Huskers Head to Last Chance Meets
Where: Ames, Iowa (Lied Center)
When: Saturday, March 2 (10 a.m.)
Live Results: Cyclones.com
Meet: Alex Wilson Invitational
Where: Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
When: Friday, March 1- Saturday, March 2 (5 p.m./10 a.m.)
Live Results: UND.com
After finishing second and fourth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships last weekend, the Nebraska track and field team now has its sights set on the NCAA Indoor Championships.
NU will travel to Ames, Iowa, on Saturday for the Iowa State Qualifier, while a select few will travel to the Alex Wilson Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind. The Huskers will be looking to improve their marks on the NCAA list to better their chances of earning a spot at the national meet, which will be held in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 8-9.
The one-day meet at the Lied Center in Ames, Iowa is schedule to start on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the women's weight throw. The first running events will be the women's 60-meter hurdle prelims at 11 a.m. Live results will be available on Cyclones.com.
The two-day meet at the Loftus Sports Center in Notre Dame, Ind., is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on Friday with the women's weight throw and 10 a.m. on Saturday with the men's and women's triple jump.
Of the 26 Huskers that hold a top-50 mark on the NCAA list, 12 Huskers are ranked in the top 25 in their event. A top-16 spot nearly guarantees an invite to the national meet. The field for the national meet is expected to be released on Monday, March 4.
Huskers Finish Second, Fourth at Big Ten Championships
The Nebraska track and field team put on a display at the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships, winning six event titles and breaking a school record.
The jumps squad once again proved to be dominant as Nebraska swept the long and triple jump titles on the weekend. NU also posted runner-up finishes in both the men's and women's high jumps. The women's team put on an outstanding performance during the championships and after leading following the first day of competition, the Huskers finished second with 112 points. Illinois won the women's team title with 115 points, clipping Nebraska and keeping NU from back-to-back-to-back indoor conference team titles. The men came in fourth, posting 86.66 points, while Wisconsin won with 90 points, Illinois was second with 87.5 points and Penn State was third with 87 points.
Huskers Win Six Individual Titles
The Nebraska track and field team took home six individual titles after two days of competition last weekend in Geneva, Ohio. Jessica Furlan won the women's 3,000 meters, while Mara Griva won titles in the long and triple jumps. Patrick Raedler finished first in the men's long jump, while Janis Leitis took the men's triple jump title. In addition, the men's 4x400 meter relay team of Ricco Hall, Dexter McKenzie, Christian Sanderfer and Janis Leitis finished first.
Men's Relay Team Shines
The men's 4x400 meter relay team of Ricco Hall, Dexter McKenzie, Christian Sanderfer and Janis Leitis recorded a record-breaking time of 3:06.67 at the Big Ten Championships, winning the event title and setting a school, facility and meet record as well as clocking in as the fifth-best time in the nation.
104 and Counting
As an overall program, the Huskers won 51 Big Eight titles during the conference's history from 1974-1996 and Nebraska continued to dominate the conference since moving to the Big 12 in 1997. NU had won a league-high 23 team titles, including the program's historic 100th conference team title in 2007.
The Huskers added their 101st and 102nd titles during the 2009 and 2010 outdoor seasons when they became the first men's team in Big 12 history to win back-to-back team titles at the outdoor conference meet. Nebraska recorded its 103rd conference title in 2011, as the women's team upset four-time defending champion Texas A&M at the indoor championships. Nebraska won its 104th title in 2012, beating Ohio State 114.50-106.
Husker Men Rank Sixth in USTFCCCA Poll
The Nebraska men's track and field team is ranked sixth in this week's U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I poll.
The Huskers moved down one spot from last week into the sixth spot with 73.72 points. Arkansas is ranked No. 1, while Florida is second, Texas A&M is third, Wisconsin is fourth and Oregon is fifth, while Indiana, Texas Tech, Texas and Penn State round out the rest of the top 10. Five Big Ten men's teams are ranked in the top 20 nationally, with four in the top 10.
Three-Peat for Griva
Mara Griva became a three-time indoor conference champion in the triple jump on Saturday, winning the event to give her back-to-back-to-back titles. Her winning leap was a season-best mark of 42-11 ½ (13.09). With that jump she ranks eighth in the nation. She also earned the long jump title at the Championships and was named the Big Ten Female Field Athlete of the Championships. She is the 13th three-time indoor conference champion at Nebraska.
The all-time winningest track and field coach in the history of the Big 12 and the former Big Eight Conference, Nebraska Head Coach Gary Pepin is in his 33rd season at NU during the 2013 track and field season. The longest tenured active coach in Cornhusker athletics, 2013 will be Pepin's 33rd season as head coach of both the Husker men's and women's track teams. Pepin captured 23 Big 12 titles as the Huskers' leader.
In his first 32 seasons at Nebraska, Pepin has coached athletes to 57 NCAA titles, 477 All-America honors and 516 conference titles.
Huskers Named All-Big Ten
Nine Huskers earned first-team All-Big Ten honors over the weekend for winning their individual events. Honorees include Jessica Furlan (3,000 meters), Mara Griva (Triple Jump, Long Jump), Janis Leitis (Triple Jump, 4x400), Patrick Raedler (Long Jump), Ricco Hall (4x400), Dexter McKenzie (4x400), Christian Sanderfer (4x400). Second-team accolades went to Jillanna Scanlan (High Jump), Shawnice Williams (800 meters), James White (High Jump) and Chad Wright (Shot Put).
White Leads Huskers, Earns Big Ten Honor
Junior James White made a quick name for himself at the Holiday Inn Invitational during the first weekend of competition, stealing the show and winning the men's high jump with a leap of 7-5 1/4 (2.27), a personal best for him. His jump is the second-best jump in the Big Ten and is fifth all-time in the Nebraska record books. He is the reigning junior college high jump champion after completing the last two years at Central Iowa Community College. White was named the Big Ten Co-Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 14. He finished second in the high jump at the conference championships last weekend.
Leitis, Griva Honored by Big Ten
Janis Leitis Nebraska was honored by the Big Ten Conference on Monday, Jan. 21 as he was named the league's male field athlete of the week. He ranks 10th in the nation in the long jump and is seventh in the triple jump.
Mara Griva was named the Big Ten Female Field Athlete of the Week on Monday, Feb. 4 after finishing first in the long jump (20-4 ½) and second in the triple jump (42-5 ¼) at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. She ranks eighth in the nation in the triple jump and 11th in the long jump.
Nebraska has been a staple at the NCAA Indoor Championships as the men's team alone has produced 118 All-America awards. The men's squad has been on quite a roll as they have had at least one athlete earn All-American honors at the past 22 national meets. Since the indoor championships began in 1965, the Huskers have failed to leave with at least one All-America award on just five occasions, including 1975, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1990.
The women's team has been just as good indoors since the national meet started in 1980. Along with three straight national titles from 1982 to 1984, the Huskers have two or more All-Americans at every meet except for 2002 when they failed to earn a honor.
Huskers Name 2013 Captains
The Nebraska track and field team named its 2013 captains earlier this year. Leading the team this season will be Tommy Brinn, Jessica Furlan, Mara Griva, Tim Thompson, Bjorn Barrefors, Morgan Wilken, Chad Wright, Anne Martin, Seth Wiedel and Ellie Grooters.
Wright Under Consideration for Bowerman Award
Nebraska junior Chad Wright was listed among the names released on the initial Bowerman Watch List by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Wright is one of six who received votes on the initial ballot from the selection committee.
The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation. It is named after legendary coach Bill Bowerman. The award takes into consideration the performances during the indoor and outdoor NCAA track and field seasons.