November 17, 2020

COVID 19: Family quarantined at W. Kalimantan hospital after returning from virus-stricken S. Korea

first_imgA family of four has been put in isolation at a hospital in Singkawang, West Kalimantan after the family’s five-year-old child exhibited symptoms consistent with COVID-19 following a recent trip to South Korea.The four are currently under isolation at Abdul Azis Regional General Hospital (RSUD Abdul Azis) after returning from Seoul, South Korea, 10 days ago.With over 5,700 confirmed cases as of Thursday, South Korea is the country with the second-largest number of COVID-19 cases, behind only mainland China, the epicenter of the outbreak. The 5 year-old child is suffering from a cough, runny nose and fever and had initially been treated at RSUD Bengkayang, but was then transferred to RSUD Abdul Aziz on Wednesdaty after the fever got worse. Other members of the family were also put under quarantine at the hospital as they recently traveled to a country hard hit by COVID-19.”These patients are being treated as suspected [COVID-19 patients] because they returned [from Seoul] 10 days ago. They’ll be isolated for three to four days, because the incubation period [of the virus] is 14 days,” RSUD Abdul Azis Singkawang director Ruchanihadi said as quoted by added that the hospital had taken the family’s blood samples, while swabs would be taken on Thursday.”We’ll send the samples to Jakarta for analysis,” he said.Indonesia has reported two confirmed COVID-19 cases, both of whom are currently being treated at the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital in Jakarta. (ars)Topics :last_img read more

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Voter safety a priority during 2020 elections, Jokowi says

first_imgJokowi also said that the upcoming regional elections could be the perfect opportunity for innovation for democracy.However, surveys indicate that most Indonesians, citing COVID-19 concerns, disagree with the government’s decision to hold the 2020 simultaneous regional elections in December.Jakarta-based pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia found that 63 percent of 1,200 respondents preferred that voting day be postponed. Another survey held by pollster Charta Politika Indonesia found that many respondents also wanted a postponement of this year’s regional elections.Some experts and activists are concerned about a low voter turnout in December, with the risk of contracting the coronavirus disease at polling stations potentially discouraging voters from participating in the elections.The simultaneous elections seek to elect 270 leaders comprising nine governors, 224 regents and 37 majors across the archipelago.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is urging all parties to prioritize the health and safety of voters and polling station officers in the upcoming 2020 regional elections in December amid the COVID-19 pandemic.He conveyed his concerns that the election would spawn new clusters of the coronavirus disease, as people would gather in polling stations on voting day.“Health protocols should be implemented in every stage of the regional elections. We should have elections that are safe from COVID-19,” Jokowi said on Wednesday. The President added he was optimistic the country could hold elections amid the pandemic just like other countries, such as Singapore, Germany, France and South Korea.“The most important thing is to assure voters that the General Elections Commission [KPU] and the government are concerned about their health.”Read also: Majority of public want regional elections delayed: SurveysThe strict health protocols, he added, would be enough to help voters feeling safe during voting day on Dec. 9, eventually leading to a high voter turnout.last_img read more

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Ichthys LNG reaches financial completion

first_imgJapan’s Inpex Corporation said that the Ichthys LNG project in Australia’s Northern Territory has achieved financial completion under its project financing framework. The milestone has released Inpex and its joint venture partners from completion guarantee obligations to lenders corresponding to their respective participating interests in the project.Financial completion is contingent upon the satisfaction of all components of a 90-day financial completion test that evaluates the performance of the natural gas liquefaction plant, including the cumulative production volume calculated over the 90-day period as well as operational continuity, Inpex said in its statement.The project’s 90-day financial completion test ended on December 7, 2019, with no shutdowns, having recorded a production volume well exceeding figures stipulated in the project financing contract.“The time span of approximately 14 months from the project’s commencement of LNG shipment in October 2018 until financial completion is shorter than the average for LNG projects of a similar scale, indicating the smoothness and stability of the project’s production ramp-up operations,” Inpex said.The company noted that approximately 70 percent of the LNG produced is scheduled to be supplied to Japanese customers.last_img read more

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Abortion and subsequent mental health: Review of the literature

first_imgOnline Library 16 July 2013Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences July 2013The risk that abortion may be correlated with subsequent mental disorders needs a careful assessment, in order to offer women full information when facing a difficult pregnancy. All research papers published between 1995 and 2011, were examined, to retrieve those assessing any correlation between abortion and subsequent mental problems. A total of 36 studies were retrieved, and six of them were excluded for methodological bias. Depression, anxiety disorders (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder) and substance abuse disorders were the most studied outcome. Abortion versus childbirth: 13 studies showed a clear risk for at least one of the reported mental problems in the abortion group versus childbirth, five papers showed no difference, in particular if women do not consider their experience of fetal loss to be difficult, or if after a fetal reduction the desired fetus survives. Only one paper reported a worse mental outcome for childbearing. Abortion versus unplanned pregnancies ending with childbirth: four studies found a higher risk in the abortion groups and three, no difference. Abortion versus miscarriage: three studies showed a greater risk of mental disorders due to abortion, four found no difference and two found that short-term anxiety and depression were higher in the miscarriage group, while long-term anxiety and depression were present only in the abortion group. In conclusion, fetal loss seems to expose women to a higher risk for mental disorders than childbirth; some studies show that abortion can be considered a more relevant risk factor than miscarriage; more research is needed in this field. read more

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McIlroy can’t wait to get started

first_img The hype surrounding McIlroy’s attempt to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in winning all four major titles has been building since the night before his Open victory at Hoylake last July. And although the return of Woods to competitive action after two months on the sidelines has taken some of the spotlight off McIlroy, the world number one is anxious to let his clubs do the talking. McIlroy has recorded just one top-10 finish in six previous appearances at Augusta – last year’s tie for eighth – although he did take a four-shot lead into the final round in 2011 before collapsing to a closing 80. He admits he will have to play the par fives better to have a chance of slipping on a green jacket on Sunday, covering them in level par last year compared to eight under by champion Bubba Watson, who finished eight shots ahead. But he also believes Augusta National suits his game if he can take advantage of having a nine iron in his hands for second shots to holes like the 13th and 15th. “I think I’ve developed a game where I can compete at pretty much any golf course now. That might not have been the case two or three years ago,” McIlroy added. “But if you’re looking at the courses, Augusta’s the one that should set up the best for me just with my ball flight and being comfortable off the tee here, especially being able to turn the ball over from right to left. “If I can play the way I know I can around here and just have a good week on the greens, then there’s no reason why I shouldn’t have a good chance.” Rory McIlroy admits Thursday cannot come soon enough as he bids to complete the career grand slam by winning the Masters. Press Association “I said in the middle of last week, ‘If Augusta was to start tomorrow, I’d be okay. I’m ready,'” McIlroy said on Tuesday. “I think that’s a good indication of where I am with my game. I’ve been ready for this thing to start for a week already so just trying to keep my game where it is and do some quality work, not overdo it. “Just do the right amount so that when I got here yesterday for the first time, I was ready to play and just needed to go see the golf course. I wasn’t working on anything in my game, my swing. Wasn’t thinking about technique at all. Just all about hitting the shots I need to and thinking about how to manage my game and get it around here for the next four days. “Results-wise, the last three tournaments haven’t been what I’ve wanted. I still feel like there’s plenty of positives to take from them, especially Doral and Bay Hill, I felt like I played pretty good there. A couple silly mistakes here and there, but for the most part I felt like I got what I needed out of them. “But the last two weeks have been great. I’ve just practised at home in Florida and made another trip up here a couple of Fridays ago. “I just really felt like spending a couple of weeks away from this (media attention), I guess, and just preparing at home and in private and not really having everything critiqued and analysed and over-analysed. I just wanted to get away from it all, and I feel like it’s been a good thing.” McIlroy followed Woods into the media centre at Augusta National and admitted the presence of the 14-time major winner – who was relaxed and jovial with the press – could work in his favour. “A little bit, I guess,” the 25-year-old added. “It is such a big story, Tiger coming back at the Masters after a bit of a lengthy period where he has not been around. But still I’m just here to play golf and you guys can write the stories, I won’t read them and we’ll move on.” last_img read more

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Virat Kohli & boys await BCCI nod before starting outdoor training

first_imgNEW DELHI: The government might have relaxed lockdown rules and athletes have slowly started individual ‘outdoor training, but the contracted Indian cricketers are waiting for the go-ahead from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) before they hit the ground running.Speaking to IANS, a contracted player said that while the cricketers are looking forward to start their outdoor training, they will do the same only after getting the go-ahead. For now, the players have been following the customised fitness routine given to them by trainer Nick Webb and physio Nitin Patel. “We are being extremely careful. We trust our team’s support staff and we are working out as per their guidance. When it is the right time for us to change the process, they will let us know and we will follow the new protocols strictly. The key is to be patient in these times when the factors that have forced this change upon us are not in our control,” the player pointed. The coronavirus pandemic has seen cricket events being cancelled and even on Thursday the Sri Lanka board announced that the limited-overs series they were keen to host against India in June had to be called off with an eye on the pandemic. In fact, Indian players have through the lockdown told IANS that they will need at least a couple of weeks of outdoor training before they can get back into the zone. Batsman Shreyas Iyer had said: “Yes, we will need a few net sessions for sure to get the timing back (as a batsman) and also to get the muscle memory working. We will be holding the bat after a while also to have players standing around as you face bowlers bowling at 140kph, it will not be easy to come back into that zone and it will need a few training sessions as also the mental memory to settle down completely. “It is not going to be easy, but at the same time we are professionals and we have played for so many years to reach this stage, so it will not take us very long. It will be a good challenge for us to overcome and get started with cricket,” he had explained. Echoing similar sentiments, Deepak Chahar said: “Will take around 10-odd days. You haven’t played for a while, so the body takes time to get used to that side. It is just about following a process to make a return so that the body doesn’t feel shocked. Obviously as professionals we know how to bowl and all of that, but fine-tuning the mind and getting it ready is the challenge here. You need a bit of training and some warm-up games.” Spinner Kuldeep Yadav had also spoken about the need to slowly get back into the groove. “For sure we will need time to get back to the routine. It’s like if you take a break for 4-5 months and then jump into it again it becomes complicated. It will be difficult for batsmen, spinners, fast bowlers — basically for everyone,” he had pointed. While a few cricketers (mostly the non-contracted ones) have been seen training outdoors over the last week, there has been no official go-ahead for the same from the BCCI. The board is in fact in the process of developing a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) which would be put in place for all state associations and players to follow once cricketing activities resume. IANS Also watch: Morning Bulletin | 12th June, 2020last_img read more

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Sydney O’Hara returns to Syracuse rotation after injury, adds depth to pitching staff

first_imgSydney O’Hara pounded her glove as she left the mound Friday against North Carolina, trotting toward the dugout after recording her fourth out of the day.O’Hara’s face scrunched in concentration at Leigh Ross’ appearance from the dugout. The head coach clapped her hands enthusiastically, encouraging the sophomore who was returning to the pitching circle for the first time in three weeks.“Syd’s a very good pitcher,” Ross said after the game. “… She needed to get out there… We grew a lot today.”O’Hara, a pitcher and first baseman, expects to throw for Syracuse (14-19, 1-7 Atlantic Coast) as it faces off against Binghamton (12-11, 3-2 America East) in a Wednesday doubleheader in Vestal, New York starting at 3 p.m. Though still limited as she recovers from what she said was “an overuse of the forearm,” O’Hara will add depth to a pitching staff that needs more of it.Last season, O’Hara led Syracuse in the circle going 16-12 with a 3.83 ERA and 159 strikeouts over 153.2 innings of work as the team’s primary pitcher. This year, there were supposed to be more pitchers to compliment her. And with Friday being O’Hara’s return along with the first collegiate start for freshman AnnaMarie Gatti, that depth may have finally arrived to complement Jocelyn Cater.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When we get our pitchers rest, success follows,” said Mike Bosch, the assistant coach in charge of the pitchers.Finding out from doctors that she couldn’t pitch devastated O’Hara. She said she almost cried since no one has ever told her that she was unable to play softball before.After the initial reaction, O’Hara set her sights on rehab and helping her team anyway she could. To recover, O’Hara didn’t pitch and instead rested her arm, icing frequently.She continued to play in the field and went on an offensive tear at the plate. Heading into the doubleheader against UNC on Friday, O’Hara had been hitting .306 with 15 RBIs, nine runs scored, five home runs and a double over the last 12 games.But despite the success at the plate, O’Hara was excited to get back to the mound.In her return, O’Hara surrendered only two hits, but three runs with it. She walked the first batter to begin the seventh inning, and soon with a fielder’s choice and a hit batter, there were two runners on base. O’Hara left a ball hanging and North Carolina’s Jenna Kelly capitalized, hitting a three-run home run.Still, O’Hara thought it was a growing experience, saying that she needed the outing.“I hit my locations and my speed was there,” O’Hara said about her return. “All the hits they got, they got because they’re a good hitting team.”Over the 76 2/3 inning stretch between Friday and O’Hara’s last appearance on the mound, Cater pitched 51 innings and four other pitchers combined for the other 25 2/3. Bosch said that Cater threw “a little more innings than we’d like” and believes that now SU will be more dangerous.Cater and O’Hara throw the ball with different styles, Bosch said. O’Hara throws right-handed and Cater left-handed which, while elementary, is a different look that can confuse hitters.It’s the addition of last year’s ace but more importantly, a piece that will add another dimension to an SU team in need of one.“We’ve been shorthanded for a few weeks,” Bosch said. “And now hopefully we can get a jumpstart with their return.” Comments Published on April 7, 2015 at 10:56 pm Contact Liam: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Gender-neutral bathrooms to be expanded at USC

first_imgMatt Solowan, a Undergraduate Student Government diversity affairs delegate, believes every student, faculty member and visitor at USC should feel comfortable using the bathroom and has been advocating for more gender-neutral bathrooms on USC’s campus.Gender-neutral bathrooms are often used by people who do not identify as male or female, by parents and caregivers whose children are of a different gender than they are and by people whose personal attendants or caretakers are of a different gender than they are. These bathrooms serve as a space for many individuals who have special needs or who are gender-nonconforming, featuring signage that uses inclusive language, not just male and female icons but signs that are void of any gender identity.Only two of USC’s 78 buildings on the University Park Campus feature multi stall, gender-neutral bathrooms, according to the LGBT Resource Center website.To assist these individuals, USC has been transitioning single accommodation restrooms into gender-neutral restrooms through improved signage. At USC, these bathrooms are located at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, the Engemann Health Center, Bovard Auditorium, among other buildings on campus. Associate Vice Provost of Student Affairs Timothy Bessolo noted that this action has been essential to fostering an inclusive and safe campus environment.“Over the past year and a half, gender-neutral bathrooms were designated and new signage was created with the help of the LGBT Resource Center,” Bessolo said. “The University decided to designate these spaces to ensure we were creating a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff and guests on campus.”As a member of the Queer & Ally Student Assembly and the Diversity Affairs committee, Solowan has been working with his fellow delegates and student directors to raise awareness about this issue and create a resolution that addresses and seeks to resolve grievances with the current state of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus.“Last year, QuASA made it part of their mission to get gender-neutral bathrooms on campus and gender-neutral housing spaces in residence halls,” Solowan said. “While they were successful in getting the conversation about these important resources started, there is still quite a ways to go before our campus is 100 percent gender-inclusive.”Solowan is looking particularly at what other college campuses are doing, in order to see what resources would be reasonable to request from the University.“On the Diversity Affairs committee, we are researching what gender-neutral resources are available at other college campuses, working on a list of resources we would like to see implemented here at USC, and hopefully presenting those ideas to the administration,” Solowan said.Solowan, who frequently uses gender-neutral restrooms since he does not always feel comfortable using gender-segregated ones, felt that there is much more work that needs to be done to ensure that everyone feels at ease using the bathroom. While Solowan claimed that the  gender-neutral bathrooms are well equipped, he said that the University has not constructed enough, particularly in residence halls.“It is imperative for students who do not identify with either side of the gender binary or who may be in the process of transitioning between genders that there be somewhere for them to go to the bathroom,” Solowan said. “It is unfair to these students that they should have to search all over campus just to find somewhere to use the bathroom or that they should have to hold it in all day,”last_img read more

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Women’s hockey: Badgers come up with big win after Friday loss

first_imgIn its final regular season home game, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team found the back of the net multiple times to get back on track.The Badgers defeated visiting St. Cloud State 5-0 Sunday afternoon at LaBahn Arena to end their two-game losing streak.“Especially after the loss on Friday, I think we really didn’t want to lose again,” senior captain Blayre Turnbull said. “We came here ready to work yesterday, learned a lot of things in video we could do better and we were able to transfer that onto the ice and make the most of it.”Head coach Mark Johnson wanted to see increased intensity, especially in the first 10 minutes of the game.The Badgers played with intensity for 60 minutes, but Johnson was only able to see the final period of the game. He was flying back from New York for a reunion celebrating the “Miracle on Ice” when the United States defeated the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympic games.Wisconsin sophomore Sarah Nurse opened up the scoring with a goal fewer than four minutes into the game, when she skated around the net and into the right circle before taking the shot to beat Huskies’ goaltender Katie Fitzgerald high. Sydney McKibbon and Melissa Channell recorded assists on the goal.Wisconsin dominated possession throughout the game, and didn’t allow the Huskies to record their first shot on goal until the 9:40 mark of the game. That dominance continued into the third period where Wisconsin didn’t allow a single shot on goal.“It was a great day for us to bounce back from the loss on Friday,” Wisconsin assistant coach Jackie Friesen said. “The girls played hard for 60 minutes, and it showed, especially in the third period not allowing them a shot. We were pretty happy with that and really happy with the effort as we move forward into the playoffs.”Turnbull and fellow senior Brittany Ammerman each lit the lamp for the Badgers to extend the lead to three halfway through the second period.Annie Pankowski scored later in the second when she got a rebound from Emily Clark’s shot attempt.The fifth and final goal came from Clark as she sped past three St. Cloud State defenders before flicking a backhanded shot past Fitzgerald.Badgers offense sluggish in Friday lossSt. Cloud State handed the Wisconsin women’s hockey team its second consecutive loss Friday, a feat last accomplished by Minnesota four months ago.An early goal put the Huskies ahead, but the Badgers dominated the pace for the majority of the game.Wisconsin attempted 106 total shots, with 53 of them on target. St. Cloud State goalkeeper Julie Friend stopped 52, with the lone goal given up with mere seconds left in the game.“It’s the tough thing about our sport,” Johnson said. “Their goaltender was obviously better than any of the shots we took today. It took us until 15 seconds to go in the game to get one. There’s not much you can say. We played a pretty good game, but we didn’t get rewarded for a lot of our efforts out there today.”The Huskies opened up the scoring in the first period with a goal off a Wisconsin turnover. St. Cloud State’s Alyssa Erickson scored her third goal of the season when she went top shelf on Ann-Renée Erickson, who had only faced two shots before the initial goal.Abby Ness and Amanda Arbogast assisted on the lone first period goal.Late in the third period, after the Badgers pulled Desbiens for an extra attacker, the Huskies forced a turnover and Payge Pena found the back of the empty net to extend the lead to 2-0.Wisconsin bounced back just 45 seconds later with a goal of their own from Pankowski from between the circles. The Badgers went with an empty net again, so an extra attacker helped find holes in the defense. Ammerman and junior Courtney Burke recorded assists on the goal.But it was just a little too late, as only 15 seconds remained in the game for the Badgers to find the equalizing goal.Johnson started the game by switching up some lines on the front end to see if they could produce against the Huskies’ defense and Friend.Wisconsin and St. Cloud State will see even more of each other in the coming week, playing again next weekend in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.These games may not be the best indicators for next weekend’s matchup, as both teams have solidified their position in the WCHA. Neither team may want to give away their strategies with playoffs looming right around the corner.“When you play this team multiple times, you have to do things over the course of those games to try to have success,” Johnson said.last_img read more

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Why Syracuse isn’t focused on field events

first_img Published on March 5, 2018 at 9:55 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmerman Facebook Twitter Google+ Since head coach Chris Fox arrived at Syracuse 13 years ago, the SU track program has found its identity as a distance running and hurdling powerhouse.Seven conference championships and a national cross country title later, it is clear Fox and his coaching staff have crafted a winning formula. Every track and field team in the country is constructed differently but has the same goal.“We’re always looking to score points in the ACC,” sprinting coach Dave Hegland said.How they score points, Fox explains, is the trick. By focusing resources on recruiting and training distance runners and hurdlers, SU balances excelling in certain events and disregarding others.By choice, SU does not participate in the triple jump, javelin, pole vault, discus and some other field events, seemingly forfeiting potential points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s not punting,” Fox said. “You can’t afford it. If we had two pole vaulters and that took away from distance running, we wouldn’t be winning the conference in cross country.”Because of NCAA scholarship restrictions and limitations from being an expensive private school, SU does not compete in every event, instead choosing to heavily recruit distance runners and hurdlers.In college track, programs get 12.6 scholarships for men and 18 on the women’s side. Even if split in half or thirds, that is not enough to field a roster fit to compete in all 20 track and field events.“If we had enough scholarships to cover every event, we’d do those,” Fox said. “If this was a state school and because you’re from Rochester, you could come here for $20,000 in tuition instead of $60,000, it would be different. Can’t afford it.“Not many kids’ parents are writing a check for 70 grand,” he added.Syracuse’s focus on hurdling showed in the ACC Indoor Championships. In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, SU had three finishers in the top six positions, including Matt Moore getting the silver medal. In the women’s race, Tia Thevenin placed fifth.Syracuse’s focus on distance runners and hurdlers paid off with an ACC team title in 2016. Courtesy of SU AthleticsSU is not alone in specializing. Fox points to Villanova and Georgetown, two similarly expensive private schools, who also focus in distance.One way SU separates itself is in recruiting. Justyn Knight, the ACC Indoor Championships MVP and SU’s highest-caliber track and field recruit in recent years, was introduced to Fox by a mutual friend who worked at Knight’s high school. When Knight visited the Syracuse campus, all other options were left in the dust.“When I came to visit and got to meet other coaches face-to-face, I felt like they valued me as more than just an athlete,” Knight said.Since his visit and ensuing commitment, Knight has won 10 individual ACC titles. He was a part of the 2015 national title team and won the men’s cross country individual national championship this past fall.Syracuse’s recruiting approach also impressed now-sophomore Aidan Tooker, who took silver in the 3000-meter race at the indoor championships. He decided to commit to Syracuse his senior year, a month before the Orange became national champions.“They were totally like, ‘Our goal is to win, we’re going to win. If you want to be a part of that, come here. If you don’t we’ll beat you,’” Tooker said.Syracuse validated Tooker’s commitment. No coaches will preach a losing culture to recruits. But for Tooker, Knight and other runners, the pitch from SU was more substantive.“I’m sure a lot of coaches sell it like, ‘We want to win,’” Tooker said. “But when you step in the locker room and see the everyday stuff, which I had to witness myself, either through interacting with the guys or being on the visit. The people who are doing it need to believe it, not just the coaches.”SU prioritizes recruiting the best runner in the state of New York. In 2015, Syracuse added Mickey Burke, the Gatorade New York Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year at Rush-Henrietta (New York) High School. The next year, the Orange added Tooker, who was the runner-up at the New York State championship meet for Saratoga Springs (New York) High School.Last year it was Noah Affolder, who spent his senior year in Pennsylvania after two years Carthage (New York) High School.“For me it was kind of simple,” the freshman said. “Can I see myself being coached to a national championship? And can I see myself being coached to potentially run professional?”At the time Knight was getting recruited, SU did not have an esteemed track and field history. But when Knight looked at the results, he said he could see they were steadily improving with “just average recruits.”“I wondered if I did actually give them a shot, what they could do to develop me,” Knight said. “It’s all been working out to my favor.”Fox’s recruiting emphases have helped bring top distance runners like Knight and Tooker to Syracuse along with top hurdlers Moore and David Gilstrap. In turn, the Orange has excelled in the hurdles and distance races — both on the track and in cross country — without needing other events to boost its point totals.“We’ve done it this way and it will stay exactly like it is,” Fox said. Commentslast_img read more

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