CARICOM head makes plea for equal rights for women

first_img Share 8 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Secretary General says the development of rural women in the Caribbean threatened by gender-based violence.ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The CARICOM Secretariat will soon publish the findings of the report Youth, Masculinities and Violence in the Caribbean.This was disclosed by CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque during his message to mark International Women’s Day, under the theme Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty, yesterday.The report was prepared by CARICOM Advocate for Gender Justice, Dr. Rosina Wiltshire, who has co-ordinated research in several Member States to gather the data.LaRocque said the development of rural women in the Caribbean was threatened by gender-based violence. “There is a pressing need to engage young women and men, girls and boys in advancing gender equality and eliminating and preventing all forms of violence against women and girls,” he said.He added that rural women constituted one-fourth of the world’s population, and stressed that if they were granted equal access to productive resources, agricultural yields, the number of chronically hungry people could be reduced between 100 and 150 million.The Secretary-General said rural women accounted for a great portion of the agricultural labour force, and produced the majority of the food grown.He added the Secretariat also launched its public campaign products produced during a workshop in Suriname last year. That will see 15 artists from Belize, Guyana and Suriname blending their voices to the global campaign led by the United Nations Secretary-General to end violence against women.“They produced public service announcements, jingles, a calypso and a documentary on sexual, psychological and physical violence and we are pleased to share these with Member States of the Community,” he said, noting the project was sponsored by UN Women. Caribbean 360 News Sharecenter_img NewsRegional CARICOM head makes plea for equal rights for women by: – March 10, 2012 Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Pjanic: Joining Barcelona is a dream come true

first_imgRead Also: La Liga: Barcelona suffer title blow in Atletico Madrid draw“I am happy and proud, not only for myself but also for my parents and for all of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I never forget where I came from.“I really can’t wait to step out at the Camp Nou,” he admitted.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisement “Barcelona are one of the biggest clubs in the world, and becoming a part of them is the highest step for any footballer,” he told the Bosnian Football Federation. “For me, it is a dream come true. Loading… Miralem Pjanic is delighted to have signed for Barcelona and is desperate to step out onto the Camp Nou turf. The Bosnian completed his long awaited move from Juventus, and has spoken of his pride at joining the Catalan giants.last_img read more

El-Clasico: Barca, Real share spoils at Camp Nou

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Barcelona and Real Madrid played out a goalless draw in Wednesday night’s El Clasico at Camp Nou. Barca had a half-chance inside the first four minutes when Jordi Alba volleyed a brilliant pass into the path of Luis Suarez inside the Madrid box, but the Uruguay international just could not make contact. The hosts were the team on the front foot in the early exchanges, but Madrid, who started with a diamond in midfield, were dangerous when they had the chance to break. Karim Benzema had the game’s first shot on target in the 10th minute, but the Frenchman’s low strike was never threatening to trouble Marc-Andre ter Stegen between the home side’s sticks. Barca had a penalty shout shortly after when Dani Carvajal blocked a cross from Jordi Alba, although replays clearly showed that the Los Blancos defender had used his thigh rather than his arm. Gerard Pique then had to clear a header from Casemiro off the line down the other end during a period where Madrid were causing all sorts of problems in the wide areas. The fact that Los Blancos were playing with a high press was making it uncomfortable for Barca, who did not have the blistering pace in the final third to threaten in behind. Madrid had another half-chance in the 25th minute when Gareth Bale delivered a low cross into Sergio Ramos, whose clever flick just dropped wide of the post. Casemiro then tested Ter Stegen with a drive from distance as Barca continued to come under pressure on home soil. Barca had a wonderful chance to make the breakthrough just before the hour when Griezmann did excellently to feed a low cross into Messi, but the Argentine got his contact all wrong and the chance evaporated. Bale was next to come close as the Wales international struck the side-netting with a thumping effort in the 68th minute having been found by the impressive Valverde. Barca will finish their 2019 with a home game against Alaves on Saturday afternoon while Madrid will close the year with a clash against Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu on Sunday night.Tags: Camp NouDani CarvajalFC BarcelonaLuis SuarezReal Madridlast_img read more

Florida COVID Tests are Surging, Deaths are not

first_imgThe surge in positive test results for coronavirus cases  is surging as nearly one out of every 100 Americans has tested positive for Covid-19.However, at least in Florida, the death rate is no where near that of New York or California.Twelve deaths were announced in Palm Beach County and seven in Miami-Dade County from COVID-19 Statewide, 45 deaths were announced yesterday.Florida reported more than 15-thousand positive test cases,  pushing its total to just under 270-thousand cases since the outbreak began.  That was just one day after Walt Disney World in Orlando opened to the public Saturday for the first time in nearly four months.Despite the increase in testing and positive results, Florida has just over 4000 deaths total compared with New York’s 32,000, eight times Florida’s death toll.See death stats here:New York 32,029California 7,042Florida 4,241Texas 8,196New Jersey 15,525Many South Florida school districts will announce Wednesday whether they will allow students to return to class or if they must continue to learn on line at home.last_img read more

Sheriff: Broward School Campus Monitor Accused of Soliciting Minors

first_imgA Broward County Public Schools campus monitor finds himself behind bars for allegedly soliciting minors, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.Alton Johnson, of Lauderhill, faces criminal charges including soliciting minors and transmitting harmful material to minors.Detectives are concerned that there may be more victims in the community.Last February, detectives began a joint investigation with the Broward County Public Schools Special Investigative Unit into Johnson.The probe revealed that Johnson, who worked at Blanche Ely High School at the time, solicited two minors to send him sexually explicit videos.Courtesy: Broward County Sheriff’s OfficeIn one of those cases, Johnson offered money in exchange for the video.The Sheriff’s Office says Johnson is also accused of sending photos of porn to one of the minors.He is also being charged with being an authority figure engaged in lewd conduct with a student.Johnson was booked into the Broward County Jail on Tuesday.Anyone with information that could assist investigators is asked to contact Special Victims Unit Detective Robert Rausch at (954) 321-4234.last_img read more

Youth World Cup players lifting their training intensity-Simmons

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Young West Indies opener, Keagan Simmons, says the players vying for selection for next year’s Youth World Cup, have been gradually lifting their training intensity.The group have been training for most of the year, undergoing camps and overseas tours, in preparation to defend the title the region captured last year in Bangladesh.With the Christmas holidays approaching, the players are expected to be involved in yet another training camp, which Simmons has identified as “crucial.”“So far it has been good. All the guys have been working in their prospective territories to get better and the December camp is going be very crucial as a team going into the World Cup,” the 18-year-old said.Before that though, everyone knows how much work they have to put in.”The Under-19s are coming off a recent similar camp in Grenada which wrapped up last weekend, where they were once again put through the rigours as they fine-tuned their preparations for the January 13 to February 3 tournament in New Zealand.Simmons highlighted the intensity of the camp but said players understood the value of the quality preparation.“Everyone knows how important this camp was as the World Cup gets close. There is a lot of pressure on all the players to perform,” he pointed out.Trinidadian Simmons has been a key member of the set-up over the last year, featuring prominently on the tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe last July.The left-hander struck an unbeaten hundred against South Africa U19s in Durban, to help the Caribbean side clinch that series 3-2.However, Simmons said there were areas of improvement to his game which were highlighted during the recent camp.“I think for the time I was in the middle I was batting well. I found the gaps frequently so the runs was coming,” he explained.“What was disappointing was the way I got dismissed – playing very early on a slow track. Once I grow in that regard I would score a lot more runs.”West Indies Under-19s have been installed in Group of A of the Youth World Cup alongside Kenya, South Africa and the hosts.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Michigan’s policies include the elimination of season tickets for the 2020 season. VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNESSEETennessee reports multiple positives among athletesKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Volunteers report multiple positive results for COVID-19 after the university ran a batch of tests last week.The tests were conducted after the Fourth of July holiday weekend. A spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the positive tests spanned “multiple sports.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSTitans, Henry work out new contract…Prescott remains taggedUNDATED (AP) — The NFL’s reigning rushing leader has a new contract. The Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback does not. NBA-PACERS-OLADIPOOladipo rethinking decision to sit out rest of seasonORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) is having second thoughts about calling it a season, saying the workouts in Orlando, Florida, have forced him to rethink his decision. Oladipo said less than two weeks ago that he would sit out because of concerns over his surgically repaired right knee. His presence could give the Pacers a big boost when the season resumes, especially with starting guard Malcolm Brogdon also expected to be healthy.NASCAR-ALL-STAR RACEWallace bumped from contention NHL-AWARDSAdams, Calder finalists announcedNEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has announced the finalists for the Jack Adams Award and the Calder Trophy. Columbus’ John Tortorella, Philadelphia’s Alain Vigneault (VEEN’-yoh) and Boston’s Bruce Cassidy are up for the Adams Award, which goes to the Coach of the Year. Colorado’s Cale Makar (mah-KAHR’), Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes and Chicago’s Dominik Kubalik (koo-BAH’-lihk) are the finalists for the Calder Trophy as the top rookie. WNBA-DELLA DONNE-VIRUS OUTBREAKDelle Donne hurt that request denied by panel of doctors UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets are breathing a sigh of relief after learning their top pitcher should be fine.A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that an MRI on two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom showed nothing to be concerned about. DeGrom was examined after leaving Tuesday’s intrasquad start after just one inning because of a sore back.Any significant injury to deGrom would be an enormous blow to New York during a season shortened to 60 games by the coronavirus. The right-hander had been scheduled to start on opening day July 24 against Atlanta. The Mets are spending the season without No. 2 starter Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd) due to Tommy John surgery.Meanwhile, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross says it’s too early to talk about first baseman Anthony Rizzo starting the season on the injured list. An MRI on Tuesday showed rib-head inflammation on Rizzo’s left side that is causing spasms, a condition he has dealt with before in his career. Tennessee previously had two basketball players test positive, with both clearing quarantine. COLLEGE SPORTS-WISCONSINWisconsin to don black “W”MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin plans to have its sports teams wear a university crest logo with a black “W” to show solidarity with Black and other underrepresented communities on campus.School officials said the change would take effect whenever Wisconsin sports teams return to action. They said the black “W” is meant to show support, inclusion and unity from Wisconsin athletes, the athletic department and the university as a whole. The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a new contract with Derrick Henry just before today’s deadline. The team announced only that it was a multi-year extension, but says it’s a four-year package worth up to $50 million with $25.5 million guaranteed. The Titans had to sign him Wednesday or let him play this season under the $10.2 million franchise tag he signed April 2.Henry ran for 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns during the 2019 regular season before pouring it on in the playoffs, averaging 149 yards in three games.Dak Prescott is set to play the upcoming season under the franchise tag after failing to work out a deal with the Cowboys before the Wednesday afternoon deadline.The two sides have been working for more than a year on a long-term contract for a two-time Pro Bowler who has started every game of his career. In other MLB camp news:— Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge homered in an intrasquad game Wednesday after missing five days due to a stiff neck. The team also says right-hander Masahiro (mah-sah-HEE’-roh) Tanaka is scheduled for a bullpen session Thursday, his first action since he was struck on the head by a liner off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton on July 4.— Astros manager Dusty Baker doesn’t expect reliever Joe Smith to play for them this season. Smith has not reported to camp because of what general manager James Click called concerns for the safety of his family. Smith was placed on the restricted list Tuesday night, but he has not said publicly if he is opting out of the season— The Red Sox have placed left-handers Eduardo Rodríguez, Josh Taylor, and Darwinzon Hernandez on the injured list while they recover from COVID-19. Rodríguez won 19 games last year and had been the team’s likely opening day starter. The pitchers are eligible to be activated as soon as they have cleared the protocol, but they have not been able to participate in team workouts and would need time to prepare for the season.— Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun is expected to miss the start of the season because of a hip strain. Calhoun has been ready to play again after recovering from a broken jaw sustained in a spring training game more than four months ago. July 16, 2020center_img — The Denver Broncos are telling season ticket holders that Empower Field at Mile High won’t be at full capacity this season because of the coronavirus outbreak. Face masks will be required if local officials allow a limited number of fans to attend games to maintain social distancing.— The Green Bay Packers say they won’t admit fans to any training camp practices or preseason home games due to the pandemic. This also applies to the annual Packers Family Night, an annual event that features a practice and other activities.— A domestic violence complaint against former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Blair Brown has been dismissed. According to the complaint filed in May 2019, Brown pointed a gun at his wife and threatened to kill her. He also was accused of pushing her to the ground, kicking her in the abdomen and punching her in the face after a verbal altercation in April 2019.MLB-NEWSDeGrom, Rizzo dealing with back issues. Clint Bowyer was named winner of the fan vote.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MICHIGANMichigan to allow fewer fans, or none at allANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says fewer fans, if any, will attend games at “The Big House” if the Wolverines play college football games this year.The athletic department says a final decision will be made after conferring with medical experts, the school’s leadership and the Big Ten Conference, along with government officials and agencies. Associated Press Prescott signed his $31.4 million contract in June. The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year earned slightly more than $4 million total in the four years of his rookie contract after being drafted in the fourth round.Kansas City defensive end Chris Jones worked out a pact before the deadline. He and Henry are the only players to sign a new deal among the 14 players who received a franchise tag.Elsewhere in the NFL:— Browns defensive end Myles Garrett’s has signed a five-year, $125 million contract extension on Wednesday, making the talented edge rusher the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player. The deal includes $100 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network. Garrett received a six-game suspension last season after ripping a helmet off of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and striking him in the head with it.— Philadelphia officials have clarified their ban on public events, opening up the possibility the Eagles would be allowed to have fans in the stadium if the city changes its rules before or during the season, assuming the NFL plays games this season. The city on Tuesday banned all large public events that require public permits through February 2021. Teams will be permitted to play without fans in Philadelphia. BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Chase Elliott has joined his father as winner of NASCAR’s annual All-Star race, earning the $1 million prize in front of limited spectators at Bristol Motor Speedway.Elliott won the second and third stages of the event and earned the right to choose which lane he wanted to restart for the final 15-lap sprint to the finish. He picked the outside lane and pulled buddy Ryan Blaney with him on the restart but was never challenged before beating Kyle Busch to the finish line.Bill Elliott won the race in 1986, the only year it was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway.Bubba Wallace was wrecked out of the qualifying race, ruining his shot of racing for the $1 million prize.One driver advanced into the All-Star race through a fan vote and Wallace had been leading when results were last updated by NASCAR a week ago. But he was no longer eligible to win the fan vote after he crashed 17 laps into Wednesday night’s qualifying race NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne is hurt that her request was denied to be medically excused for the season. The panel of independent doctors the league and union agreed upon to decide whether players should be medically excused deemed her not to be “high risk, and should be permitted to play in the bubble.” The league’s reigning MVP has battled Lyme disease since 2008 and thought she would be medically excused from playing this season by the panel. SOCCER-WORLD CUPWorld Cup schedule announced LONDON (AP) — FIFA (FEE’-fuh) has announced a 2022 World Cup schedule that will have four games every day in a 12-day group stage. Matches later in the tournament that go into extra time will extend past midnight in Qatar. Eight venues in close proximity to Doha will be used at the tournament, which will be played in 28 days rather than the 32 days used in Russia to minimize the disruption to the European season. HORSE RACING-BAFFERT SUSPENDEDTriple-Crown-winning trainer gets 15-day banLOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended for 15 days by the Arkansas Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for a banned substance. Baffert-trained horses Charlatan and Gamine each tested positive for lidocaine in two rounds of testing after winning races at the Hot Springs, Arkansas, track on May 2. The commission said the suspension will run from Aug. 1 -15. NFL-OBIT-DAVID LEWIS Former NFL and USC player David Lewis dies at 65TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A key member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 1979 team that reached the NFC title game has died at 65. David Lewis died in Tampa. The cause was not immediately known but USC said he had struggled with health issues in recent years. Lewis played college ball at USC. He was also among the defensive stars on the 1979 Buccaneers team that reached the NFC title game, capping the franchise’s “worst to first” transformation. The Bucs won 10 games that year after having won just seven in the franchise’s previous three seasons.last_img read more

Man United Host Liverpool, Eager to Slow Reds’ Title Challenge

first_imgKnowing this, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side will do everything they can to get a result today.The Merseysiders travel to United sitting second in the Premier League, but with this afternoon’s clash being their game in hand on leaders Manchester City, the Reds will go back to the top of the table if they avoid defeat at Old Trafford.“It’s a big one,” said the German. “They are in a good moment, physically strong, defend and attack well. Full of confidence. We will try everything to get a result there.“They’re full of confidence, that’s clear. We will go there as good as possible prepared. You never know. It’s open until the final whistle. We try and use that time.”However, United are going for a 12th win in 14 matches in all competitions since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced previous manager Jose Mourinho in December.In fact, United remain unbeaten in nine league matches, having last tasted defeat at Anfield in December – a 3-1 loss that brought the end of Mourinho’s reign.And Solskjaer knows all about eagerly-anticipated encounters with Liverpool.“I’ve played in a few of these myself and I know the magnitude of it for the fans, for everyone who works here, the staff,” said United’s caretaker boss.“There have been many comments about, ‘this is the big one’ and ‘we’re looking forward to this one’.“Then it’s our job to be focusing and channelling all that energy into performance mode. It’s not about emotions.“I understand that emotion can be brought into it, but we have to stay focused and controlled but with some fight in us as well.”Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard could return for Unoited today. The duo were expected to be out until early March with injuries sustained against Paris Saint-Germain, but both may be available for Liverpool’s visit, with Solskjaer more optimistic about Martial (groin) than Lingard (hamstring).David de Gea is set to return in goal after Sergio Romero started Monday’s FA Cup win at Chelsea. Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo are still fighting their way back from injury.Liverpool will still be missing the likes of Dejan Lovren (hamstring), Joe Gomez (ankle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) with injury, but Virgil van Dijk does return after being suspended for Tuesday’s Champions League draw with Bayern Munich.Liverpool won the reverse fixture 3-1 and are looking to do the league double over Manchester United for the first time since 2013-14. They’re already the side to do the Premier League double over the Red Devils more than any other in the competition (4).Only Manchester City and Chelsea (6 each) have won more Premier League away games against Manchester United than Liverpool (5).Manchester United are on the longest current unbeaten run in the Premier League (W8 D1), and their longest run without defeat in the competition since October 2017 (10 games).DStv and GOtv viewers can choose between the United-Liverpool game or the Arsenal-Southampton match, both starting at 3:05pm. The Gunners are looking to avenge their surprise 3-2 defeat at the hands of Southampton from December 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Demola OjoManchester United host Liverpool today, hoping to put a dent in their bitter rivals’ push for a first league title in 29 years.Between then – when Liverpool were by far the preeminent team in England – and now, United have been champions 13 times, in the process usurping their rivals to become the number one team in England with 20 league titles to the Reds’ 18.last_img read more

Martin looks to continue Cazenovia football dynasty

first_imgSome coaches, when they take over successful programs, simply look to build on what was accomplished before. In Kyle Martin’s case, that means adding to a Cazenovia football legacy that already towers over the rest of their Central New York peers.Over the course of the last decade, no team in Section III has a better record – 94 victories against just 12 defeats, a .887 win percentage, spanning the tenures of the late Tom Neidl and Jay Steinhort, capped by a 2015 state Class B championship.“The expectations for this program are always high,” said senior running back Ryan Romagnoli.With Steinhorst’s retirement after the 2018 season, Martin was chosen in March as the new head coach. Though just 34 years old, Martin has served as a varsity assistant since 2015, and he retained long-time Cazenovia assistants Mark Evans and Rich Huftalen on his staff.“I wanted to be a head coach at some point,” said Martin. “(Getting the job) was a surprise, but I was prepared for it, and it’s nice in that the foundation (for success) is built for you.”Senior linebacker Vito Borio said that the commitment provided by Martin, Evans and Huftalen, plus all the other Cazenovia coaches at all levels, sets a high standard.“Our coaches are beyond dedicated and consistent,” he said.Whether coaches or players, the Lakers all have the same thing in mind – regain the sectional Class B crown after championship-game defeats to Homer in 2017 and Skaneateles one year ago.That effort will depend a lot on Romagnoli, who returns to anchor Cazenovia’s backfield. Martin said the plan is to have him get the ball in as many situations as possible, whether as a runner or taking snaps as he sometimes did in 2018.Michael Parrella will see most of the time at quarterback after Drew Johnson graduated. At 6-foot-2, Parrella has the ability to see over defenses when throwing the ball, while also capable of taking off to run in the Lakers’ multi-faceted offense, which can run a pro set or spread, or even go no-huddle when it wants.Ty Freyer and Evan Murray are Cazenovia’s top wideouts. Like Romagnoli, they are not big players, but have built up their durability through plenty of off-season work in the weight room.A potentially dominant, imposing offensive line is charged with the task of protection . John Frega and Gordon Wester are returning starters, with 300-pound Carter Polhamus joining the line and Cameron Cunningham taking over at center, with Jake Irwin, Riley Hanson and Cory Fuller also part of a deep rotation.Keegan Baileyand Dylan Anderson anchor Cazenovia’s defensive line, flanked by Wester and Jason Olkowski at end. They work in front of Borio, who along with Frega should prove mainstays at linebacker.Freyer and Murray are both returning starters at safety, joined in the secondary by Jack McDonald, who returned to football this year after already making a name in lacrosse for Cazenovia.Cazenovia has just three home games on its schedule, including key back-to-back Class B East division tests on Sept. 14 and 21 against Oneida and Chittenango, with the portable lights returning to Buckley-Volo Field Oct. 11 when Central Valley Academy visits.The fact that Skaneateles moved back to Class C this fall means, at the very least, there’s guaranteed to be a new sectional champion. Martin said that how his players bond holds the key whether Cazenovia is on top again in November.“Team chemistry is the key,” he said. “It’s what they do as much off the field, building a sense of camaraderie and sacrificing for their teammates.”It all starts again next Friday night when Cazenovia visits New Hartford for a 6 p.m. kickoff.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Cazenoviafootballlast_img read more

Steeplechase runner Haley Cutright adjusts to Syracuse’s limited facilities

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Haley Cutright is no stranger to obstacles.A steeplechaser, her primary event includes running, jumping over barriers and splashing through pits of water.Yet perhaps the most challenging aspect is simulating the event without water — something she’s forced to do because Manley Field House doesn’t have it.“It is tricky because nothing feels the same practice-wise as jumping in the water pit,” Cutright said.The steeplechase involves hurdling over seven beams, the last of which a pool of water awaits on the other side.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut SU doesn’t have that pool and Cutright can’t practice like she would run a race. Despite this, Cutright, a senior, will look to pick up where she left off a season ago when she finished ninth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.Cutright knows falling into the water at some points is inevitable, but the experiences doing so have helped her learn how to keep going after landing in it.The trick to limiting those falls requires consistent repetition. Without water, though, the event is extremely difficulty to recreate in indoor practices.“You want to land close enough where you’re out of the water but you still land in the edge of it so you can get a little cushion,” Cutright said.SU head coach Chris Fox acknowledged the difficulties Cutright may face in preparing without water. Instead, they focus on the running and jumping aspects of the event.Fox said that runners like Cutright prepare specifically for the steeplechase two or three times a week. While Cutright always builds her endurance practicing with the distance runners, on these days she polishes her hurdling technique in special drills.Most schools don’t start practicing the steeplechase until May, Fox said. Cutright, though, has been simulating it even before the start of the fall season.“I think that kind of really shows her personality,” Maura Linde, a teammate of Cutright, said. “She’s very tough.”Cutright follows a strict pre-race regimen: 10-minute warm-up run in the morning, a consistent eating routine of peanut butter and banana sandwiches, eggs and oatmeal, and meditation a couple minutes before the race to calm herself down.She remembers the Southeastern Conference championship her sophomore year at Ole’ Miss, her first year running the steeplechase. While falling in the water is an extremely common part of the race, Cutright had yet to take that dive. Until then.“I had never fallen in the water before, and I fell twice,” Cutright said. “So it definitely hit me hard.”Cutright has fallen many times since then, but says she now views it as just another part of being a steeplechaser.“I’d like to see her score in the conferences in the steeple,” said Fox, who echoed a similar level of high expectation.Now, a more experienced Cutright is prepping for her final season, one that she hopes will take her to the ACC Championships and NCAA regionals. She doesn’t get to practice on an actual steeplechase track and she doesn’t get the chance to jump into a pool of water.She knows that, regardless, there will always be tumbles after the gun goes off. But each time she falls, it’s a little easier to get back up.“You know that you’re going to fall at some point,” she said. “You try to avoid it as long as possible but once you actually do fall, you’re like, ‘OK, it’s not the end of the world.’” Comments Published on March 30, 2015 at 11:37 pm Contact Matt: mralex01@syr.edulast_img read more