WITH Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional Four-Day tournament set to bowl off on January 9, 2020, defending champions Guyana Jaguars will be keen on shifting into play mode as they recently resumed training for the long season ahead.Guyana have reigned supreme for the last five seasons, going virtually unmatched in the longest version of the Professional Cricket League (PCL) 4-Day tourney. Chasing the elusive Super50 title went left for the Jaguars, who managed to lose in the semis, thus adding another year into their decade-plus pursuit of the title they held twice back in the days.Obviously more suited for four-day cricket, Leon Johnson and his men have seemingly shrugged off their woes from their failed attempt at recapturing Super50 title and have now placed all their emphasis back on training and successfully defending the title for a record 6th straight year.The team restarted their usual weekly training last week and will continue to put in work heading into the Christmas holiday season, when they will break their camp and spend time with their families for the holiday.Much different to years when the season had already begun and the break would have been taken a few rounds into the tournament, ahead of Christmas, franchises will now have adequate time to keep fit, enjoy Christmas and immediately get back to training, as the tourney will get underway roughly the first week of January.Guyana, like other teams will get no rest, following the holidays, as they open their defence campaign on the road in Antigua when they play Leeward Hurricanes on January 9 when Round 1 of the tournament bowls off.Off-and-on season training leading up to the tournament has always been crucial for Guyana during their 5-year reign. Their intense training programme has further played a huge role in their approach throughout the competition, as they managed to go unbeaten for all 10 rounds a few seasons back.Arguably one of the fittest franchises in the PCL, Jaguars will be putting in 4 mandatory days of work each week while players will continue to work independently; whether at their respective clubs or with the academy coaches. With a team packed with current Windies players; Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Shimron Hetmyer and Chandrapaul Hemraj, Guyana will be favourites again this year should their top tier group of stars be available during any period of the 10 rounds.Barring injuries or international fixtures, Guyana will likely feature about 75 percent of their usual suspects who have been instrumental in their 4-Day success over the past 5 years.Newbies, the likes of wicketkeeper/batsman Kemol Savory and fast-bowler Niall Smith, could also break into the side following successful Regional Super50 debuts, as a number of spots in the team could open up following the upcoming West Indies schedule for 2020.Also, with pacer Ronsford Beaton banned from bowling due to a suspect action, the blow has now left a huge void in the fast-bowling department, which could likely see his Super50 replacement in either all-rounder Ronaldo Alimohamed or young speedster Smith making a possible debut in the team. (Clifton Ross)
MVC ChampionshipCedar Falls, Iowa – UNI DomeFeb. 25, 2017 Mile (Prelim)13. Chris Kaminski, 4:27.69 400 Meters (Prelims)6. Bas Van Leersum, 49.2418. Malik Metiver, 50.3620. Blair Barrow, 51.6221. Dominic Lombardi, 51.7123. Hudson Priebe, 52.55 Print Friendly Version Saturday Results (PDF) Story Links Distance Medley Relay7. Cozine, Priebe, Lechleitner, Yeager, 10:33.63 #MVCTF CHAMPION! @reedfisch wins the title in the men’s 5k pic.twitter.com/AUo3sTcCgE— Drake TF & XC (@Drake_TFXC) February 26, 2017 The 5,000 meters was one of just a handful of final events on Saturday with the bulk of the competition being preliminary heats. Five Bulldogs advanced through those preliminary rounds to Sunday’s finals. 200 Meters (Prelims)10. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.2112. Mary Young, 25.3114. Mariah Crawford, 25.4622. Ebele Okoye, 26.07 800 Meters (Prelims)13. George Webb, 1:56.8214. Cory Erickson, 1:58.1215. Alec Bognar, 1:58.31 “Last year I had to take it out myself and paid for it and finished second. We were trying to mix that up and take it out hard and see if I could hang on,” Fischer said. “It feels good. Getting that first title in cross country was a weight off the shoulders, but at the same time puts a heavier burden on you because everyone is aiming for you.” Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, The Netherlands) finished sixth in the qualifying heats of the 400 meters in 49.24 to move on to Sunday’s final. Saturday Results (HTML) 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)11. Hudson Priebe, 8.3413. Dominic Lombardi, 8.42 Distance Medley Relay4. Cole, Coombe, Giuliano, Garcia, 12:17.98 Drake Individual Men’s Results60 Meters (Prelims)5. Caulin Graves, 6.908. Demetrius Shelton, 6.94 200 Meters (Prelims)10. Caulin Graves, 22.1813. Bas Van Leersum, 22.3220. Demetrius Shelton, 22.82 5,000 Meters (Final)1. Reed Fischer, 14:21.4512. Kyle Brandt, 15:00.01 Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) was one of those to move through to Sunday as she posted the third-fastest 60-meter hurdle qualifying time of the day in 8.38, just one-hundreth of a second off of her personal best. However, the times ahead of her, set by Wichita State’s Nikki and Taylor Larch-Miller both bested the previous fastest times run by an MVC runner. Rai Ahmed-Green (Irvine, Calif.) also advanced for the women’s team with the seventh-fastest time in the 400 meters at 56.86. The Bulldogs return to the UNI Dome oval for the final day of the MVC Championship at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Fischer, who earlier this season set the school record in the event, bested the field by nearly five seconds to win in 14:21.45 without being challenged at any point during the race. The title is the first for Fischer on the track after claiming the MVC cross country title in the fall. Fischer’s teammate, Chris Kaminski (New Lenox, Ill.) set a blistering pace to open up the race for Fischer. Pole Vault13. Erik Olson, 14-8 The men’s team had two competitors advance in the 60 meters with freshman Caulin Graves (Kansas City, Mo.) dropping a huge personal best with a time of 6.90, beating his previous personal best time by more than one-tenth of a second, to finish fifth in the qualifying heats. Demetrius Shelton (Markham, Ill.) was eighth in 6.94. Drake Individual Women’s Results60 Meters (Prelims)15. Mariah Crawford, 7.7923. Ebele Okoye, 8.00 Long Jump9. Taryn Rolle, 18-4.59. Brittani Griesbaum, 18-4.5 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)3. Mary Young, 8.3813. Victoria Coombe, 8.84 800 Meters (Prelims)10. Meghan Kearney, 2:18.5716. Danielle Griesbaum, 2:22.37 The 5,000-meter title is the fourth for the Bulldogs in the past six seasons and Fischer will try to add to his title haul on Saturday in the 3,000 meters. Long Jump15. Johnathan Osifuye, 22-7.25 400 Meters (Prelims)7. Rai Ahmed-Green, 56.8620. Ebele Okoye, 59.81 CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Drake University senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) added another laurel to his decorated career with a Missouri Valley Conference championship in the men’s 5,000 meters during the first day of the MVC Championship Saturday, Feb. 25.