Guyanese competing at Penn State Relays Archibald all set for men’s long jump today

first_img– GTI girls out of college women’s 4x100mGUYANESE Emanuel Archibald is all set, and is anticipating favourable results when he steps out this afternoon to participate in the college men’s long jump at the Penn Relays, which started yesterday at the Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Emanuel Archibald“[I feel] great. There’s good weather, and my coach says I’m in good shape to win it,” Archibald told Chronicle Sport yesterday. The Relays will be the biggest event that Archibald has attended since starting out as an athlete, and he’s still ecstatic about making the team.“I’m really excited, because I worked very hard to qualify for this track meet.” He expressedArchibald, who has had a season’s best (SB) of 7.63m in the long jump, is representing the University of the West Indies (UWI), where he is currently studying on a scholarship. Also representing UWI will be Guyana’s Female Athlete of the Year, Natrena Hooper.Hooper will be in the college women’s high jump tomorrow, her only event at the meet. Archibald will wrap up his participation with the college men’s triple jump tomorrow.Archibald and Hooper are among a number of Guyanese that are participating at the respected meet, which concludes on Saturday. In yesterday’s competition, the Guyanese team of Denita Jackson, Alisia Grant, Tandika Haynes, and Cassie Smalls failed to make it past the heats of the College Women’s 4×100.Natrena HooperRepresenting the Guyana Technical Institute (GTI), from New Amsterdam, the girls clocked 50.73 seconds, running in heat 8. The girls are part of a team of 26 athletes from Berbice, 10 of them are representing the GTI and 16 coming out for Fort Wellington Secondary.A GTI team was also in yesterday’s college women’s 4x400m heats. Today, GTI has the college men’s 4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m heats, as well as the women’s 4x200m heats. Fort Wellington is in the high school boys’ 4x100m, while on Saturday they have a team in the high school boys’ 4x400m.last_img read more

Allen, Hunt remain in close competition

first_imgAt that point, Allen was 6-for-9 with the help of some easy screen passes, but struggled for the rest of the day. He completed three passes on his next two series before going two more without a completion. His final throw of the day was a fade to wide receiver Adrian Flemming in the end zone, one of just two completions by the quarterback that traveled more than 10 yards in the air. In his last handful of drives, though, Hunt was the Orange’s most impressive quarterback. SU had opened the playbook for him after the underwhelming start, but he still struggled to complete anything other than screen passes, until he fired a play-action pass to tight end Josh Parris running a post pattern for a touchdown. He finished the next drive with another touchdown strike, this time to wide receiver Christopher Clark on a slant. West, who was projected as the team’s top receiver, primarily took snaps with the second team on Thursday and has at times throughout the week. That’s how most of the day went — there was some good, some bad and the lingering inconclusiveness in the battle at the most important position on the field. Allen and Hunt split time with the first team in SU’s scrimmage at Sligh Field in Fort Drum.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text “Before we kick off at Penn State,” Shafer said, “we’ll have a decision made as to who’s playing quarterback.” Comments Allen connected with West for the game’s first touchdown — a slant pass to the single covered wide receiver who shed a tackle and darted into the end zone from about 10 yards out. “I was as much interested in their reps with the twos when they don’t have a couple guys in front of them that they feel a little bit sounder with,” Shafer said. “We’ve still got to get the ball off.” And their play has made his decision understandably difficult. Their lines were eerily similar Thursday: Allen was 10-of-18, Hunt 9-of-17. Both struggled a bit when throwing the ball downfield, were at times felled by their wide receivers dropping catchable balls, but were solid, if unspectacular, in managing the offense. “I think a couple deep balls to the left corner … were catchable balls that we have to make,” Shafer said. “We’ve got to make that play. Back-shoulder type of thing.” With just more than two weeks separating Syracuse from its season opener against Penn State at MetLife Stadium in New York, head coach Scott Shafer doesn’t appear to be in any rush to name a starter. FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Thursday was the moment that Syracuse fans had been waiting for. After weeks of blocking sleds and tackling dummies, the Orange took the field for live game action. Maybe the quarterback competition that has dominated training camp would become a bit clearer. Drew Allen took the field to start with the first team. For a moment it seemed, perhaps, that the Oklahoma transfer had leapt past Terrel Hunt on the depth chart. Jeremiah Kobena dropped his first pass attempt, and then the quarterback fired back-to-back completions before a throw to Jerome Smith fell incomplete. In came Hunt. Facebook Twitter Google+ For each strong play one made, the other matched. But for each mistake one made, the other followed suit. Neither has been particularly spectacular, but nor have they been notably underwhelming. It’s a battle, and one of which Shafer has no problem waiting to call a winner. On his second series, and his first with the second team, Allen overthrew Jarrod West on the left sideline. He threw two more long incompletions later in the day on attempts to the left corner of the end zone. As Allen faded, Hunt improved throughout the day. Syracuse was first reluctant to open the playbook for its sophomore signal caller — he uncorked just one deep ball in eight attempts on his first two drives. He was 5-of-8 to start, but all five completions were either screens or swing passes. Published on August 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 “I thought both of them had good command at times,” Shafer said. “Both guys are doing some good things. I look forward to getting back and watching the video.”last_img read more