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Heatwave disruption: Schools close, hospitals cancel appointments and events are scrapped as UK braces for record temperatures

Travel chaos is on the cards, both over the weekend and beyond. Here passengers queue for ferries at the Port of Dover in Kent on Saturday morning

The country is bracing itself for extreme disruption next week, as forecasters predict possible temperatures of 40C (104F) in parts of the country.

Amid warnings that lives are at risk, a “national emergency” has been declared by the UK Health Security Agency and the Met Office has issued its first-ever red warning for extreme heat.

The heatwave is set to peak on Tuesday, with temperatures climbing over the weekend.

Find out the five-day forecast for where you live

Travel delays as tracks ‘bend and buckle’

People are being urged to avoid all non-essential travel and warned of likely disruption to travel by train and car.

Temperatures will build over this weekend and early next week for much of England and Wales. pic: Met Office
Temperatures will build over this weekend and early next week for much of England and Wales. Pic: Met Office

A No 10 spokesman said railway speed restrictions may be needed on “some parts of the network next week to manage the hot weather and to avoid any potential damage”.

Very hot temperatures can affect rails, overhead power lines and signalling equipment, as well as “bend and buckle” tracks.

Jake Kelly, of Network Rail, warned that journeys will take “significantly longer and delays are likely as speed restrictions are introduced to keep passengers and railway staff safe”.

Train operators, including Transport for London (TfL), are strongly encouraging customers not to travel on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 July.

TFL chief operating officer Andy Lord said: “Due to the exceptionally hot weather that is expected next week, customers should only use London’s transport network for essential journeys.

“If customers do need to travel, they should check before they travel as we are expecting there to be some impact to Tube and rail services as a result of temporary speed restrictions we will need to introduce to keep everyone safe.

“It is also vital that customers always carry water at all times with them when travelling.”

Meanwhile, motorists have been advised to try to make their journeys outside of the hottest periods of the day, particularly if they have older cars.

The RAC has warned more drivers will need help as cars overheat, and asked their customers to question whether they really need to make the journey in the first place.

Hospital appointments cancelled

Some hospitals have taken the decision to cancel routine appointments and surgeries due to the risk to both patients and staff due to the predicted extreme heat.

Joe Harrison, CEO of Milton Keynes University Hospital, said on Twitter: “We have taken the decision to stand down routine outpatient appointments and surgery on Monday and Tuesday because many of the patients travelling to these appointments are frail and at increased risk, and due to the unpredictable nature of very high temperatures on demand for emergency care and on care environment.

“We will do all we can to keep wards & departments as cool as possible, but we know this will be a challenge given the very high outside temperature.

“We have solid plans and contingency plans in place and will keep social media channels and our website updated with any changing info.”

With ambulance wait times already on the rise, there have been warnings that things will only worsen during the heatwave, with patients potentially stuck in hot vehicles for hours while waiting for hospital admission.

East Midlands Ambulance Service Director of Operations David Williams warned patients they may face “an extended wait” for an ambulance and urged people to call 999 only as “a last resort”.

NHS data revealed that none of the England’s ambulance services hit crucial response time targets in June.

School closures and sports days cancelled

Some schools in the south of the country may close on Monday and Tuesday due to the extreme weather, and the NEU teaching union has said it will support headteachers taking this decision.

Schools choosing to close their doors have pointed to the potentially dangerous temperatures of classrooms, as well as the risk to both staff and pupils of having to work during the hottest points of day.

Many school sports days scheduled to take place during the hot weather are also being postponed or cancelled.

Some schools have said they will arrange a skeleton staff to keep the buildings open for parents unable to find alternative childcare at short notice.

Some southern nurseries will also be restricting their hours on the hottest days following Public Health England’s guidelines for supporting children in Early Years.

The majority of UK schools are set to break up for the summer holidays later in the week.

Some shops and salons around the country have also advised they will be closing or shutting early on Monday and Tuesday.

Scrapped events

Unprecedented weather conditions have led to many weekend events – including dog shows and summer fetes – being called off, as well as larger scale events at the start of the week.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) have called off five meetings – their scheduled fixtures at Beverley and Windsor on Monday and their all-weather cards at Chelmsford and Wolverhampton on Tuesday, along with Southwell’s jumps fixture.

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‘Tractor trekkers’ raise record amount for Eden Foundation in event’s 15th year

Fifteen years ago, Armin Enns, the chair of the Eden Foundation at the time, came up with the idea of a vintage tractor trek through area villages as a fundraiser.


The fifteen-year milestone of the event happened this past Saturday.


Director of Development with Eden Foundation, Jayme Giesbrecht says 54 tractors were registered for the trek this year, which is higher than they’ve seen in a number of years.

“This isn’t the highest it’s ever been, however, we were so thrilled that 54 people were willing to take the whole day to spend time on their antique tractors and just have fun with us,” said Giesbrecht. “We’re really glad we could honour Armin’s idea. And to this point, over 15 years, we have raised almost $ 1 million. So, in the coming years, we will hit that milestone and it will be another exciting chapter.”

This year, the 54 ‘tractor trekkers’ brought in a record amount through the event for the Eden Foundation, raising $78,375.

The money will get divided during the foundation’s granting season. However, Giesbrecht says they first need to get a better idea of what the needs are in each of Eden’s organizations, including Segue Career Options, Recovery of Hope, and their housing and supports.

“Linden Place we have in Winkler, and then in Steinbach, we have some housing facilities as well, and in Winnipeg. In Steinbach right now, we’re working towards a kitchen upgrade, a commercial kitchen that will allow people to kind of re-learn cooking techniques, and community meals…that’s one big way the money will help. There are always upgrades to be done at the (Eden) mental health centre, and so there are a variety of ways that this money will help, but it is helping in a big way to provide that hope and that healing and community that our vision statement says.”

A number of vintage tractors are lined up in a straight row.“What was really neat this year was to be able to start in the City of Winkler at the Emmanuel Church, because that way some of the folks in Winkler were able to line up on 15th Street and see the tractors go by,” noted Giesbrecht. “Terrance Klassen, our photographer got some really neat photos of these vintage tractors with modern style houses in the background, and it just shows how far we’ve come.”
A number of vintage tractors are lined up in a straight row.Supplied photo
Two men on their antique tractors surrounded by beautiful yellow fields. Photo by Terrance Klassen – provided by Eden Foundation. 


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Celebrate Your Awesome sees record support at annual event

Celebrate Your Awesome sees record support at annual event

June 23, 2022   ·  

By Sam Odrowski

An in-person celebration of all backgrounds, ages, religions, and sexual orientations returned to Mill Street on Saturday (June 18) for Celebrate Your Awesome’s annual Pride and Diversity Day.

It’s the first time in two years a celebration’s been held at Mill Street, with the annual event being marked virtually in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

This year’s turnout was fantastic, surpassing attendance numbers from 2018 and 2019. Celebrate Your Awesome founder and committee member Jim Waddington said the event has grown leaps and bounds.

Fellow committee member, Ricky Schaede called the event a “smashing success.”

“We weren’t quite sure what to expect, just because the last in person event had been so long ago,” he said. “But I think that it was like way more people than we’ve ever had before, and it was such a positive response.”

From early afternoon to late at night on Saturday, Mill Street was filled with live entertainment, featuring bands, soloists, dance groups, choirs, and drag queens.   

“I think people really enjoyed the daytime drag performance, the street was absolutely packed,” Schaede said. “The crowd really seemed energized and really into it.”

For the first time ever, Celebrate Your Awesome held the “Queerly Here” art market at Mill Square Park.

Schaede said there was lots of talented artists set up with booths showing off their work.

“That was an interesting new element of the event this year… a highlight for sure,” Schaede noted.

The celebration also featured “Community Zones”, which had booths from an array of social services and not-for-profit organizations providing information to attendees.

The need is strong for an event like Pride and Diversity Day for members of the 2SLBGTQIA+ community in Dufferin County, according to Schaede.

“I think really, with this event, we want people to know that no matter where you’re from, or what your age or gender identity or sexual orientation is, that you’re welcome in this community, in Orangeville, and in Dufferin County. That there’s a place for you here and that there’s other people like you here, just to create that feeling of sort of inclusion and belonging in this town,” Schaede told the Free Press. “It’s important because for a lot of young, gay and queer people growing up here, they feel like they don’t belong and then they leave town.”

He continued, “That’s kind of a sad thing to grow up somewhere where you feel you don’t belong, and I know for myself growing up what that was like, and I decided not to leave this town.”

Schaede said, through the event, he hopes it shows people they can feel a sense of belonging right here in Dufferin County.

“There’s a place for you here,” he said. “You don’t have to be ashamed to be who you are here, and I think that’s sort of the main reason why we do it.”

Schaede added that he noticed for a lot of young people, Celebrate Your Awesome’s celebration last Saturday was their first Pride event and they got a lot out of it.

“I think it was pretty mind opening for a lot of young people. I talked to young person – they’re a queer person – it was their first Pride event, and they really enjoyed seeing all the other like queer people out there. It kind of made them feel a bit more normal, I guess,” he noted.

“It makes them feel like safer in the town, and more comfortable expressing themselves authentically.”

Schaede said he’d like to thank all the sponsors, committee members, volunteers, performers, and vendors who helped make this year’s event “awesome.”

Looking ahead to next year’s Pride and Diversity Day event, organizers plan on holding fundraisers in between to help offset the costs of putting it on. They’re also looking at hosting pop-up social events.

Schaede said to watch Celebrate Your Awesome’s Facebook page for updates and to send a message there if you’re interested in joining the committee or getting more involved.

“We’re always looking for young, energetic people who are looking to contribute,” he told the Free Press. “There’s definitely space for more people to join us.”

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Cambridge’s Safer Homes, Safer Community Gift Cards for Guns Events Bring in Record Number of Unwanted Firearms

2022 Gun Buyback Flyer

A record number of 245 unwanted guns were safely turned in at the seventh annual Cambridge “Safer Homes, Safer Community” Gift Cards for Guns event on Saturday, June 11 at Reservoir Church and Margaret Fuller House. The firearms that were turned in included pistols, revolvers, shotguns, rifles, BB guns that looked like 9mm pistols, and a toy gun. Residents from Cambridge and as far away as New Hampshire also dropped off ammunition and various gun parts. This year’s turnout surpassed last year’s previous record of more than 150 guns collected. Public safety officials and community volunteers have now collected more than 560 guns at Cambridge events, handed out firearm safety locks, and shared extensive information about suicide prevention and gun safety.

The Cambridge Gift Cards for Guns – part of the city’s initiative aimed at reducing accidental injuries in the home and reducing the risk of suicide, domestic violence, and street crime — is a collaboration of the City of Cambridge, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, and more than 60 faith and community-based organizations and businesses. Since 2013, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office has assisted 15 cities and towns throughout the county, and more than 1,890 unwanted weapons have been turned in.

For those Cambridge residents who were not able to participate last weekend and would still like to dispose of any unwanted gun(s) in their homes, please contact 617-349-6009. Appointments scheduled by Thursday, June 30, 2022 will remain eligible for grocery gift cards ranging from $50-$200 in value.

Participants cited a wide range of reasons for participating in this year’s event. One father indicated that after seeing the recent shootings around the country, he wanted to make sure his son would not have any access to a firearm within his home. A widow indicated that she located a gun inside a bag while cleaning out her late husband’s belongings and wanted to have it removed from her home. An elderly male said he had possession of a pistol for decades, but never used it, and wanted to have it safely destroyed.

Overall, more than 60 organizations helped make this weekend’s events possible through planning, participation, support, and donations. The following Cambridge interfaith organizations and community partners collaborated on this important initiative: A Place to Heal Ministries, Abundant Life Church, Calvary Praise and Worship Center, Cambridgeport Baptist Church, Cambridge Community Fellowship Church, Christian Mission Holiness Church, Congregation Eitz Chayim, Christ Church, First Baptist Church, First Church in Cambridge Congregational, First Parish Cambridge, Friends Meeting Cambridge, Harvard Epworth United Methodist Church, Harvard Memorial Church, Islamic Society of Boston (ISB Cambridge), Journey Church, Kingdom Empowerment Center, Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church, Parish of Saint Paul, Pentecostal Tabernacle, Reservoir Church, Rush AME Zion Church, Salvation Army, Cambridge Citadel, St. James Episcopal Church, St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Temple Beth Shalom, Union Baptist Church, Western Avenue Baptist Church, Cambridge Community Foundation, Cambridge Community Center, Cambridge Women’s Center, Cambridge YWCA, Community Art Center, East End House, Many Helping Hands, Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, My Brother’s Keeper Cambridge, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, The Loop Lab, Transition House, Tutoring Plus, YWCA Cambridge, CambridgeSide, Central Square BID, Harvard Square Business Association, Middle East Restaurant, Pemberton Market, Star Market/Shaw’s, Toscanini’s, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge Council on Aging, Cambridge Domestic & Gender-Based Violence Prevention Initiative, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge Human Service Programs, Cambridge Peace Commission, Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge Public Works, Cambridge Veterans Services, The Office of Massachusetts State Representative Marjorie Decker, Massachusetts State Police and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.

For more information on Cambridge’s “Safer Homes, Safer Community” initiative, please visit If you or your organization is interested in becoming involved in a future event (e.g. donate gift cards, volunteer at the event, or help post flyers in advance of an event), or if you live in a community that may be interested in holding a similar event, please e-mail Many Helping Hands’ Lori Lander (, Cambridge Police Department’s Jeremy Warnick (, or Middlesex Sheriff Office’s Kevin Maccioli (

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NFL Draft in Las Vegas to Eclipse the Event’s $132 Million Spending Record

NFL Draft in Las Vegas to Eclipse the Event’s $132 Million Spending Record

Tracie Rodburg remembers looking out at the masses attending the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville. The NFL’s SVP for sponsor management, Rodburg stood alongside her counterparts from Caesars Entertainment, who were at the time preparing to host the 2020 draft.  

Nashville boasted over 600,000 attendees across three days, reporting over $132 million in direct spending—more than Dallas and Philadelphia had managed over the previous two years, combined. Putting on the most viewed NFL Draft to that point, Music City would be a tough act to follow.

But Las Vegas is not a town that often finds itself outdone, as the Caesars representatives made clear. “They were looking out on the crowd and saying, ‘Oh, we got this,’” Rodburg said.

Three years later, it’s finally Vegas’ turn to put on a show. While COVID-19 diverted the NFL Draft’s decades-long march from hotel conference room event to multi-day football festival, as many as 1 million attendees are expected this week. Rob Gronkowski will be one of them. 

On Friday, Gronkowksi will host Gronk Beach at the Encore Beach Club. Gronk held a similar event before the 2020 Super Bowl in Miami. He and organizers at Medium Rare believe there is a large market of football fans looking for extra entertainment around the draft. 

“Our partners were very receptive to the thought that draft weekend has a lot of opportunity for events,” Medium Rare co-founder Joe Silberzweig said. “[The NFL is] doing a good job with some of the free events and things going on around the strip, but I’m not sure that it’s enough, especially from an entertainment perspective.” Gronk Beach’s sponsors include Pepsi and 1800 Tequila. 

If this level of festivity had surrounded his 2010 draft day, Gronkowski said, “I probably wouldn’t have even played a single down in the NFL.”

Medium Rare is planning for a different crowd than the ones it entertains at Super Bowls, charging $75 for tickets this week rather than upwards of $400. 

“This is a little bit more for the people, and a little bit more accessible than the Super Bowl,” Medium Rare co-founder Adam Richman said.

Elsewhere on the strip, there will be plenty of opportunities for celebrity sightings. Rich Paul has reportedly booked Tao Nightclub for a Klutch Sports Group event, and Tao Group co-CEO Jason Strauss told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that VIP service demand has been so high the company is struggling to source the high-end tables needed to host them. “In 16 years in this business, I have never had that concern,” he saidWeezer, Ice Cube, and Marshmello, meanwhile, are among the musical performers the NFL has lined up.

The draft’s April date has contributed to its growth. “Q1 is just atrociously packed,” Wasserman president, brands and properties Elizabeth Lindsey said, citing everything from the Daytona 500 to the Oscars. “I think [the Draft] actually happens in a good part of the calendar.”

A mid-spring slot also opens up more location possibilities. Each time the draft visits a new town, Lindsey said there’s a bump in interest among brands looking to reach different markets. After Vegas, the NFL will head to Kansas City in 2023 and Detroit in 2024. 

This will be the first NFL Draft to take place in the Pacific time zone, meaning that the actual business of selecting players will be over in time for locals to enjoy themselves in the evening, while the NFL proves that its fans will use just about any excuse to celebrate. 

“That’s what Vegas is—it’s a show,” Rodburg said. “And the draft will fit perfectly in that.”

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Tyler Berg Sets School Record In 10,000m; Lions Win Five Events On The Weekend – Columbia University Athletics

Tyler Berg Sets School Record In 10,000m; Lions Win Five Events On The Weekend - Columbia University Athletics

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va./NEW HAVEN, Conn. — With a time of 28:55.99, Tyler Berg set a school record in 10,000m at the Virginia Challenge, while at Mark Young Challenge, hosted by Yale, Columbia Track & Field put together five winning performances by both the men and women in a solid weekend of action at two different meets.
At the Virginia Challenge, hosted by Virginia, Berg clocked what is the first under 29 minute 10,000m in program history, finishing sixth overall in the competitive meet.  Not to be outdone, Michael Danzi added an eighth-place finish in the 1,500m, clocking a time of 3:42.22, the third-best time in program history. 
On the women’s side, in Virginia, Nikki Vanasse posted a 13th-place time of 4:18.42, the fourth best time in program history. 
At Yale, Columbia’s winning performances were highlighted by the women’s high jump, where Columbia took the top three spots, led by Anna Jordahl-Henry who cleared 1.68m.  Tiffany Bautista finished second, needing one more attempt to clear 1.68m and Julia Jordahl-Henry made it a family affair, clearing 1.64m to take third.
Elsewhere in the field, Kali Hatcher leaped 12.53m to take first in the long jump to give Columbia three winning marks from the field.  On the track, Alex Rodman finished first in the 800m with a time of 2:13.06, while for the men Jack Bennett finished first in the 5,000m with a time of 1$:38.37 and Gavin White took the top spot in the 3,000m Steeplechase with a time of 9:47.19.­
Mark Young Invitational (Apr. 23)
New Haven, Conn.
Track Results
200m – (1. Madelyn, Frey, Brown, 23.99); 19. Anna Jordahl-Henry, 26.27; 23. Patrice Smith, 26.82
400m – (1. Nadja Ashley, Stony Brook, 56.21); 6. Kimmi Woods, 57.83; 7. Brianna Hodges, 58.07
400m H – (1. Anjoli Mathew, Brown, 1:03.65); 2. Sevilla Duran, 1:04.08
800m – 1. Alex Rodman, 2:13.06; 2. Delaney Sanacore, 2:13.98; 7. Story Downing, 2:20.65; 15. Andrea Dubbles, 2:24.26
1500m – (1. Annika Sission, Unatt., 4:34.54); 2. Seneca Willen, 4:39.33; 3. Mary Caroline Heinen, 4:40.26; 7. Charlotte Hartman, 4:48.93; 8. Isabel Schmidt, 4:50.30; 16. Kate Kuwahara, 5:04.71
Field Results
HJ – 1. Anna Jordahl-Henry, 5-06.00/1.68m; 2. Tiffany Bautista, 5-06.00/1.68m; 3. Julia Jordahl-Henry, 5-04.50/1.64m
PV – (1. Eileen Yang, Yale, 3.57m); 5. Emily Rooney, 9-03.00/2.82m
LJ – (1. Sydney Scott, Brown, 6.02m); 11. Patrice Smith, 16-4.05/00
TJ – 1. Kali Hatcher, 41-01.50/12.53m
SP – (1. Sage Sumpter, Nyack, 13.61m); 4. Patrice Smith, 33-04.75/10.18m
DT – (1. Violette Perry, Yale, 45.11m); 5. Lailah Malone, 125-0.00/38.10m; 6. Hailey Montgomery, 122-11.00/37.46m
HT – (1. Sophia Gallucci, Brown, 54.18m); 7. Montgomery, 141-0.00/42.98m; 10. Nanette Collins, 133-07.00/40.73m
110m – (1. Bretram Rogers, Brown, 14.07); 10. Luke Ciarelli
400m – (1. Juma Sei, Yale, 47.76); 9. Devon Davey, 50.07
800m – (1. Luke Coulter, Stony Brook, 1:48.48); 6. Brandon Hicks, 1:54.69
5000m – 1. Jack Bennett, 14:38.37; 3. Anish Nanjappa, 14:48.78
3000m Steeplechase – 1. Gavin White, 9:47.19
Field Results
PV – (1. Milan Spisek, So. Conn. State, 4.86m); 4. Mason McVey, 14-05.50/4.41m
LJ – (1. Odera Nweke, Yale, 7.23m); 6. Jaden Ebanks, 21-02.75/6.47m; 12. Ciarelli, 19-06.00
SP – (1. Bernardo Mbaya, So. Conn. State, 15.81m); 2. Yoosang Kim, 51-06.25/15.70m; 5. Toby Tan, 49-09.75/15.18m
DT – (1. Mbaya, So. Conn. State, 48.04m); 5. Matt Lange, 137-03.00/41.84m; 6. Tan, 135-03.00/41.23m; 9. Kim, 112-07.00/34.33m
HT – (1. Kegan Schroeter, Brown, 61.05m); 4. Keegan Li, 160-08.00/48.98m
Virginia Challenge (Apr. 22-23)
Charlottesville, Va.
Track Results
1500m (Invite) – (1. Michaela Meyer, Nike, 4:11.03); 13. Nikki Vanasse, 4:18.42
1500m – (1. Laura Nicholson, Temple, 4:20.94); 42. Emily Virtue, 4:32.13
10000m (Invite) – (1. Adelyn Ackley, Liberty, 33:49.00); 14. Linnaea Kavulich, 34:53.31
Track Results
800m (Invite) – (1. Kyle Burke, Lehigh, 1:48.45); 4. Justin O’Toole, 1:48.79
800m – (1. Tim McInerney, Georgetown, 1:48.69); 38. Juan Zarate-Sanchez, 1:53.21; 43. Nixon McKenzie, 1:53.87
1500m (Invite) – (1. Thomas Vanoppen, Wake Forest, 3:40.73); 8. Michael Danzi, 3:42.22
1500m – (1. Alexander Rizzo, Navy, 3:41.59); 22. Solomon Fountain, 3:47.02; 43. Ryan Borden, 3:50.45
10000m (Invite) – (1. Haftu Strintzos, Villanova, 28:34.41); 6. Tyler Berg, 28:55.99
FOLLOWING THE LIONS: Stay up to date on all things Columbia Cross Country by following the Lions on Twitter (@CULionsXCTF), Instagram (@culionsxctf) and on Facebook (@ColumbiaAthletics).

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Owls Set School Record and Win Six Events at Kennesaw State Invitational – Kennesaw State University Athletics

Owls Set School Record and Win Six Events at Kennesaw State Invitational - Kennesaw State University Athletics

Friday ResultsLive Results  | Meet Schedule | Meet Information

KENNESAW, Ga. – The Kennesaw State track and field teams began action at the Kennesaw State Invitational on Friday.


KSU Team Scores

Men: 110 points (first place)

Women: 203.50 points (first place)


School Record

  • Kali Terza landed a toss of 56.65m (185’10”) to finish second and establish a new school record in the women’s hammer throw.

Event Winners

  • Jada Smith cleared 3.81m (12’6″) to win the women’s pole vault.
  • AJ Johnson won the men’s pole vault with a mark of 5.07m (16’7.5″).
  • Mollie Speights tied for the victory in the women’s high jump with a clearance of 1.70m (5’7″).
  • Natalie Cummings ran 4:31.59 to win the women’s 1500m.
  • Gavin Frick ran a personal-best time of 3:54.35 to win the 1500m.
  • Corbin McLean ran a time of 1:00.65 to win the 400m hurdles.

Men’s Top Performances

Women’s Top Performances

  • Sydney Lake landed a season-best toss of 48.68m (159’8″) to finish third in the hammer throw.
  • Chloe Tilton cleared the bar at a personal-best height of 3.51m (11’6.25″) to finish third in the pole vault.
  • Kaitlyn Corral landed a throw of 44.27m (145’3″) to secure second in the javelin.
  • Jasmine Akins landed a leap of 6.27m (20’7″) to finish second in the long jump. That jump currently ranks tied for seventh in the NCAA East Region.
  • Eriana Sanford had a throw of 45.24m (148’5″) to finish fourth in the discus.
  • Louise Tocays ran a time of 24.54 seconds to secure fourth in the 200m.
  • Nyah Hernandez (4:38.51) and Madigan Wallace (4:40.82) took second and third in the 1500m.
  • Imani Christian posted a time of 1:00.86 to grab 400m hurdles.
  • Anna James (18:28.90) and Zoe Smith (18:32.97) finished second and third in the 5K.

The Owls will conclude action at the Kennesaw State Invitational on Saturday, April 16 at the KSU Outdoor Track and Field Complex. Saturday’s action begins at 12:30 p.m. KSU will recognize seven seniors in a ceremony at 12 p.m.

Keep up with Owls track and field teams by following KSU on Twitter at @KSUOwlNation and @KSUTrackFieldXC, on Instagram @ksuowlstrackxc  or by liking Kennesaw State Owls on Facebook.



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Comox BIA looking ahead to summer, winter events – Comox Valley Record

Comox BIA looking ahead to summer, winter events - Comox Valley Record

Despite a weekly seasonal market proposed for Comox not going ahead, the Comox Business in Action is gearing up for their Downtown Summerfest, amongst other events.

In an update for Comox council at the April 6 council meeting, executive director Haeley Dewhirst said they are preparing for the one-day festival on June 25 and asked council for permission for a road closure around Comox Avenue and Port Augusta Street from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dewhirst noted plans are also in the works for a Halloween and Christmas light-up event.

Additionally, the BIA asked council about the implementation of a permanent market business licence.

Following an inquiry from Coun. Alex Bissinger, Jordan Wall, the town’s chief administrative officer said the licences could be something the municipality could do fairly easily.

“We have a policy in place for a market permit; we would need to look to see if that market permit would encompass all of the business licenses underneath it. If a change is required, it wouldn’t be a major change.”

Wall added the town and the BIA still needs to work with BC Transit for street closures.

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Eight Boxers Win Events and Facility Record Set at Annual Pacific Lu‘au Track Meet – Pacific University Athletics

Eight Boxers Win Events and Facility Record Set at Annual Pacific Lu‘au Track Meet - Pacific University Athletics

Forest Grove, Ore. – The Boxers hosted their annual Pacific Lū’au Track and Field Meet this Saturday, April 9. Eight Pacific athletes won their respective events, and a new Hanson Stadium Record was set in the women’s hammer throw by Chanell Botsis, who competed unattached. Botsis threw 61.56m, smashing the old record of 58.73 set by Lauren Stuart of Northern Arizona University in 2013. The Boxers also honored their senior class, as is tradition during the Lū’au Track Meet. 

The following Boxers won their events during the meet:

Alexis Lowery, women’s 100m hurdles – 16.30

Angelica Gatica Gomez, women’s 400m – 59.80

Emily Rutkowski, women’s 400m hurdles – 1:08.45

Oliver Joss, men’s 1500m – 4:02.03

Annie Berry, women’s 5k – 18:16.61

Naomi Johnson, women’s discus throw – 40.08m

Sophia Henke, women’s high jump – 1.42m

Andrew Reid, men’s shot put – 13.45m

Women’s 400m relay: Putman, Echiverri, Pilgrim, Rutkowski – 4:21.18

New NWC Qualifiers from this meet:

200m – Angelica Gatica Gomez

1500m – Kara Putman

5k – Cris Brethower, Will Neal

Shot Put – Savannah Ashbaugh

Triple Jump – Tyler Vargas

The annual Pacific Lū’au is a special meet, as it is always held on the morning of Pacific University’s  Nā Haumāna O Hawai’i (NHOH) Club’s Lū’au and Hō’ike. NHOH presents the only completely student-run and student-directed lū’au in the Northwest, and several track and field athletes participate or hold leadership positions within this club. The senior class of the Pacific track team is also honored at this meet every year.

“Our Lū’au meet is always fun, and a special day to celebrate our seniors,” said head track and field coach Ryan Hunter-Simms. “All of us coaches are very thankful for the seniors on this team. They’ve given such great leadership to the program, and have accomplished a lot so far in sports and beyond. We are thankful to have a little more time with them yet this season – we will miss them so much next year!”

The Boxers have one more regular-season meet before the Northwest Conference Championship Track and Field Meet. They will compete this Saturday, April 16 at Lewis and Clark.