FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Kevin Kipkosgei and Stephen F. Austin’s Kelsey Ramirez are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.ACU and SFA each competed at the Arturo Barrios Invitational in College Station over the weekend for the final races of their respective regular-season schedules. Kipkosgei took on a field of 391 runners in the 8k race and crossed the finish line in 18th place with a 24:14.5 clip.Ramirez concluded her regular season with an impressive 11th-place outing in the 6k race that featured 242 competitors. The Ladyjack junior clocked in with a time of 20:45.3, helping the SFA team to an 11th-place finish in the 26-team field.The Wildcats and the Ladyjacks will return to action at the 2019 Southland Conference Cross Country Championships Friday, Nov. 1 in Conway, Ark.Men’s Athlete of the Week: Kevin Kipkosgei, Abilene Christian – So. – Eldoret, KenyaKipkosgei took 18th-place individual honors at the Arturo Barrios Invitational over the weekend. In the 8K event, the sophomore finished with a 24:14.5, pushing ACU to a 16th-place team finish. The award marks the first of the season for Kipkosgei and the second of his career.Honorable Mention: Jaron Hamilton, Central Arkansas; Armando Villarreal, UIW; Titus Kiplagat, Stephen F. Austin.Women’s Athlete of the Week: Kelsey Ramirez, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – LaPorte, TexasRamirez put forth one of her best races of the season by finishing 11th individually at the Arturo Barrios Invitational Saturday in College Station. Ramirez’ performance helped SFA place 11th as a team, marking the best team finish by any of the five Southland Conference squads in attendance.Honorable Mention: Briahna Gerlach, Abilene Christian; Sara Steimel, Central Arkansas; Alia Henderson, UIW; Elsa Rijpstra, Nicholls.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
Go back to the enewsletterSouth Australian family winery, Taylors Wines, is helping wine lovers chill this summer with the perfect glass of vino on a world-first floating Cellar Door in Sydney Harbour.For one weekend only, the award-winning Clare Valley winery will host what is set to become one of its most memorable tasting experiences aboard a custom-built glass-lined tasting room set upon a floating barge in the middle of the harbour. Flaunting some of its most recognised wines, Taylors will show the lucky few who get a spot how important temperature is to enjoying a wine at its best.Taylors Cellar Door at Sea hopes to prove that popping your red wine in the fridge actually isn’t taboo, but necessary to achieving the perfect balance of flavour and aroma in your Shiraz or Pinots all year round.“For years now we’ve hoped to shed a light on a misconception about red wines – that they need to be served at ‘room temperature’. This is an antiquated recommendation from ‘way back when’, that actually has a negative impact on the enjoyment of our classic Aussie reds,” said third-generation Managing Director and Winemaker Mitchell Taylor.“Taylors Cellar Door at Sea is heading out into the middle of Sydney Harbour to prove just how delicious chilled reds can be, especially during summer. And by combining the perfect view in one of the world’s most notable destinations, we have all the elements to create the perfectly chilled wine experience.”In this world-first wine tasting event showcasing Taylors’ innovative optimum drinking temperature sensors, guests will depart via exclusive water taxi from the Sydney Opera House jetty. They will arrive at Taylors’ fully appointed floating Cellar Door (a custom-fit 40-foot shipping container) where they will enjoy iconic views from within the glass-lined walls. Once inside, they will enjoy a temperature-themed wine tasting using the newly released Riedel Extreme range of glassware, all guided by British chef duo and friends to Taylors, Will Stewart and Steve Flood.All of this is created in the hope that guests will discover, through temperature, the secret ingredients to the perfect glass of wine.Taylors Cellar Door at Sea sets sail Friday 7 December to Sunday 9 December with bookings for 60-minute group temperature tastings between 11am and 9pm daily.Tickets start from $60 + booking fee each, including return water taxi service, wine tasting, and canapés curated by Will and Steve.To book tickets, visit www.taylorswines.com.au/cellardooratseaGo back to the enewsletter