FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Briahna Gerlach and Northwestern State’s Jasmyn Steels are the Southland Conference Women’s Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.Gerlach took first place in the mile at the Texas Tech Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, over the weekend. The junior toppled the 14-woman field with a 4:58.74 pace in order to nab a personal-best performance and her first individual win of the 2020 indoor season.Steels bolstered her already impressive resume with a pair of top-five finishes at the Houston Invitational this past weekend. The senior nailed a 21-02.0 (6.45m) long jump on her fourth attempt of the afternoon, grabbing a gold medal along the way. She also finished fifth overall in the triple jump with a mark of 40-11.5 (12.48m).Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Briahna Gerlach, Abilene Christian – Jr. – Gakona, AlaskaGerlach climbed to No. 2 on the Southland Conference Indoor performance list Saturday after winning the mile event at the Texas Tech Invitational. Gerlach completed the race at 4:58.74 for a personal best in just her second appearance of the season. Honorable Mention: Julie Emmerson, Lamar; Arina Kleshchukova, New Orleans; Omo Oboh, Nicholls; Natashia Jackson, Northwestern State; Imani Nave, Stephen F. Austin.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Jasmyn Steels, Northwestern State – Sr. – College Station, TexasSteels took home two top-five performances in the long jump and triple jump events at the Houston Invitational last weekend. Her 21-02.0 long jump is the longest in the Southland by more than 2 feet and ranks second nationally. She also set an indoor personal record in the triple jump with a 40-11.5, moving her to second in the conference and 54th nationally.Honorable Mention: Megan Kirby, Abilene Christian; Kaitlin Smith, Houston Baptist; Nissi Kabongo, Stephen F. Austin.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.
ERIC DIER was involved in an incredible brawl on Wednesday night after he jumped into the stands to confront a fan – and we can reveal what sparked the outburst.Videos quickly circulated on social media of the Tottenham star, 26, furiously leaping over seats as he raced to the back of the stand.3 Eric Dier stormed into the crowd to protect his brotherCredit: Rex Features3 The Spurs ace confronted supporters over an incident involving his younger siblingCredit: TwitterSeconds earlier, Spurs had been knocked out of the FA Cup after losing to Norwich on penalties in their fifth-round clash.Gedson Fernandes missed his spot-kick, with initial reports claiming Dier – who scored his effort – had been defending his team-mate over claims he’d been racially abused.But we can reveal the real reason behind the 40-cap England star seeing red – because he was heroically defending his younger brother, Patrick.A source revealed one fan had been shouting abuse in the direction of Dier, despite him being one of very few Spurs stars to have a decent game in North London.The player’s brother, who was seated nearby, tried to calm the man down.It is believed the pair got into a heated exchange and Dier jumped into the stands to protect his sibling.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesIt is not clear what sparked the row and if the supporter involved is a Spurs fan.Tottenham are not expected to take any action against Dier, who could be heard shouting, “he’s my brother, he’s my brother” during the clash in one fan video.The FA are now investigating the incident.They will speak to Spurs stewards and fans nearby for their observations.Dier is likely to face a misconduct charge for leaving the pitch area.He is likely to be charged and will face a small ban and potentially a fine.But the FA could be lenient towards him due to the circumstances surrounding his family and thanks to their strong anti-abuse stance.3 Dier leapt over seats and raced up the stands to protect his brotherCredit: TwitterAfter the game, Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho revealed as a professional Dier should not have done what he did.But the Special One went on to say he is only human and he was acting in a way most would protecting his loved ones.Mourinho claimed: “I think Eric did what we professionals cannot do but probably every one of us would do.”I repeat we professionals cannot do it, but I repeat I am with the player and I understand the player.”The fans were with the team until the last penalty kick that we missed.”This person insulted Eric, the family was there, the younger brother was not happy with the situation.”Mourinho continued by saying he’s long been concerned about the fans seated behind the bench.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursMORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearHe added: “The people that are in these privileged positions by the tunnel, of course some are Tottenham fans.”But I think a lot of corporate, a lot of invitation, a lot of people with special status [are in there].”Probably it is the place of the stadium where I sometimes have doubts over if they are the real Tottenham fans.”The [real fans] are the ones who support the boys until the last.”Jose Mourinho reacts to Eric Dier incident saying he was helping his younger brother during altercation