Facebook0Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA – Thurston County authors are invited to take part in a special gathering this summer. There will be an “Author’s Corner” at this year’s county fair (August 1-5), featuring only Thurston County authors. Writers can bring their books to sell and/or sign, talk to their fans, and generally promote their books. Participants will be signed up for 4-hour shifts (10-2, 2-6, or 6-10pm) and will be housed in the Heritage Hall annex.Fair staff is now extending the invitation to any Thurston County authors who might like to participate. If interested, contact Ann Shipley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-791-6086 for further information and application forms.
Facebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityStudents and job-seekers will have an opportunity to connect with a wide range of employers Wednesday, April 26, at the 2017 Career and Internship Fair. The fair, co-sponsored by Saint Martin’s University and The Evergreen State College, will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Marcus Pavilion on the Saint Martin’s University campus, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE. The fair welcomes students, alumni and the public. Admission is free.Photo courtesy: Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s established the event almost 30 years ago, and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the partnership between the area’s two four-year schools, says Ann Adams, associate dean of students and the University’s director of career development. “The Career Fair is a signature event for our students and the local community. It provides the opportunity for job-seekers to meet potential employers and graduate school recruiters to learn about exciting career fields,” says Adams. “We are pleased that this tradition continues to provide people in our area a way to connect with career opportunities.”This year’s Career and Internship Fair will feature more than 110 employers from private industry, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Some will be conducting on-site interviews for full-time, part-time and summer positions, and all will be there to share general information about their organization. Many also have positions that do not require a degree, Adams said.The event also draws graduate program representatives from several colleges and universities.Adams recommends that job-seekers come prepared by wearing appropriate business attire, bringing multiple copies of resumes and brushing up on interview skills in advance.Even for those who are not seeking immediate employment, the fair provides a great opportunity to gather information for future internships and jobs, as well as expand their network of contacts, Adams says.Photo courtesy: Saint Martin’s University.Adams says that Saint Martin’s alumni and students play a key role in the event. The Saint Martin’s Alumni Association is a fair sponsor and has a display there. About 20 University alumni will represent their organizations and businesses, while other alumni will be on hand to help people navigate the large event.The Associated Students of Saint Martin’s University, too, is a fair sponsor, and many of the University’s students fill volunteer roles that include greeting recruiters and helping them with their displays, she says.Other sponsors for this year’s fair are Bon Appétit, American Workforce Group, Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County, Capitol City Press, CHI Franciscan Health, Evergreen Fire and Security, Pacific Lutheran University, Skillings Connolly Inc., Visiting Angels and Washington National Guard.For more information about Career and Internship Fair 2017, go to www.stmartin.edu/careercenter and click on “career fairs.” Questions about the fair also can be directed to Ann Adams, associate dean of students and director of career development, 360-486-8842; email@example.com
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansCollin Tate scored two goals for the second straight game and Chris Pugh added two more for the Oly Town Artesians, but the Tacoma Stars Reserves exploded in the second half and registered a 17-5 win at The Pavilion on Saturday night.The Stars Reserves struck first on a goal by Isidro Prado-Huerta at the 6:53 mark of the first quarter. Moments later, the Artesians lost their starting goalkeeper, Bradley Hanson, when he made a save with his face and had to leave the game and went to the hospital. He was checked out and released but will be out for the remainder of the regular season. Luis Magana replaced him between the pipes.Taking advantage of the cold keeper, the Stars Reserves scored twice before Chris Pugh got the Artesians on the board with 23 seconds left in the first. Tacoma then scored twice and took a 5-1 lead at the 8:22 mark of the second quarter. But Magana caught fire and made some outstanding saves to keep the game close and allowed Oly to get back into it with Pugh’s second goal and another by Esau Vazquez. The half came to a close with just a two goal difference, 5-3.The two teams traded goals early in the third with Collin Tate scoring his first of the game for the Artesians four minutes into the period to make it 6-4. But the dam broke 4:09 into the third and the Stars Reserves outscored the Artesians 11-1 over the final 19 minutes.Nate Ford scored four times, including a penalty shootout goal in the fourth quarter. Eddie Na posted a hat trick and nine different players scored for Tacoma. They also managed to commit just three fouls all evening and stayed undefeated at 3-0-0 with a visit from Bellingham United looming next weekend.The Artesians fell to 0-4-0 and will look to rebound next weekend in Bremerton against the Oly-Pen Force. First kick is set for 7:30 p.m.Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.
Work Out WorldThe WOW name is a recognizable brand, according to Anthony Miscia who manages the Red Bank studio on Broad Street, but each site is individually owned. The Red Bank and Tinton Falls locations are owned by the Roma family who have a commitment to fitness.Lauren Cascio is Red Bank’s head trainer and has a philosophy that stresses “variety” in an exercise program. “We want clients to enjoy the experience,” she says, “and one way to help do that and keep the interested and moving toward fitness and weight goals, is to be sure there are not doing the same thing every visit.”Cascio says a well-rounded fitness program includes one-on-one sessions with a personal trainer, group classes in programs like pilates, yoga or kick boxing (offered at the Tinton Falls location), and working out on your own. “I help clients develop a varied program that works for them,” she says, “that focuses on their main interests and goals.”WOW’s Red Bank facility, with aerobic machines overlooking the Navesink River, has a studio feel but includes 30 state-of-the art aerobic and kinesis machines and thousands of pounds of free weights.30 West Front St., Red Bank www.workoutworld.com By Art PetrosemoloIt’s that time of year when just about everyone is thinking, “How can I lose the extra weight I put on over the holidays?” Or, for some, there is the New Year’s resolution to eat better and exercise on a regular basis.In the two river area, there is no shortage of gyms, personal trainers, health clubs, and the like, all looking to help you meet your weight loss and fitness goals. But more often than not, and the professionals at these fitness centers will attest, most individuals may start a program with good intentions but give up when they don’t see instant results.Getting fit and staying fit isn’t easy and if you don’t believe it, don’t start, the professionals say. First, be sure your doctor agrees with you starting a fitness program; then do your research on options, check your diet, talk to the professionals at fitness centers, and yoga and pilates studios and make a plan.I had a close sailing friend who always said before we started out on a long cruise, “Plan the sail; sail the plan… and we’ll get to our destination safely.” The same goes with fitness. You need a plan, a goal, and a means to achieve success and then the persistence and fortitude to succeed. Here are some local fitness locations that will give you some options to help you succeed this year.Brahma YogaLisa Aquino has turned her passion for yoga into a business at Brahma Yoga. For the past eight years, her Sea Bright yoga studio and spa has been catering to adults and children with yoga classes for all levels. Brahma Yoga also runs a 200-hour training program for yoga instructors.Yoga is a no burn out, stress reducing series of exercises that children as young as three can start to help their balance and focus. “Yoga also works for teens, adults and senior citizens to help fitness, balance and reduce stress,” Aquino says. ”As an added benefit, regular yoga participants find they sleep better too.”Classes are 90 minutes and taught by certified instructors. There is a warm-up, build-up, back down, relaxation and meditation segment to each class. There are 20 yoga instructors at the site and Brahma specializes in yoga.“We also have a holistic spa,” Aquino says, “and do massage therapy and a number of other treatments. Being close to the beach we are quite busy in the summer with many vacationing yoga enthusiasts looking for a studio when they are here at the Jersey Shore.”1050 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright www.brahmayoga.comAtlantic Club Fitness Director Diane Karpus says Atlantic Club members love group exercises. With more than 100 classes each week, all open to members as part of their membership fee, there is something for everyone. “Members enjoy the family feeling that comes with exercising with friends in a group setting,” Diane says.But there is a lot more than group programs at the Atlantic Club. The younger (10 years old) of a two-site fitness operation, Atlantic Club Red Bank is no sleepy sister to the larger Manasquan site. The club has hundreds of visits a day by men and women for one-on-one sessions with one of the three dozen personal trainers, workouts on state-of-the-art aerobic and strength equipment that is updated regularly, group classes, fitness swimming or water aerobics.Members are given a fitness evaluation and plan as well as complimentary three month assessments whether they chose to work with a personal trainer or exercise by themselves.The Atlantic Club is an adults-only facility but does provide childcare on site for moms and dads who need someone to keep their children active while they exercise or enjoy the services at the club’s Milagro Spa. The club has a children’s swim team that meets Sunday evenings and occasional short-term programs for teens.Also, on-site at the Atlantic Club is Crest Physical Therapy for orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. The Atlantic Club supports the program with certified post-rehab trainers to help patients continue rehabilitation.325 Maple Ave., Red Bank www.theatlanticclub.comCommunity YMCAFor years, although there were always small boutique work-out facilities in the area, your option in the two rivers communities to join a full service facility was the Community Y in Red Bank. Linda Ambis is the executive director of the Maple Avenue location. Today, she points out, with the commercializing of fitness and wellness it has become an industry unto itself and there are dozens of focused facilities or larger health club/fitness centers to choose from.“We recognize the growth in the industry in the past 10 years,” Linda says, “ and have adjusted to meet the needs of our existing members and, at the same time, attract new individual members and families.” The Community Y is big, 60,000 square feet, and open weekdays 17 hours a day to accommodate hundreds of visits.One of the things that sets the Y apart is its family focus. They have programs for children as young as three months (mommy and me aquatics) to senior citizens with every age group in-between covered too.The Maple Avenue location has undergone a major renovation in the past year with updates to its lobby, childcare area, fitness studios, Teen Zone and pools. The Teen Zone on the first floor is popular with youngsters who have access to a personalized, interactive fitness location with floor supervision.Like other large fitness centers, the Y offers classes on land and in the water that run the gamut from cardio, strength, yoga, pilates, cycling to water aerobics.The Y also offers the largest aquatics program in the area – taught by certified Y and Red Cross instructors – with aquatic fitness sessions for adults and swim lessons for children from three months right up to nationally ranked competitive teams.“New Y members get a wellness orientation with a plan customized for them,” Linda says, “and it is based on their interests and goals with the hope it will keep them motivated.” Wellness coaches help individuals with equipment and exercises between, or in lieu of, personal training sessions.The Y staff encourages family participation and helps members find programs that will interest their children or other family members. The popular after school “fit kid,” program, for example, combines 30 minutes of strength and 30 minutes of cardio training. Childcare is available.“I encourage members to set realistic goals for fitness,” Linda says, “and then to break them down into small bites and to celebrate successes. And above all,” she concludes, “try new things and have fun in the process.”166 Maple Ave., Red Bank www.cymca.orgMike Duffy Personal Training“For many people, a fitness program isn’t going to happen without help,” says Mike Duffy. “Goals are easier to reach with individual help and motivation.”Duffy, who has a degree in exercise science and 28 years in the business, has two locations with the Oakhurst operation running for 13 years while the Little Silver site is five years old. Carol Ann, Mike’s wife, handles the phones and appointments while keeping Mike and the other nine personal trainers with clients.“What sets us apart,” he says, “is our concern with personal nutrition and how we include it as part of our training program.”Clients sign up for three or six month time periods with two sessions each week with their personal trainer. A specific program is designed by Duffy and his staff to meet individuals’ fitness goals and each session lasts 60 minutes. They also have trainers certified in post-rehab training to help individuals continue their road to full recovery from injuries, operations and initial rehabilitation.Duffy’s runs the popular “Boot Camp” programs for adults five days a week with a 5 a.m. and evening session. After school Boot Camps for children 8-12 also are popular.147 Markham Pl., Little Silver www.mikeduffyspt.comLA BoxingAccording to Kristina Caswell, who works the front desk at LA Boxing and also works out at the club, there is no other workout that lets you burn 800-1,200 calories in an hour.“All our instructors have fight (boxing, kick boxing or mixed martial arts) experience,” Kristina says, “and they run intense group sessions.” There are classes all day at LA Boxing’s Shrewsbury location with class size up to 20 men and women.“It is a challenge,” says Jay Connelly, a lawyer who owns the Shrewsbury and Marlboro facilities with partners, “as the instructors constantly change-up the workout to keep you on your toes with cardio, strength and toning exercises.”One of the reason individuals enroll at LA Boxing is they get tired of the traditional workouts using treadmills and other exercise machines. They are looking for a new challenge.Clients usually do a one-hour workout, twice a week, Connelly says. It will include a warm-up, shadow boxing, work on the heavy bag, core workout and a cool down, stretch segment.“Yes you can get into the ring,” Kristina says, “if you are a member of one of our fight groups or through personal one-on-one training with one of our personal trainers and yes it is a rush.”150 Shrewsbury Plaza, Shrewsbury www.laboxing.com/shrewsbury
By Emma Wulfhorst |Send your kids back to school this season ready to conquer the classroom and look good while doing it. We’ve compiled a list of the best of the best in trendy school essentials. From stationery and school supply storage, to technology accessories and lunchtime items, your student will be prepared for success.This article was first published in the August 10-17, 2017 Back to School edition of The Two River Times newspaper.
By Terri Richardson, Nelson Curling ClubThe Nelson Curling Club curlers are happy to return from the Christmas break to two exciting events. One is the Mixed League, which focuses on curlers of all ages and varying levels to curl in social and non-competitive games. One only has to drop by on a Friday evening to watch the fun games while music blares out on the ice with curlers laughing and chatting it up the whole evening. Because they want to share all this fun with everyone, they are hosting an evening for curlers to invite friends to join in their games this Friday night. If you don’t know a curler, just come to the rink and before you know it, you will know many, many curlers. We look forward to seeing you this Friday (January 10) at 6:45 p.m. Please bring clean indoor shoes and curling equipment will be provided. The second event, is a bit more competitive with the Kootenay Zone playdowns for the Senior Men’s qualifier for the B.C. Provincials being hosted January 17-19. Drop by to watch as the runner-up in last year’s provincials, Tom Shypitka, defends his berth (Nelson’s, Fred Thomson is third on this team). Teams who are challenging Shypitka for the opportunity to represent the Kootenays are, Fahselt, McHargue and Bothamley from the East Kootenays and Nichol, Salviulo and Ferguson from the West. These teams promise to provide us with entertaining games and the public is invited to come and watch.Standings for the first half of the curling season are:Tuesday Mens:Beaudry (14); Meadows (11); Savliulo (11); May, R. (10); Zelonka (9); Cutler (8); Marsh (8); Thomson (8); May, A. (7); Haynes (4)Thursday Mens:Salviulo (14); Zelonka (14); Lewis (13); Wudkevich (10); McLellan (9); Cutler (6); Barnhart (6); Meadows (6); Richardson (6); Burch (4)Ladies:DeTremaudan (16); May (13); Sutherland (11); Walgren (11); Cowden (10); Dreher (5); Prentice (4); Mackenzie (0)
–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (April 4, 2015)–Undefeated WBO, IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey Kovalev will present the trophy for today’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, which will be run as the eighth race on an 11-race card at The Great Race Place. Projected post time for the 78th running of the Santa Anita Derby is 3:38 p.m., PDT.Born April 2, 1983 in Chelyabinsk, Russia, Kovalev currently resides in Sherman Oaks. Undefeated in 28 bouts, Kovalev, at 175 pounds, is one of the most feared fighters in the world today with 24 knockouts to his credit.Named Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year for 2014, Kovalev defeated former champion Bernard Hopkins by unanimous decision on Nov. 8 in Atlantic City, retaining his WBO Light Heavyweight title and winning the IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight titles. In his most recent bout, Kovalev defeated Jean Pascal via TKO in the eighth round on March 14 in Montreal.Kovalev, who is currently represented by Main Events, will watch the Derby Day races from one of Santa Anita’s Luxury Suites. First post time is at 12 noon and today’s Santa Anita Derby will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network.
CoSIDA Academic All-District/All-American selections and First Team All-Conference athletes who meet all-academic nomination criteria are automatically named First Team All-Academic. D Megan Rickert Houston Baptist So. Round Rock, Texas 4.00 Nursing F Juliana Ocampo Lamar Jr. Bogotá, Colombia 3.68 Management 2017 Soccer Student-Athlete of the Year: M.J. Eckart, Lamar D Nikki Schaaf McNeese Sr. Cypress, Texas 3.61 Nursing Southland Conference All-Academic Teams are voted upon by a head coach, sports information director and academic/compliance staff member from each school. Student-Athletes of the Year are voted upon by an awards committee which consists of one administrator from each member school. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. 2017 Soccer All-Academic Second Team F Ashley Smith2 Central Arkansas Jr. Plano, Texas 3.81 Management MF M.J. Eckart*2 Lamar Sr. Flower Mound, Texas 4.00 Exercise Science F Dylan Owens* Abilene Christian Jr. Willard, Mo. 3.77 Advertising and Public Relations F Chloe Fifer2 Abilene Christian Sr. McKinney, Texas 3.87 Interdisciplinary Programs 2017 Soccer All-Academic First Team MF Ellee Hall2 Houston Baptist Sr. Uintah, Utah 3.55 Biology F Megan Baer Abilene Christian Sr. San Antonio, Texas 3.91 Communication Disorders MF Alex Moore2 Central Arkansas Sr. Yukon, Okla. 3.40 Nursing F Kaitlyn Joy^ A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. Dripping Springs, Texas 4.00 Environmental Science D Stacia Carroll* Central Arkansas Sr. South Jordan, Utah 3.71 Health Science/Physical Therapy F Madison Hall Stephen F. Austin Sr. Shreveport, La. 3.25 Kinesiology Eckart, a native of Flower Mound, Texas, holds a perfect 4.00 grade point average while majoring in exercise science. She was a First Team All-Southland Conference selection this season as well as an All-Tournament pick after the Cardinals’ championship run. Now a two-time all-academic honoree, Eckart was second on the team in goals scored (six) while playing 1,824 minutes. D Marie Lund* Lamar Sr. Bergen, Norway 3.38 General Business MF Hanna Barker* Stephen F. Austin Sr. Farmers Branch, Texas 3.23 Kinesiology Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown GPA Major F Taylor Pritchard Sam Houston State So. Helotes, Texas 3.76 Kinesiology D Carli Arthurs^% Stephen F. Austin So. Lewisville, Texas 4.00 Mathematics Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown GPA Major Four additional members of this year’s selections are also returning picks from the previous all-academic teams, including Abilene Christian’s Chloe Fifer and the Central Arkansas duo of Ashley Smith and Alex Moore. To be eligible for all-academic distinction, an athlete must hold a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average through the semester prior to the sport’s championship, completed at least one full academic year at the nominating school prior to the current season, and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competitions during the most recently completed season. Student-Athlete of the Year nominees must have hold at least a 3.20 GPA and have completed at least two years of athletic competition at the nominating school, including the current season. Abilene Christian and Lamar both lead with four selections. Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin each earned a trio of selections while Houston Baptist, Northwestern State and Sam Houston State all earned a pair. McNeese and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi each collected one all-academic spot. MF Beryl Smith Sam Houston State Sr. The Woodlands, Texas 4.00 Food Science and Nutrition MF Jayden Wheeler Northwestern State So. Heath, Texas 4.00 Education FRISCO, Texas – Lamar senior midfielder M.J. Eckart is the 2017 Southland Conference Soccer Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Thursday in conjunction with the All-Academic First and Second Teams. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. D Shay Johnson Abilene Christian So. Coppell, Texas 3.90 Communication Disorders GK Lauren Lovejoy Lamar Sr. Port Neches, Texas 3.25 Kinesiology GK Alex Latham Northwestern State Sr. Bradenton, Fla. 3.84 Accounting Stephen F. Austin’s Carli Arthurs and Kaitlyn Joy of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi both earned automatic selections by virtue of national CoSIDA academic recognition. Joy was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team while Arthurs was honored with selection to the all-district list and was the Southland’s lone Academic All-American representative, earning third team distinction. * Automatic selection; First Team All-Conference^ Automatic selection; CoSIDA Academic All-District% Automatic selection; CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-American2 Two-time All-Academic selection# At-Large Selection
Corpus Christi hit .327 for the night with senior middle blocker Madeline Doud leading the charge, going .591 for the match with 15 kills. Three more Islanders record double figure numbers with sophomore outside hitter Madison Green putting 12 kills to her name and freshman outside hitter Chloe Simon and junior middle blocker Madison Fitzsimmons each with 11. Senior setter Kristyn Nicholson ended the night with 50 assists along with seven kills, five digs and one service ace. The Bearkats’ Brooke White recorded a double-double behind 14 digs and 11 kills while junior middle blocker Taylor Cunningham led all Sam Houston hitters with 14 kills. Junior setter Jaclyn Ward was a kill shy of a double-double, dishing out 36 assists for the match. Set ThreeAfter leading the entire set, the Bearkats found themselves down by a point to the Islanders at 19-18. From there on it became a point exchange between the two teams with Sam Houston tying it at 19 all but never leading by more than two points before winning it 25-23. At 23-23, Ward again took the attack herself to record her third kill of the set and move to seven on the night followed by Vaughn claiming her third of the set to end it. Both teams had their best hitting of the match so far with Sam Houston hitting .500 to the Islanders’ .379. The Islanders’ Madeline Doud hit .833, downing five kills on six attacks.VB: Vaughn’s kill ends 25-23 win for @BearkatsVB in set 3. @IslandersVB lead trimmed to 2-1. Watch set 4 now on https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt. pic.twitter.com/mKyZEiNOVQ— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 Set OneEarly in the set, it was a back-and-forth battle between Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Sam Houston State with teams tying eight teams in the first 22 points given in the night. With the teams tied at 11-11, the Islanders put together three straight points to go up 14-11 and begin breaking away from the Bearkats. Up 20-18, Corpus Christi scored four consecutive points to get ahead 24-18. Sam Houston setter Jaclyn Ward record her fourth kill of the set before Chloe Simon put the set away with her fourth kill. The Islanders hit .341 for the set with six players tallying a kill while Sam Houston’s Jordyn Vaughn and Taylor Cunningham each got four kills.VB: Simon’s kill completes @islandersvb 25-19 win in 1st set. Can @bearkatsvb even it up? Watch https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland app. pic.twitter.com/VuDTeQZYXo— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 The Islanders advance to play against No. 2 in the semifinals on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on the Southland Digital Network. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – No. 3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi bested No. 6 Sam Houston State 3-1 (25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 25-17) at home Friday in the last quarterfinal match of the 2017 Southland Volleyball Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas. The victory extended the Islanders win streak to six as the back-to-back tournament champions continues their quest for a three-peat. Set TwoMadison Green’s left-handed swing ended the fifth set for a 25-20. She joined Simon and Madison Fitzsimmons for four kills in the set. Unlike the set before, Corpus Christi never lost the lead after starting the second set on a 10-5 run. Although the Islanders recorded just a .184 hitting clip for the set, the Corpus Christi defense held Sam Houston to .031. Ashley Lewis was the leader in kills for the Bearkats with four. Set FourAfter Corpus Christi let Sam Houston within one at 11-10, the Islanders scored five straight to take a 16-10 lead and carry momentum toward a 25-17 in the fourth set to win the match. Doud led all hitters with six kills on seven attacks for a .857 hitting percentage as her Islanders hit a team best for the night at .412. Nicholson recorded 11 assists for the set and added three kills and a dig while the Islander compiled 20 digs and two blocks.VB: @IslandersVB advances to Southland semifinal round, 3-1 winners over @BearkatsVB. Islanders vs. @UCAVball, 2:30 pm CT Saturday. pic.twitter.com/tHdrJzdki8— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017
FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Briahna Gerlach and Stephen F. Austin’s Madison Pecot are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouthBank.com.Gerlach competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Oliver Jackson Twilight for the Wildcats in Abilene, Texas, over the weekend. The sophomore clocked in at 11:09.42 for a first-place finish and the Southland’s fourth-fastest performance of the season in the running event. Gerlach topped the second-place finisher by one minute en route to producing Abilene Christian’s seventh-fastest steeplechase performance in program history.Pecot cleared the bar at 14-2.5 feet in the pole vault for the Ladyjacks at the Texas A&M Alumni Muster in College Station, Texas, this past weekend. The senior topped the field with a first-place finish, while registering the NCAA’s fifth best pole vault mark of the 2019 season.The awards mark the first of the season for both Gerlach and Pecot.Southland competitors will now shift their attention to the 2019 Southland Outdoor Championship, beginning Friday, May 3. The conference meet will be hosted by Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La.Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Briahna Gerlach, Abilene Christian – So. – Gakona, AlaskaSophomore Briahna Gerlach clocked the school’s seventh-fastest time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with an 11:09.42. Her performance earned her first-place honors at the Oliver Jackson Twilight Open in Abilene, Texas and claimed the Southland’s fourth-fastest time in the steeplechase this season.Honorable Mention: 4×400-meter Relay Team, Stephen F. Austin (Imani Nave, Aaliyah Teel, Dominique Jackson, Cayla Burch).Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Madison Pecot, Stephen F. Austin – Sr. – Hallsville, TexasPecot cleared 4.33m (14-2.5 feet) in the pole vault on Saturday, winning the event and registering the fifth-best mark in the NCAA for the season. Pecot’s performance stands as the best in the Southland Conference this season, heading into the 2019 Southland Outdoor Championships.Honorable Mention: Megan Kirby, Abilene Christian.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.