Sophomore continues to raise bar

first_imgJenny Soceka grew up a mere seven miles from the campus of the University of Wisconsin. Naturally, she wanted to be a part of all the glitz and glory that come along with being a Badger.Soceka, a sophomore pole vaulter who graduated from Madison Memorial High School in 2005, came in with about as many prep accolades as one can get. A four-time state champion, including back-to-back Division I pole vault medals, Soceka wanted to keep her career going at the school that she had been admiring ever since she was able to say the words “Bucky Badger.””I knew that I wanted to go to school here,” Soceka said. “But I didn’t know if they wanted me.”Indeed, Soceka was a bit nervous — and for good reason. Not only had she just won a state title in the pole vault, but had also just won the 2004 USATF Junior National and AAU National pole vault championships. College coaches can start calling track prospects as of July 1 before the start of their senior year of high school. Soceka recalls getting numerous calls those first few days, but none from Wisconsin.”I didn’t know what to think,” Soceka recalls. “I got calls right away from some big schools. I kept thinking to myself, ‘When will the Badgers call?'”Luckily for both the Badgers and Soceka, she did get a call in August. Wisconsin had just hired new women’s track and field coach Jim Stintzi. He brought Will Waubonsee, a colleague from Michigan State. Waubonsee’s first job was to give Soceka a call.”We knew that she wanted to be a Badger,” Waubonsee said. “When I was hired as an assistant here, a lot of my coaching buddies had mentioned her name and that she really wanted to come to school here. She was one of the top returning high schoolers in the nation. When you’ve got that type of talent in your hometown, you’re pretty lucky when they stay.”Soceka still looked around at other schools, including Arizona, Minnesota and Purdue, but all along, she knew that Wisconsin was home.”I liked some of the other schools,” Soceka says. “I just didn’t want to move all the way to Arizona.”Soceka signed her letter of intent in November of her senior year. That spring, she won three state titles, claiming the 100-meter hurdles, repeating in the pole vault and as a part of the 800-meter relay. Now finished with her illustrious high-school career, Soceka was ready to test the waters at the collegiate level. However, her freshman year was not everything she had hoped for.”I didn’t do [nearly] as well as I had hoped last year,” Soceka said. “Not once did I clear 13 feet, which is something I did in high school.”Although she did qualify for the NCAA regional last year, Soceka’s highest mark was only 12 feet, 6 inches. She had hit 13 on a few occasions in high school, so she and her coaches felt that she needed to step up her training.”When I came in coaches wanted me to compete in the heptathlon,” Soceka said. “But I begged them to let me just pole vault last year. But after what I felt was a little bit of a disappointing year, I agreed that if I trained more and harder that it would help my pole vaulting.”So Soceka began training for the heptathlon, which includes seven events. Soceka was now training to a runner, a thrower, a jumper as well as a pole vaulter. All this extra help, she says with a smile, is paying off.”I didn’t want to do the heptathlon, and now it’s the reason my pole vaulting is getting better,” Soceka said.”Her training for the multi-events has helped her out in a lot of areas,” Waubonsee said. “Having her train for several events has challenged her to not only step it up physically, but mentally as well. That type of training is what’s going to help her finish as high as she can and finish the best way possible to help out this team.”With two meets left until the Big Ten Championships, Soceka knows that these next two meets will show her what she needs to do in order to place as high as she knows she can.”I’m really excited for this weekend and for next weekend,” Soceka said. “Next weekend being at home is going to be great. But both meets will show me what I need to do. The top two in the Big Ten are clearing 13-8 right now, and I know I can hit that. I just have to be confident.”Confidence is something Soceka had been lacking lately. Now in the home stretch, she feels like she is the most confident one out there.”When I’m sprinting down that runway toward the box I’ve got all the confidence in the world,” Soceka said. “I wasn’t very confident in my vault before. But now, that confidence is helping me get down the runway better. The quicker I get down there and the more confident I am getting my pole in the box, … it’s going to pay off for me.”last_img read more


Round-up: QPR top, Gladwin injury, JFH praises players, Hector loan, Blues youngsters draw

first_imgQPR sit top of the Championship table with two wins from their opening two matches.The outstanding Steven Caulker put them ahead and Tjaronn Chery’s late penalty sealed a 2-0 victory at Cardiff City.Rangers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink praised Caulker but insisted the whole team deserved credit for the win.A number of QPR players posted on Twitter afterwards as they savoured the result.Yesss – we take 3 points back home and are now on top of the league! Proud of this team today! 💪🏼🔵⚪ #CARQPR @QPRFC pic.twitter.com/jeQmUXuKBk— Sebastian Polter (@polti1991) August 14, 2016But Ben Gladwin faces a scan after suffering an ankle injury during the first half.Meanwhile, Chelsea have confirmed that defender Michael Hector has agreed a season-long loan move to German club Eintracht Frankfurt.Chelsea’s development side began their season with a 1-1 draw at Sunderland, where a bizarre own goal gifted the visitors an equaliser.In cricket, Middlesex batsman Nick Compton expressed relief after hitting 131 against Durham – his first century in almost a year.And Mo Farah is celebrating after retaining his 10,000m Olympic title in brilliant fashion in Rio.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


Photo library: Countryside 10

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Countryside contact sheet (1.6MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Western Cape province: Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam district.Photo: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam district.Photo: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province:Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry, and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam District.Photo: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com» Download high-res image Western Cape province: Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry, and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam District.Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry, and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam District.Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam district.Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com» Download high-res image Western Cape province: Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam district.Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com» Download high-res image Western Cape province: Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam district.Photo: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam district.Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com» Download high-res imageCOUNTRYSIDE 10: {loadposition cs}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more


Nationalising mines ‘not on the table’

first_img4 November 2011 Nationalising South Africa’s mines is neither government policy nor the policy of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), says Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, adding that the government is committed to promoting the mining industry to achieve both industrial growth and social transformation. Speaking at the Deutsche Bank’s 8th Annual BRICS Metals and Mining Conference in London on Wednesday, Shabangu said it seemed that repeated assurances from herself, the government and President Jacob Zuma “have not yet removed investor concerns in this regard. “No matter how often our government states the obvious – that nationalisation is neither South African government policy, nor is it ANC policy – the controversies and potential fears do not seem to disappear.”Balance between poverty alleviation, economic growth The minister said responsible political leadership needed to strike a balance between the needs of the society, especially the poor, and sustainable approaches to economic development and growth “It is evident that there are serious social and economic reasons that have given rise to the debate about the merits or otherwise of nationalisation. It is a fact that the prevalence in our country of the evil triplets of poverty, unemployment and systemic inequality invariably leads to despair, suffering, and widespread socio-political discontent. “Policy controversies and political reactions to such critical issues are bound to push for the extremes with regard to policy positions – be they the occupation of financial centres or the nationalisation of natural resources,” she said. Shabangu stressed the importance of the harmonious co-existence of communities and the mining industry. “We have to work together with the mining industry to resolve tensions that exist between communities and mining companies, and this we must resolve … with the full consideration for the welfare of the communities and workers.”‘Exciting chapter’ in South African mining Shabangu said South Africa had embarked on an “exciting chapter in the mining sector”, as the Cabinet had approved a beneficiation policy framework, and the Department of Mineral Resources was currently finalising a beneficiation action plan in consultation with all affected parties. Shabangu said that in order to address the lack of adequate mining support infrastructure – be it electricity, roads or export logistics at the ports – the government had made large investments, and a Cabinet commission had been set up to ensure the timely implementation of a national infrastructure programme. “Whilst this is our short-term intervention, our National Planning Commission is set to release its medium-term programme of infrastructural development later in November,” she said. “The urgent elimination of the infrastructural bottlenecks remains our topmost national priority. As you know, President Jacob Zuma himself is chairing the Cabinet commission that is mandated to deal with infrastructure issues. “We are therefore resolute in our commitment to the promotion of our mining industry to achieve both industrial growth and social transformation. These parallel goals we will pursue via a process of continuous consultation with the affected parties, including the mining industry.”Administrative reforms The minister also noted the formation and work of the Mining Industry Growth and Development Task Team (MIGDETT), which was established at the outset of the global financial crisis in 2008. Through MIGDETT, the government has developed a medium-term growth and development strategy for South Africa’s mining sector. “This process has, amongst others, identified a number of changes and reforms that our mining legislation (the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act) requires for the ease of administration and the prevention of multiple interpretation of the Act. “In this way, we will remove all ambiguities, and ensure a more efficient regulation of the licensing system. We are confident that when such reforms are made, issues such as the partitioning of mineral rights will be made possible.” The government was also working towards creating a single window for processing mineral rights as well as the associated environmental authorisation and water licences. This would ease the administrative processes both within the government as well as for mining companies. Shabangu said these efforts demonstrated that the government listened to the investment community and would assess and implement whatever measures were in line with national interest. It also showed that the government was implementing initiatives aimed at improving its administrative operations, which would go a long way to help South Africa regain its global competitiveness in the sector. BuaNewslast_img read more


Ohio Ag Net Podcast Episode 13 | Hot & Cold on the Paris Accord & Helping Young Farmers Succeed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week on The Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, Dale Minyo, Matt Reese, Bart Johnson and Ty Higgins discuss the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Accord and how one agribusiness is helping guide new and young farmers in a profitable direction. Matt Reese visits with Robyn S. Wilson, PhD. She is an Associate Professor of Risk Analysis and Decision Science at the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State. They talk about both sides of the spectrum when it comes to climate change and the Paris Accord. Ty talks with Farm Credit’s Gary Matteson about how his organization is helping young farmers get on a path to success during a tough time in the ag economy.last_img read more


3-time major champ Wawrinka needs coach after Norman leaves

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Read Next FILE – In this May 24, 2014, file photo, Stanislas Wawrinka, right, listening to his coach Magnus Norman during a training session for the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris. Wawrinka needs a new coach, because Magnus Norman is moving on. Norman announced Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, that he would be quitting the job after 4 and a half years as Wawrinka’s coach, saying he wants to spend more time with his two young children. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)Three-time Grand Slam title winner Stan Wawrinka needs a new coach, because Magnus Norman is moving on.Norman announced Wednesday that he was quitting after 4½ years as Wawrinka’s coach, saying he wants to spend more time with his two young children.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Cavs’ Dwyane Wade sidelined with bruised knee Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Wawrinka had never been past the quarterfinals at a major tournament before hiring Norman, a former player, in 2013.During their time together, Wawrinka won the 2014 Australian Open, 2015 French Open and 2016 U.S. Open. He was runner-up at this year’s French Open. He also reached a career-best ranking of No. 3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWawrinka ended his 2017 season in August because of an injured left knee that needed surgery. He did not defend his U.S. Open title.last_img read more


Himachal Pradesh Subordinate Services Selection Board announces job vacancies for 230 clerical posts

first_imgThe Himachal Pradesh Subordinate Services Selection Board (HPSSSB) has invited applications for recruitment from eligible and interested candidates for clerical job posts under 20 per cent quota of limited direct recruitment.VacanciesTotal Posts: 230 Name of the posts:Labour Commissioner cum Director of employment – 2 PostsCommissioner Tribal Development – 2 PostsDirector of Horticulture HP Shimla – 11 PostsEconomic Advisor – 3 PostsDirector (Youth Services and Sports HP) – 2 PostsDirector of Agriculture – 38 PostsDC Bilaspur – 13 PostsDC Chamba – 21 PostsDC Shimla – 31 PostsDivisional Commissioner Shimla – 1 PostDC Mandi – 29 PostsDC Kinnaur – 2 PostsDirector Prosecution – 3 PostsDirector Food Civil Supplies & Consumer – 13 PostsDirector Ayurveda – 16 PostsDirector Town & Country Planning – 5 PostsDC Una – 6 PostsDirector Animal Husbandry – 19 PostsDivisional Commissioner Kangra – 1 PostDirector Panchaayati Raj – 5 PostsDC Hamirpur – 7 PostsEligibility CriteriaAge Limit:The Applicants’ age should not exceed 35 years. The upper age limit is relaxable for the applicants from the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Physically Handicapped and other special categories.Educational Qualification:All the interested applicants should have should have passed Class XII or equivalent from a recognized Board / University.Selection Procedure:An interview and a written test would be conducted to shortlist candidates.How to apply:The Eligible and interested candidates are required to complete the application form and send it to ‘The  Secretary Himachal Pradesh Subordinate Services Selection Board Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh) Pin – 177001.’Important Dates:The last date for submitting the application form is October 7, 2014.last_img read more


10 months agoArsenal to launch January bid for Boca Juniors winger Pavon

first_imgArsenal to launch January bid for Boca Juniors winger Pavonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are ready to launch a bid for Boca Juniors winger Christian Pavon.The Sun says the Gunners have the 22-year-old Argentine in their sights for the New Year and contact has already been made with his club.However, Boca have quoted a sky-high fee for Pavon, who has been dogged by hamstring trouble which handicapped him in the Copa Libertadores final.Emirates boss Unai Emery is a big fan and wants Pavon to give his attack even more edge.He can play in the Arsenal system and is faster than most players in the Spaniard’s squad.Boca are braced for a bid close to their asking price for Pavon and have fended off other Premier League clubs as they try to get their money. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Statement by the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention On Logic Performing At

first_imgThe nation’s largest organization dedicated to suicide prevention, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has released the following statement on the song “1-800-273-8255” by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid, which was performed at the Grammy’s:“When Logic released the song 1-800-273-8255, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s calls increased by nearly 50 percent. This was no coincidence. To have an artist and musician like Logic write about depression and advocate for suicide prevention is helping to create a culture that’s smart about mental health and suicide prevention. With the help of celebrities and musicians like Logic, use a public platform to open up about their own mental health, we can reach more people with the message that it’s okay to reach out for help when you need it. When this message is coupled with information on where to go for help, it’s life changing for so many. Through his music, Logic he is helping to save lives,” said Robert Gebbia, AFSP CEO.If you need help right now, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.last_img read more


Hollywood Blames Critics for Its Movies Being Unimaginative Pieces of Sht

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement The connection between both box office bombs—beyond their susceptibility to water puns—was that they both had also been decimated by a tidal wave of horrendous reviews from critics.READ MORE Twitter This past weekend, two very bad movies came out and no one went to see them. This theoretically should be the most logical sentence ever written. In practice, though, it’s apparently shocking.In what was the worst Memorial Day box office weekend since 1999, the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie—the one that everyone kept forgetting was coming out—got lost somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle, despite riding in on an ostentatious $230 million ship. While certainly not chump change, its $78 million gross is hardly the treasure haul the Johnny Depp franchise, which at its height opened to twice that amount, is used to.And the relentlessly promoted new, raunchy Baywatch comedy starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron similarly arrived at the box office like a rotting beached whale. It earned just $28 million over the weekend when pundits had been tracking a debut of $50 million. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more