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Runs in the family: Bit Klecker ready to raise bar for the Gophers alongside sibling

first_imgRuns in the family: Bit Klecker ready to raise bar for the Gophers alongside siblingThe Minnesota women’s cross country team is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten Championships last year. Bit Klecker, with her sister Sarah, look to change that. Erik NelsonSeptember 14, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintRunning cross country and track and field is a way of life for Gophers freshman Bit Klecker. Her mother competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics, her father ran cross country for the University of Wisconsin-Stout and two of her siblings are collegiate runners. Now, the Hopkins High School graduate will join older sister redshirt senior Sarah Klecker on the 2017 Gopher women’s cross country team.The team’s culture motivated Bit Klecker to choose the University of Minnesota.“The team is really close,” Klecker said. “There’s good chemistry between everyone. It’s nice to come into that. It’s nice to be close to home so I can still be racing in Minnesota.”Becoming a runnerAt an earlier point in her life, Klecker did not run competitively. She played soccer when she was in seventh grade.“At that point, four of my other siblings were running track and cross country and were having a lot of success,” Klecker said. “I tried out in seventh grade and really liked it.”At first, Sarah Klecker did not get along with her sister during Bit’s first year running cross country, but now she’s happy to be her teammate.“I think there was a little bit of sibling rivalry,” Sarah Klecker said. “It was hard for me to adjust to running with her on the team.” The pair eventually became friends on the team during Bit Klecker’s second year of cross country for Hopkins High School.Head coach Sarah Hopkins hopes Klecker will learn this season and adjust to college-level competition.“Every time you’re switching from high school training to college training, there’s a lot of new things that will get thrown at you,” Hopkins said. “We try not to put [too much pressure] on any of our freshmen. We just want them to come in and learn.”Sarah Klecker was excited when she learned her sister chose Minnesota.“We’re pretty close, so she let me in on her whole college searching process,” she said. “Obviously, I was happy when she went to visit other schools because I think it was important for her to know that she was making the right choice.”Going to the Gophers Bit Klecker said there were other reasons why she chose Minnesota over other schools. She said Minnesota offers her more opportunities to make connections.In 2016, Minnesota finished tenth or higher in all but one of its regular-season meets. The Gophers finished fourth at the 2016 Big 10 Championships.“It seemed like it [Minnesota] was pretty natural for me,” she said.Hopkins said when she looks for potential recruits, she does not look only for great runners. “She’s a great human,” Hopkins said. “You want low-drama. You want somebody who’s going to contribute to the team on all levels and not just running talent.”When she has free time, Klecker likes to do yoga, walk her dog during the summer and spend time outdoors. She loves photography and is majoring in graphic design. “I like to take pictures that people really like and can cherish for the rest of their lives,” Bit Klecker said.‘She went through hard times with running’During her junior year, Bit Klecker suffered a lower back stress fracture.Sarah Klecker said her sister has good natural speed and is motivated to train and improve as an athlete. She also said Bit Klecker knows how to recover from injuries. “Seeing her get through that and be able to come out the other side [and recover from the fracture]…she has a lot of perseverance and love for the sport,” Sarah Klecker said.Bit Klecker’s older brother Joe Klecker runs for the University of Colorado. He thinks her determination to be the best at whatever she does is her strongest quality.“She went through hard times with running when she wasn’t performing too well,” Joe Klecker said. “Even if she had a bad season or a bad race, she still managed to come back strong.”Hopkins said every runner on the team is a puzzle piece. She said Bit Klecker is a unique one.“It’s fun to have her,” Hopkins said. “We’re going to see where it fits and see where it takes her and then see how it can help the team going forward.”last_img read more

President Trump names State spokeswoman Nauert for UN ambassador

first_img SHARE Heather Nauert withdraws from consideration for U.N. ambassador Author: CBS News Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: December 7, 2018 7:07 AM EST Updated: December 7, 2018 10:05 AM EST center_img Recommended President Donald Trump announced Friday he’s nominating State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.“Heather Nauert will be nominated,” Trump said Friday before departing the White House on Marine One for an event in Kansas City. “She’s very talented, very smart, very quick, and I think she’s going to be respected by all.”If she is confirmed by the Senate, Nauert, a former Fox News Channel reporter who had little foreign policy experience before becoming State Department spokeswoman, will replace Nikki Haley. Haley, a former South Carolina governor, announced in October that she would step down at the end of this year. Nauert would be a leading administration voice on Trump’s foreign policy.Trump told reporters last month that Nauert was “excellent,” adding, “She’s been a supporter for a long time.”Plucked from Fox by the White House to serve as State Department spokeswoman, Nauert catapulted into the upper echelons of the agency’s hierarchy when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired in March and replaced with Mike Pompeo. Nauert was then appointed acting undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs and was for a time the highest-ranking woman and fourth highest-ranking official in the building.Nauert, who did not have a good relationship with Tillerson and had considered leaving the department, told associates at the time she was taken aback by the promotion offer and recommended a colleague for the job. But when White House officials told her they wanted her, she accepted.That role gave her responsibilities far beyond the news conferences she held in the State Department briefing room. She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas U.S. embassies, consulates and other posts. She was in charge of the Global Engagement Center that fights extremist messaging from the Islamic State group and others, and she has a seat on the U.S. Agency for Global Media that oversees government broadcast networks such as Voice of America.Just 18 months ago, she wasn’t even in government.Nauert was a breaking news anchor on Trump’s favorite television show, “Fox & Friends,” when she was tapped to be the face and voice of the administration’s foreign policy. With a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she had moved to Fox from ABC News, where she was a general assignment reporter. She hadn’t specialized in foreign policy or international relations.Shut out from the top by Tillerson and his inner circle, Nauert developed relationships with career diplomats. Barred from traveling with Tillerson, she embarked on her own overseas trips, visiting Bangladesh and Myanmar last year to see the plight of Rohingya Muslims, and then Israel after a planned stop in Syria was scrapped. All the while, she stayed in the good graces of the White House, even as Tillerson was increasingly on the outs.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described Nauert in March as “a team player” and “a strong asset for the administration.” WASHINGTON (AP) President Trump names State spokeswoman Nauert for UN ambassador last_img read more

Ole Miss picks up commitment from 3-star athlete

first_imgLate Saturday evening, Ole Miss picked up its 12th commitment in 2016 with a pledge from South Grand Prairie (Texas) athlete Greg Eisworth.The 3-star product visited Oxford over the weekend for the Grove Bowl, and announced his commitment via Twitter. Eisworth chose the Rebels over his finalists Baylor and Oklahoma.There’s no place like home! I’ve officially committed to Ole Miss!! Truly blessed!! HOTTY TODDY GOSH ALMIGHTY!!! pic.twitter.com/sCMsLNwIPo— Greg Eisworth II (@G_Eisworth11) April 12, 2015A 6-foot, 182-pound quarterback, Eisworth is expected to be add depth in the Rebels defensive backfield at safety. He may also see time at wide receiver.Eisworth competed at The Opening’s Dallas Regional event on March 15. He ran a 4.2 second 20-yard shuttle run and recorded a 33.6 inch vertical jump and 35.5 foot power throw.The quarterback was named Texas District 8-6A Offensive MVP as a junior. Eisworth threw for 1,931 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions and rushed for 1,110 yards and ran in 10 scores.Eisworth is one of four 2016 commitments with plans to enroll early in Oxford. He will join five-star quarterback Shea Patterson, three-star offensive lineman Eli Johnson and three-star tight end Gabe Angel on campus in January 2016.Watch more of the 3-star commit here.last_img read more

Bell eager to get back to work as 3-game suspension ends

first_imgLeVeon Bell (AP Photo/Gene Puskar/File)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Le’Veon Bell stood at his locker, his face covered in sweat and his eagerness to kickstart his stalled NFL career palpable.His three-game suspension for a second violation of the league’s substance abuse policy over, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back is ready to get back to work, particularly after spending Sunday afternoon watching his teammates get clobbered across the state in Philadelphia.“It sucked,” Bell said.Pretty much. The team that looked borderline unstoppable at times during wins over Washington and Cincinnati was a mess against the Eagles. DeAngelo Williams, who filled in so brilliantly for Bell during the opening two weeks, slogged for just 21 yards. The offense posted its lowest point total in five years and the defense spent the afternoon futilely trying to make Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz look like a rookie.Enter Bell, limited to six of Pittsburgh’s last 22 games thanks to knee injuries and run-ins with the league’s drug policy. An All-Pro in 2014 when he emerged as one of the best all-around backs in the league, Bell believes he’s a better player than the one last seen being carted off the field in a loss to the Bengals last November with a torn MCL in his right knee.[pullquote]“I’m a lot smarter,” Bell said. “So many things I did my (in 2014) were good things. But I look back at my film now and I’m like, `What am I doing on this play? What am I doing on that play?”'[/pullquote]Sunday night’s visit from Kansas City (2-1) marks Bell’s first appearance in a game that matters in 11 months. He insists his surgically repaired right knee is fine. So, too, is the desire to prove that he’s all the way back. The faster the better.“I’ve always felt like I had to prove something to somebody,” Bell said. “That is never going to go away. I’m always going to have this personal chip on my shoulder.”Even if one of Bell’s biggest enemies the last two years has been himself. He sat the first two games of the 2015 season as part of the fallout for his arrest on DUI and drug possession charges in August, 2014. Another four-game suspension (eventually reduced to three) came down in August after Bell says he overslept and missed a drug test.“I’m not a perfect person, I never will be,” he said. “I know there are some things I can get better (at).”Probably a good idea as Bell enters the final year of the rookie contract he signed after the Steelers took him in the second round of the 2013 draft. He appeared on the verge of stardom in 2014 when he put up a combined 2,215 yards from scrimmage and proved just as dangerous catching passes as he was patiently setting up his blockers following a handoff.Over the last 330 days he’s released his own hip-hop mixtape (under the pseudonym “Juice”) and collaborated with rap legend Snoop Dogg on another track. What he hasn’t done, however, is score a touchdown or participated in a Pittsburgh victory. He made a token appearance in the first half of the Steelers’ third preseason game in August but otherwise he’s been a bystander.For the majority of Bell’s absence, Pittsburgh’s offense hardly looked like it missed him. Williams was steady and occasionally spectacular over the second half of the 2015 season and led the NFL in rushing through the first two weeks of 2016 before the team-wide pratfall in Philly.Bell believes there’s a chance for the Steelers to go to a two-back system, though Williams himself has said repeatedly he expects to go back to a secondary role once Bell is ready to go. Bell understands there may be some rust, which is why he won’t shy away from contact during practice this week.“For me not to be hit as much since last November, I’m obviously going to want a little contact, blitz pickup, just to get ready for it,” he said.Bell’s teammates are certainly ready for his familiar No. 26 to join them, particularly after a three-hour reality check at the hands of the Eagles.“He brings a lot of energy to the huddle,” left tackle Alejandro Villaneuva said. “We’re just happy he can recover from this incident and get his career back because that’s what matters to him and matters to us as well.”NOTES: S Robert Golden underwent an MRI on Monday to have the hamstring he injured against Philadelphia examined but is uncertain if he’ll be ready by Sunday.___Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img