Driven by competition

EL PASO — The competition was tough. Olympic runners Kara Goucher, Ryan Hall, Kenya’s Salina Kosgei, Ethiopia’s Deriba Merga and 26, 327 others were up against her in the 113th Boston Marathon.  In the end, Stacey Sowards crossed the finish line ahead of 16,240 of them. While competition is a driving force behind her desire to run, her most difficult race, Sowards says, is “probably against myself.  I’ve always been a competitive person, but also a perfectionist,” she says. “The worst part is when I compete against people and they don’t know it,” she laughs. “If I’m at the gym on the treadmill, I’ll hit the speed up and the people next to me don’t know.”

According to Sowards, an Associate Professor in the department of Communication at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), the experience of “just being there” was more important than where she placed.

Gaming Technology

Gone now are the days when Mario saved the Princess from the clutches of the evil Bowser, aka King Koopa, on a simple 8 bit video game console. Today the video gaming industry has not only grown technologically, gamers have continued to grow in age along with it, and that’s actually a good thing.

Sports Beat

EL PASO — The game would already be marked as a win on the schedule for the University of Texas at El Paso Miners Football team, so the kick wouldn’t win or lose the game. Still, hundreds of spectators watched the senior kicker jog out onto the field under the glow of the field lights as he prepared to kick the longest field goal of his career. The ball snapped and he took his three steps to kick the ball with the ease of a seasoned player. It sailed straight through the air, right between the goal posts. The entire stadium erupted as everyone realized that José Martínez, 22, had just kicked the second longest field goal in NCAA history.