A week after a relatively easy team victory and racing to a perfect team score in its first meet of the season at Northern Illinois University Invitational, the Wisconsin women’s cross country team, ranked 13th in the USTFCCCA Preseason National Rankings, returns to action this weekend at Iowa State University.While their initial meet offered challenges of its own, such as rain and atrocious course conditions, this weekend’s meet will see the Badgers go toe-to-toe with some national powerhouses, including the Colorado Buffaloes, ranked No. 6 in their region and No. 23 nationally. They will also face off against Oklahoma State, which is also ranked No. 6 in its respective region. UW head coach Jim Stintzi notes the course should be rather challenging. “The course should be pretty tough at ISU, with the earlier stages of the race being fairly flat, but with hills kicking in during the second half of the race when all the runners will be the most fatigued,” Stintzi said. “It should be a good preview of the course layouts for some of our bigger meets down the road, such as the Big Ten Championships, the Great Lakes Regional Meet and the National Meet.”Stintzi believes the team’s ability to react to poor conditions at NIU and still race well will suit it well when adverse weather strikes later on in the season and is happy his team had to overcome such an event early on. Stintzi also believes the Badgers will be rolling into their meet in Ames, Iowa with some confidence.When discussing what he hopes the team will take out of its opener at NIU, Stintzi said they need to compete as a unit, rather than against each other.“Running as a team needs to improve, as each runner ran too much as an individual,” Stintzi said. “This is common early on in the season when everyone is fighting for a spot on the traveling squad. … We need to learn how to run with more a pack mentality and work together as a cohesive unit in races.”Individually, junior top runner Hanna Grinaker has multiple goals for this meet. “On an individual level, I would like to get a better feel for cross country racing, as last week was far from typical as far as weather and course conditions go,” Grinaker said. “I hope to be near the front of the race, maintain a positive mindset throughout the race and contend for a top spot overall.”Grinaker is also excited about the team’s chemistry as the season progresses. “The team is gelling extremely well,” Grinaker said. “All of the girls are really close and extremely positive people. We all genuinely want the best for one another.”Senior Gwen Jorgensen sees the meet as a huge steppingstone for the team and an early progression gauge. “Each meet builds in importance from here,” Jorgenson said. “Pre-Nationals, Big Tens, Regionals and Nationals. Saturday will be a good test in determining our potential as a team come November.” While the meet on Saturday will not make or break the Badger’s season, it will be a huge day for the talented freshman class to prove itself under the heat of tough competition as well as a chance for Coach Stintzi to see what his team is made of. The Badgers will be thrown into the fire this week at ISU and hope to walk away calloused and tough, prepared for even tougher battles that lie ahead.
Simon Zebo starts at full-back, with Tommy Bowe and Jared Payne restored to the back line. Paul O’Connell captains the side for the 25th time, and he’s partnered in the second row by Devon Toner. Kick off at Twickenham is at 2.30. Meanwhile Ulster opened up their Pro 12 campaign last night with a bonus point 28-6 win over Ospreys at Kingspan Ravenhill. Connacht edged out the Dragons by 29-points to 23 While Leinster went down 16-9 away to Edinburgh. Tonight, Munster begin their campaign with the visit of Treviso to Irish Independent Park.
Mexico City, Mexico — Celebrations began around Mexico late last night when early counts revealed the lead López Obrador had on the other candidates, a lead which only grew as ballots were counted.With a landslide win with more than 53 percent of the votes, the new president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, made a public speech last night in Mexico City where he acknowledged the early advantage he had over the others during the counting of the Sunday elections.“We won! Smile, celebrate and enjoy, the fourth transformation is coming. Thanks to everyone, we are not going to let you down! See you in the Zócalo,” wrote the president of the National Executive Committee of Morena, Yeidckol Polevnsky, on his Twitter account.The candidate of the Senate coalition, Martí Batres, expressed his gratitude to the people of Mexico. “It is a victory for Mexican society, but it is also a triumph won by the titanic effort of Andrés Manuel López Obrador.”Within two hours of polls closing, his three rivals conceded defeat. The other presidential candidates, José Antonio Meade, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón and Ricardo Anaya Cortés, openly recognized their loss last night as the numbers rolled in.During his speech, López Obrador promised to tackle violence and wipe out corruption, which he said was the “result of a political regime in decay.”“We are absolutely certain that this evil is the principle cause of social inequality and of economic inequality,” he said adding “Because of corruption, violence has erupted in our country.”He also said he will pursue a peace plan with representatives of the United Nations, human rights and religious organizations to help tackle the murder rate, which soared to an all-time high under Peña Nieto.Critics have long-accused Peña Nieto of failing to adequately deal with crime, corruption and economic inequality.President Enrique Peña Nieto called Lopez Obrador to congratulate him and pledged to help him carry out an orderly transition.US President Donald Trump congratulated López Obrador. “There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico,” Trump said.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also congratulated the new Mexican leader, saying the two countries “share common goals, strong people to people ties, and a mutually beneficial trading relationship that is the envy of the world.”“I look forward to working closely with President-elect López Obrador, his administration and the Mexican Congress to build on the vibrant partnership between our two countries, create economic growth that works for everyone, and advance human rights and equality,” Trudeau said.Lopez Obrador, 64, is the former mayor of Mexico City and began his political career as a member of ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), later joined the left-leaning Party of the Democratic Revolution and more recently formed his own party,This was the third time Andrés Manuel López Obrador has run for president. He will take office on December 1 and become the 58th president of Mexico.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)