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Penn State’s Ofotan qualifies for Pan American U20 Championships

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MIRAMAR, Fla. - Freshman Justin Ofotan will represent team USA at the Pan American U20 Championships after his performance on Saturday in the 100m dash.

Ofotan, who recently competed his first season as a Nittany Lion, ran a blazing 10.24 seconds in the 100m dash prelims to qualify for the finals at the USATF U20 Outdoor Championships.

Justin Ofotan

Following up his personal-best performance, Ofotan placed second in the 100m final with an even faster time of 10.21 seconds to qualify to represent the United States at the Pan American U20 Championships.

Ofotan’s pervious personal-best mark was 10.38 seconds, which he set during the 2019 NCAA East Region Prelims in May.

The Penn State school record in the 100m dash is 10.32 seconds. This mark was set by Xavier Smith in 2018. Ofotan’s top time as a Nittany Lion of 10.38 seconds ranks fourth all-time.

Gianna Rao also finished as a finalist in the women’s hammer throw, placing fourth with a top distance of 56.34m on Friday.

Ofotan will represent the USA on July 19-21 in San Jose, Costa Rica at the Pan American U20 Championships.

Drew Maher will run Sunday, June 23, in the 1500m race with a chance to qualify for the Pan American U20 Championships.

For more information on the USATF U20 Championships, click here.

 

-Nittany Lions-

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Ryan Snyder; COURTESY PENN STATE COMMUNICATIONS

Atlantic 10 Conference announces Men’s Basketball Pairings for 2019-20 Season

All Four Teams From Last Year’s Post-Season Will Play At UD Arena

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – For the sixth straight year, the Atlantic 10 Conference will play an 18-game conference men’s basketball schedule as the league announced the 2019-20 schedule pairings on Thursday.

 

The University of Dayton men’s basketball team play Duquesne, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Louis and VCU home-and-home, and will also host Davidson, Fordham, George Washington and St. Bonaventure.  Dayton will visit George Mason, La Salle, Richmond and Saint Joseph’s.

 

The other three teams that played in the 2019 post-season – Davidson, Saint Louis and VCU – will visit UD Arena in 2019-20.  The Flyers will also play host to six of the other seven teams to win at least 18 games last year.  This will be the 50th anniversary season of the University of Dayton Arena, which hosted its first game on Dec. 6, 1969.

 

The complete 2019-20 conference schedule with dates and times as well as national television information will be released later in the year.

 

The 2020 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship will be played March 11-15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

 

Dayton improved by seven wins in Anthony Grant’s second season as the Dayton head coach, finishing 21-12 and reaching the NIT.  UD was third in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 13-5 record.  Dayton was second in the nation as a team in field goal percentage (.504, 902-1789).  That was also the best single-season FG% in school history.

 

The Flyers return three starters and will add five veteran redshirts in 2019-20.   Included in the starters are All-Atlantic 10 performers Obi Toppin (2019 Rookie of the Year and First Team All-A-10), and junior guard Jalen Crutcher (Third Team All-A-10).  Also returning are 2018-19 co-captains Trey Landers and Ryan Mikesell.

2019-20 DAYTON ATLANTIC 10 PAIRINGS

Home: Davidson, Fordham, George Washington, St. Bonaventure, Duquesne, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Louis, VCU

Away:  George Mason, La Salle, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s, Duquesne, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Louis, VCU

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY ATLANTIC 10; COURTESY ATLANTIC 10 & DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Revisiting: Quotes from final Indy 500 Practice

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF INDYCAR COMMUNICATIONS

 

‘What They’re Saying’ from Indianapolis 500

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Team Penske Chevrolet): “The final practice went OK. I think the car is in the window. We just need to make sure that we get it right on race day. It’s nice to get some laps. We did some pit stops. The guys looked really good. It’s time for the race.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet): “We collected a lot of data and understood some bad things and we learned some good things in case we need to use the data during the race. It was a little tough in traffic. I’d be running 230 miles an hour and come up behind someone doing 190. It’s a little unrealistic, to be honest I do believe that we learned some things that will be useful during the race.”

MATHEUS LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “Things didn’t quite go the way we wanted it to in the No. 4 car, but the team will debrief with car No. 14 engineers to see where they’re at and what they think because they seem to be fast. We had some good cars before this practice, so it’s just a matter of putting it all together and figure out what’s going to be the best car for the race.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “You know it’s funny, I think we were a little more confident with our start setup than it ending up being. But I’m very thankful that we ended up having an extra 30 minutes this year in Carb Day, because we made a lot of changes to the Arrow car, but all of them were positive. So, I think where we ended was the best balance that we’ve had all day and certainly much more race-able car. The conditions were a lot trickier than Monday; it’s a lot hotter, the wind is a bit different. I think a lot of guys are struggling. We chipped away at it, and I’m really proud of the progress we made.”

MARCUS ERICSSON (No. 7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “It was another good session. I think the Arrow car was quite different on Monday. The conditions obviously changed with all the rain we’ve had and it became very hot. So I feel we have a bit to work on to get the right feeling there in traffic, but it’s still part of that learning curve. Now we have another day to sort of think about it and how to set it up for Sunday. We have a good baseline to work from, but I wasn’t 110 percent happy today but that’s how it goes sometimes. Like I said, we still have a good base to work from, we just have to tweak it a bit for Sunday.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “I don’t know what happened there with the PNC Bank car honestly. I hope we find something wrong with the car because it wasn’t great. It’s really bizarre, and nothing like we had all month, so we are unsure. We are perplexed as to why this is, there are a lot of new parts on the car – including the gear box, bell housings, uprights, etc. So hopefully we find something that is a little off. We were just trying to get through some last-minute items, but ultimately it was not great anyway, so we are trying to figure out why. There is a fundamental issue on the car and we’ll work to find out what happened there.”

FELIX ROSENQVIST (No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “It was a bit of different conditions today. Hopefully it will be like this on race day, so we have an idea of what it is going to be like. It felt a bit different in the NTT DATA car today – we had some things to change to make it feel right. The car felt better than it did last time, so it’s getting better and better. We’re going to keep working out there and we should be good.”

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon 5G Team Penske Chevrolet): “It’s very, very difficult to make the car work in traffic. We’ll go back and talk about it and see what kind of changes we need to make.” (About if he is frustrated): “Yeah, we’re not good enough at the moment. I don’t really see anyone good out there. I haven’t seen anyone that looks spectacular. But based off last year, the car’s definitely not as nice.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “A good day for us. Obviously, conditions look like pretty similar to what we’re going to see on Sunday hopefully, so you know, it was a pretty easy day for us. I wasn’t really happy with my car on Monday, and I was extremely vocal about it, and I think my engineers heard me, so we made it better today. I was really working on my car, the level of downforce and grip that I wanted to have starting 16th. So really we worked in traffic a lot and are trying to find the grip, and scan to some of the items that we had on the list to be able to — once we put ourselves in the front during the race — know what to do. It’s the most competitive field I’ve ever seen in my 18 years here. Qualifying was extremely hard, and it’s really tight. So yeah, I think it’s going to be a difficult race. I do strongly believe that everybody, every single guy starting this race, and girl, they think they can win this race, which is true.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 United Rentals Honda): “The United Rentals Honda was good there at the end, and I’m a cautiously optimistic person, so if I tell you it’s good, it’s good. I was able to pass a lot of guys, I was up there with the Penske boys at the end. If it stays like that and we get ourselves into a good position, then I think we have a good chance at this thing. There are some things we have to overcome but it felt good; it felt really good, so we’ll see.” (About brush with the wall): “The car was OK and then all of a sudden it just took off with understeer and brushed the wall. I had it one other time and I was actually leading a pack at that point and the front just gave up. With the wind like this, it gets a little bit gusty. I was behind two or three cars and if you get a crosswind and hit the wake, it’s going to go. I had one close call but the rest of the time the United Rentals car was really good.”

SANTINO FERRUCCI (No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda): “We were having fun. The No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda is in really good shape. We could pass about everybody and we’re quick, so there isn’t much else to say really. We’re looking forward to the race.”

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet): “The biggest thing we wanted for today was to get out in more race-like conditions. I feel good about the data we got and the changes we made in order to see improvements on the car. It definitely looked like a hard session for everyone, which is a good thing in my eyes. The temperature was a big factor in making today’s session hard. We could always use more practice, but I think we have had a really great week and a half of preparation. I’m really happy with the day we had and I’m ready to line us all up and get the race going.”

SPENCER PIGOT (No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): “It was a pretty good session today. It was difficult out there with today’s conditions, but it was more representative of what race day is going to look like. We’ve learned a lot over the past few weeks. We will go through everything one more time and make our best decisions for the race.”

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “Had a great time in the Menards Chevy. It’s good to get a reading on the car in these temps because it’s a bit complicated as far as all of the different factors the engineers consider. We aren’t going to leave any stones unturned and we’ll be ready on Sunday.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 23 Fiasp Carlin Chevrolet): “I feel really good going into the weekend and I’m really happy with where we finished in this final practice. We’ve had a really solid month so far. The No. 23 crew with Carlin has done an excellent job every time we’ve hit the track for practice, qualifying, and now today for Carb Day. I’m looking forward to hopefully being able to pay them back on race day with a good result after all of their hard work. We worked through some stuff today and just verified a few things we needed to get worked out. A couple of things we thought were going to work did and then a few things we thought might not work, didn’t, but I’ve got to say that it’s nice when everything makes sense.”

SAGE KARAM (No. 24 DRR WIX Filters Chevrolet): “We were passing cars today with the hotter conditions. So that is very good. The conditions were nearly perfect on Monday at the low 60s. Now, we are 20 degrees warmer and the heat definitely affects the cars. Everyone lost an overall level of grip and the cars slide a bit more. I never saw anyone drive around me. So I like that aspect. We had a slight vibration that we’ll work on now. We are not sure where that comes from right now. Hey, every year I have to come from behind at Indy and I think we can do it again on Sunday. It won’t be easy to pass in the hotter conditions. We have a great pit crew who always makes up spots in the pits. I think that can play a big factor Sunday. We are in the first pit box off of Turn 4 and that can help get me in the pits quickly. We want to get to that checkered flag this year.”

CONOR DALY (No. 25 United States Air Force Honda): “It was good we got to run today in the heat – that’s more representative of race time. I still think the car balance is pretty solid. I’d like to find just a few small pieces for the race, but in the end happy that we haven’t dropped off a cliff or anything. The U.S. Air Force is still pretty good in the long run, so hopefully we are good for the race.”

ZACH VEACH (No. 26 Gainbridge Honda): “I think, as a team, there’s a lot left unanswered that we are trying to figure out. We have a lot of variables going on – weather being one of those, whether it’s going to be raining or going it’s going to be hot. We’ve had a lot of time to try each corner of the box to know what we have for each condition. But I think that Sunday is going to be a bit of a roll of the dice to see what happens.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda): “As we expected, the track temp is different than it has been all month in terms of group running. We tried a couple different things to bring the car into the window and I think we found something, so hopefully we can put it all together for Sunday.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): “The conditions were trickier today. It’s good that we had the chance to run in hotter temperatures. It’s more indicative of what we can expect on race day. We made some changes to approve the car and we’ll need to make a few more. But we’ll prepare for the race with the team and put our best foot forward on Sunday.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Honda): “I think we have a strong package, not the strongest package we’ve had, but I think we made good progress. We will have a look at data and compare the three cars to see if there’s anything we can squeeze out of the speed and stability for Sunday. I think the Indy 500 is tough year by year, month by month, hour by hour, it’s a different scenario. One thing you know is that you’ve been there, and you know how to get the job done and what to look for. I think the guys did a great job. I’m leading the engineering data toward what I want to and I think we’re getting really close to that.”

KYLE KAISER (No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet): “Overall today’s practice session was challenging to say the least. I think the weather conditions definitely made it really tough to run behind other cars. I think we’re trying to find the balance a little, but I think we’ll be able to make up for it. I think it was good that we collected that data today to get a good car for race day come Sunday. We’ll see how the weather compares (to today), but overall really happy with this team continuing to work hard and put together a good package for us. Having 250oK, NFP, GMR, and Hagerty as sponsors on the car is amazing.”

JAMES DAVISON (No. 33 Dale Coyne with Byrd and Belardi Honda): “Where we ended up on the speed chart doesn’t exactly represent what kind of session we had. Out of nowhere the car was very loose in race trim. It’s not like the conditions changed drastically. We pitted six or seven times trying to improve the No. 33 Dale Coyne with Byrd and Belardi car. The team made all the right, appropriate changes. Anything we did to the car it never got better. Hopefully, that ‘boogeyman’ or whatever else we want to call what was there, runs away and we don’t run into that on race day. But I have confidence in the team that we’ll cure our problem.”

JORDAN KING (No. 42 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda): “Obviously we’re high up on the time screen.  That’s a decent tow lap and it’s difficult to say with the track conditions, but I think we’ve got a good balance in the car just lacking in traffic. I think we’ll go back and work on a bit more of our traffic pace, but overall I’m reasonably happy. I think if we can just sort a couple things out we’ll be good. I’ll let you know if I’m comfortable about 50 laps into the race.”

JR HILDEBRAND (No. 48 DRR Salesforce Chevrolet): “We made a couple of changes towards the end of the session that really helped the car. We need to make a change in our gearing strategy a little. We talked about it ahead of time and today’s runs just confirmed what we were thinking for the race. How fast the cars go through the air is always big deal here. The aero package has changed a bit from last year. We did a lot of race setup running earlier last week that gave a us a good platform for race trim. It was warmer today and I feel that as the conditions get warmer that plays into when we have been better. We want to get into the playing window that works well with this car. Overall, the DRR guys always have concentrated on the race setup. I could tell that when I was at ECR (Ed Carpenter Racing) and racing against (now teammate) Sage (Karam).”

JACK HARVEY (No. 60 AutoNation/Sirius XM Honda): “We keep learning more about the car all the time, but we still have more work to do before Sunday. We ticked some things off our list in the short practice session. I never really know how optimistic to feel about IMS, but now I feel OK. A little more massaging on the car is what we need to do to have something good on race day. Now it’s all about focusing on the race and the most exciting part of race weekend is I get to be a part of the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.”

ED JONES (No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet): “It was a tough session. After the rain, the track conditions were a little different. Depending on the conditions on Sunday we will decide what to do next. We still did a good number of laps and good pit stops which is good practice for race day. Hopefully today was tougher than how it is going to feel on race day.”

COLTON HERTA (No. 88 GESS Capstone Honda): “Carb Day was really hot today and very humid which seemed to cause everyone’s car to move around more while we were on track. I don’t know how easy it’ll be to pass on during the race, but we have a fast and really good car where we can capitalize on people’s mistakes and take the No. 88 GESS Capstone Honda to the front on Sunday.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda): “We didn’t find exactly what we wanted in today’s practice. We need to make the right moves tonight so we have a car to push to the front on Sunday. It’s a long race and it’s only the last lap that matters, so our plan is to drive clean and move forward and be leading that final lap.”

 

Maryland Women’s Lacrosse wins 2019 National Championship

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Shannon Malone; COURTESY BIG TEN CONFERENCE COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

BALTIMORE, Md. – Following its 12-10 victory over Boston College in Sunday’s NCAA championship game, Maryland’s women’s lacrosse team won its fourth national title in the last six years and 14th overall.

 

Goaltender Megan Taylor was named the 2019 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player posting a game-high 10 saves. Brindi Griffin and Grace Griffin led the offensive attack for Maryland, tallying three goals apiece. Caroline Steele, Kali Hartshorn and Jen Giles each notched two goals on the afternoon. Lizzie Colson grabbed a game-high four ground balls.

 

With Maryland’s win on Sunday, Big Ten women’s lacrosse teams have won 27 national championships and 23 of the 38 NCAA Championships, including 12 of the last 15. Maryland claimed seven straight titles from 1995 to 2001, while Northwestern has won seven NCAA titles, highlighted by five consecutive from 2005 to 2009 and most recently in 2012. Penn State has earned five national championships, including NCAA titles in 1987 and 1989.

 

Big Ten schools have now claimed four national titles during the 2018-19 academic year, including championships for Wisconsin women’s hockey, Maryland men’s soccer, Penn State wrestling and Maryland women’s lacrosse.

 

NFL, Black College Football Hall of Fame to host QB Coaching Summit

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers, NFL; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participants to Expand Professional Network, Hear from NFL Personnel and Industry Experts

In partnership with the Black College Football Hall of Fame, assistant and positional NFL and NCAA coaches have been invited to attend the 2019 NFL QUARTERBACK COACHING SUMMIT from June 24-25 in Atlanta, Georgia, as part of the League’s commitment to strengthening the coaching and personnel development pipeline.

“As part of our ongoing efforts to develop a diverse pipeline of offensive coaches and personnel, the Quarterback Coaching Summit is an opportunity for participants to further develop and perfect their proficiencies in game administration, offensive philosophy implementation and quarterback development,” said TROY VINCENT, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations.

Announced today at the 2019 NFL Spring League Meeting, the summit aims to equip individuals working on the offensive side of the ball with resources, professional development and networking opportunities with NFL club representatives.

“We are excited to work with the NFL on the Quarterback Coaching Summit, as well as open the lines of communication and exchange ideas on fundamentals and techniques required to coach the QB position,” said JAMES “SHACK” HARRIS, Black College Football Hall of Fame Co-Founder and 2012 Inductee.  “The results should help participating coaches in college football and the NFL prepare for the opportunity to become head coach, offensive coordinator, quarterback coach, or offensive assistant.”

The summit additionally features panels with NFL general managers and head coaches, including former Baltimore Ravens general manager and current executive vice president OZZIE NEWSOME, Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations HOWIE ROSEMAN, Minnesota Vikings general manager RICK SPIELMAN, and Black College Football Hall of Fame co-founders JAMES HARRIS and DOUG WILLIAMS. Panels will focus on best practices for career advancement and their path to obtaining opportunities in the NFL.

The current list of presenters and attendees can be found below and is subject to change.

Eric Bieniemy Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator
Marquel Blackwell University of Houston Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Jeff Blake NFL Legend Quarterback Consultant
Marcus Brady Indianapolis Colts Quarterbacks Coach
Jim Caldwell Miami Dolphins Assistant Head Coach/Quarterbacks Coach
Dick Daniels NFL Legend Consultant
Karl Dorrell Miami Dolphins Wide Receivers Coach
Tony Elliott Clemson University Co-Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
Broderick Fobbs Grambling State University Head Coach
Josh Gattis University of Michigan Offensive Coordinator
Billy Gonzales University of Florida Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach
Harold Goodwin Tampa Bay Buccaneers Assistant Head Coach/Run-Game Coordinator
Chris Grier Miami Dolphins General Manager
Pep Hamilton XFL General Manager & Head Coach
James Harris NFL Legend Consultant
Hue Jackson Formerly Cleveland Browns Head Coach
Ivin Jasper Naval Academy Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Brian Johnson University of Florida Quarterbacks Coach
Craig Johnson New York Giants Running Backs Coach
Curtis Johnson New Orleans Saints Senior Offensive Assistant
Shaun King University of South Florida Running Backs Coach
Marvin Lewis Formerly Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach
Mike Locksley University of Maryland Head Coach
Jerry Mack Rice University Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
Brennan Marion William & Mary Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Connell Maynor Alabama A&M University Head Coach
Woody McCorvey Clemson University Associate Athletic Director
Garrick McGee University of Missouri Wide Receivers Coach
Ozzie Newsome Baltimore Ravens Executive Vice President
Jeff Nixon Baylor University Co-Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
Kendrick Nord Grambling State University Quarterbacks Coach
Lamar Owens Georgia Southern University Wide Receivers Coach
Jimmy Raye NFL Legend Consultant
Jerry Reese Formerly New York Giants General Manager
Howie Roseman Philadelphia Eagles Executive Vice President of Football Operations
Rick Spielman Minnesota Vikings General Manager
Allen Suber Bethune-Cookman University Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
John Tomlinson North Carolina Central University Quarterbacks Coach
Marques Tuiasosopo University of California Tight Ends Coach
Pat White Alcorn State University Quarterbacks Coach
Ted White Prairie View A&M University Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
D.J. Williams III New Orleans Saints Offensive Assistant

 

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