The Huskers will be competing in Alabama this weekend at the Crimson Tide Invitational.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Head to Crimson Tide Invitational

By NU Athletic Communications
Meet: Crimson Tide Invitational
Where: Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium)
When: Saturday, April 6 (10:30 a.m.)

The Nebraska track and field team travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., this weekend as the Huskers will compete in the Crimson Tide Invitational on Saturday, April 6.

The men’s hammer throw will start the competition at 10:30 a.m. The running events are set to begin at 5 p.m. with the 4x100 meter relay.  The final event of the day is slated for 8:30 p.m. The meet will be scored, which means first place will earn 10 points, while the next five finishers will earn 8-6-4-2-1, respectively.  

Live results from the meet and all other meet information can be found at

NU Men and Women Ranked in USTFCCCA Poll

In the latest set of rankings released by the USTFCCCA, the men are 16th nationally, while the women are 21st.

Texas A&M is ranked first on the men’s side, while Kansas holds the top spot for the women. The top-ranked Big Ten team for the men is Wisconsin at No. 9, while Illinois is ranked 16th on the women’s side.

The Big Ten has six teams ranked on the men’s side and two on the women’s side.

Huskers Ranked Sixth, 10th in Track and Field News’ Dual Meet Rankings

Track and Field News released the first men’s and women’s dual meet rankings for the outdoor season on Wednesday. The Husker women came in 10th and the men sixth.

Oregon leads the women’s rankings, followed by LSU, Texas A&M, Stanford and Kansas. On the men’s side, Arkansas leads the way with Texas A&M, Arizona State, Oregon and Florida following behind.

Huskers Earn Two Titles at Razorback Spring Invitational

The Nebraska track and field team wrapped up competition at the Razorback Spring Invitational last Saturday with two event titles. Sarah Plambeck won the women’s unseeded 1,500 meters (4:44.80) and Levi Gipson won the men’s 400 meters (46.93). Gipson’s time ranks 14th nationally and is second in the Big Ten.

Wright Out of the Gate

Junior Chad Wright made his presence known in his first outdoor meet of the season, the Arizona State Invitational, with a winning throw of 189-3 in the men’s discus.

Wright currently ranks 11th in the NCAA and his mark leads the Big Ten.

Blackwood Takes Event Title

Junior Jodi-Rae Blackwood won the men’s 400m hurdles at the Arizona State Invitational, posting a time of 52.47. He ranks fifth in the conference and 31st in the nation in the event.

Women Throwers Excel in Arizona

Morgan Wilken finished fourth in the women’s discus with a throw of 172-10 (52.69). She is currently second in the Big Ten and ranks 16th nationally. Additionally, Annie Jackson finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 50-6 (15.39), while she also finished seventh in the discus with a personal-best throw of 154-8 (47.14). She ranks third in the Big Ten in the shot put.

Huskers Produce Solid Showing at 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Nebraska track and field team wrapped up competition at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships on March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark. The Huskers came away with five first-team All-America honors and six second-team honors. 

2013 First-Team All-Americans

Ricco Hall-4x400

Levi Gipson- 4x400

Christian Sanderfer- 4x400

Cody Rush- 4x400

Patrick Raedler- Long Jump

2013 Second-Team All-Americans

Oladapo Akinmoladun- 60m Hurdles

Janis Leitis- Long Jump, Triple Jump

James White- High Jump

Mara Griva- Long Jump, Triple Jump

Individually, Patrick Raedler finished fifth in the long jump for the Huskers, while the men’s 4x400 meter relay team broke the Nebraska indoor school record and earned a seventh-place finish.

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.

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 at the conference championships 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.

Prestigious Pepin

Head Coach Gary Pepin holds 68 conference titles dating back to his first Big Eight win at the 1981 indoor meet. Pepin was honored by his peers on last season as the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year.

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.

Big-Time Jumpers

The Husker women have been arguably one of the top programs when it comes to the high, long and triple jumps. The Huskers have won at least one title in one of the events at 12 of the previous 17 indoor conference championships and have won the triple jump crown nine times, including five straight wins from 2000 to 2004.

Mara Griva has led the Huskers in 2013, earning her third triple jump title at the conference meet, posting a mark of 42-11 1/2 (13.09).


The Huskers’ jumps program was once again well represented at the national meet with four athletes earning six entries. Raedler finished fifth in the men’s long jump, while Janis Leitis was ninth and also recorded a ninth-place finish in the triple jump. James White came in 16th in the high jump, as Mara Griva finished 10th in the long jump and 11th in the triple jump.

Winning Ways

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).

All-America Pipeline

Nebraska has been a staple at the NCAA Indoor Championships as the men’s team alone has produced 120 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 23 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. 


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