Hawks indoor teams gear up for NEC meet BY DOMINICK RINELLI JR. Correspondent With just over a week to go before the NEC Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Monmouth University men’s and women’s teams are rounding into form. After competing well in a number of early-season events, the Hawks are looking forward to seeing where they stack up against the conference’s best. Last weekend, the men’s and women’s indoor track teams split up to compete in the Bison Open at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and the Boston University Invitational. Freshman Ashley Huffman competed at the Bison Open, where he broke the school’s pentathlon record, scoring 3,620 points. The old record was set back in 1995 by Shatich Rivers with 3,221 points. Huffman not only broke the pentathlon record, but also the school indoor records in the high jump with a height of 5-7 and the long jump with a distance of 19-2. The freshman standout qualified for the ECAC Championships with her point total. The women’s team also had success at the Boston University Invitational, where they broke three school records and had an individual qualify for the ECAC. Zekara Riggsbee finished in third place in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.31 — a time that passed her own school record. In the 200-meter dash, Danielle Lyons crossed the finish line with a time of 25.57, which broke Talitha Vickers’ school record of 25.87 from 2001. The last of the three record-breaking events was the 5,000-meter run in which Kristin Wallace broke Amala Merrit’s record of 18:13.86 with a time of 18:00.28. Qualifying for the ECAC Championships in the 500-meter dash was Suraya Kornegay, a Red Bank Catholic graduate, with a time of 1:16.61. The men’s indoor track team set one school record and had two IC4A qualifiers at the Boston University Invitational. Troy Dennis finished in second place in the 200-meter dash to qualify for the IC4A Championships with a time of 21.79. He also broke Dexter Contee’s school record. The team of Justo Rodriguez, Sherwyn Noel, Bobby York and David Wiley took fourth place in the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 3:19.63, which qualified them for the IC4As. It was just the latest strong showing from the Hawks teams, who have been competing well all winter. The Monmouth University indoor track season began on Dec. 7 at the Princeton Invitational. Going into the first event of the year, head coach Joe Compagni was optimistic about his teams’ chances, while maintaining his focus on the season as a whole. “This was our first meet of the indoor season, which gave us a chance to measure our fitness from training we have done during the fall,” he said. The Hawks were able to set one new school record as Guy Jackson (of North Brunswick) set a triple jump school record of 47-1, despite taking third place in the event. Jackson qualified for the IC4A Championships in the triple jump as well as the high jump, in which he finished in a tie for first place. Jackson’s early-season performance impressed his coach. “Guy has worked hard with coach Stefanie Scalessa and has been focused on getting off to a good strong start,” Compagni said. “He and Troy Dennis gave us an excellent combination in the jumps.” Also at Princeton, Troy Dennis placed second in the long jump as well as the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.07. Toria Williams qualified for the ECAC Championships in the 500-meter dash with a second-place finish, posting a time of 1:16.73. Nicole Barbante earned second place in the 400-meter dash as well as the 60-meter hurdles. Riggsbee took third place with a time of 9.20. In the field for the women, Huffman took second place in the long jump with a distance of 5.36. Next up was the Seton Hall Open on Dec. 14, where both Monmouth teams combined to earn three victories, all in throwing events. Two of the top three victories came in both shot put events. Mike Gibson won the men’s shot put with a Monmouth University freshman record of 50-7, while Katie Dirkes won the women’s shot put. Chris Paling tallied the last of the three victories in the men’s weight throw with a distance of 49-1. The Blue and White traveled to Newark, Del., on Jan. 9 to compete in the Delaware Invitational, where Zekara Riggsbee beat her own school record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.92. La’Kel Chester and Ashley Huffman also earned individual victories; Chester in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:20.73 and Huffman in the long jump with a distance of 17-3. Toria Williams, Nicole Barbante, Missy Saharic, and Suraya Kornegay were on the 4×400 meter relay team that won the event with a time of 4:03. Other notables for the Hawks included David Wiley earning a victory in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.28; Jared Craig taking first in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.35; Pete Salvatore winning the shot put event with a winning distance of 47-10, and Guy Jackson taking first in the men’s long jump with a distance of 21-7. At the New York Armory on Jan. 16, the Hawks competed in the N.Y.U. Invitational. Highlights included Nick Gilanelli’s fourth-place finish in the pole vault, while Chris Cashin finished in sixth. On Jan. 18, the Hawks participated in the Great Dane Classic. The event concluded with both the men’s and women’s teams finishing in third place in team scores. The men tallied 90 points as they finished behind the University at Albany and Northeastern University. The women’s team finished behind the same teams. Highlights of the event included three first-place finishes. Troy Dennis won the long jump with a leap of 22-9.25. The other two first-place victories were achieved by the women’s team. Toria Williams earned first place in the 500 meters event with 1:15.42 on the clock. Qualifying for the IC4A was Pete Salvatore in the shot put, as well as the team of David Gaines (of Colts Neck), Andrew Allen, Sherwyn Noel, and Nick Pelligrino (of Marlboro) in the distance medley relay, as they earned a second-place finish with a time of 10:18.63. Justo Rodriguez also qualified for the IC4A in the 500 meters as he took third place. Suraya Kornegay broke a pair of school records and qualified for the ECAC Championship. One record came in the 400 meter with a time of 57.23 as well as a 4×400 meter relay. The team consisted of Toria Williams, Danielle Lyons, Nicole Barbante, and Kornegay, as they finished with a time of 3:52.19. Erin Guinther, Missy Saharic, La’Kel Chester and Katina Alexander finished first in the distance medley relay with a time of 1:15.42. After the Great Dane competition was completed, coach Compagni was pleased with his teams’ showings, and was enthusiastic about their chances the rest of the way. “The Great Dane Classic was the first meet of the season that was focused on as a whole team perspective,” he said. “We wanted to see how well we could perform as a team, and we competed well. Our intensity and competitiveness led to big performances from Nick Pelligrino, Troy Dennis, Toria Williams and Ashley Huffman. “The team set the tone in the distance medley relay as we won both fairly easily. We finished behind two top America East teams and were still able to accomplish our objective.” The Hawks’ indoor season continued when they participated in the Princeton Invitational on Jan. 24. Both the men’s and women’s teams earned third-place finishes, as the men tallied 62.5 points to end up behind Howard and Princeton, who won the competition with 173 points. The women’s team tallied 75 points to finish behind Rutgers and Howard. Huffman took the only win of the afternoon for the Hawks, earning first place in the high jump as she cleared 5-5 to capture the win. Dennis qualified for the IC4A in the long jump with a leap of 26-3. Larry Schau, Charles Simmons, Gaines and Martin Suarez finished in third place in the distance medley relay with a time of 10:44.18, which set a new school record. Riggsebee earned 10 points for the Blue and White by finishing in fifth during the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.05, and third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.11. Toria Williams added 11 points for the Hawks by finishing in sixth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.06 and second in the 400-meter dash with 58.03 on the clock. Once again, coach Compagni was pleased with his teams’ efforts. “We had great performances, and that showed as Dennis qualified for the IC4A Championships,” the coach said. “Suarez was a big factor and came up huge as our anchor for the distance relay. On the women’s side, Williams ran well.” Looking ahead, the Hawks will be participating in the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden on Friday, and the University of Rhode Island Invitational next weekend.
“I am excited of my win today and it gives me the will power to go for the top prize of winning a slot to play in the Pro Am of the Barclays Kenya Open which I am sure will provide me with opportunity to enhance my golfing skills,” the winner stated.Simon Mbugua was second playing off handicap 21, scoring a total of 38 followed by handicap 12 John Barorot who also posted the same score but was beaten on count back. Handicap 10 player, David Situma, was fourth ahead of Albert K. Mureithi in fifth, playing off handicap 23 and also on 38.“I would like to laud you for taking bold steps to compete among each other. Golfing has always been at the heart of Barclays. Our sponsorship towards this golf series demonstrates our commitment to continue supporting the sport,” Barclays Chief Risk Officer Juma Arogo observed.Walter Githongo from Nandi Bears emerged the guest winner, playing off handicap 28 scoring 31, whereas Jay Vadgama scooped the junior prize on handicap 27 a similar haul. Handicap 28 Walter Juma Arogo claimed the staff prize playing with 36 carded.Longest drive men prize was claimed by B. Munene and Kaye Mcilwaine scooped the longest drive lady prize whereas the nearest to pin prize was won by Patrick Mandaliya.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 26- Harshil Shah posted 41 points to win the Barclays Golf Circuit fourth round at 18- hole Vet Lab Sports Club over the weekend.Playing off handicap 26, Shah posted 20 in the first nine before adding 21 to his tally in the second nine to become the undisputed winner from a field of over 140 amateur golfers.
0Shares0000(L-R) Captains from Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, France, Ireland, England, Canada, Australia, US Wales and Spain pose with the trophy in Dublin ahead of the women’s rugby union World Cup on August 6, 2017 © AFP/File / Paul FAITHSydney, Australia, Dec 13 – Australia will bid to host the 2021 women’s and 2027 men’s World Cups, Rugby Australia said on Wednesday, building on government plans to construct new stadiums in Sydney.Australia successfully co-hosted the men’s edition in 1987 with New Zealand and hosted the 2003 event alone, but has never staged a women’s World Cup. “The World Cup is the pinnacle for our Wallabies and Wallaroos teams and we want to bring those tournaments home for any player who has ever dreamed of lifting the Cup here on our home soil,” Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne said.He said given Australia’s track record in hosting major events such as the 2000 Olympics, Rugby Australia was “supremely confident of delivering a tournament like no other in 2021”.“With the NSW state government’s commitment to build a network of three world-class rectangular venues in Sydney, adding to the mix of quality stadiums available across the country, our prospects of bringing the World Cups to Australia have never been better.”The 2021 women’s World Cup will be ninth edition of the tournament, which was first contested in 1991. It has never been held in the southern hemisphere.Australia won the first of its two men’s World Cups in England in 1991, repeating the feat eight years later in Wales.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The defeat also means that for the first time in his illustrious managerial career, Mourinho has now lost seven league games in a single season, with the campaign still less than one-third complete.Mourinho was banned from setting foot in any part of the stadium complex by the Football Association after berating referee Jon Moss at half-time of his side’s recent defeat at West Ham United.With the Portuguese reportedly watching from the team hotel, managerial duties were carried out by Chelsea’s assistant first-team coaches Steve Holland, Silvino Louro and Rui Faria, and they saw Stoke open the scoring after 53 minutes of an absorbing game.Xherdan Shaqiri played Glen Johnson in down the right wing and although his cross could not be converted by Jon Walters, Arnautovic made no mistake with an acrobatic back-post volley from eight yards.The game had caught fire in the opening minute, when Arnautovic dispossessed Cesar Azpilicueta and allowed Charlie Adam to cross for Shaqiri to volley spectacularly over the Chelsea crossbar.While Chelsea supporters repeatedly chanted the name of their absent manager, the home support were more intent on venting their anger at visiting forward Diego Costa, whose physical, often petty, battle with Ryan Shawcross was one of the contest’s main talking points.There were also outbreaks of fine football from both sides, such as Chelsea’s 14th minute counter-attack, started by Baba Rahman and continued by Eden Hazard, which ended with Ramires poking wide from Willian’s pass.Former Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic saved well, at full stretch, from Johnson as the hosts responded, but the visitors began to take control, with Jack Butland tipping Ramires’s 25-yard volley over the bar.– Pedro hits post –Pedro Rodriguez’s superb long pass then freed Hazard down the left and his cross was narrowly missed by Costa as he sprinted in for what would have been a magnificent goal.Not that Stoke did not present a threat themselves, especially in the form of skilful right winger Shaqiri, who showed superb trickery to beat Rahman and cross for Walters to head onto the roof of the net.Still, it required more solid keeping from Butland to thrust out a leg and deny Costa late in the half after a Pedro back-heel opened up a shooting opportunity for the Chelsea forward.A goal behind, and with the game becoming ever more fractious, Chelsea sought a way back into contention, with Hazard showing clever footwork on the edge of the Stoke area before shooting over.But Stoke, with just one previous home league win behind them this season, drew confidence from taking the lead and saw Johnson shoot off-target before Arnautovic headed just over.When Willian’s pass then found Pedro for a curling left-foot shot that beat the dive of goalkeeper Butland, only to hit the post and bounce to safety, it appeared that luck was against Mourinho’s side.After 80 minutes, and two back-heels in the build-up, substitute Cesc Fabregas set up Hazard for a shot, but again, fortune was against Chelsea as the ball deflected behind for a corner.Walters then wasted a good chance to put the game out of reach, blazing over from Mame Biram Diouf’s pass.Chelsea substitute Loic Remy still had time to chase Oscar’s through-ball and hurdle Butland before losing his footing when either a penalty, or a shot into an open net, might have been the outcome.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Willian (L) vies with Stoke City’s German defender Philipp Wollscheid during the English Premier League football match at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England on November 7, 2015 (AFP Photo/Paul Ellis)UNITED KINGDOM, November 7 – Problems mounted for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as the flatlining Premier League champions crashed to a 1-0 defeat at Stoke City in his absence due to a stadium ban on Saturday.Marko Arnautovic struck early in the second half to inflict a third consecutive league defeat on the London club for the first time in 16 years and for the first time since Roman Abramovich took control at Stamford Bridge in 2003.
Last month, the department told 200 to 300 diplomats that they were “prime candidates” for the 48 vacant positions that will come open in Iraq next summer. They had until Tuesday to accept or to offer a medical or family reason not to go.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The State Department is dropping plans to force diplomats to serve in Iraq because volunteers have filled all 48 vacant positions at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and in outlying provinces, The Associated Press has learned. The department will announce it no longer needs to move to “directed assignments” for Iraq once personnel panels give a formal OK to foreign service officers who signed up for the remaining three open jobs, U.S. officials said Thursday. Those three diplomats have won tentative approval, they said. The announcement could come as early as today, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced. Officials had indicated this week that a forced call-up might not be necessary after volunteers cut the number of vacant posts to 11 by Tuesday. All were filled by Thursday with only the final screening process for the last three spots pending, they said. The announcement will be major relief for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the department’s senior management. They had struggled to quell a revolt among diplomats who questioned the ethics of ordering unarmed civilians into a war zone under penalty of dismissal. But the officials said Rice had intended to go ahead with directed assignments if not enough volunteers had come forward. They also said the department may have to resort to such a measure in the future. The prospect of the largest diplomatic call-up since Vietnam had caused an uproar among the 11,500-member Foreign Service. At a contentious town-hall meeting this month, the strength of their opposition came into public view as some diplomats protested the forced assignments, citing safety and security concerns. The complaints were a deep embarrassment to the department and led Rice and her deputy, John Negroponte, to remind diplomats of their duty to serve their government anywhere they are needed. Both sent worldwide cables urging foreign service officers to volunteer. More than 1,500 diplomats have volunteered to work in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. But the resistance to forced assignments generated bitter criticism of the diplomatic corps.
ST. LOUIS – Vadim Naumov, the 1994 pairs world champion, has a prediction for the new figure-skating scoring system that will make its U.S. championships debut this week in St. Louis, and its Olympic premiere next month at the Turin Games: “People will be demanding explanations.” It was those kinds of demands that led the International Skating Union to supplant a much-maligned system after a judging scandal at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. Officials jettisoned the familiar 6.0 marks that had been used for almost a century in order to address concerns of corruption and subterfuge. Instead of a nebulous method, judges now reward on-ice achievements spin by spin, jump by jump. The drastic changes have led to confusion, frustration and – remember, it’s figure skating – controversy. Some say the changes have failed to make judging more understandable. They also question whether it will stop corruption. None of this surprises ice-dancing judge Charlie Cyr, one of the architects of the code. “It is a game,” Cyr said. “Can an athlete handle the program that has been choreographed? Do we want all Level 4 spins? Should I risk the quad? Those are the things that is sport.” Naumov, who coaches defending U.S. pairs champions Katie Orscher and Garrett Lucash in Connecticut, doesn’t think of it as a game. He said the changes will not eliminate corruption. He particularly dislikes the new system for judging artistry. It is now broken into five components, such as transitions, choreography and interpretation. Each is scored separately, from 0.25 points to 10. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“They complained about the 6.0 system,” he said. “Now they might as well complain about something else.” Questions about the 6.0 system hung over the Salt Lake Games after a French judge said she had voted for a Russian pairs team because her federation had traded votes. The ensuing maelstrom led the International Olympic Committee to award two gold medals in the pairs competition. The sport lost some of its allure because of Skategate, said 2002 Olympic ice dancer Charles Sinek. “It is all because everybody believes that the judging is fixed,” he said. To guard against corruption, the skating union instituted a panel of 12 judges, each of whom scores each event. Nine of their scores are randomly selected. Of those nine, the highest and lowest scores are discarded, and the rest are averaged. Although the scores are posted, the judges remain anonymous. There are still two types of scores, covering technical and artistic elements. However, the judges now rate each element in a program based on established criteria, rather than offer an overall score. Jumps still command the most points, but athletes can stack their programs with other elements to counter big jumpers.
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Goalkeepers: 1. Jim Leighton (aged 39), Aberdeen, 12. Neil Sullivan (28) Wimbledon, 21. Jonathan Gould (29) Celtic;Defenders: 2. Jackie McNamara (24) Celtic, 3. Tom Boyd (32) Celtic, 4. Colin Calderwood (33) Tottenham Hotspur, 5. Colin Hendry (Captain, 32) Blackburn Rovers, 6. Tosh McKinlay (33) Celtic, 16. David Weir (28) Hearts, 18. Matt Elliott (28) Leicester City, 19. Derek Whyte (29) Aberdeen, 22. Christian Dailly (24) Derby County;Midfielders: 8. Craig Burley (26) Celtic, 11. John Collins (30) AS Monaco, 14. Paul Lambert (28) Celtic, 15. Scot Gemmill (27) Nottingham Forest, 17. Billy McKinlay (29) Blackburn Rovers;Forwards: 7. Kevin Gallacher (31) Blackburn Rovers, 9. Gordon Durie (32) Rangers, 10. Darren Jackson (31) Celtic, 13. Simon Donnelly (23) Celtic, 20. Scott Booth (26) Utrecht.Tom Boyd looks on in horror after his own goal. sns groupThousands of Scots descended on Paris for the opening fixture in the brand new French national stadium.Defending champions Brazil took an early lead when Cesar Sampaio rose unchallenged in the six-yard box to powerfully head the ball past Leighton.Scotland were undeterred, however, and in the 37th minute Sampaio was penalised for bringing Gallacher down inside the box.Collins stepped up to coolly dispatch the spot-kick past Tafferel to spark wild celebrations.Then, after 76 minutes, came the moment which haunts Scottish fans to this day.AC Milan right-back Cafu prodded an effort goalwards after sneaking behind the Scotland defence. Leighton saved, but the ball rebounded off Boyd and into the Scots’ net.Craig Burley equalised by lobbing Frode Grodas. sns groupAfter their defeat to Brazil, Scotland were left at the bottom of the group as Morocco and Norway drew in their opening match.The Norwegian side featured names which would become recognisable to Scottish football fans, such as Vidar Riseth, Egil Ostenstad, Dan Eggen, Henning Berg and Tore Andre Flo.But it was Flo’s cousin Havard who made the biggest impression as he headed Norway ahead late in the first half in Bordeaux.Scotland’s hopes of reaching the second round were fading until Burley latched on to a long ball from Weir.The Celtic midfielder lobbed Norwegian goalkeeper Frode Grodas to keep the Scots’ World Cup dream alive.Burley was shown a straight red for his challenge on Salaheddine Bassir. sns groupScotland had to win against the Moroccans to stand any chance of staying in the tournament.But it was not to be as the Scots crashed to a 3-0 defeat.Two goals from by Salaheddine Bassir, either side of one by Abdeljilil Hadda at the start of the second half, sealed Scotland’s fate. Burley, sporting new peroxide blond hair, was dismissed for a late tackle from behind shortly after Morocco scored their second.The defeat condemned Scotland to their eighth first-round exit in as many tournaments.It’s fair to say they enjoyed themselves . . .Scotland fans in Paris for the World Cup opener. sns groupA reported 60,000 Scotland fans travelled to Paris for their opener against Brazil. Saltires and Lions Rampant could be spotted all over the sold-out Stade de France.Sean Connery joined in a Mexican wave during the Brazil game. sns groupOne of Scotland’s more famous fans joined in the fun in Paris.Former James Bond star Sean Connery was pictured taking part in a Mexican wave during the opening game against Brazil.Scotland fans travelled in large numbers to Bordeaux. sns groupThe Tartan Army ventured south from Paris to Bordeaux to take in Scotland’s second game against Norway. The travelling support hoped for a victory over Morocco. sns groupThe final game against Morocco was the last hope for Scotland fans hoping to prolong their stay in France.Dejection: Scotland crashed out in the first round. sns groupInstead, it was familiar pictures which brought the story to an end.Little could they have known then that two decades on we still haven’t seen their like again. John Collins’ penalty against Brazil, Craig Burley’s lob against Norway and his subsequent red card in the capitulation to Morocco.All memories firmly lodged in the minds of the Tartan Army.Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since France 98 – and harder to stomach it was the last time Scotland featured in a major tournament.Today marks the anniversary of Craig Brown’s side stepping out at the Stade of France to face Brazil in the opening game. The perfect time to remember the highlights and the lowlights of our last World Cup adventure.The Scotland team applaud their fans after Brazil defeat. sns groupCraig Brown named an experienced 22-man squad with a strong Celtic influence throughout the group.Eight players from Parkhead boarded the plane to France fresh from their first Scottish title win in a decade.Gordon Durie was the only player from rivals Rangers to make the cut with Brown controversially leaving his strike partner Ally McCoist out of the side – a decision he later said he regrets.
Trooper Smith saw a silver Volkswagen (VW) Beetle on the left shoulder up against the concrete median barrier wall. As Smith approached the VW on the passenger side she could see that the sole occupant a female appeared to be unconscious in the driver’s seat. Trooper Smith knocked repeatedly in an attempt to rouse the female but was unsuccessful. Due to all the VW doors being locked Smith had to break the passenger window to gain entry. Once inside the VW Trooper Smith was unable to rouse the driver and noticed the female wasn’t breathing. Smith used life-saving measures at this time. Shortly thereafter, Hammond Fire and EMS arrived and they too proceeded with life saving measures. The driver, later identified as Kelley Cooper, 31 of Merrillville, regained consciousness. Cooper was taken to Munster Community Hospital in Munster. Trooper Smith as she attempted to find identification on the driver located two small bags in Cooper’s wallet containing suspected heroin and paraphernalia. Cooper was found to be wearing a home detention monitor due to her probation status.Cooper was taken to Lake County Jail in Crown Point after being released from the hospital and was charged with:Operating While Intoxicated Endangerment-Class A MisdemeanorOperating a Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in Blood-Class C MisdemeanorPossession of Paraphernalia-Class C Misdemeanor\Possession of a Narcotic Drug-Level 6 FelonyAssisting: Trooper Alissa Partyka, Hammond Fire and EMS and Bennie’s TowingAll criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. An Indiana State Trooper saved a 31-year-old Merrillville woman’s life after finding her passed out and unresponsive in a vehicle on the side of the road.In trying to revive her, he found drugs on her person. Yesterday, Saturday, July 27th, 2019, at approximately 4:05 p.m., Trooper Regen Smith was dispatched to a possible property damage crash on I-80/94 westbound near Indianapolis Boulevard.
Riaan Manser and Vasti Geldenhuys did the unthinkable in a 133-day quest across 10 765 kilometres of ocean. (Images: Riaan Manser) • Karen Jurgens Riaan Manser Adventure +27 021 820 7373 email@example.com • Solms-Delta lives a transformation ethos • Cape Town’s Open Streets bring the people out to play • Life’s a beach in South Africa • Travel and tourism boom for South Africa • Durbs on list for New7Wonder CitiesRomaana NaidooSouth African “oar-some” couple, Riaan Manser and Vasti Geldenhuys, did the unthinkable when they took their Spirit of Madiba on an unforgettable adventure.Never in her wildest dreams did Geldenhuys think that a simple request for a New York holiday would result in a 133-day quest across 10 765 kilometres of ocean. Manser said he would take her, but that they were going to go his way – by rowing boat. Geldenhuys embraced his idea, through naivety, and the rest is literally history.Braving torrential storms, blistered hands and food poisoning, the couple tested their 14-year relationship as they rowed from Morocco to Manhattan in a journey that became known as TakeMe2NY. They arrived in New York on Friday night, 20 June, South African time.They are the first people to have rowed from mainland Africa to mainland United States. Geldenhuys also became the first woman from the African continent to have rowed across any ocean.Manser explained that when they landed in Morocco they heard about the death of Nelson Mandela and as a small token of gratitude to what he had meant in their lives, they named their boat Spirit of Madiba. They first headed to the Canary Islands and then down to Cape Verde before they hit Barbados. According to Manser’s support team, there was “no support boat, no ablution facilities, no luxury; just Riaan, Vasti, their combined determination and a 7m rowing boat with their supplies”.Fishing for foodThe couple intended to row 20 hours a day, taking two hourly shifts at a time. With the huge amount of calories they were burning daily, they replenished with high-calorie freeze dried foods. Other nourishment was supplied by the ocean, and the couple had to catch their own food.Manser, an adventure junky, and Geldenhuys, a lawyer, mentally and physically prepared for their gruelling expedition by training daily on a stationary rowing machine and spinning bike. This, accompanied by an extensive knowledge of the Atlantic Ocean and their vessel, which became their new home, helped them ahead of the voyage.“Although we are both very active, taking part in mountain bike races, jogging and swimming, we didn’t do endurance training,” Manser said. “The most difficult part of this trip was not the physical rowing, which was already excruciating on our bodies, but more the mental torture this trip takes you through. You have to constantly convince yourself it is worth it, or that it is going to be worth it. It’s very monotonous and with the same view every day for four-and-a-half months, it’s gruelling mentally.”Asked how he was able to persuade his fiancée to take the trip, he answered that she “wanted to do something great in her life, something she could be proud of”.They learned everything there was to know about each other on the expedition. “You spend a lot of time together. We have been in a relationship for more than 14 years so we know each other pretty well, but one thing we have learned is that arguing about things really doesn’t get you anywhere, that you have to be patient with each other. Being right is not always being happy.” They arrived in New York on Friday night, 20 June, South African time.You gotta wannaAs for how they managed on such a small boat, Manser said: “We often joked about it. We said ‘you gotto wanna’. You got to want to. When times were tough, this escalated to ‘you gotto.’ We knew our journey would not be complete until we reached our destination, New York. So every minute spent on that small space was with a goal. Getting across the Atlantic or getting to mainland USA in Miami would not have been good enough. Getting to New York was our goal.“We also realised that you don’t need much space. The ‘bathroom’ was outside and the kitchen, bedroom, living room, closet etc was our 1.5m by 1.5m space inside the cabin.”He explained: “The worst times were when our boat was capsized by a 7m wave while we were rowing.” Geldenhuys was stuck underneath the boat; Manser was thrown into the ocean and had to swim back to the boat. Another time, Manser drifted away from the boat while trying to film. There was no way the boat could have been stopped or turned, so he had to grab on to a fishing line and be reeled in.“The 900-foot container ships bearing down on us, and with some near misses, provided for some near heart-stopping moments.”Adventure junkyManser is no stranger to adventure. He has cycled 37 000 kilometres through 34 countries, covering the perimeter of Africa. This achievement earned him the title Out There Adventurer of the Year 2006 and led to his book, Around Africa on my Bicycle.TakeMe2NY was his fourth world-first expedition. In July 2009, Manser paddled 5 000 kilometres in 11 months in a kayak around Madagascar. He was alone and unaided. During this adventure, he was imprisoned and held captive by rebels.His travels then took him to Iceland, where he paddled 2 300 kilometres around Iceland with Dan Skinstad in a double sea-kayak over a five month period in March 2011. “We always knew that we would have delays during the winter due to bad weather, but we could never have predicted how long we would be delayed,” Manser explained.He has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and descended to Lake Assal, the highest and lowest points on the continent. The Explorer’s Club in New York – whose members include the first man to reach the North Pole, the first to reach the South Pole, the top of Everest, the deepest point in the ocean and the first man on the moon – extended a special invitation to Manser to speak before its illustrious organisation.