Donegal Airport takes off with €1million funding boost

first_imgA major investment of almost €1million has been announced for Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn today.The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has granted the financial backing for a series of upgrades.Donegal Airport, which is the world’s most scenic landing, will receive more than €880,000. It includes €339,757 for runway apron extension; €343,125 for explosive screening equipment; almost €20,000 for air traffic control systems including beacons; €42,350 for a tow tug; €23,250 for a runway/apron sweeper; €44,325 for vehicle screening equipment; €31,500 for CCTV; and €6,129 for fire safety, among other sums.The funding boost was welcomed today by Minister Joe McHugh, who said: “This funding comes on the back of almost €1m that was sanctioned last year to cover costs associated with safety and security and continued development.“Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn is renowned among travel experts and increasingly the public around the world as one of the most beautiful places on the planet to fly in and out of.“Funding like this will sustain and grow the airport and ensures it lives up to its billing. “It is brilliant news year on year to see Government support and it compliments the top class standards and quality service from all the staff at Carrickfinn,” Minister McHugh concluded.Donegal Airport takes off with €1million funding boost was last modified: June 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Airportlast_img read more

Spider Evolution: A Theory in Crisis

first_imgSea spiders look so similar to land spiders, everyone would have thought they were related.  They differ, however, in several significant ways, said Graham Budd and Maximilian Telford in Nature:1  ’Their bodies are so slender that the digestive systems and gonads are squeezed into their limbs; they possess a forward-pointing proboscis with a terminal mouth; and the males brood the eggs.”  Now, additional observations “are bound to provoke controversy in an already acrimonious field,” the field of spider evolution.  Organs called chelifores near the proboscis of sea spiders are not related to the chelicerae of land spiders, reported Maxmen, Browne et al. in the same issue,2 because they originate from different parts of the head.  “The association of chelifores and chelicerae with different parts of the brain implies that the two types of limb are not equivalent, but are derived from different segments,” Budd and Telford said.  These observations will “shake up the field of arthropod evolution.”    A check under the hood shows there is more trouble in the engine of arthropod evolution.This result cuts across previous results based on adult structure, and to see the wider implications we need some historical background.  The composition of the arthropod head is one of the bitterest and longest-running problems in animal evolution.  Unresolved after more than a century of debate, this sorry tale is (in)famously known as the “endless dispute”. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The only way to salvage the evolutionary model is to assume that sea spiders “are extraordinary living fossils, retaining an organization of their head that all other living arthropods lost hundreds of millions of years ago,” Budd and Telford suggested.  The caption of a phylogenetic chart explains how both possible interpretations are distasteful:a, If pycnogonids branched off before the appearance of insects, crustaceans, myriapods and arachnids, we can interpret their protocerebral chelifores (red) as equivalent to the supposedly anterior great appendage of fossil groups such as Anomalocaris.  The labrum (green) would have evolved in the common ancestor indicated with a star.  b, But if pycnogonids are related to arachnids, then either their protocerebral chelifores could be an atavistic re-evolution of the great appendage, or the labrum must have evolved independently in arachnids and the other three taxa.  Both of these latter hypotheses are contentious, and could raise doubts about the conclusions of Maxmen and colleagues.The former interpretation, taken by Maxmen et al., is that the chelifores are examples of convergent evolution.  “Pycnogonid chelifores and chelicerate chelicerae are convergent structures,” they decided, “innervated from different segmental neuromeres.”  Budd and Telford don’t seem ready to swallow that line.  They ended their analysis with more bitter words:The conclusions of Maxmen et al. overturn entrenched ideas about the body plan of the sea spiders and, furthermore, lend support to some controversial theories of arthropod evolution.  Unlike their terrestrial analogues, sea spiders lack a poisonous bite, but this paper is bound to inject venom into what is already one of the most controversial of all zoological topics.1Graham Budd and Maximilian Telford, “Evolution: Along came a sea spider,” Nature 437, 1099-1102 (20 October 2005) | doi: 10.1038/4371099a.2Maxmen et al., “Neuroanatomy of sea spiders implies an appendicular origin of the protocerebral segment,” Nature 437, 1144-1148 (20 October 2005) | doi: 10.1038/nature03984.You probably didn’t even know that the Darwinists had this problem.  Behind the scenes, they have been injecting each other with venom and battling each other for over a century about where arthropods fit in the evolutionary tree, all the while telling the rest of us evolution is a fact.  Should we feel sorry for them?  Do you feel sorry for someone who builds a sand castle on a fault line?(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SCN Does the Backstroke

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Pamela SmithDTN Progressive Farmer Crops Technology EditorDECATUR, Ill. (DTN) — Extremely wet weather didn’t wash away worries for soybean cyst nematode (SCN). In fact, flood waters may have moved the pest to new areas, according to Greg Tylka, Iowa State University nematologist and one of The SCN Coalition leaders.“That’s one reason we’re recommending soil sampling for SCN during fall fertility testing,” said Tylka. The only way to know if a field has SCN problems is to soil test, he detailed in a recent news release.Flooding isn’t the only thing responsible for SCN’s expanding range. Soil moved by wind, birds and other animals and farm equipment has been spreading SCN in all directions since it was first discovered in New Hanover County, North Carolina, in 1954.“As of 2019, SCN has been confirmed in every county in Illinois and Iowa, and all but two Indiana counties (Monroe and Brown),” Tylka added.About once every three years, Tylka surveys nematologists, plant pathologists and agronomists from soybean-growing states and Canadian provinces to gather updated information on counties known to be infested with SCN.The 2017 survey found SCN had spread to new counties in 17 states. Find the 2017 map here: (https://apsjournals.apsnet.org/…)Tylka will be polling peers and updating the map in 2020. But so far, additional counties and municipalities that have been confirmed as infested with SCN since 2017 include:— Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada.— Rural municipalities of Emerson-Franklin, Montcalm, Rhineland and Norfolk Treherne in Manitoba, Canada.— Gladwin County, Michigan.— Franklin County, Pennsylvania.— Sanborn County and Spink County, South Dakota.TAKE THE TESTSCN has long been considered the No. 1 pest of soybeans, and resistant varieties have been a big help in fighting back. However, heavy reliance on one type of resistance within commercial soybean varieties has scientists warning that growers should not be complacent. Movement of SCN to new locations only intensifies the worry.Soil testing for the pest is the first step in managing SCN, Tylka said.“You can’t manage something that you don’t know you have,” he said. “Management starts with sampling. You need to know what fields have it and at what levels. That sets the stage for how you’ll want to approach the battle.“If you catch numbers when they’re relatively low or moderate, it’s a fairly painless rotation to non-host crops like corn, oats, wheat, alfalfa or sunflower. Or as you get into the Southern U.S., cotton and peanuts are non-hosts.“Then, get to know more about the different types of SCN-resistant soybean varieties that are available, which ones are more effective than others and how to rotate them properly. We also have a new tool in seed treatments,” Tylka said. “The SCN Coalition recommends actively managing SCN with all four tools.”Details on how to pull an SCN soil sample are included in Tylka’s recent Iowa State University bulletin: https://crops.extension.iastate.edu/….Find out more about progress in genetic resistance in Fight Against SCN Broadens: https://www.dtnpf.com/….Learn more about how cover crops influence the SCN fight in Don’t Feed the Nematodes:https://www.dtnpf.com/….A 45-second video of Tylka discussing SCN management: https://www.youtube.com/….For more information about managing SCN in your state or province, visit thescncoalition.com.Pamela Smith can be reached at pamela.smith@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @PamSmithDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

A S*W*A*G Filled Mega-Event

first_img SharePrint RelatedFind the Right Geocaching Party for YouNovember 12, 2014In “Community”Help Name the March 2015 Geocacher of the MonthMarch 30, 2015In “Community”Geocaching Near the Top of the World – Finnish StyleJuly 24, 2014In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Seattle vs YumaEditor’s Note: Staff from Geocaching HQ in Seattle are visiting more than 30 Mega-Events around the globe this year, to shake hands, share stories and hear what you think is next for geocaching. In February, the Southwest Arizona Geocachers hosted their signature event, S*W*A*G’s Yuma Mega #11, in sunny Yuma. Above is what it looked like at home in Seattle, where Geocaching HQ is located, that same weekend.Christy and SignalAfter arriving in Yuma and thanking the Southwest Sunshine Gods (they must exist), I found my first-ever Arizona geocaches and got started on the Mega Event’s Lab Caches.Jeff Nicholson, you+me_makes3, with S*W*A*G created an elaborate series of 10 Lab Cache locations to show visitors a diverse range of attractions all around Yuma. Fortunately, he had suggested that I get a rental car for the trip. The Lab Caches were an excellent way to see the city’s well-known and hidden gems, ranging from the historical Sanguinetti House Museum to the Yuma Territorial Prison Cemetery. I even got to see some cute animals at the Wild World Zoo and Camel Farm, thanks to the Lab Caches.The Yuma Warm-Up Mega Event #11 at a local restaurant was a great opportunity to meet the friendly Geocaching community and to get to thank our amazing volunteers in person. There was a nice handful of Geocachers who also had ties to the Seattle-area, and it was fun to catch-up with them. The event also featured a special screening of the Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF), as shown at the 2013 HQ Geocaching Block Party.Making friends at the Yuma Warm-Up Mega-Event #11The next morning, the Mega Event was set up and ready for crowds. The West Wetlands Park was an incredible location, not too cramped and very pretty. There was a large array of fun activities to choose from; check out the impressive Activities Schedule on the cache page! I met with even more geocachers, vendors, Signal the Frog, and checked out the cool vehicles on display before completing the Lab Cache series later that afternoon.Before heading back to the airport, I hosted a very-early-morning event cache of my own: I choo-choo-choose you! at the historic steam train near Gateway Park. I arrived early and there was already a welcoming crowd of friendly faces waiting for me as the sun came up. What an incredible group of geocachers! A great way to end an outstanding weekend of geocaching. Thanks, S*W*A*G!A Show of Support Local Sheriff’s DepartmentAll are welcomeI choo-choo-choose you Logbooklast_img read more

Cong.’s M.P. poster boys in poster war

first_imgThe Madhya Pradesh Congress may be presenting a united front at its public meetings ahead of the Assembly elections later this year, but a poster war has begun between the supporters of the party’s State chief Kamal Nath and Congress’s election campaign in-charge Jyotiraditya Scindia on social media.Posters of the two leaders being projected as the future Chief Minister are doing the rounds on social media even as the Congress leadership is treading cautiously keeping in mind the intense factionalism that its M.P. unit has witnessed in the past. The poster of Mr. Nath with hashtag KamlnathNextMPCM, posted on ‘Kamal Nath Vichar Sadbhawna Manch-MP’ Facebook page, carries the slogan — “Rahul Bhaiyaa ka Sandesh, Kamal Nath Sambhalo Pradesh (Rahul Gandhi’s message: Kamal Nath take charge of Madhya Pradesh).”The source of Mr. Scindia’s poster circulating on social media is not known but it conveys the message — “Desh mein chalegi vikas ki aandhi, Pradesh mein Scindia, kendra mein Rahul Gandhi(There will be a storm of development in the country, led by Scindia in M.P. and Rahul Gandhi at the Centre).” It has been posted by Mr. Scindia’s “fan club”. Party president Rahul Gandhi’s photo is common to both posters.Faction-riven unitWhile the Congress remains tight-lipped about the poster war, it has added fuel to the already raging factionalism in the M.P. Congress which seems is divided into not two but several groups led by Mr. Nath, Mr. Scindia, Digvijaya Singh, Suresh Pachouri, Meenakshi Natrajan and leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ajay Singh. The posters have come out at a time when former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh is on a yatra, meeting party workers at the district level with an aim to resolve the differences among them. The Congress is in a direct face-off with the BJP in M.P., where it has been out of power for the last 15 years.last_img read more

Odisha civic body takes a leaf out of green group’s book

first_imgA number of trees proposed to be cut for road widening in Odisha’s Berhampur are being saved through their replantation, thanks to the exemplary initiative by Berhampur Sabuja Bahini, a group of young nature lovers.Impressed with their work, the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) has now decided get the trees replanted at proposed children’s parks and other open spaces around the city. BeMC commissioner Chakravarti Singh Rathore issued a notice on Tuesday to the construction firm concerned to minimise cutting of trees for road widening and drain construction.“When it is an extreme necessity, the construction firm can carefully uproot the grown trees with its machinery and replant them at other places. If the firm violates this order, action will be initiated against it,” said Mr. Rathore. Praise for groupThe BeMC commissioner was all praise for the youth activists of BSB, who on their own had replanted four trees, which were over seven years old, without using any machinery. The contractor involved in the road widening work had agreed to help the group by uprooting the trees with its excavator and transporting them by truck to Nilakantheswar cremation ground where three of them were replanted on February 10. Another uprooted tree was replanted at the City High School ground the next day. The BSB through its efforts had drawn the attention of the city dwellers as well as the BeMC authorities towards indiscriminate cutting of trees for urbanisation. At present, the road connecting the sub-registrar office square and the mango market is being widened, and a new drain is being constructed. This construction work requires cutting down of around 70 grown trees. The construction firm had already cut down 10 trees when the activists of BSB decided to intervene and transplant them on their own. “In a cyclone-prone and tree-scarce city like Berhampur we cannot let mature trees to be cut indiscriminately as it takes years for a planted sapling to become a tree,” said BSB president Sibaram Panigrahy.The BSB is continuing its efforts to cure trees damaged by nailing and other metal intrusions to put up advertisements and hoardings. The BeMC has also extended its support to the movement by declaring ₹1,000 fine on those involved in harming trees through metal intrusions.last_img read more

Tensions rise in BC as Kinder Morgan decision looms

first_imgCara McKenna APTN National NewsTensions are rising in British Columbia as First Nation communities await a major milestone from the National Energy Board.The board is expected to make a decision on whether Kinder Morgan is allowed to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline.cmckenna@aptn.calast_img

Senior Lighty sees similarities between Super Six Thad Five

When David Lighty stepped onto campus in 2006, he was part of a high-profile freshman class. Now, as a fifth-year senior, Lighty sees some similarities between his class and this year’s freshmen. “With the class they have coming in and the number they have coming in, it’s pretty much just like my freshman year,” Lighty said. “It’s happening all over again.” Deemed the “Super Six,” this year’s freshman class is drawing comparisons to the class of ‘06. That year, then-freshmen Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr., Daequan Cook and Lighty helped the Buckeyes to a National Championship appearance. The hype that surrounded Oden and company is again in Columbus. Coach Thad Matta compared Oden, Conley Jr. and Cook to this freshman class, because many of them have played more than 200 games together throughout high school and Amateur Athletic Union basketball. That familiarity showed and will likely help this year’s class in the early going. This class also allows Matta to have more depth than last year’s six- or seven-man rotation. “One of the coaches said to me the other day, ‘It’s exciting that all 10 guys get along on the court,’” Matta said. “And that’s the exciting thing. I think we can have a deeper bench.” In the 2006-07 season, the Buckeyes went nine deep, which proved beneficial in both the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. There are even more similarities when comparing the individual players of each class. Oden was Indiana’s Mr. Basketball, a McDonald’s All-American and won a state championship his senior year in high school. Freshman Deshaun Thomas earned the same honors playing at Bishop Luers in Fort Wayne, Ind. But Thomas isn’t the most hyped player in his class. That honor goes to fellow All-American Jared Sullinger. Regarded as one of the premiere freshman in the country, Sullinger is arguably the most high-profile freshmen in Columbus since Oden. Thomas might be more comparable to Cook in his ability to create instant offense. Lighty said Thomas is a great shooter and has the ability to take the ball into the post and score. Although it’s not clear if Thomas will work more at forward or guard for the Buckeyes, he has demonstrated his ability to light up the scoreboard. Point guard Aaron Craft was one of Sullinger’s AAU teammates, like Conley Jr. and Oden were. Matta said he likes what he’s seen from the freshman ball handler. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a freshman come to camp more ready to go physically than he was,” Matta said. “One of the things we’ve asked him to do was work on his ability to knock down shots, and he’s shown his ability to do that. We’ve always liked his defense.” With the classes showing many similarities, there are expectations to match. But that doesn’t seem to bother Lighty and his teammates. “I started off with a national championship” appearance, Lighty said. “So hopefully we can end that way.” read more

Despite recent struggles mens hockey team improving coach says

With only four games remaining in the regular season, the Ohio State men’s hockey team has little time to make a push for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament. OSU is currently the ninth seed with the top five seeds receiving a first round bye. “It’s crunch time,” senior forward C.J. Severyn said. “These last four games could mean life or death for us.” OSU coach Mark Osiecki said he likes the way his team is playing, though it lost six of its last seven games. He said he thinks the team hasn’t gotten the puck to slide its way. “That’s the hard thing,” he said. “We don’t have that puck luck.” Osiecki said it has been the same for his team all year. The pucks don’t seem to go its way, but he said that’s something the team has to overcome. “You’ve got to have great will,” he said. “You’ve got to have a relentless part of your game.” Though Osiecki said he thinks his team has been playing well, he said it’s not where the players expected to be at the beginning of the season. “I’m not sure if it’s where we want to be,” he said, “but we’re certainly better.” Four of the six losses — all of which were conference games — have been by two goals or fewer, so the team is usually within a couple of plays of winning. “We’ve got to play a full 60 minutes of Buckeye hockey,” Severyn said. “That’s where we’re going to get our wins.” The Buckeyes have two home series, of two games apiece, to round out the regular season: one against Lake Superior State and one against Ferris State. This weekend’s series against Lake Superior State is senior weekend, a time when the senior players reflect on their four years — especially this one — at OSU. One of the things the seniors have had to adjust to is a coaching change. Osiecki is in his first year as the men’s hockey coach, and it has been a transition for the seniors who had a different coach the previous three seasons. “It’s a hard thing to go through as a senior,” forward Kyle Reed said, “but I’m happy with it.” The Buckeyes (14-15-2, 9-13-2) have played well at home this season, going 7-5-1, and will look to continue to do that this weekend against Lake Superior State (10-12-8, 8-9-7). The games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. read more

Ohio State fall sports wrap

It was a down year for the Buckeye fall sports teams, with no Big Ten championships won by any squad. However, the teams secured five NCAA tournament bids this season with women’s volleyball still in contention. Women’s field hockey and men’s soccer ended the regular season with the best conference success, narrowly missing out on first place and securing second in the Big Ten. Despite the overall lack of championship success, the Buckeyes earned several high individual honors and each team had its own season highlights. Men’s soccer For the first time since 2006, the Ohio State men’s soccer team was not a part of the NCAA tournament. Junior midfielder Chris Hegngi and senior defender David Tiemstra headlined a list of eight OSU players who received Big Ten awards; Hegngi and Tiemstra were named the conference’s best offensive and defensive player, respectively. Tiemstra and Hegngi were named First-Team All-Big Ten while senior forward Parnell Hegngi, junior midfielder Austin McAnena and junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson earned second-team honors. The Buckeyes finished with an overall 10-7-2 record, 4-2 in the Big Ten, placing second behind Northwestern. After losing to Northwestern on Oct. 9, a regular season conference championship seemed unlikely as the team sat at 7-5-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Coach John Bluem said the game was “one of the worst performances by an OSU team in (his) 15 years here.” The team responded, going 3-0-1 in its next four contests to put itself in a position to win the title in its final regular season game. OSU was not up to the task as they fell to Indiana on the road, 1-0. “It was certainly a disappointment to come away without a win and not win the championship outright,” Bluem said in a press release. “But it was definitely a difficult task at hand.” OSU had won the Big Ten tournament the last four years, but the team was defeated by Penn State in the first round of the tournament, ending its season. Women’s soccer At first glance the OSU women’s soccer team’s final regular season record of 10-8-1 and subsequent first-round loss in the Big Ten tournament doesn’t seem like anything too special. However, it was a couple of program milestones and an unlikely run in the NCAA tournament that made the 2011 season memorable. The Buckeyes received a bid to the national tournament, albeit one the team and coach Lori Walker did not expect to receive, and collected upset victories against Tennessee and Milwaukee to advance to the Sweet Sixteen to play Duke, the top-seeded team in the region. OSU led the Blue Devils, 1-0, at halftime, but two second-half goals by Duke ended the Buckeyes’ tournament run. “This team found a second life and made something of it,” Walker said following the loss. “We always said we wanted to advance until we met a team that is playing better than us … I give credit to our seniors for leading us to be here and we’ve got nothing to be disappointed about.” The 2011 senior class tied last year’s class as the winningest four-year group in program history with 51 victories. The Buckeyes also recorded program win No. 200 on Sept. 23 at home against Illinois. Field Hockey The field hockey team ended its 2011 campaign with a 12-9 overall record and 4-2 mark in conference play. By losing to Old Dominion in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the team overcame its semifinal loss in the conference tournament to make the big dance in three consecutive seasons. This was the Buckeyes’ seventh appearance in the tournament, while six of them have been under 16-year head coach Anne Wilkinson. The team was led by captain and First-Team All-Big Ten honoree Jenn Sciulli while forwards Berta Queralt, Danica Deckard and midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque were named Second-Team All-Big Ten selections. The team strongly depended on its defense in many of its games. Goaltender and captain Ally Tunitis notched four shutouts on the season and now holds the single-season wins record for OSU goalkeepers. The season was far from a failure due to the girls’ most notable win against No. 11 Michigan when they won, 2-1, in a thriller to kick off conference play. Tunitis described the win as the “most meaningful moment of the season.” Women’s volleyball The women’s volleyball team has yet to finish its season, as it will be making its way to Florida, Saturday and Sunday, for the Gainesville Regional to face the winner of Illinois and Marquette in the Sweet 16. The team finished its regular season with an overall record of 21-14 and a conference record of 9-11. The Buckeyes’ rollercoaster ride of a season sparked surprise at their tournament run, but a win over No. 14 Tennessee on Friday kept the girls’ season hopes alive. Junior Mari Hole was the only Buckeye named a First-Team All-Big Ten honoree while Kelli Barhorst was named a Sportsmanship Award honoree. Men’s cross-country The OSU men’s cross-country team was without its No. 1 runner for most of the 2011 season. For most teams, losing a top runner would spell doom, but for the Buckeyes this season, it did not. OSU qualified for the 2011 NCAA National Championships in Terra Haute, Ind., and finished 23rd out of 31 teams on Nov. 21 to conclude its season. The National Championship appearance was the third in five years for head coach Robert Gary and the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior Jake Edwards, OSU’s top runner coming at the beginning of the year, suffered a hamstring injury at the Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 30 and missed the rest of the season. Led by junior Donny Roys and redshirt senior Taylor Williams, the Buckeyes were resilient. Two weeks after losing Edwards, OSU ran at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 14. Among a field featuring 20 of the top 30 programs in the nation, the Buckeyes finished 17th. The men went on to finish fifth at both the Big Ten Championships on Oct. 30 and NCAA Great Lakes Regionals on Nov. 12, and received an at-large berth to the NCAA National Championships. Roys and Williams paced the way for the Buckeyes at the National Championship meet, placing 95th and 100th, respectively. Gary said the 2011 season was one of his all-time favorites. “I would have to say … (the 2011 team) was my third favorite team ever to have,” he said. Women’s cross-country The 2011 OSU women’s cross-country season has assistant coach Chris Neal optimistic for 2012. The Buckeyes sent two runners to the 2011 NCAA National Championships in Terra Haute, Ind., on Nov. 21 as individual qualifiers, and finished sixth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals on Nov. 12. Four of OSU’s top-five runners will return in 2012. “(This season) is definitely a building block going forward,” Neal said. Jordan Jennewine, the team’s lone senior, along with junior Tori Brink and freshman Nicole Hilton, led the Buckeyes this season. A first-place finish at the Mountaineer Open in Boone, N.C., on Sept. 16 by both Jennewine and OSU as a team, started off the season on a high point. Following a disappointing 38th-place finish at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 14, the Buckeyes failed to impress at the Big Ten Championships on Oct. 30, placing ninth as a team. OSU sixth-place finish at the regional meet didn’t earn the team a bid to the NCAA National Championships, but Brink and Hilton were individual selections. Brink and Hilton ran well again at the National Championship, finishing near the top half of the field in 120th and 142nd place. Golf The OSU men’s golf team’s opened its autumn slate on a high note with its second consecutive and 19th team title overall in the 15-team Marshall Invitational, with senior Alex Redfield claiming the individual title. The Buckeyes hit a bit of a rough patch after that, finishing in a tie for 10th out of 15 teams in the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational from Sept. 16-18 and earning a last-place 11th in a rain-shortened Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational on Sept. 27. As the host team of the Jack Nicklaus Invitational from Oct. 10-11, OSU finished second out a field of 12 teams, placing higher than four Top 25 ranked teams. The Buckeyes concluded the season with a last-place performance in the 15-team Isleworth Collegiate Invitational from Oct. 23-25. The OSU women’s golf team finished in third-place or better in all four autumn tournaments in which it played. The Buckeyes opened the season with a runner-up performance in the 12-team Mary Fossum Invitational from Sept. 16-17 and recorded a third-place finish out of 15 teams in the Windy City Invitational from Oct. 3-4. In the Lady Northern Invitational from Oct. 10-11, on the same course that the 2012 Big Ten championship will be played this spring, OSU finished second out of 12 teams. The Buckeyes concluded their fall slate by finishing third out of 18 teams in the Landfall Tradition from Oct. 28-30. Both OSU golf teams will resume play in February. read more