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NCAA Season 93 champions. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick threw Lyceum’s perfect season in the trash, leading San Beda’s 92-82 Game 2 triumph that completed the sweep of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball Finals and the Red Lions’ back-to-back title romp.Bolick proved to be the hero the Red Lions needed, firing seven points in the final 5:01, none bigger than his dagger three with 50 seconds remaining to push his side to a comfortable 89-82 lead.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort San Beda continued its dynasty as it annexed its 10th title in 12 years and 21st overall championship in men’s basketball.“(Lyceum) really wanted to win this game but (the San Beda players) were so excited. I’m happy that we’re able to settle down in the second half. Credit to my boys,” said coach Boyet Fernandez, who returned to the San Beda lair this season to win his third title with the school.Season MVP CJ Perez gave it his all in the decider, pouring 22 points, five assists, four rebounds, three steals, and a block, but Lyceum unfortunately suffered its first back-to-back losses this season at the wrong time and end its 18-0 season with a runner-up finish.Mike Nzeusseu got 15 markers, 15 boards, and two blocks, while Rookie of the Year Jaycee Marcelino had 12 points, four rebounds, three dimes, and two steals in the Pirates loss.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT SAN BEDA 92 – Bolick 18, Tankoua 17, Potts 15, Mocon 14, Soberano 11, Abuda 5, Bahio 5, Presbitero 3, Doliguez 2, Noah 2, Tongco 0, Adamos 0.LYCEUM 82 – Perez 22, Nzeusseu 15, Marcelino JC 12, Ayaay 7, Caduyac 6, Santos 6, Tansingco 5, Marcelino JV 4, Pretta 2, Serrano 2, Ibanez 1, Baltazar 0.Quarters: 17-22, 41-47, 65-66, 92-82.POST-GAME INTERVIEW Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Clark Sunset Marathon set He finished with 18 points, nine coming in the payoff period, together with six assists and five rebounds as he celebrated the victory like Lebron James in front of 14,693 in attendance.“Lyceum did a good job. If we could just give two championships, Lyceum and us should be the champions,” said Bolick.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFinals MVP Donald Tankoua registered another monstrous double-double of 17 markers and 17 boards, while Davon Potts finished off his collegiate career with 15 points and five rebounds.Javee Mocon bucked another off-shooting night to drop 14 markers, six boards, and three dimes while AC Soberano went 3-of-7 from three including one from the left corner with 1:22 left to put San Beda up, 86-82. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View comments
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCommunication is key to winning.And for Aljun Melecio, that’s exactly what La Salle lacked in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8005:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But what led to the La Salle’s downfall was its inability to communicate on the defensive end especially in the waning seconds, where Thirdy Ravena and Isaac Go connected for the game-sealing bucket in the final 10.4 seconds of the game. “We didn’t communicate that much inside the court, while Ateneo had great defense and execution. We think they had a better communication inside the court than us.”Melecio, however, isn’t putting too much thought on the defeat, noting that the Archers can still bounce back and extend the series to a deciding Game 3.“It’s better to lose in Game 1,” he said. “But we need to bounce back and adjust our execution against Ateneo. We know our performance was not enough, so we need to have better decisions in the next game.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The diminutive playmaker said the lack of communication was evident in the Green Archers’ 76-70 defeat to the Blue Eagles.READ: Ateneo holds on, beats La Salle in Game 1 of UAAP FinalsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There are lots of instances that the coaches and players weren’t able to understand each other, and those happened in the crucial moments. I think that’s where things went wrong,” he said.Melecio and Ricci Rivero muffed their three-point attempts in the final minute that could have given La Salle a chance to tie the game. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Raptors ground Hawks
In leadup games the Counties Manukau will play matches against the Sunshine Coast teams on Wednesday, November 25th at the Glasshouse Sports Club, Steve Irwin Way, Glasshouse Mountains commencing at 5.30pm and South West Queensland on Thursday, November 26th at Jim Finemore Oval, Old Toowoomba Road, One Mile, Ipswich commencing at 6pm.The Queensland –Counties Manukau Tri-Series on Saturday, November 28th will commence at 9am.Please refer to the Queensland Touch Website for more information: www.qldtouch.com.au The Queensland teams are:14’s Girls: Hollie Barnes; Kai Ware (Brisbane City Cobras); Sharni Upton; Nyomi Webley (CQ Bulls); Zelle Gillespie; Ashlee Jaegar; Casey Schweitzer; Georgia Worters (SQBD Sharks); Chloe Crotty; Paige Parker; Evania Pelite-Denny; Britt Smail (Sunshine Coast); Kimberley Bowman; Ashleigh Kearney (SWQ Swans); Greg English (Coach); Shane Crotty (Coach); Ronda Hipperson (Manager).14’s Boys: Jadin Moncrieff (Brisbane City Cobras); Zak Bainbridge; Josh Buchanan; Steven Donovan; Tom Kronk; Jonah Placid; Brayden Schulte; Tyran Stehbens (CQ Bulls); Aaron Townson (NQ Cyclones); Corey Feartherstone; Kai Robertson; Jarrod Withers (SQBD Sharks); Rohan Messer (Sunshine Coast); Ashley Taylor (SWQ Swans); Chris Loth (Coach); John Morris (Assistant Coach); Peter Shefford (Manager).16’s Girls: Emily Ariel; Paris Sutton (Brisbane City Cobras); Addison McKenzie; Jessica Powell (CQ Bulls); Yuriko Ah Boo (NQ Cyclones); Jessica Alder; Eliza Bowers; Terri King; Holly Nathan-Webster (SQBD Sharks); Emma Blanch; Lauren Chen; Ashley Goodall; Courtney Kerr; Madison Macarthur (Sunshine Coast);Paul Cobham (Coach); Darrell Gribble (Assistant Coach); Jim Blanch (Manager).16’s Boys: Jake Assay; James Baartz; Jack Williams (CQ Bulls); Richard Chen (NQ Cyclones); Kade Bonner; Zach Curtis; James DeVeer; Kevin Huggett; Josh Newbegin; Adam Pryde; Taylor Schweitzer; Luke Swan (SQBD Sharks); Mitchell Broom (Sunshine Coast); Jake Hooper (SWQ Swans); Joe Schweitzer (Coach); Hank Solien (Assistant Coach); Warren Pryde (Manager). The Queensland Tour Management is Di Worters (Tour Manager); Glen Richardson (Assistant Tour Manager) and Darrell Madge (Trainer). The Counties Manukau teams are:Under 15’s Girls: Monique Ashford-Ross; Saskia-Rae Brown; Natasha Covilee; Autum-Belle Flynn; Destinee Jansen; Sahantal Lauese; Roana Paterson; Sarah Penny; Chelsea Petera; Coyrtney Redshaw; Kendall Speck; Kyla Wade; Jazmin Walker; Maia Watene; Analeea Williamson; Robyn Proffit (Coach); Peter Lauese (Assistant Coach); Donna Redshaw (Manager).Under 15’s Boys: Antonio Adams; Kenzell Fa’aofo; Te Heke Gillett; Tyler Grant; Vaughan Grant; Hauriri Harvey; Caleb Heikell; Blake Macefield; Cody Mahuika; Coby Mountfort; Tanirau Panapa; Gaige Ross; Logan Spaander; Ian Macefield (Coach); Victor Panapa (Manager); Sheryl Bartley (Manager).Under 17’s Girls: Lisa Bartley; Marama Davis; Nadia Loveday; Darlin Matangaro; Riki-Maree Moore; Kiera Pennell; Kahurangi Peters; Lynette Shelford; Julie Ann Smith; Jamie Holamotutama; Toni Wells; Brooke Walker; Brooker Holamotutama; Ida Ezekiela Teraitua (Coach); Nancy Prujean (Manager).Under 17’s Boys: Dylan Bartley; Aaron Biddle; Howard Brown; Frank Bunce; Tauturu Hapuku; Isaiah Mahuika; Julian Panapa-Williams; Anthony Paulo; Stanley Paulo; Klien Sitene; Christopher Swain; Johnson Tekaute; Patrick Favell (Coach); Laurence Williams (Assistant Coach); Lillian Panapa-Williams (Manager).Mokai McCarthy will be the Counties Manukau Tour Manager; Max Woodard is the Head Coach and other members of the touring party will be Lynette Favell; Devan and Sirron Redshaw. RefereesCongratulations to Cathleen Johnston; Brendan Jones (Gladstone); Alex Wong (Kuwana); Dean Nipperess (Beenleigh); Josh Harmer (Palm Beach); Christian Del Castillo; Tom Polkingham (Brisbane Metro); Jess Minogue; Sam Crossingham; James Fulton; Kevin Rasmussen and Ken Wilson (Redlands) on being chosen to referee at the Tri-Series. Draw – Saturday, November 28th – Owen Park, Southport9am; 11.30am & 2pm – 16’s Girls9.50am; 12.20pm & 2.50pm – 16’s Boys10.40am; 1.10pm & 3.40pm – 14’s Girls & Boys
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 31: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers stands with head coach Dabo Swinney after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners with a score of 37 to 17 to win the 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of the best players in college football. He also has an excellent story to match his ability on the field. The ACC Digital Network and Havoline Football Saturdays put together a short documentary about Watson, covering his high school career and rise to five-star recruit, as well as the inspiration that he draws from his mother Deann, who survived a fight with tongue cancer during his high school career.Clemson fans will love this video, but it is worth a watch for all college football fans.
BRUSSELS – The European Union has proposed banning plastic products like cotton buds, straws, stirs and balloon sticks when alternatives are easily available in an attempt to reduce litter spoiling beaches and ocean beds.The European Commission said its proposal would seek to cut marine litter in half for the ten most prominent items and avoid environmental damage estimated at over $250 billion over the next dozen years.EU Vice-President Frans Timmermans said that utensils would not be banned completely, but steps would be taken to have them made out of sustainable materials when possible.“You can still organize a pick-nick, drink a cocktail and clean your ears just like before,” Timmermans said.He also made new proposals to ensure that it is the polluter that pays.The proposal will be assessed by the EU parliament and member states but Timmermans hopes to see results before May 2019.And unlike so many EU proposals that are immediately criticized by consumer and environmental groups as too little too late, the reaction was largely positive on Monday.“The only way to stop plastics pouring into our oceans is to turn off the flow at its source: production,” said Lasse Gustavsson, the European executive director of the environmental group Oceana, as he lauded the initiative.European Green Party lawmaker Monica Frassoni also welcomed the initiative and added that “the scale of the problem means that we cannot rely on individual European countries to take action and must instead find a Europe-wide response.”The European Parliament has said that plastics production is now 20 times higher than in 1960s. The EU has also been spurred into action by China’s decision to no longer import part of the bloc’s waste.
Jincheon: Indian women’s hockey team defeated hosts South Korea 2-1 in the first match of the three-match bilateral series to begin its short tour on a confident here on Monday. Young striker Lalremsiami (20th minute) and Navneet Kaur (40th) scored for India, while Shin Hyejeong (48th) found the net for Korea. High on confidence after its impressive outings in Spain and Malaysia earlier this year, India made a strong start against the hosts. After missing out on an opportunity to score from a penalty corner early in the first quarter, India scored a splendid field goal through Lalremsiami in the 20th minute. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe visitors’ second goal came in the 40th minute when Navneet struck beautifully to extend the lead. While the hosts won five penalty corners in the course of the match, and a penalty stroke in the last quarter, they managed to convert only one set piece in the 48th minute through Shin Hyejeong. It was India’s experienced goalkeeper Savita who made commendable saves to keep her team’s lead intact. “Considering this was our first match, I think the result was good but the performance can be better. We tried some new things in the match and it was interesting to see how we handled the change,” India’s chief coach Sjoerd Marijne said after the game. “We must bring our technical skills to a higher level in order to play faster and that will be one of our priorities for the next match.” India will play its second match of the tour on Wednesday.
Think of the Houston Astros these past few seasons, and you’re probably picturing Jose Altuve, the team’s pint-sized sparkplug of a second baseman, or Carlos Correa, its megatalented modern-shortstop prototype. Perhaps you’re thinking of all the home runs launched by George Springer in the World Series last fall. Or maybe you enjoy great pitching, and you’re imagining bearded lefty Dallas Keuchel or rejuvenated legend Justin Verlander. Those are all good options, but the best player on the 2018 Astros — a club demonstrably better than the one that won last year’s World Series — has been a guy whose name is sometimes lost among the litany of stars on Houston’s roster: Alex Bregman.Out of all the potential candidates, it’s Bregman who is leading the Astros in wins above replacement,1Averaging together the WAR values found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. edging out Verlander by a couple tenths of a win. And he’s had to be that good, too, given some of the injuries his team has faced in its championship defense. Bregman’s MVP-caliber breakout is just what Houston needed to maintain (if not increase) its position as World Series front-runners — and it’s a testament to the franchise’s incredible talent pipeline. Although the Astros have already won a title and established themselves as an annual contender, they continue to get superstar performances from less-than-expected places.Bregman’s stellar 2018 campaign is the continuation of an ongoing development from top prospect (he was drafted second overall out of LSU in 2015) to big-league star. In just three MLB seasons, Bregman has nearly doubled his base-on-balls rate (from 6.9 percent as a rookie in 2016 to 12.8 percent this year) and halved his strikeout rate (from 24 percent to 12.6 percent), all while adding enough power to potentially clear 30 homers for the first time this season.2In fact, FanGraphs thinks he’ll end the year with exactly 30 bombs.In an age of ever-increasing strikeouts, Bregman has become the rare player who walks more than he whiffs, joining an elite club with Mike Trout and Jose Ramirez as power hitters who can make that claim. While he doesn’t crush the ball quite as hard as other WAR machines like Trout and Mookie Betts, Bregman’s tremendous strike-zone discipline helps him consistently get into advantageous counts — and punish pitchers when they do have to give him something to hit.Bregman is also surging at the right time. In addition to his heroics in the All-Star Game in July, he has a 1.030 on-base plus slugging since the beginning of June, which coincides with the Astros overtaking the surprising Seattle Mariners for first place in the AL West and building their lead to its current five-game state. Among team regulars over the past four weeks, Bregman has easily been Houston’s top hitter by OPS, and the Astros have otherwise struggled to hit (by their standards) over the same span, so it’s fair to say Bregman has rounded into peak form when Houston needed him most.Houston probably didn’t expect to lean so much on Bregman blossoming into a star this year. But it’s a nice luxury to get this kind of season from a guy who might not have been among their five best players a year ago. (He ranked sixth on the team in WAR last season.)The Astro who actually seemed poised for a monster year was Correa, after posting a couple of 5-WAR seasons before he even turned 23. Instead, he’s been limited by a back injury that has cost him 30 games and counting, with Bregman picking up the slack at shortstop in his stead. Correa is but one of a few underwhelming Astros this season, whether due to injuries or performance declines: Springer has taken a step back from his form of recent seasons (down from 4.8 WAR in 2017 to a 2.8-WAR pace3Pro-rated to 162 games. this year), Marwin Gonzalez and Josh Reddick haven’t hit as well as usual, and Altuve is currently on the disabled list with a knee ailment. Meanwhile, the team’s once-dominant bullpen trio of Will Harris, Chris Devenski and Ken Giles — the latter of whom blew up, was demoted and then traded at the deadline for Roberto Osuna (himself serving a suspension for domestic violence) — had a combined ERA of 4.47.Nobody is going to feel sorry for Houston, of course, but it’s impressive that the team has still managed to win at a blistering 102-win pace in spite of those potential setbacks.It hasn’t all been because of Bregman, of course. Verlander, Charlie Morton and Gerrit Cole are each having Cy Young-caliber seasons atop Houston’s rotation, and Keuchel has been his usual steady self, too. Together, the Astros’ staff is enjoying a season for the ages. Toss in some solid work out of the bullpen by Brad Peacock, who has a 3.09 ERA as a do-everything reliever — plus, let’s face it, pretty good seasons from the usual suspects (even in “down” years) — and Bregman’s gotten plenty of help carrying the load for Houston.But that fact that Bregman now officially stands right alongside Altuve, Correa and that stacked starting rotation among the Astros’ signature stars has been an important development for the defending champs. In a ridiculously top-heavy 2018 American League (hello, Red Sox, Yankees and Indians!), Bregman’s breakout has helped Houston keep pace with the best the game has to offer, and it’s given them plenty of reason to envision another championship banner hanging in Minute Maid Park.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
Members of the Maryland Terrapins celebrate a touchdown on Nov. 15, 2014 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIt’s been a bumpy start to the season for Maryland, and it does not look like it will level out any time soon. The Terrapins are sitting at 2-3 coming off back-to-back losses as they prepare to travel to Columbus on Saturday to take on top-ranked Ohio State.Here is a look at coach Randy Edsall’s team.Quarterback carouselIf you think the Buckeyes have had a complicated quarterback situation, think again.Maryland has reinvented what it means to have a quarterback controversy this season. It began during the offseason and has yet to subside.Redshirt junior Perry Hills won the three-way battle during fall camp and led the team to a season opening victory over Richmond — a Football Championship Subdivision program — but he was canned midway through Maryland’s disappointing loss to Bowling Green in favor of Caleb Rowe.The fellow redshirt junior stepped in and started the last three games for the Terrapins — a win over South Florida and back-to-back embarrassing losses against West Virginia and then-No. 22 Michigan — but struggled immensely.Rowe — who is dead last in passing efficiency among qualified quarterbacks — has thrown seven interceptions over the last two games, completed a harrowing 33 perecent of his passes and zero touchdowns. In the second half of both games, he was pulled for redshirt senior Daxx Garman.Sadly for Edsall, Garman hasn’t been able to stop the Terrapin ship from sinking.In his two relief appearances, the transfer from Oklahoma State has completed just six of 18 passes, has been sacked five times and tossed only one touchdown while also being picked off once.So which one of these underwhelming résumés will Edsall choose to start in Columbus?The coach said he does not even know, as he told reporters during his Sunday conference call that “everyone is in play.”In fact, Edsall stole a page from OSU coach Urban Meyer’s book, saying he might not announce his starter until Saturday at noon. As of Tuesday afternoon, Maryland’s depth chart lists all three as co-starters.However being on the road against the Buckeyes, it might not matter which of the three it is.No help on defenseWhen a team’s offense struggles, sometimes the defense bails it out by shutting down opponents. Just ask this year’s Buckeyes about it.Unfortunately for Maryland, the said scenario is not happening.The offense ranks 114th nationally and second-to-last in the Big Ten, just ahead of Penn State. Defensively, the Terrapins are not much better, as they are 109th in the country for total defense and second-to-last in the conference, narrowly ahead of Indiana.In its three losses, Maryland has given up point totals of 48, 45 and 28. Additionally, opponents are averaging 199 rushing yards per game.The lone bright spot for the Terrapin defense comes on the pass rush, as the unit is tied for fourth in the country with 19 sacks.But with the offense in a sizable slump — last week against Michigan it had only 105 yards — and the defense not being able to slow down opponents, victories appear like they will be hard to come by for Edsall’s Terrapins during conference play.Offensive line is innocentThe bad quarterbacking cannot be blamed on Maryland’s offensive line.The unit didn’t allow a sack in first three games and has let up just six overall — five of which have been when Garman was under center.Most of its success in pass protection can be attributed to experience.Redshirt junior left tackle Michael Dunn has started 30 consecutive games for Maryland, while redshirt senior right guard Andrew Zeller has appeared in 26 straight games — including 18 straight starts. Ryan Doyle, a redshirt senior, has a combined 31 starts at different positions on the O-line under his belt.The veteran presence these three provide has been valuable for the Maryland offense, despite its ineptitude in other areas.Mile-wide turnover marginIf turnovers have been slowing down OSU, then they have stopped Maryland.The Buckeyes have a turnover margin of minus-four — tying them for 101st in the country along with three other Big Ten teams (Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue) — but the Terrapins are even further in the hole.Maryland has a turnover margin of minus-nine. Cincinnati is the only team with a greater deficit in the category.The Terrapins, however, do take the crown for most turnovers, as they have coughed up the pigskin 17 times — two more than Cincinnati and Florida Atlantic.With a defense as leaky as it is, the offense can’t afford to give opponents that many more offensive possessions, especially against the Buckeyes and the remainder of its conference foes.Beyond the BuckeyesAfter Saturday’s matchup versus OSU, Maryland will have a bye week before its scheduled contest against Penn State at home on Oct. 24. Kickoff time for that game is yet to be announced.
The Big Ten Championship meet is vital to the men’s and women’s cross country teams’ chances of making the National Championship meet. After placing 11th at the Pre-National meet, the women’s team is looking forward to a strong finish this Sunday at the Big Ten Championship meet.“I think if we’re top five, we’ve got a good chance to get in [to the National Championships],” women’s coach Chris Neal said.The Buckeyes have not fared well at the Big Ten Championships the past six years. Their highest finish was eighth in 2003.The women’s team is led by senior Katie Williams and juniors Jordan Jennewine, Sarah Foster and Ellen Birmingham.The Buckeyes can achieve a top five finish “if we’re able to pack four in tight with the kind of four-headed monster we got up front with Jordan [Jennewine], Foster, Katie Williams and Ellen Birmingham and get the low points we need,” Neal said.The women’s team is ranked No. 4 in its region — up from No. 6,its rank prior to the Pre-National meet.“I think [the Pre-Nationals] gave us the confidence going into Big Tens to beat teams like Michigan State and Michigan who maybe were ahead of us at the Pre-National meet,” Foster said.The men’s team is hoping to bounce back after its performance at Pre-Nationals, in which it finished 22nd out of 35 teams.One of the reasons for the finish was illness. Coach Robert Gary said one player did not travel with the team and several others were feeling flu-like symptoms.“I’m fully healthy again and so are our other guys who were feeling a little sick,” senior Jeff See said. “We’ve been having great workouts.”For the team to have any chance at making the National Championship meet, it needs a strong finish at the Big Ten Championships.If the Buckeyes can finish ahead of higher ranked teams at the meet, such as Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Iowa, they could gain some points toward the National Championship meet.“We’re not trying to do all the math and figure out how many points we need and how well our team needs to do in order to qualify other than just being there on race day,” See said.The men’s team dropped to No. 8 in its region, down from No. 5, after the disastrous run at Pre-Nationals.The meets will be held Sunday at Penn State in State College, Pa.