- Williams’ Record Throw Highlights Successful First Day Of MVC Championship
Story Links Javelin15. Lexie Chapman, 93-5 (28.47m) Print Friendly Version Competition for the Bulldogs at the MVC Championship resumes Saturday at 3 p.m. 10,000 Meters 7. Rachel Selva, 37:40.09 Saturday Heat Sheet Hammer Throw3. Katelyn Williams, 185-5 (56.51m)11. Lexie Chapman, 170-9 (52.04m) ESPN+ TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Drake University freshman Katelyn Williams unleashed a school-record throw in to finish third in the women’s hammer throw on the first day of the 2019 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Tess Misgen also advanced in the women’s 1,500 meters with a time of 4:40.33 which was the second fastest time of the day. Williams, who is the first Bulldog to earn a top-three finish in the event, made her record-setting throw on her fourth attempt with a mark of 185-5 (56.51m). That throw bettered her previous best, which was the school record, by more than 10 feet and continued her record-setting freshman season. 10,000 Meters14. Kyle Cass, 32:23.08 Javelin4. Max Harlan, 174-10 (53.28m)10. Will Tsai, 156-5 (47.69m)12. Erik Olson, 155-1 (47.28m)16. Jacob Lewis, 133-11 (40.81m) Hammer Throw11. Joey Harkins, 166-9 (50.84m) MVC Outdoor Track & Field ChampionshipDay 1 – Friday, May 10Drake Individual Men’s Results200 Meters (Prelims)1. Kundai Maguranyanga, 20.985. Aobakwe Malau, 21.346. Victor Peka, 21.4917. Aaron Chier, 22.10 1,500 Meters (Prelims)1. Kevin Kelly, 3:54.669. Xavier Lechleitner, 3:55.8311. Matt Cozine, 3:55.85 The men’s 200 meters will yield big points for the Bulldogs as three student-athletes, Kundai Maguranyanga, Aobakwe Malau and Victor Peka, all advanced to the final heat. Maguranyanga ran the fastest qualifying time of the day at 20.98 while Malau finished in 21.34 and Peka in 21.49. All three Bulldogs entered in the men’s 1,500 meters also advanced with Kevin Kelly leading the way in 3:54.66 for the fastest time of the day. He will be joined by teammates Xavier Lechleitner and Matt Cozine in the final. All three ran in the faster of the two qualifying heats with Lechleitner finishing in 3:55.83 and Cozine in 3:55.85. Friday Results On the oval, sophomore Rachel Selva scored in the 10,000 meters with a seventh-place finish in 37:40.09 to close out the day. Earlier in the afternoon, seven Bulldogs advanced out of preliminary heats to championship races on Saturday and Sunday. Live Results Drake Individual Women’s Results200 Meters (Prelims)14. Keaton Kester, 25.1221. Sophia Jackson, 27.1626. Mariah Crawford, 27.16 Her third-place finish was part of a busy day for the throwers in final events as Max Harlan took fourth in the javelin with a throw of 174-10 (53.28m) to score points for the Bulldogs. Joey Harkins also just missed scoring points for the Bulldogs in the men’s hammer throw with a personal best of 166-9 (50.84m) to take 11th. 1,500 Meters (Prelims)2. Tess Misgen, 4:40.33
- US Open: Kei Nishikori, Karolina Pliskova Enter Round 2 in Contrasting Fashion
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. caroline garciadusan lajoviceugenie bouchardkarolina pliskova First Published: August 26, 2019, 10:47 PM IST New York: Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova struggled into the second round of the US Open on Monday while 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori of Japan needed only 47 minutes to advance.Pliskova, who has a chance to finish the Flushing Meadows fortnight as world number one, held off 138th-ranked Czech qualifier Tereza Martincova 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3) after an hour and 46 minutes. “It’s tough to play Tereza,” Pliskova said. “We never played and especially tough to play in the first round.”Not my best performance today for sure, and she made some great shots.”Seventh seed Nishikori reached the men’s second round 6-1, 4-1, when 205th-ranked Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti retired with a back injury.”It’s a little bit sad to see. He’s a great player,” a consoling Nishikori said of his stricken opponent. “For me, I played great tennis from the beginning and I’m happy with the way I played today.”Afternoon matches include top-seeded defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia facing Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena and reigning French Open champion Ashleigh Barty, the second seed from Australia, facing Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.Serena Williams opens her quest for a 24th Grand Slam singles crown against Russia’s Maria Sharapova, a five-time Slam winner, in the night feature in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will follow against Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal.Pliskova and her compatriot exchanged breaks of serve through the first six games of their match, Martincova breaking again for a 5-4 edge and coming within two points of taking the set before Pliskova rallied and broke back to equalize at 5-5.Pliskova took the first tie-breaker with forehand winners on the final two points, then squandered a 3-0 edge in the second set before taking the final four points of the last tie-break, smashing a service winner to claim the match.”Not happy that I lost three breaks of serve in a row. That’s not possible for next time,” Pliskova said. “I’m happy I could get through. And happy to win in two tie-breaks. That hasn’t happened for a long time.”Pliskova, Barty, Wimbledon champion Simona Halep and top-ranked defending champion Naomi Osaka all have a chance to stand atop the rankings at the end of the US Open.Osaka and Halep must win the title to be number one. Pliskova needs at least a quarter-final run while Barty is the front runner, defending fewer points from last year’s Open than Osaka.OTHER RESULTS:Dusan Lajovic (SRB x27) bt Steve Darcis (BEL) 7-5, 6-3, 6-3Bradley Klahn (USA) bt Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 6-3, 6-2, 6-3Rebecca Peterson (SWE) bt Monica Puig (PUR) 6-3, 6-3Ons Jabeur (TUN) bt Caroline Garcia (FRA x27) 7-6 (8), 6-2Ana Bogdan (ROM) bt Harriet Dart (GBR) 6-3, 6-1Anastasija Sevastova (LAT x12) bt Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 6-3, 6-3SERENA ‘READY’ FOR OPENWilliams, seeking her seventh US Open title, is chasing her 24th Grand Slam singles crown, which would match Margaret Court’s all-time record.The 37-year-old American is 0-3 in Slam finals since becoming a mother two years ago, her last Slam crown coming at the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant, but she appears to have shaken off back spasms that nagged her earlier this month.”Ready in NY for the US Open,” Williams posted Monday morning on Instagram. “I’m on tonight.”She’s facing an emotional rival in 32-year-old Sharapova, who defeated Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final and the 2004 WTA Tour Championship. Since then, Williams has won 18 matches in a row over the Russian, the most recent in the 2016 Australian Open quarter-finals.Williams has never played Sharapova at the US Open, which the Russian won in 2006. Djokovic, who has won four of the past five Grand Slam singles titles contested, launches his bid to become the first back-to-back US Open champion since Roger Federer won five in a row from 2004-2008.Djokovic owns 16 Grand Slam titles and is chasing the record 20 won by Roger Federer with Spain’s Rafael Nadal on 18. Together the “Big Three” have won the past 11 Slam titles and are again heavy favorites.