“Future Olympic Athlete”

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Cristian Ravar Ladislau won the competition.

Cristian Ravar Ladislau

He is the member of Track and Field in Arkansas State University. He was born on October 3, 1995 in Amposta, SpainHe is from Spain. He plays track and field. His profession and educational background are hammer throw and shot put. He play 8 years track and field and 10 years swimming. Sports participated in swimming, track and field, soccer, and basketball. Years in current sport is 8 years track and field. 

Interview Questions.

  •  What is your biggest accomplishment in your sports?

Spanish champion, American track and field championships, and international meetings.

  • What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

Practice the technique every day and work to improve the strength lifting weights.

  • What would be your ultimate achievement?

Olympic games 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

  • How do you set your goals?

Determination and perseverance makes me set my goals and then is when I have to work hard to achieve those goals.

  • What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

Weight lifting is a big challenge for me because every day I use to lift heavy weights and that requires focus during the whole training. Also, it is a big challenge the hammer throw technique because it is really complex and requires a lot of years to improve it.

  • What is your diet like?

I usually eat different kinds of meat, like steaks, chicken, fish, etc. Also, a lot of vegetables and fruits, drink water every day and also I drink protein supplements to help the muscle growth.

 

  • Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?

It is important to know that even if I have a really hard practice or a hard day, I don’t have to give up. Determination is the key of success and if someone wants to succeed that person needs to pass from a kind of pain to achieve the ultimate goal.

  • Why he decided to come to United states to play hammer throw?

I came to the U.S. because the throwing coach of Arkansas State University’s track and field team offered me a full scholarship to be able to study a degree and also, training to get a better athlete.

  •  What is difference between American university and Spain’s university?

The biggest difference is that American universities are much bigger than the Spanish universities because American colleges have really big campus. Also, in Spain the universities are much cheaper than in America; 6 years ago before the economic crises in Spain the public universities were free.

The facilities in America are much better and it is easier to train and study at the same time, but in Spain if you are in a university it is really hard to train because the time of the classes are longer and also, the facilities are far from the university.

 

 

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Practice the technique every day

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“Future Olympic Athlete”

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                                         work to improve the strength lifting weights.

 

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Arkansas State Women’s Rugby Team is on the go!!! written by Malcolm R. Miller

The Arkansas State Women’s Rugby team is a sport that goes tremendously unnoticed. The women’s team is so rarely talked about, that there is no roster or scheduling information concerning the team on the school’s website. Nonetheless, after spending an evening attending their practice at the pitch, it is clear to see that these women need recognition for their hard work and dedication to the sport. Rugby, a sport that many consider football without padding, is a very physical sport, however the women of Arkansas State University’s rugby team don’t mind getting their hands and knees dirty. The Arkansas State Women’s Rugby team has been in place at Arkansas State on and off for years, and it currently plays in the Southern Independent Rugby Conference. With the exception of 15 women’s rugby teams, the NCAA doesn’t sanction college rugby programs. Instead, rugby in general is governed by USA Rugby, which has over 32,000 college players and 900 college teams registered with them; Arkansas State women’s rugby plays under the USA Rugby umbrella. According to Head Coach Andrea Street, last year was the team’s first season where they were truly competitive, as they finished the athletic campaign with a record of 4 wins and 5 losses. The team plays on average, nine games per year, however, with fundraising efforts they could play in a few tournaments as well. The team’s season officially starts on October 22nd, at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the first home game will be on December 3rd against the University of Arkansas. At the end of the season, a conference champion is crowned. Afterwards, the top two teams are selected to go to Regional’s, and from Regional’s the winning team will go to National’s, where they will play to win the National Championship. Great conditioning is needed to play rugby. as the college games are 80 minutes of non-stop play with no timeouts, and only a 10 minute break between the halfs. Unfortunately as of now, playing professional rugby is not an option for these ladies, as there are currently no professional Rugby teams for women, however they enjoy the camaraderie of competing together collegiately. The players and coach describe the women’s rugby team at Arkansas State as one big family that they wouldn’t trade for anything!

Below are links to Interviews I conducted with the Head Coach of the Women’s Rugby Team, as well as two players.

Interview with Arkansas State Women’s Rugby Head Coach Andrea Street

Interview with Arkansas State Women’s Rugby Player Jordan Watson

Interview with Arkansas State Women’s Rugby player Kristen Vaughn

Links for Additional Information

Arkansas State Women’s Facebook Profile

Arkansas State Women’s Rugby Highlights vs LSU

Arkansas State University Women’s Rugby FULL MATCH vs. LSU

Interview with former ASU Women’s Rugby Player Michaela Pinegar

Map of where Rugby team plays

 

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Red Wolves Dancers Receive NDA Nationals Bid

For the first time in Arkansas State University history the Red Wolves Dancers have received a bid to National Dance Alliance (NDA) College Dance Nationals. In April of 2017, they will travel to Daytona Beach, FL to compete against other dance teams from all over the nation. The Red Wolves Dancers will take a Jazz Routine to compete in the Division I jazz segment.

Recently, I caught up with two of the squad members to visit with them about their dance career and get a few more details about NDA nationals. To my astonishment many of the Dancers on our team have been dancing from a very young age and have worked their whole lives to be on a collegiate dance team and compete for a national title. They were also very adamant to include they love the game day aspect of cheering their team on to victory as they were to compete for a title.

If you would like to reach out to the Red Wolves Dance Team or any of the Spirit Squad teams visit: https://www.astate.edu/astatespiritsquads

If you would like to learn more about NDA and College Nationals visit: http://nda.varsity.com/College/Nationals

 

From Fútbol to Football

Hayden Stricker has spent almost all of his time on the field chasing down attackers and preventing goals. He spent his freshman year at Lyon College where he played defender for the Scots’ soccer team, but recently Hayden has decided to take his talents to the Centennial Bank Stadium’s football field as a defensive-back.

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I have played on the same soccer team as Hayden for a season of club soccer. He’s always in an attackers back-pocket and has served on many teams at very high levels of competition. When I heard that he was making the transition to college football from college soccer, I wondered how difficult it would be to transfer skills and abilities between two rival sports. The great debate between which of the sports is harder or more entertaining has always caught my attention, however Hayden has found a way to use soccer skills to perfect his football skills.

Any athlete knows the immediate differences between soccer and football, but at higher levels specific skills become necessary to excel at a certain sport. Respecting a sport is the best skill to learn and the key to being great at playing that sport. “The transition from college football has been an eye-opening experience,” Hayden said. Soccer gives a player the ability to perform on a more individual level, while football has taught Hayden a deeper value of teamwork.

Both of Hayden’s football and soccer defensive duties go hand-in-hand. In soccer, defensive duties can be mirrored in football as defenders (corner-backs in football) are required to make sure that attackers (receivers in football) don’t make it to the goal or goal-line. The biggest relation between the two? According to Hayden, fitness is the key. In his exact words, “no fitness, no play time.”

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The Rough Side of Rugby

Prior to attending Arkansas State University, I had always heard of how successful the rugby team was and they weren’t even an NCAA-sanctioned sport. Since being here, I’ve made good friends with a fraternity brother of mine, Dalton Steele. Dalton is from South Carolina and he came to ASU to play rugby.

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During his time here, he suffered multiple concussions on the pitch. Faced with a tough decision, Steele decided it was best to give up the sport he loved in order to prevent further injury.

After hearing his story, I immediately begin to wonder of the correlation between rugby concussions and concussions in American football. Similar to the National Football League, CTE is being heavily researched overseas by European doctors. One study showed rugby players take an average of 77 hits to head per game. The game is dangerous and with athletes becoming bigger, faster and stronger, the game will continue to be violent.

 

 

 

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Volleyball Pep Bands

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A lot of preparation goes into the sporting events at Arkansas State University. Countless people put in long hard hours to make Arkansas State games the best that they can be. One group that does not get enough recognition for what they do is our Volleyball Pep Band.

This group of students is at every home volleyball match and they are the loudest and the proudest of anyone there. Tylor Wright is a Junior Music Composition major and a member of the Arkansas State Volleyball Pep Band. In this interview Tylor and I talk a little about the pep band and just what it means to be part of the Arkansas State volleyball games.

Tylor is a big supporter of the team and feels that more students should come out and support Arkansas State volleyball. He and roughly 20 other band mates will be there cheering and playing great music.

For more on this subject visit:

Arkansas State Athletic Bands

Arkansas State Volleyball Team and Schedule

Arkansas State Band Facebook

 

 

From the Backfield to Back Tuck’s

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The campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro is full of athletes that take on many different forms. From Centennial Bank Stadium all the way down to the intramural fields, you can find some classification of athletes present. But for Michael Canty, a Veteran member of the A-State coed cheerleading team, athleticism throughout his life has taken on many different roles.

As a high school kid growing up in Gosnell, Arkansas, Michael was expected to perform. “Coming from such a small school, it was no big deal for someone to play multiple sports,” Michael said “but it was pretty obvious early on that it wouldn’t take me very far.” Once Michael reached high school, and with the aid of his sister, Michael started cheer.

In this interview with Michael, you can hear from him what cheer means to him. How cheer and football hold young people to a certain standard of responsibility and accountability. How they teach kids work ethic as well as discipline from an early age, and how the idea of a “team sport” can take on many different forms.

 

If you have any questions about Arkansas State Cheer or getting involved with cheer at the high school or collegiate level, please follow the link below.

https://www.astate.edu/a/campus-recreation/astate-spirit-squad/a-state-cheerleading/

https://www.facebook.com/AStateSpirit/

https://twitter.com/astatespirit

http://nca.varsity.com/

http://www.americancheerleader.com/