Never looking back

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Ty Robbinson is a 6 foot 4 decathlete from Little Rock Arkansas and a member of Arkansas State’s Track and Field team. This First-year student-athlete is focused on school, athletics, family, and life. He is a multi-events athlete, meaning he does many events at track meets, including the 100, 110 hurdles, the 400, 1500, and much more!

Originally Ty is from Austin Texas but was born in Little Rock. In a recent interview, he told how big of an impact his family had on his life and how they inspired him to keep going and never give up in life! He aspires to become a conference champion while he is still here at Arkansas State. However, his schooling comes first ahead of athletics.

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Ty told me outside of the interview that he’d one day like to become an Olympic athlete. Ty hasn’t always done track and field, he played for the varsity basketball team in high school! He has two main role models in his life his nana and Ashton Eaton, a track and field decathlete and two-time U.S. Olympian.

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-courtesy of Ty Robbinson

Track and field are two sports that oftentimes goes overlooked in the United States.  However, there are a lot of people who participate in the activities done. These activities give plenty of opportunities to succeed in life. So even though some sports go “under the radar” you can still live a very successful life if you just keep moving and never look back!

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A-State Shooting Sports

Have you ever been a member of a team that competes in national tournaments, but never practices? Hayden Zirbel is a member of one of those teams. That team is the A-State Shooting Sports Team.

Zirbel is a senior interdisciplinary studies major from Jonesboro. Zirbel has a passion for the sport and got involved at a young age. He started out competing with the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program in high school. Zirbel was competitive at this program and as he grew older began to compete more in the Amateur Trapshooting Association. As he transitioned into college at A-State, he became involved with the shooting sports team. He has competed in national tournaments and has brought back national titles to A-State.

The A-State Shooting Sports team competes annually in the spring at the ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships. This is a week-long competition held in San Antonio, TX. A-State has won 5 National Titles at this event.

Practice is key to these events. This team rarely practices as a team, so each member is responsible for practicing before the event.

Zirbel says that there is a competitive aspect to the sport, but ultimately they are there to have fun doing what they love.

For Questions or comments you can contact Trent Taylor at trent.taylor@smail.astate.edu

For more information

A-State Club Sports

ACIU Competition

Amateur Trap Shooting Association

Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program

National Shooting Sports Foundation

“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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“Future Olympic Athlete”

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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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