FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Cayla Burch and Northwestern State’s Jasmyn Steels are the Southland Conference Women’s Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. All Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Burch competed across a pair of events for the Ladyjacks at the Charlie Thomas Invitational in College Station, Texas. The freshman’s best performance came with a second-place finish during the 400-meter event. NSU’s Steels collected a first-place performance in the long jump for the Lady Demons at the LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational.Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Cayla Burch, Stephen F. Austin – Fr. – Minneapolis, Minn.The freshman ran the 400-meter race for the first time this season, clocking a Southland season-best time of 54.61. The performance also placed her 54th nationally in the quarter-mile event. Additionally, Burch ran a leg of the 4×400 relay team which clocked in at a 3:49.13 pace. The mile-relay squad’s finish stands as the third best mark in the Southland this season.Honorable Mention: Alejandra Ruiz, Central Arkansas; Soren Underwood, Abilene Christian; Aleyah Donald, McNeese.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Jasmyn Steels, Northwestern State – Jr. – College Station, TexasThe College Station product took first overall after covering a distance of 20’7 ¼” in the long jump event. Her performance at the LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational currently stands as the ninth best jump in the nation and the second-best mark in Northwestern State program history.Honorable Mention: Nastassja Campbell, Stephen F. Austin; Tristyn Allen, Sam Houston State; Lonnie Smith, Abilene Christian; Malaiya Jedkins, McNeese.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
Arsenal legend Alan Smith reckons that Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah should look for a new club if the Blues end up signing Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco.The Blues are reportedly set to sign the French midfielder in a £35m move in the coming days. Bakayoko’s arrival at the West London would pave the way for Nemanja Matic to join Manchester United. However, Smith is certain that Chalobah would find very limited playing opportunities in Antonio Conte’s side next season. “Chelsea have nearly bought a central midfielder haven’t they, which is going to block Nathaniel Chalobah’s path,” Smith said on Sky Sports.”You’re thinking he will probably have to leave. That goes right across the board with a lot of the boys. “People like Alfie Mawson, no disrespect, but at a slightly lower level of team in Swansea can have a career. “Jordan Pickford, obviously going to Everton, that’s a brilliant move for him. It is really difficult, Germany are the same.”