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. Leyva and his teammates are in action again Friday when they host the Islander Splash in Corpus Christi. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. The junior won the four-mile race by nearly nine seconds, finishing at 20:12.6, defeating runners from 10 different schools. Leyva ran at Colby Community College last season and is a graduate of Sherman (Texas) High School. FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Oscar Leyva and Central Arkansas’ Taylor Dunn are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Following the showing at Rice, A&M-Corpus Christi is now ranked No. 15 in the South Central Region from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Honorable Mention: Kelsey Ramirez, Stephen F. Austin Women’s Athlete of the Week: Taylor Dunn, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Fredericton, New Brunswick, CanadaDunn paced the Bears winning team performance in the UCA Cross Country Challenge with a second-place individual finish in the women’s 5K. The senior from Canada, traversed the 3.1 miles in 19:05, good enough for the runner-up spot on the podium. UCA’s team win came over 10 other schools. The Bears are idle this weekend before traveling to Fayetteville for the University of Arkansas’ Chile Pepper Festival race on Sat, Sept. 22. Men’s Athlete of the Week: Oscar Leyva, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jr. – Sherman, Texas Leyva started his career at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in impressive fashion with a victory at the Rice Invitational, leading the Islanders to a third-place team finish. Honorable Mention: Thomas Cain, Central Arkansas; Titus Kiplagat, Stephen F. Austin
The Stock Market, Medicare Advantage Rates And ‘Political Intelligence’ The Wall Street Journal: Tip On Policy Shift Jolted Health SharesAlerted by a private message about a potential coming change in government health-care policy, certain investors earlier this week sparked a frenzy of trading in some of the industry’s largest companies. The last-minute action, which drove the shares sharply higher before the close of trading, is throwing a spotlight on the controversial “political intelligence” industry, the subject of a report due Thursday by the investigative arm of Congress (Mullins and McGinty, 4/3). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.