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Marc Pingris sees Ian Sangalang as his heir apparent

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first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Pingris is well aware of the reality that he’s not getting any younger and with him still recovering from his gruesome knee injury, the Pinoy Sakuragi believes there’s already an heir apparent to his intensity.“I see Ian [Sangalang] as someone who will one day replace me,” said Pingris in Filipino during the PBA Media Day Thursday at Solaire Resort and Casino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSangalang and Pingris are still different in a way since the latter is more of a hustle player while the former is a more polished offensive player.Pingris saw the heart in Sangalang and that his 27-year-old teammate just needs to work on those little extra curricular. View comments Marc Pingris answers questions from reporters during the 2019 PBA Media Day. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Marc Pingris has always been the heart and soul of any team he’s been in be it with Gilas or with the Purefoods franchise.His infectious energy made him a memorable figure in Philippine basketball but the power forward is pushing on in age and his body has sometimes failed to keep up with his furious heart.ADVERTISEMENT “He just needs to have a little more experience and by experience I mean he should have some sort of a mean streak because Ian’s a really kind person,” said Pingris, 37, who often shows his tenacity on the basketball court.“But he’s a hard working guy and he can match up with players bigger than him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Dream fight’: Eduard Folayang wants to test his mettle against Eddie Alvarez Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Five Ways to Use ICTs to Create Jobs for Liberians

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first_imgDr. Darren WilkinsBy: Dr. Darren Wilkins (Email: DWilkins@SaharaTechnology.Com | Tel: 0777129092 & 0886703789)Liberia is blessed with a youthful population who, unfortunately, upon graduation from school is forced to face the harsh realities of unemployment, and sometimes poverty. According to the United Nations, World Bank and other international agencies, Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) can be a driver of economic development. This also means employment. Hence, developed (USA, South Korea et al) and some developing countries (Rwanda, Ghana, and Botswana) have over the years leveraged ICTs to drive their economies. If these countries succeeded in using ICTs to create jobs for their people, why can’t Liberia emulate them? What do we need to start creating jobs for our youthful population? What are some of the ways ICTs can be used to create jobs and achieve sustainable economic growth?Despite the strides we have made over the years, we continue to face challenges in leveraging the greater benefits of ICTs for economic growth and development. Like many countries where ICTs are a major player in economic development, Liberia has met or begun to meet some of the requirements for ICTs to drive its economy. The establishment of a legal and regulatory environment that has created a liberal market; the rapid diffusion of the internet, its services and technologies in the country; a mobile telephony ecosystem that continues to penetrate our society at exponential rates;  the presence of broadband networks, through microwave and the fiber optic technologies which brought relatively increased access to the internet; and the establishment of ICT-focused institutions of learning are, in fact, some of  the “ingredients” needed to leverage ICTs to create employment for the youth.Indeed, it can be argued that there may yet be other ingredients needed, especially, when it comes to the infrastructure component (national fiber optic backbone, electricity, roads/transportation etc,). But, as I mentioned above, we have, and are continuing to make progress in that area. The presence of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) Submarine Optical fiber system  and now the soon-to-be completed CSquare (AKA Google) Metropolitian Area Network (MAN) provide increased access to the internet and ICT.  Major work has been done to increase the transmission and distribution of electricity, and in addition to the works done by the Sirleaf Government on roads in Liberia, the Weah Government has ambitious plans to connect major parts of the country to facilitate transportation for its people.Given all that has been said above, there is a need to build the capacity of those who will form the labor pool. Providing the skills will equip them with the appropriate ICT skills, the awareness and soft skills that give competitive advantage in the labor market. Again, as I said above, some strides have been made in this area, but the new Government should contemplate on building the capacities of the many young men and women to give them the skills required in the new technology “zeitgeist”. These young men and women will understand emerging and trending technologies and prepare themselves to tackle the challenges the come with these times. They will also bring in the necessary innovation that can lead to national economic development and build Liberia to be a hub like Ghana, which is now the home of Google’s Artificial Intelligence and many other innovation centers. These newly skilled young men and women will be the ones to handle both the national and international demands and services.Other factors needed to enable job creation through the ICT sector include putting in place the right social systems. These include: building networks of trust and recognition for workers and employers, social safety nets, and measures to minimize possible negative outcomes of ICT-enabled employment. In addition, there is a need to ensure a secure, efficient, and accountable financial systems for timely payments. Access to finance to support innovation and entrepreneurship should also be available. When all these put in place, we can use the five approaches mentioned in the subsequent paragraphs to create jobs for Liberians.E-Government: A quick way of creating jobs through ICT is when Government invest in its e-Government programs. The e-Government programs are guided by an e-Government strategy that has over 25 programs including e-health, e-education, e-agriculture, e-transportation etc. This document, I believe is still at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.An e-Government program requires all 102 (I stand corrected) Government of Liberia Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs) to be connected to a single and secure ICT platform, that allows Government to deliver secure services to its people. With such a setup, a national data center is required. In addition, each of the 102 MACs will have its own IT Department which means jobs for skilled Liberian ICT professionals.E-Commerce. With the right platform in place, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and other stakeholders can set up programs that will encourage young Liberians build an e-commerce ecosystem. This ecosystem allows Liberians too own businesses online with brick and mortar warehouses in Liberia to store their goods, while leveraging mobile vehicles for delivery of products and services to their consumers.Require the use of ICTs in Schools: Another way to create jobs through ICT is to require the use and integration of technology in schools. This will create the need for schools’ technology specialists, network administrators and other ICT professionals.Use Smart Cities to Create Jobs: Most cities in the world are going the smart way; they use ICT to manage nearly everything in their environment including but not limited to: water, mobility, electricity and so on.Call Centers and Tech Company Representation: Call centers, local representation of large technology companies Like Dell, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Sony and many more, can lead to the creation of more jobs for young and skilled Liberians. These companies are all English-speaking companies that could leverage our young population and growing nation to enhance their bottom line. A lot of Western technology companies are moving to establish presence in Africa. Most of these companies select Ghana or Ivory Coast, when they are in the sub-region and for obvious reasons. It is high time that we set the stage to encourage them to see Liberia as one of the best places to do business.Take ICTs and ICT programs into rural areas: It is high time we decentralize our ICT activities. We need to go down to the rural areas where we need to reach the people. The building of national telecenters in each county will not only enhance universal access, but will spread ICT in those areas and create more jobs, and at some point, ease the lives of people living in those areas.Finally, the younger population continues to grow and unemployment continues to rise. It high time that we look to other areas outside traditional areas to create jobs and have a better economy. ICTs have the potential to create new jobs while providing services and products to better our lives. We must leverage them to achieve economic development and growth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bandits strike at Chinese-owned store on Regent St

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first_imgFour bandits on Sunday afternoon robbed the owners of a Chinese clothing store located on Regent Street, Bourda.The incident occurred around 12:15h at Wang’s Fashion. According to reports reaching Guyana Times, four young men went into the store. However, it wasThe Chinese store that was robbed on Sundayunclear what transpired inside the small store and what the bandits took from the owners, who closed up and left the Lot 118-119 Regent Street premises shortly after the incident.When this newspaper contacted the one of owner, the traumatised businessman did not want to speak to the media.Nevertheless, a nearby vendor confirmed that the robbery happened, but noted that she was unaware of it until after the incident. “I don’t know anything till after it happened,” she related. The woman further stated that she could not recall seeing the Police at the scene, adding that the owners closed the store and left shortly after.last_img read more

3 arrested; nabbed with illegal guns, ammo

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first_imgRanks of the Guyana Police Force have arrested three persons following the discovery of two illegal firearms, 37 ammunition and 40 ammunition components in three separate incidents.These arrests were made within eight hours from Friday evening into SaturdayThe illegal gun and ammunition found at the Black Water Backdam shop, in Region Eightmorning at locations across the country.According to Police reports, sometime around 18:30h on Friday, an alert member of the Rural Constabulary in the Linden community of Wismar observed a male with several bags acting in a suspicious manner.The Constable approached the 32-year-old unemployed suspect, who hails from Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and conducted a search on his person and the bags in his possession during which a number of spent shells and live ammunition were found.These include six empty cartridges (casing), thirty-one .32 and 9mm spent shell and twenty-one .32 and 9mm live rounds.Meanwhile, a 41-year-old man was arrested in the wee hours of Saturday, with an unlicensed handgun and 13 rounds of ammunition.Reports received indicate that the suspect was spotted by an alert Police patrol on the Palmyra Public Road, Berbice, at about 01:30h. Upon noticing the patrol, the suspect attempted to speed away but was intercepted.The patrol rank subsequently conducted a searched on the driver and his vehicle, which resulted in a 9mm pistol and 13 matching rounds being found on his person.An in another instance, ranks in F Division (Interior Location) minutes later discovered an unlicensed revolver along with matching ammunition and spent shells.It was reported that about 01:45h, acting on information received, Police ranks went to a shop at Black Water Backdam, Konawaruk River, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and conducted a search during which an unlicensed .32 revolver, three matching rounds and three spent shells were unearthed.Following the discovery, the rank arrested a 56-year-old businessman of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, who claimed ownership of the weapon and its components.last_img read more

Johnson’s win comes in daunting conditions

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first_img“It was the poorest race I’ve ever been in. It wasn’t fun to drive,” David Stremme said. “You couldn’t run side-by-side. When you got alongside of somebody, you were scared to death you were going to wreck,” Matt Kenseth said. The race was marred by nine cautions, most of them products of the new configuration and tough tire. David Ragan spun on the opening lap, and Casey Mears, Robby Gordon and Ward Burton were in a three-car accident 10 laps in. Joe Nemechek and Dave Blaney wrecked eight laps after that. “There’s just no grip at all,” said Mears, who blamed Gordon for the accident. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This track was a different challenge for us, no doubt about it,” said Johnson, who led Gordon across the finish line for a 1-2 finish that gave Hendrick Motorsports its 150th NASCAR victory. Johnson suffered a pit-road penalty and a slight bounce off the wall, but otherwise had few problems navigating his way around the track that was under intense scrutiny all weekend because of changes owner Bruton Smith made to the 1.5-mile speedway. The changes included an increase in the banking from 12 degrees to 20, and a curved pit lane unlike anything the drivers had seen before. Because the new surface produced such fast speeds, Goodyear had to bring a very hard left-side tire that was capable of withstanding the loads. It created a perfect storm of slick asphalt, little grip and a garage full of grumbling drivers. “I felt like I was on ice from lap one until the last one,” said Gordon, the four-time series champion. “There is no reason for us to show up at racetracks and be at a white-knuckle experience for an entire weekend.” That sentiment was echoed over and over as drivers climbed from their cars. “It was out of control pretty much all day,” Clint Bowyer said. center_img LAS VEGAS – The only sure win in Las Vegas these days is betting on Jimmie Johnson. The defending series champion beat teammate Jeff Gordon on Sunday to win his third straight Nextel Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Only this one came under extremely different conditions on a reconfigured race track that gave everyone fits. last_img read more

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS FOR DONEGAL’S PIONEERING DIASPORA APP

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first_imgRosita gives her presentation.In a world where digital connections are becoming increasingly vital in linking businesses, sharing information and engaging with people, the work of Rosita Mahony, GIS & Research Co-ordinator with SPACEial North West in Donegal County Council, is gaining considerable national and international attention.Having developed an app for Donegal County Council’s Diaspora Project to connect and engage with the Global Irish abroad, Rosita has received a high level of interest for her pioneering and ground-breaking work. Her app ‘Ireland’s Call to Return its Global Diaspora Home’ caught the attention of Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan at the Tipp O’Neill Annual Irish Diaspora Award, as a unique way of engaging and digitally connecting with the Diaspora community.Rosita subsequently was asked to attend a meeting at the Department of Foreign Affairs hosted by Minister Deenihan, T.D., and Minister for Research, Innovation and Skills Damien English T.D., with representatives from relevant Government Departments and key stakeholders who are developing a national collaborative initiative to attract skilled Diaspora back to Ireland.The timelines and relevance of the App was recognised by ESRI Ireland where Rosita was awarded overall winner in the highly competitive ‘Maps make sense challenge’. Her thought, input and analysis gained considerable interest among international mapping communities and an invite was extended by the world renowned GIS evangelist Bern Szukalski to present on the European stage at ESRI’s Conference in Salzburg.Rosita with Jack Dangermond.Bern added that ‘Rosita’s passion for her work was very evident and many commenting that it was among the best they had ever seen. I really appreciated her tradecraft behind the maps that she authored and her creativity in putting it all together’. Rosita explains that the app’s purpose is to bring the Global Irish on a journey in understanding the economic facts of why they had to leave Ireland due to the recession in 2008 and with the dawn of the economic recovery to provide information relevant to their decision to return home.Part of her research led to the development of the Global Skills Locator, a novel and unprecedented way to link people to job opportunities back home.The Global Skills Locator will be promoted and marketed to a generation now living abroad, who are social media savvy.Rosita explains more here: https://youtu.be/rOwMYld0WFcRosita is excited about the long term potential of this app which will form an integral part of the national response in digitally connecting with the Diaspora abroad. Furthermore, it will provide policy makers with the ability to turn these digital connections into personal ones with the return of the necessary skills required to enrich the talent pool in Ireland’s growing economy.INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS FOR DONEGAL’S PIONEERING DIASPORA APP was last modified: November 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Biking to work trims gas costs – and waistlines

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first_imgAbout 20 million bikes were sold in the United States in 2005, one of the industry’s best years ever, and retailers are optimistic that escalating gas prices will lead to record bike sales this year, Clements said. Organizers are promoting National Bike to Work Week with a series of events aimed at getting drivers to try commuting by bicycle, if only for a day. Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C., among others, will hold special events for commuters Friday, National Bike to Work Day. The San Francisco Bay Area is marking its 12th annual Bike to Work Day on Thursday, when volunteers will hand out refreshments, breakfast foods and biking information at 170 “energizer” stations in nine counties. About 36,000 Bay Area residents bike to work on a typical workday, but organizers expect up to 100,000 people to participate Thursday, given the widespread frustration over gas prices that have surged past $3.50 per gallon here and elsewhere. “The biggest challenge is that people think the car is more convenient,” said Cole Portocarrero, who heads the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition, a sponsor of the event. Once they try biking to work, “they realize it’s convenient, fun and enjoyable.” Unlike most countries, the vast majority of bikes sold in the United States are used for recreation rather than transportation. About 550,000 Americans – less than 1 percent of U.S. workers – bike to work regularly, Blumenthal said. Advocates are trying to boost those numbers. But while such cities as San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle and Minneapolis have bike-friendly streets and high numbers of two-wheel commuters, other cities were built for cars and lack bike lanes and paths. “You don’t feel the love in a lot of places when you’re riding your bike,” Blumental said. “For a lot of people, it’s intimidating and you don’t feel safe. It’s a lack of shared respect between cyclists and motorists.” But advocates are optimistic that America will become more bike-friendly as cities, states and the federal government boost spending on bike paths, lockup racks and bike stations where cyclists can park and shower. The $286 billion federal transportation bill signed last year will double the amount of money available for bike and pedestrian facilities to about $4 billion.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Fed up with sitting in traffic and paying more than $50 to fill his tank, Scott Morrison ditched his gas-guzzling pickup and started biking to work. Rain or shine, Morrison now bikes the six miles from his home in Fairfield, about 45 miles northeast of San Francisco, to the packaging plant where he works as a machine operator. Six months after switching to two wheels, he feels more relaxed and healthier, having lost nearly 50 pounds. “Every time I get on the scale, it’s like I’m getting rewarded for riding to work,” said Morrison, 38. “The two biggest complaints people have are not having enough money and obesity. I’m taking care of both.” As gas prices climb to record highs, more Americans seem to be abandoning their cars and biking to work to save money at the pump. This week, as cities across the country celebrate National Bike to Work Week, advocates are promoting bicycle commuting as a way to trim transportation costs, get in shape and help the environment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Every additional person who rides their bike to work would start reducing our dependence on foreign oil immediately,” said Tim Blumenthal, who heads the Bikes Belong Coalition in Boulder, Colo. Cycling to work is just one way Americans are seeking relief from skyrocketing gas prices. People who normally drive to work are riding public buses and trains, working from home and carpooling with colleagues. “People are starting to look for fundamentally different ways to travel,” said Bill Wilkinson, executive director of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking in Bethesda, Md. The soaring price of fuel “prompts people to really think about where they live and how they get around.” Bike shops nationwide are seeing more customers who want to buy new bikes or repair old ones to commute on, said Fred Clements, who heads the National Bicycle Dealers Association in Costa Mesa. “They have seen a surge in interest from the public about riding bicycles as a way to reduce the impact of high gas prices,” Clements said. “People that already have bikes suddenly realize this would be a great way to save money.” last_img read more

PSG to blow Liverpool and Man City out of the water with mega Aubameyang offer

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first_img1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Paris Saint-Germain will make a monster offer for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer as they look to win the race for the in-demand striker.The 27-year-old is set to leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of this season, with many top European clubs already vying for his signature.Both Liverpool and Manchester City are reportedly interested in landing the Gabon international, who has enjoyed another fantastic season in the German top-flight.However, according to Bild, it’s PSG who are most likely to boast the financial capacity to complete such a deal, and they are now considered favourites to secure his services.Aubameyang has netted 37 goals in 47 appearances for club and country this season, adding to his growing reputation as one of Europe’s top strikers.last_img read more

Chelsea v Watford live stream and confirmed line ups

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first_imgCLICK HERE TO STREAM FULL CHELSEA V WATFORD COMMENTARY LIVE ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 20:00Chelsea play their first game since being crowned Premier League champions on Monday evening, and the clash against Watford is LIVE on talkSPORT.Friday’s 1-0 win over West Brom ensured Antonio Conte’s men won the title with two games to spare, and tonight – being the first match at Stamford Bridge since then – is sure to be a celebratory affair.There is little resting on the result of the game, with Chelsea already champions and Watford’s Premier League status secured, but the Blues will want to cap their title success with an emphatic performance.John Terry has returned to Chelsea’s starting line-up as he nears his departure from Stamford Bridge, while Tom Cleverley is back in the Watford XI having been unable to play in the 1-0 defeat to parent club Everton on Friday.The confirmed teams are available, in full, below…Chelsea XI: Begovic, Zouma, Terry, Ake, Azpilicueta, Kante, Chalobah, Kenedy, Willian, Hazard, BatshuayiSubstitutes: Alonso, Fabregas, Pedro, Costa, Cahill, Aina, EduardoWatford XI: Gomes, Mariappa, Prodl, Holebas, Janmaat, Behrami, Cleverley, Capoue, Amrabat, Doucoure, NiangSubstitutes: Deeney, Zuniga, Pantilimon, Mason, Okaka, Eleftheriou, Pereira 1 Chelsea v Watford is LIVE on talkSPORT last_img read more

Cross Country Competes At Annual Hawkeye Invitational

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first_img Women’s Results (PDF) IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Drake University cross country teams opened their 2018 season with a pair of sixth-place team finishes at the Hawkeye Invitational Friday, Aug. 31, evening at the University of Iowa’s Ashton Cross Country Course.Iowa State ran away with both the men’s and women’s team titles with 15 and 24 points, respectively. Drake’s men earned 178 points in the six-team field while Drake’s women scored 164 points.Sophomore Millie Bretl (Milwaukee, Wis.) was the Bulldogs’ top finisher on the day with a 28th place finish and a time of 15:22.7 in the women’s 4-kilometer race. Iowa’s Andrea Shine won the event in 14:07.2 to best the 57-runner field. Rachel Selva (Columbia, Mo.) was the second Bulldog across the finish line in 32nd place with a time of 15:35.1.Drake’s men were paced by junior Matt Cozine (Mt. Prospect, Ill.) in 34th place with a time of 19:34.5 on the 6-kilometer course. Xavier Lechleitner (Edgar, Wis.) followed in 41st with a time of 19:50.3. Iowa State’s Festus Lagat won the 73-runner event in 18:30.7.The Bulldogs continue their early season competitions next week when they travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the annual Oz Memorial Sept. 7Men’s Team Results1. Iowa State, 152. Iowa, 633. Iowa Central CC, 734. Illinois State, 1105. UNI, 1156. Drake, 178Drake Individual Men’s Results34. Matt Cozine, 19:34.541. Xavier Lechleitner, 19:50.352. Andrew Berndt, 20:16.653. Joe Romain, 20:16.658. Alec Bognar, 20:46.761. Alex Rohlfs, 20:56.065. Rylee Miller, 21:13.7 Print Friendly Version Men’s Results (PDF) center_img Story Links Women’s Team Results1. Iowa State, 242. Iowa, 563. Iowa Central CC, 854. UNI, 865. Illinois State, 1116. Drake, 164Drake Individual Women’s Results28. Millie Bretl, 15:22.732. Rachel Selva, 15:35.133. MyKaela Cole, 15:37.135. Olivia Rogers, 15:43.246. Elizabeth Aho, 16:11.050. Lindsey Rowatt, 16:40.855. Meghan Kearney, 17:25.3last_img read more