Skodis makes unprecedented move from Syracuse’s middle-distance team to varsity

first_imgRebecca Skodis started too quickly, got tired and mentally checked out.At an indoor race at Cornell her freshman year, the rough beginning derailed the walk-on’s race — one of the worst in her collegiate career.Skodis was left thinking about what could’ve been. She had turned down multiple Division III offers to run. There, the schools had said she’d be their best runner.Instead, she was as a walk-on to Syracuse’s middle-distance indoor track and field team, essentially a practice squad. Skodis couldn’t help but wonder if she had made a mistake.“I thought, ‘Am I really good enough for this team?’” she said. “I questioned if I did deserve to be here because so many girls were out-performing me.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Skodis, now a redshirt sophomore, has worked her way up from the middle-distance squad to the varsity level — a promotion head coach Chris Fox had never made before.She ran in last Friday’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship for the Orange, finishing third for the team and 49th overall. Skodis will race in the NCAA Northeast Regional — a pivotal race to qualify for the NCAA meet — on Nov. 14 in the Bronx, New York.This season, on a 23-woman roster, she is one of only four to run in all of the Syracuse women’s cross-country team’s races.“We did not expect her to do this,” Fox said.It’s a far cry from doubting herself at Cornell.After that race, Skodis returned to Cornell less than one month later for the Kane Invitational during the winter of her freshman year. She shaved 20 seconds off her time to finish in 10:48.6 seconds, a personal best, stoking SU assistant coach Adam Smith’s hopes.The ability to forget a bad performance and crush the next race came as no surprise to Mike O’Malley, Skodis’ track coach at Wachusett (Massachusetts) High School.“You could always count on her mental toughness,” he said. “She was always even-keeled in her approach.”She advanced from the middle-distance group to a separate group Smith led, which met at a separate time.Fox and Smith let her race at this season’s Penn State and Boston meets. Her seventh-place finishes for her team in both meets raised eyebrows.In the decade of Fox’s SU coaching tenure, there has never been another runner who’s been pulled up, but that didn’t stop the head coach.“To have the confidence to keep going, it’s inspirational,” said Margo Malone, SU’s top runner.Socially, Skodis got to know her varsity teammates through food-related activities, she said with a laugh. Coffee shops, like Recess on Westcott Street or Strong Hearts have been regular spots.On days when the Orange works out, a group of about 10 girls meet at 7:30 a.m. at Barry Park, at the corner of Brock Street and Meadowbrook, to do a 25–30 minute run to keep their mileage up.From there, Skodis goes to class, eats a light lunch and goes to the team’s regularly scheduled practice. Skodis does everything asked of her there, but not a lot more.“It’s about listening to what your body’s saying,” Skodis said.She’ll use the rollers if she’s feeling tight, or utilize the ice bath after practice. Sleeping, eating right and not over-exerting herself are what she’s best at. Skodis’ high school cross-country coach, Lawrence Jaquith, did SU a favor by not running her too hard.But two years ago, at the indoor Cornell meet, few could’ve guessed that Skodis would still been running in college now.Fox has watched her get fitter and improve, particularly in September. She’s moved from the back of the pack to the middle, he said, and now past the middle.“Some people are afraid of racing, but she’s not,” Fox said. “And she’s beating a lot of girls that weren’t walk-ons.” Comments Published on November 5, 2014 at 12:05 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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SU dominates draw controls early, finishes even with Hokies in circle

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With 10 minutes to go before halftime, Syracuse head coach Gary Gait swapped out one of his most reliable players.Cushioned by a 10-2 lead over Virginia Tech, Kayla Treanor stepped inside the circle instead of Kailah Kempney, who entered Saturday with the third-most draw controls in Division I.Kempney helped the Orange win eight of the first 12 draws before the switch, but by the end of the game, the two teams had both won 16 draws. Despite subbing out in favor of Treanor, Kempney still took the majority of draws for the Orange and won nine in total.No. 7 SU (9-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) blew out the Hokies (6-8, 0-5), 22-8, in the Carrier Dome on Saturday even though the battle in the circle was a push.  For the first time this season, Syracuse won a game in which it didn’t win the majority of draw controls.“Obviously we’d like to win a higher percentage of those draws,” Gait said. “But we did well.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEven in its four losses this year, Syracuse has won a combined 43-of-84 draw controls. So only tying the draws and still winning by 14 showed improvement for the Orange around the rest of the field.Syracuse’s dominance elsewhere on the field was a promising sign going forward and showed SU doesn’t have to rely on Kempney to bail the team out.“I think that’s the key,” Gait said. “We want to compete off the circle and off the lines so we weren’t controlling the ball every time … (but) we got after it and we competed.” Comments Published on April 4, 2015 at 3:11 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more

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Marinerong Pilipino stumped as UST pulls out Subido from team

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Subido has been averaging 10.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 18 minutes of play in the tournament while helping Marinerong Pilipino finish as the second seed and reach the semifinals for the second straight conference.“UST’s decision is baffling. Why pull the plug now? Why didn’t they stop Subido from joining the Marinero lineup before the tournament to be fair to the team?”Subido’s absence will be a big blow for Marinerong Pilipino, which is trailing 0-1 in its best-of-three semifinals series against Zark’s Burger-Lyceum.The Skippers will have to bank on guards Rian Ayonayon, Billy Robles, and playing-assistant coach Denok Miranda on Thursday to force a winner-take-all Game 3.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “For one reason or another, Renzo Subido took a leave from the UST team last year. He was playing in what may be considered a minor team in the PBA D-League when Marinerong Pilipino took him in, gave him high caliber training, and made him their starting point guard,” the statement read from he management read. “He was one of the sparks for the Marinero’s strong showing in the D-League’s current season which brought them to the semifinal round. But with two weeks to go before the end of the season, UST abruptly decided to stop Subido from further playing for Marinero.”Subido sat out UAAP Season 80 for the Growling Tigers as he opted to personally hone his craft before finding his way to Marinerong Pilipino in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, where he emerged as a solid playmaker for the upstart squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut that partnership came to a screeching halt, with the Marinerong Pilipino management crying foul on what it felt was an unfair judgment on the part of the university to prohibit the 22-year-old from finishing the conference.“Is this right? Is it fair? The UAAP tournament is still many months away. No need to fear Subido will not be ready for it. Meanwhile, Marinero has a strong chance at the championship. If Subido continues to play with the team, UST will be getting back a highly improved and skilled player. If anything, Subido would have been sharpened and more seasoned in the game because of Marinero,” the statement added. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES DeRozan, Raptors go up 2-0 vs Wizards Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESRenzo Subido will no longer suit up for Marinerong Pilipino for the remainder of the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Head coach Koy Banal bared the development as the  Skippers are losing a key cog ahead of their crucial Game 2 semifinals duel against Zark’s Burger-Lyceum on Thursday due to the decision of University of Santo Tomas to pull Subido out from the team.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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Russia lay maker in five star victory over Saudia

first_img“Love for football unites the entire world in one team, regardless of people’s language or ideology,” Putin said to thunderous cheers.Then, to the delight of the home fans, Iury Gazinsky headed Russia in front in the 12th minute after a cross from Aleksandr Golovin. Substitute Denis Cheryshev rifled home a second shortly before half-time.Another substitute, Artem Dzyuba, made it 3-0 with about 20 minutes remaining, putting the game out of Saudi Arabia’s reach.Cheryshev scored a stunning goal with the outside of his left foot in time added on and Golovin sealed the rout with a goal direct from a free-kick.Victory for Russia, ranked a lowly 70th in the world — three places below Saudi Arabia — was vital for the home nation’s hopes of progressing, with tougher games against Egypt and Uruguay to come.Earlier, British pop star Robbie Williams caused a stir during his performance at the opening ceremony by making an obscene gesture to a camera.The former Take That star raised his middle finger at the end of his performance at the Luzhniki after appearing to mouth the words “I did this for free”.– High stakes –Iury Gazinsky of Russia celebrates with teammates Fedor Smolov, Ilya Kutepov and Aleksandr Golovin after scoring. Photo/COURTESYRussia is spending more than $13 billion (11 billion euros) on hosting football’s showpiece, the most important event in the country since the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics.The buildup to the tournament has been dogged by controversy and diplomatic scandals and has shone a light on the challenges facing the country.On the day of the curtainraiser, Russia freed the main opposition figure to Putin, Alexei Navalny, from jail after he served a 30-day sentence for organising an illegal protest.But British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was arrested for holding a one-man protest against the country’s record on gay rights, hours before kick-off.The World Cup favourites — Germany, Spain, France, Brazil — enter the fray from Friday onwards.Brazil and their superstar Neymar are seeking a sixth global crown while Germany, who won their fourth World Cup in Brazil four years ago, will be determined to draw level with the Brazilians.France boast possibly the most talented squad while Lionel Messi is desperate to make amends for Argentina’s defeat in the 2014 final.The preparations of 2010 winners Spain are in tatters after coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked just two days before their opening game on Friday against Portugal. He had angered his federation by taking the job of Real Madrid manager.Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, has recovered from a broken bone in his foot in time.Egypt’s coach said prolific striker Mohamed Salah is “almost 100 percent” to play in their opening match against Uruguay on Friday after he had intensive treatment on the shoulder injury he suffered playing for Liverpool against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.– Hearts and minds –The 2018 World Cup is under way in RussiaThe money lavished on the tournament will boost Putin’s already sky-high prestige at home by giving many of the 11 host cities their first facelifts in generations.The tournament also offers Putin a chance to project Russia as a global player that is accepted and respected even while being at odds with the United States.He is attempting to do so despite Russia being hit by international sanctions following its invasion of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014.Moscow’s military backing of the Syrian regime and alleged meddling in the 2016 US election on President Donald Trump’s behalf only deepened its worst rift with the West since the Cold War.Putin hopes the most-watched event on the planet provides Russia with the “soft power” needed to capture a sceptical world’s hearts and minds.– Racism and riots –Russian authorities have gone to great lengths to ensure nothing soils the country’s image.Neo-Nazi hooligans who organise mass fights in forests and chant racist slurs at players have been a feature of Russian stadiums for years.The anti-discrimination network Fare said Russia’s football federation was making matters worse by punishing those who reacted to racist abuse “while ignoring the perpetrators”.Security services have either locked up or restricted the movements of hundreds to make sure they do nothing to tarnish Russia’s image.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Golovin celebrates scoring their fifth goal with team mates in an opening game win. Photo/COURTESYMOSCOW, Russia, June 14 – MOSCOW, Russia, June 14 – Russia kicked off their World Cup in style on Thursday, thumping Saudi Arabia 5-0 in front of an ecstatic crowd in Moscow after President Vladimir Putin officially opened the tournament.Putin told the 80,000-strong crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium before the match kicked off: “I congratulate all of you at the start of the most important championship in the world.”last_img read more

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