits, advancing runners. Everyone can contribute to that.”As the final four-and-a-half innings progressed, zero after zero appeared on the scoreboard. Neither team had a runner advance past second base, as Gatti, Griswold and Colgate relief pitcher Jessica Hay tamed the opposing side. The ball rarely reached the outfield as each pitcher consistently forced ground balls that both sets of infielders dealt with routinely.Although SU’s current production on offense has led to wins, Bosch believes that is not the formula for success in its potential matchup against any of the ACC’s top teams. It will need contributions from more than just one or two players, including the bottom half of the lineup, something Bosch emphasized.“You’ve seen various people in the lineup do that,” Bosch said about SU’s recent reliance on individual performances. “You get to the 7-8-9 hitters in the order in the bottom of the seventh, we’re gonna need those people to win it. We can’t turn the lineup over and get to Sammy, Alicia or Bryce.” Comments Published on May 2, 2018 at 10:05 pm Contact David: [email protected]last_img read more

Just Zlatan things: Swede nets a huge Marlin fish and calls it his guitar

first_imgImage Courtesy: USA Today/Twitter(@Ibra_official)Advertisement Zlatan Ibrahimović never fails to impress the footballing world. From scoring screamers in the MLS to making controversial and hysterical comments on media, the suave Swede never loses a bit of attention from the fans. As usual, the forward’s recent tweet showing him enjoying fishing has gone viral, for valid reasons of course.Advertisement Image Courtesy: USA Today/Twitter(@Ibra_official)The Swedish international’s Twitter post shows him on a boat with a fishing rod trying to catch something, and then holding a huge Marlin fish with two other men, along with the caption “Hold my Guitar #marlin #catchnrelease”. Check out the tweet below-Hold my Guitar #marlin #catchnrelease pic.twitter.com/NGorpMfZQ3Advertisement — Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 2, 2019Advertisement The post has received a huge reaction on Twitter, with numerous hilarious comments from fans, some even comparing the Swedish international to Poseidon, the Greek god of ocean.Some commented on the Zlatan joke trend: “Zlatan doesn’t go to the fish, they come to Zlatan cause even they see he a god!!”Another poked at the player: “It’s nose is almost the same length as yours!”The 38 year old left Manchester United in 2018 for Los Angeles, and after two seasons of breathtaking performance, there are rumours of Zlatan returning to England.In a recent speculation by Italian sports outlet TuttoMercatoWeb, Solskjær and co. are already in touch with Zlatan on a deal that will see the veteran attacker making a return to Old Trafford.After the devastationg loss against Bournemouth, the Devils are now down in 10th position in the table. With already having lost their two front men Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sánchez to Zlatan’s former club Inter Milan, United are in dire need of an experienced frontman, and the hubristic striker may just be the solution. Advertisementlast_img read more

Middletown Now Rich in Hockey Tradition

first_imgBy Jay CookAboard the fittingly-named family boat “Breakaway,” a 20 person entourage joined Trevor van Riemsdyk for his journey to the docks at the Salt Creek Grille in celebration of his championship season with the World Champion Chicago Blackhawks.Over 160 friends and family awaited the arrival of the Middletown native van Riemsdyk to celebrate his day in showcasing the Stanley Cup to his hometown.Hoisting the cup way above his head on the bow of the family boat, amidst countless cheers from ashore, it seemed to be the perfect culmination to a long day of festivities.8. Trevor van Riemsdyk holding up the Stanley Cup in front of crowd at the Salt Creek Grille. Photo: Jaclyn ShugardWhat a day it was. Making numerous stops, consisting of visits to the Brick Stars Challenger Youth program, Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft and the Middletown Arts Center, van Riemsdyk had proudly showcased the Stanley Cup trophy to those who helped him reach this point in his career.The final showcase to a long and widely-celebrated day was the aforementioned boat ride entrance, in conjunction with blow horns blaring and music booming.“It’s the only way to come in that made sense to us, considering the amount of time we spend on the water as a family,” said Frans van Riemsdyk, Trevor’s father.While certainly a fitting arrival, it almost did not happen. In a day filled with whipping winds and, at points, torrential downpours, it seemed as though this one-of-a-kind entrance may not have occurred. “Luckily the weather broke as we were making our final decision on how to arrive,” van Riemsdyk said.Fortunately enough for the Salt Creek Grille as well, owner Steve Bidgood was glad that the weather subsided. “We actually lost power back an hour ago, if you can believe that,” Bidgood said. “We’re lucky that the weather slowed down.”With the fresh sun glaring out from behind the clouds, van Riemsdyk’s family and friends showered him with countless hugs and cheers as he made his way from the dock inside to the downstairs banquet hall.Tables decorated with black, white and red tablecloths, a collage of van Riemsdyk’s postseason glory and a photo op area for the Stanley Cup trophy were all included at the exclusive party.“As myself being a local guy from Middletown, I feel honored that the van Riemsdyks chose to have this celebration here,” said Bidgood. “It’s a priceless feeling to have the Stanley Cup here.”Once inside, the festivities quickly began. Music on the stereo was cranked way up, and a line began to get a one-on-one picture with the Stanley Cup and the champ himself.The Stanley Cup at CBA.“It’s a surreal feeling. Really hard to put into words,” said Matthew Kessig. Kessig who has been a next door neighbor and close friend to the van Riemsdyk’s over the last 13 years, spoke about what this means for Middletown.“This is extremely important, and brings a lot of pride to the town and puts us on the map. The van Riemsdyks are the poster children for New Jersey hockey, if you ask me,” he said.In a day with no shortage of excitement, smiles and true appreciation, Trevor van Riemsdyk showed Middletown the love and support that he had seen from them for so many years. “Trevor is truly humbled and so proud of where we all live,” his father said.last_img read more

LAS VIRGENES STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6, 2016

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “It was nice to get that race out of the way. No matter how good your horse is, you’ll always be a little bit anxious.“The fans are starting to like her.“She broke good, she has speed. There’s no doubt in my mind that she could rate if she had to, but usually she doesn’t have to. If somebody did something funny, I think she could be flexible and adjust to that.“I was so pleased to see her way out there and cruising along pretty easy. At least now we got a race in her and we can try to make some more plans. We want to run here at Santa Anita. What we do between now and the Santa Anita Oaks, I don’t know. If we do anything. We’ll think about it and try to do the right thing.” RICK PORTER, OWNER FOX HILL FARMS, INC., SONGBIRD, WINNER: “It’s hard to explain the feeling. She just gives you goose bumps and you just wonder ‘How did I get this horse?’ I don’t think I’ve ever had one that’s so dominant and does things so easily. It would be nice to win the Kentucky Derby, but I’d like to do it with a nice colt . . . I don’t like the (Kentucky Derby) point system. We’d have to run in the Santa Anita Derby with her. I think it’d be great for your ego, but the smart move is to stay on the path we’re on to the (Kentucky) Oaks.” MIKE SMITH, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “She has such a high cruising speed, she has gears.“You always worry about horses that are brilliant at two. Sometimes they won’t mature or grow anymore at three. You’re anxious to see what will happen.“Favorite Trick was one that fooled me; he was brilliant as a two year old. He won all eight of his races at two but then didn’t win the biggest ones as a three year old. You’re anxious to get it over with and she seems to have improved. She seemed to up her game even more, especially mentally. She was very happy today and took it all in stride. I’m just blessed to be the one that has to make her carry the weight.” TRAINER QUOTES -30- NOTES: The winning owner is Rick Porter of Lexington, Ky., who races as Fox Hill Farms, Inc.last_img read more

Huston Named MVC Track Athlete Of The Week

first_imgSAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Fresh off of a school-record performance in the 10,000-meters, Drake’s Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Track Athlete of the Week.Huston broke the school record in the 10,000 meters at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays with a finish of 33:55.89 to shatter the previous 33-year-old mark by more than half a minute. She was the fastest collegiate finisher in her Elite/Invitational section of the event behind three professional competitors. Her time is the fastest posted by an MVC runner this season and the fastest since the 2014 season. It is also the 18th fastest in the nation this season and the 10th fastest in the West Region. Huston has now etched her name in the Drake track and field record book three times this season. Earlier in the year she set the school record in both the indoor and outdoor 5,000 meters.The Drake track and field teams return to action this weekend with competitions at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan. and MUSCO Twilight in Iowa City, Iowa.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more