FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Valentina Campos and McNeese’s Alanna Arvie are the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.Campos took gold in two events for the Islanders over the weekend at the FasTrak Collegiate Invitational in Houston, Texas. The junior kicked things off with a first-place finish in the mile, clocking in with a personal-best 5:02.91 to defeat the next closest runner by an eight-second margin. She concluded her weekend with another top finish, this time beating 10 runners with a 10.09.80 in the 3,000-meter event.Arvie took home first-place honors in the weight throw at the FasTrak Invitational for the Cowgirlsover the weekend. The McNeese senior tossed a 65-11.0 (20.09m) in the weight throw event in addition to a fourth-place performance in the shot put with a personal best 47-5.25 (14.46m).Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Valentina Campos, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jr. – Comfort, TexasCampos was a double winner on the track at the 2020 FasTrak Collegiate Invitational in Houston over the weekend. She set a personal best in the mile, winning with a 5:02.91, a mark that currently leads the Southland. She then came back to win the 3,000m run with a 10:09.80 clip, the fifth fastest time in the conference this year.Honorable Mention: Ayana Harris, Central Arkansas; Brentney Carroll, McNeese; Sydney Howells, New Orleans.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Alanna Arvie, McNeese – Sr. – Oberlin, La.Arvie racked up a first-place finish in the weight throw event, defeating the second-place finisher by an 11-foot margin on her final toss of the day. The senior also competed in the shot put, taking fourth place with a personal-best mark of 47-5.25 (14.46m).Honorable Mention: Jennifer Peake, Central Arkansas; Klaire Bentley, UIW; Danielle Lorenz, New Orleans.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
Pakistan had to carry the burden of 2010 spot-fixing scandal when they went into the first Test against England at Lord’s. (Scorecard)From former cricketers to members of the England and Pakistan cricket team, everyone had an opinion about Mohammad Amir’s return to Lord’s. Some slammed his comeback while a few others said Amir deserved the second chance.There was too much focus on the left-arm pacer that even England captain Alastair Cook lashed out at critics asking them to talk and write about the Lord’s Test and limit the Amir coverage. However, the Misbah-ul-Haq-led Pakistan team seems to have been unperturbed by what was being said about them. With a no non-sense attitude, Pakistan have erased their 2010 Lord’s nightmare with a 75-run win over England in the opening Test of the four-match series at the same venue from where it all began – Lord’s. The crowd went berserk as the Pakistan players imitated their captain by coming up with military-style push-ups.Fair play to @TheRealPCB who played some excellent cricket and good celebrations too. #EngvPak https://t.co/czkHg2bFsu England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 17, 2016Fittingly, it was Amir who finished proceedings on the fourth day by cleaning up debutant tail-ender Jake Ball.An elated Misbah seemed to be proud of his unit, which had battled criticism and added to England’s Lord’s woes.’PAKISTAN HAVE SHOWED RESPECT TO THE GAME'”It has been a remarkable turnaround after that 2010 incident, this team took responsibility. They showed respect to the game, playing all through the six years, bringing the team to No. 3 position in Test rankings.advertisement”Winning this Test match against a top side in their conditions speaks volumes of our team,” Misbah said at the post match presentation ceremony on Sunday. MISBAH LAUDS ‘GOOD KID’ AMIR It was an emotional comeback for Amir, who finished with three wickets in the match. Misbah lauded his pacer and said everyone wanted the ‘good kid’ Amir to play and that they believed he was a good cricketer.”Everybody wants Amir to play, the crowd especially, the supporters. Everyone believes he is such a good cricketer,”Amir takes the final wicket to fall. #EngvPak https://t.co/mzI1zN3gUr England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 17, 2016″It’s something special for him also, he is part of a team which has won a Test match here. It’s a really memorable day for him and from here he can start his career again, he is a good kid now,” Misbah said. ‘LIVE BY THE SWORD, DIE BY THE SWORD’ Misbah, who lead the batting unit with a ton in the first innings, got out for 0 after playing a rash shot against off-spinner Moeen Ali in the second innings. The Pakistan captain called his contrasting styles of play ‘Live by the sword, die by the sword’.”You have to back yourself, if someone invites you to play your favourite shot, you play it,” he said.Apart from scoring his maiden Lord’s ton, Misbah stole the show by celebrating his milestone with 10 push-ups on Day 1 of the Test match. He had said he dedicated it to the members of the army camp, in which the Pakistan unit trained before the start the series.DECODES MILITARY-STYLE PUSH-UPS Misbah said the members of the army camp would have enjoyed seeing the entire team celebrate the historic win in a similar style.”The celebration was again for the same camp, we enjoyed that camp and it was again a message to those guys and we have been really working hard and I think they would have really enjoyed this celebration,” Misbah said. YASIR STEALS THE SHOW Leg-spinner Yasir Shah who grabbed all the limelight with a 10-wicket haul was named the Man of the Match. The 30-year-old dedicated the strong performance to his team.”Dedicating my performance to my team, whenever I was drifting, trying to bowl the magic ball, they told me to keep going, keep bowling maidens and that will get me wickets,” he said.’DIGEST DEFEAT OVERNIGHT’ Cook conceded Shah’s six wickets in the first innings hurt his team. “I thought we were okay on the first day, and then on the second day to allow Yasir to take six wickets when the ball wasn’t turning – he bowled beautifully – but that hurt us.”However, Cook pinned his hopes on Ben Stokes and James Anderson, who are expected to make the playing XI in the second Test at Old Trafford, for an English comeback.”It’s great to have Ben and Jimmy back, they seem to be back, but we have to digest this overnight and pick a squad for Old Trafford,” he said.advertisement