Hammer thrower seeks to defend Big Ten title despite broken handQuentin Mege broke his hand in a freak accident about a month ago.Bridget BennettMinnesota thrower Quentin Mege throws at the Jack Johnson Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the University Fieldhouse. Megan RyanMay 9, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintSenior thrower Quentin Mege returned to the Gophers men’s track and field team this year despite graduating last spring with a mechanical engineering degree, but it hasn’t gone as planned.The France native delayed taking a job so he could fulfill his final year of eligibility as a team captain and try to win the Big Ten outdoor hammer throw title for a third consecutive year.That goal seemed inevitable when Mege broke his own school record in the first outdoor meet of the season nearly two months ago.But Mege broke his hand just before a meet in Arkansas in mid-April. He hooked his pointer finger in a door frame at the hotel, breaking the second metacarpal in his left hand.Mege has had two different casts and now sports a splint. While the bone takes four weeks to heal — the exact amount of time before the conference meet — Mege has still dealt with soft tissue damage, bruising and pain in his tendons.And while the injury may have appeared to be season-ending for a thrower, Mege has adapted his training so he can continue to practice in hopes of retaining his title.“I’m kind of telling myself, ‘Hey, if you don’t win, at least score points for the team, and that’s not that bad,’” Mege said. “But you’ve got to face it. I want to win it … and it might just not be possible.”The road to recovery has tested Mege both physically and mentally, assistant coach Lynden Reder said. “There have been some bright days where we’re feeling like we’re really making progress and some darker days where we’ve been frustrated,” Reder said.Mege said he whined about his bad luck at first — especially because as a non-degree-seeking student, he only wanted to focus on throwing. But fellow senior thrower Micah Hegerle said once Mege accepted the challenge, he dealt with the situation as well as possible.“It’d be hard for anybody to have this setback after being so successful,” Hegerle said. “But he’s done a good job supporting everybody. … He’s always a good team player.”Mege estimated the force on his hand while throwing is about 600 pounds. While he has changed his technique to put less pressure on his pointer finger, the team is still negotiating with conference officials on whether he can tape his hand or wear his splint during competition.Bad weather may work in Mege’s favor as well, Reder said. There’s a chance of rain at this weekend’s Big Ten meet in Columbus, Ohio. Rain would limit Mege’s competition and possibly help level the playing field.The mark Mege threw at the beginning of the season is likely enough to qualify him for the NCAA regionals at the end of May. Mege said he wants to compete in the NCAA finals in early June and the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in late June.But even with a full postseason planned, Mege said he never considered foregoing the Big Ten championships in favor of more recovery. He just wanted to be back in the throwing pit as soon as possible.“Most of the pressure and the difficulty is not being able to throw,” Mege said. “Because that’s what I want to do, and that’s where the fun is.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland is investigating the theft of over 1000 Kg of scrap brass metal from the premises of Rosefield Salvage Recycling in the Lochside Industrial Estate, Irongray Road, Dumfries. The theft happened at between 2130 hours and midnight on Sunday 25 November 2016.Constable Keith Beattie at Dumfries said “this amount of metal would have taken some manpower and time to shift from the premises. We want to hear from anyone who may have been in the area of the Lochside Industrial Estate between 2130 hours and midnight on Sunday night and who might have seen anything suspicious, or any vehicles which may have been in the area, as clearly a vehicle would have been used to take the metal away. The value of the metal runs to thousands of pounds Callers can call police at Dumfries on the 101 number.”
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Cricket West Indies president, Ricky Skerritt, said he is shortly looking forward to reviewing the recommendations of the Task Force on Corporate Governance Reform. Speaking after being named to the International Cricket Council’s Governance Working Group which has been tasked with examining the future governance structure of the world governing body, Skerritt said the Task Force’s feedback should be available “over the next few weeks.“Commissioning the CWI governance review task force, led by Jamaican senator and Grace Kennedy CEO, Don Wehby was as one of the first actions we took after being elected,” Skerritt said.“Mr Wehby and his team have been hard at work ever since and I expect to begin hearing from them over the next few weeks.” The Wehby-led Task Force comprises prominent regional academic Sir Hilary Beckles, Charles Wilkin QC, entrepreneur OK Melhado and former Trinidad and West Indies vice-captain, Deryck Murray.According to CWI, the committee’s purpose is to highlight reforms to the current cricket governing structure in the Caribbean “to achieve greater transparency and accountability to shareholders, as well as all stakeholders”.The well-known Patterson Report, along with several other reports which have been done, was expected to be used the starting point of the latest review. Over the last decade, CWI has pushed back on any significant reforms, especially those aimed at addressing the large size of the board. In 2015, a Governance Review Panel headed by UWI Cave Hill principal recommended the “immediate dissolution” of CWI and the appointment of a new board “whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework”.The then Dave Cameron-led board rejected the recommendation as “impractical” and an “unnecessary and intrusive demand”.Skerritt had indicated during the election campaign to unseat Cameron earlier this year that he would revisit governance reform once elected president.