TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Drake University senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) completed his remarkable cross country season with a 50th place finish at the NCAA Championships on Nov. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind. Fischer, the reigning Missouri Valley Conference champion, completed the challenging 10-kilometer course in 30:33.4. The 251-runner field faced cool conditions and steady 20 mph winds with gusts of 40 mph. “This caps a fantastic fall season and I know he’s already looking forward to leaving his mark on the upcoming track season,” Hostager added. “He beat some very talented runners and All-Americans who had beaten him earlier in the year.” With the conclusion of the cross country season, Fischer will turn his attention to the indoor track season set to begin in early December for members of the Drake track and field teams. Print Friendly Version Saturday’s NCAA Championship performance comes just eight days after Fischer finished seventh in his first 10k of the season at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Prior to that, he became the 13th Drake Bulldog to win the MVC Championship. Additionally, Fischer was named the MVC Elite 18 Award winner and has been recognized as the MVC Cross Country Athlete of the Week three times this season and the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week twice. “Reed ran a fantastic race, he got stuck near the back at the start, but didn’t lose faith and moved up well throughout the race,” said Drake head coach Dan Hostager. “While he’s disappointed in just missing out on All-America honors, a top-50 finish in this deep field is truly amazing. Most years, his time would have been in the top-20 which is a testament to how deep and talented the field was this year.”
Location of St. George, Alaska. (Image: Google)St. George Island is waiting on an emergency water delivery after falling ice damaged the community’s reservoir yesterday (Feb. 6).Listen nowIn St. George, water is stored in a 280,000-gallon steel tank that draws from an aquifer. The reservoir isn’t insulated. So when cold winds batter the island from the north, water freezes inside the tank, usually near the top.Mayor Pat Pletnikoff said that leaves ice hanging dangerously as the water level drops, like it did yesterday.“The ice came crashing down and apparently crushed the water line on the inside,” Pletnikoff said. “Pinched it off and caused a huge restriction. As a result, the reservoir went dry. We’re pumping water, albeit very slowly.”PenAir is sending a cargo plane to St. George Wednesday (Feb. 8) with 300 gallons of drinking water. The regional carrier plans to bring another 2,000 gallons soon after.Between those deliveries and the steady re-filling of the reservoir, Pletnikoff said the island’s 100 residents should have enough water as the city makes short-term repairs.“I think we’ll be okay after tomorrow,” Pletnikoff said. “There should be enough water built up in the reservoir — sufficient to charge the lines into the community. So water should be available to our residents.”Pletnikoff said the tank has had problems with ice for at least six years. Three winters ago, the roof nearly collapsed when heavy chunks of ice brought down several rafters.St. George is working to design a new reservoir with insulation through the state’s Village Safe Water program, but Pletnikoff said it’s not yet clear who will pay for the structure or when it will be built.