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  • RecSports to host annual Biathlon

    first_imgThe annual RecSports Biathlon will be held Saturday, Aug. 29 and will begin with a half-mile swim in St. Joseph’s Lake followed by a two-mile figure eight run around both St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Lakes.“The Biathlon has been going on since the early 90s, and has been an annual event every year,” Edward Beven, facility program coordinator for RecSports, said. “It is typically the first weekend of school, depending on the football schedule.”According to Beven, the biathlon began over a decade ago without any particular medical or memorial cause to prompt its patronage; rather, the event “was designed to give the Notre Dame community an activity to do the first couple weeks of school.”It precedes the Domer Run, RecSport’s “bigger charity event,” which will take place Saturday, Oct. 3.Despite the biathlon being a relatively small and quick event in comparison to other athletic events put on by RecSports, Beven said a lot of preparation went into planning for the combination swim and run, including meetings with the Notre Dame Fire Department to approve plans for transportation and safety.“Risk management and safety is our number one priority,” Beven said. “Staffing is done by RecSports, which is a combination of professional staff members and student staffing.“Last year we had about 75 participants, so I think staying in that ballpark would be great. Our hope is that it’s a beautiful day and that those that participate have a great time, meet some new friends and just enjoy themselves. I don’t think we could ask for much more than that.”Neither sophomores Anna Volk nor Katherine Inskeep has ever participated in this event before, but both said they think their previous experiences in triathlons will help in their first biathlon.“I had wanted to last year, but don’t really like running,” Volk said.The pair has decided to combine their efforts — Volk will complete the swimming portion of the event, while Inskeep will run.To prepare for the biathlon, Volk drew on her past swimming career, while Inskeep turned to her running experiences.“I swam competitively in high school and managed a pool this summer,” Volk said. “I had easy access to a pool and remembered a lot of sets that I used to do, as well as made up some of my own that were more biathlon specific.”“When I was home over the summer, I went running with my high school cross country team,” Inskeep said, “It worked out well because I had other people to motivate me to keep going. I actually ran the course this morning, too, so I wouldn’t get lost during the race.”The biathlon is open to all Notre Dame students, faculty and staff according to the RecSports website. There is no charge to register for the event.Registration is currently open online via RecRegister at recregister.nd.edu.According to the website, “the Biathlon has team or individual trials; Men’s, Women’s, and Co-Rec divisions; and Varsity and Non-Varsity categories.”“The biathlon is roughly an 800-meter swim, and two-mile run,” Beven said. “Participants can do it individually or in pairs.  We meet down at St. Joe Beach — yes, Notre Dame has a beach.”Registration for participants the day of the biathlon will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the boathouse on St. Joseph’s beach, located on the far end of St. Joseph’s Lake. The race will begin at 10 a.m. at the boathouse.“I really just want to have fun, and promote swimming in the lakes,” Volk said, “Running around the lakes is a pretty common activity for Notre Dame students, but not many use the beach.”“This is a chance for Notre Dame community members to see what RecSports can offer them,” Beven said,  “We have so many terrific events throughout the year, and this is a nice kickoff for the fall. It’s a quick event, but also challenging at the same time.  Come on out, and have a blast.”Tags: Biathlon, RecSportslast_img read more

  • Jamestown Public Schools Announces Last Day Of School

    first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Public Schools announced the last day of classes for this 2019-20 school year.The last day of school will be Wednesday, June 10, except for Ring Elementary School, which had to close for a day in February due to cleaning from a broken drainpipe.Ring Elementary School’s last day of school will be Thursday, June 11.Each school principal will notify students and families about end of year close out procedures including the return of school property such as textbooks, calculators, library books, novels and athletic uniforms. Principals will also share information about procedures to collect students’ belongings in lockers or classrooms.Those with questions on school closure procedures are asked to contact their school principal for more information. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Indonesia counts on Christo in Davis Cup matches against Kenya

    first_imgWith no track record of encounters between the two teams, Kenya’s nonplaying captain Rosemary Owino praised the opposing side as a strong team, adding that her team would do its best to save the chance to advance to the World Group I.In terms of individual rankings, Kenyan players stand in the top 2000 in singles and doubles. Indonesia’s sole player with an ATP singles ranking is David Agung Susanto, who stands at 1346. Meanwhile, Christo is ranked at 80 in doubles.In the current Davis Cup ranking, Kenya is in 63rd place, just ahead of Christo and his teammates in 65th position. The winner of the match will play against the losing nation of World Group I play-offs to determine which one advances to Group I.The loser must fight to stay in World Group II by winning the regional Group III competition in the middle of this year.Topics : Indonesian tennis will rely heavily on its ace Christopher “Christo” Rungkat to lead them to victory in the Davis Cup World Group II play-off against Kenya in Jakarta on Friday and Saturday.Christo, who recently made history by becoming the first Indonesian male player to win an ATP tour title, will power up the team alongside another seasoned player, David Agung Susanto, and two juniors, M. Rifqi Fitriadi and Gunawan Trismuwantara. It will be the first meeting between the two teams in the new format of the Davis Cup, which no longer categorizes countries based on regional zone.Even though Christo focuses on playing doubles, Indonesia’s nonplaying captain, Febi Widhiyanto, said on Wednesday that he might deploy him to play a singles match against Kenya. The last time Christo competed in the singles category at an international tournament was in the 2018 ATP Challenger Tour in Busan, South Korea. “In the current composition, all the players [we have] can play [both singles and doubles]. Since I have no idea about the strength of Kenya, this will be quite tough,” he said.“I hope that I can deploy Christo in singles, but I cannot force him, since he has been focusing on playing doubles. But, he’s still the best [we’ve got],” he added.Febi went on to say that Christo was crucial for the team as he could boost other players’ confidence, while denying that the team was overly dependent on the 30-year-old.“We need a leader. Christo is a leader figure. Even if he does not play, the atmosphere will be different as he sits there with the team,” he said.last_img read more