… Over $2M investedCOURTS Guyana Inc., in collaboration with the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), will today launch their seventh annual COURTS 10K Road Race.The event which is now a part of the AAG calendar sees some clubs, athletes and gyms participate with COURTS annually in the largest 10K race in Guyana.Defending COURTS 10K champion Cleveland FordeIn total the company is investing in excess of $2M in this year’s race to ensure the success of the event as the company is proud of the growth it has seen throughout the years.The event is open to runners in the Juniors, Seniors and Masters categories for both men and women and COURTS will be handing over $1.5M in cash, prizes and trophies.The race will take place on October 1 and will commence at the COURTS Main Street Store at 06:00hrs and will follow a prescribed route. A 3K event will be held simultaneously for staff members of the company and first- to third-place winners for both male and female staff members will be awarded cash prizes and trophies.“COURTS is proud to be able to continue to host this event every year and make good on its commitment to sports in Guyana”, a release from the company stated yesterday.Cleveland Forde and US-based Euleen Josiah-Tanner are defending male and female champions respectively, having dominated the event for a number of years.Forde clocked 32 minutes 40 seconds (32:40.0) to win last year’s 10K, while rivals Winston Missigher (33:15.1) and Cleveland Thomas (33:26.7) finished second and third respectively.Josiah-Tanner ran 40:12.20 to finish ahead of the now Monroe College student Claudrice McKoy (41:42.9), while Ashanti Scott was third in a time of 41:56.6.
The Wisconsin women’s hockey team is looking ahead to the matchup with the Minnesota Golden Gophers this week after ending the season on a high note, going 35-3-1 overall and remaining undefeated at home. Head coach Mark Johnson said he feels grateful for another week of practice and game to play.After defeating Mercyhurst 6-0, clinching their spot in the NCAA Frozen Four, the Badgers will face the Gophers in Durham, New Hampshire. The last time the Badgers played the Gophers, they lost both games, one ending in overtime. The Badgers have played the Gophers five times this season, and Johnson has peace of mind knowing they will be matching up against a familiar opponent in the Frozen Four.In a press conference Monday, Johnson acknowledged how playing the Gophers has historically been tough.“Generally they’re pretty close games, they’re overtime games, you know, they’re end-to-end action,” Johnson said. “And for the people that show up, to get a chance to watch it on the stream line, similar to the previous five games this year — it will be entertaining.”Johnson remarked on his veteran team, noting that they have been in this position before.Larson: Badgers’ victory showcased complete team effort, what is needed to reach NCAA finalHad you walked into LaBahn Arena this weekend and not known that it was the NCAA Quarterfinal game, you would’ve Read…With only three freshmen, playing a familiar opponent always helps with the confidence of the team. However, when game time starts, it all comes down who can execute, and who will play to the strengths of their team.“You need to stay out of the penalty box and do a list of maybe four or five things,” Johnson said. “And if you’re able to check those off at the end of the game, you’ve probably given yourself a pretty good chance to win.”Johnson also reflected on two of his best players, Emily Clark and Annie Pankowski, and what they’ve done beyond the success of the program. Clark has been chosen to help defend Team Canada’s title in the World Cup of Hockey, and Pankowski has been chosen to represent Team USA.But with a national championship still the task at hand, Johnson has been very impressed with the way both Clark and Pankowski have been playing recently.“All of a sudden [Clark’s] feet are a little bit lighter, she is skating a little bit quicker,” Johnson said. “You want your big players to be good right now, and certainly both Emily and Annie have elevated themselves here as we got into the playoffs and got ourselves into a position for the game Friday night.”The Badgers will face the Gophers Friday, March 18 at 6 p.m. in Durham, New Hampshire, available on NCAA.com.