Ellie Grooters and the Huskers will compete away from home this weekend.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Hit the Road for Iowa State Classic, Tyson Invitational

By NU Athletic Communications

Meet: Iowa State Classic
Where: Ames, Iowa (Lied Recreation Athletic Center)
When: Friday, Feb. 14 (11  a.m.) - Saturday, Feb. 15 (9 a.m.)
Live Results: DeltaTiming.com
Webcast: FloTrack

Meet: Tyson Invitational
Where: Fayetteville, Ark. (Randal Tyson Track Center)
When: Friday, Feb. 14 (11 a.m.) - Saturday, Feb. 15 (Noon)
Live Results: FlashResults.com

The Nebraska track and field team is set to travel to the Iowa State Classic and the Tyson Invitational this weekend. A majority of the Huskers will compete in Fayetteville on Friday and Saturday, while the rest of the Huskers will take to the track in Ames.

The Huskers will face stiff competition in Fayetteville as teams competing at the Tyson Invitational include Arkansas, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Virginia, Kansas, TCU, Houston, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech, Florida State, Wisconsin, Baylor, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Mississippi State.

The competition does not let up in Ames with teams spanning 16 conferences (Big 12, Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Ivy League, Mountain West, Big East, ECAC, Sun Belt, American, Southern, Big Sky, Missouri Valley, WAC, Summit League and Ohio Valley), including seven teams ranked in the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) top-25.

Huskers Host 39th Frank Sevigne Husker Invite
The 39th running of the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite came to a close last Saturday with 10 event wins from the Nebraska track and field team. The Huskers saw strong performances from the men’s squad on the second day of competition in front of 2,365 fans at the Devaney Center Indoor Track.

Winning titles over the weekend was Christian Sanderfer (pole vault),  Connor Gibson (mile), London Hawk (800 meters), men’s 4x400-meter relay, Ellie Ewere (triple jump), Shawnice Williams (600 meters), Anne Martin (pentathlon), Tess Merill (pole vault), Patrick Raedler (long jump), and Cody Rush (400 meters).

Husker Men Win New Mexico Collegiate Invitational
The Nebraska track and field team was away from home for the first time in 2014 as the Huskers were competing at the New Mexico Collegiate Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The Husker men were propelled to the team victory with 138.50 total points, while the women finished second with 121 points. Nebraska came away with four individual event wins on the day. Numerous Huskers tallied season and personal-bests, in addition to continuing to post some of the top marks in the Big Ten Conference.

Leading the way for the Huskers on the track was sophomore Oladapo Akinmoladun as he won the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 7.69.

Kadecia Baird led the women on the track as she tallied a win in the 400 meters. She posted a time of 53.59 to earn the victory. Mara Weekes came in fourth with a personal-best time of 54.97.

Patrick Raedler remained undefeated in the long jump on the season as he finished first with a season-best leap of 24- 11 (7.59). His jump continues to lead all Big Ten competitors.  Seth Wiedel finished fourth with a leap of 23-10 ¾ (7.28). In the triple jump, Devandrew Johnson tallied a runner-up finish with a mark of 50-0 (15.24).

The women’s 4x400-meter relay team of Chantal Duncan, Mara Weekes, Shawnice Williams and Kadecia Baird finished first, tallying a season-best time of 3:38.59. That time is third in the Big Ten.

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 34th season at NU during the 2014 track and field season. The longest tenured active coach in Cornhusker athletics, 2014 will be Pepin’s 34th 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 33 seasons at Nebraska, Pepin has coached athletes to 57 NCAA titles, 485 All-America honors and 526 conference titles.

Husker Men Ranked No. 9 Nationally
The Nebraska men’s track and field team remains ninth in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Computer Rankings.

The men’s top 10 remained relatively unchanged as Arkansas continues to hold the No. 1 spot. Florida is second, followed by Oregon, Texas A&M and Wisconsin. Florida State comes in at sixth, with Penn State and Arizona trailing, followed by the Huskers. Oklahoma State rounds out the top 10.

The Big Ten boasts five teams ranked in the top 25 on the men’s side, with three teams ranked on the women’s side. Texas leads the women’s rankings, while the top Big Ten team is Purdue at No. 15.

Husker Men and Women Ranked Top Five in Dual Meet Rankings
In the latest set of dual meet rankings compiled by Track and Field News, the Husker men and women both come in at No. 3. Both squads have a 3-0 record in dual meets this season.

Texas A&M leads the women’s rankings, with Arkansas, Notre Dame and LSU rounding out the top five. Arkansas is first on the men’s side, followed by Texas A&M, while Akron and LSU trail the Huskers.

Huskers Crack Top-10 Lists
While Nebraska is just four weeks into the 2014 season, the Huskers have seen numerous top performances from the men’s and women’s squads. So far 21 Husker student-athletes have cracked the Nebraska top 10 list in 23 different events.

Make in 105
The Nebraska men’s track and field team capped its first Big Ten Outdoor Championships in style with 131.50 total points last season. Nebraska has a total of 105 conference titles as a program.

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. In 2012, the Husker women claimed the second Big Ten title in school history, earning the indoor crown.

Baird Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week
Nebraska freshman Kadecia Baird was honored by the Big Ten Conference last Monday as she was selected as the league’s female track athlete of the week. The honor marks her first Big Ten indoor track and field weekly award. The last Husker to earn the honor was Ashley Miller on Jan. 23, 2012.

Baird ran in the New Balance games at The Armory in New York City over the weekend. Competing in the elite division of the women’s 300 meters, she clocked a personal-best time of 37.26 to finish second in the event. Olympian Shaunae Miller led the field of world-class sprinters, posting a time of 36.40.

Huskers Leading the Big Ten
Through the first three weeks of the indoor track and field season, two Huskers lead the Big Ten in their respective events. Levi Gipson is first in the men’s 600 meters with a time of 1:17.65. Patrick Raedler also leads the Big Ten in the long jump with a leap of 20-10 1/2.

Holding a second-place standing in the Big Ten is Kadecia Baird- 200 meters (23.70); 400 meters (53.70), London Hawk- 600 meters (1:18.40), Trevor Vidlak- mile (4:00.71), Oladapo Akinmoladun- 60h (7.71), Paula Andrie- pole vault (13-3 3/4), Devandrew Johnson- triple jump (50-6 3/4) and Ellie Ewere- triple jump (41-10 3/4).

Gipson Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week
Nebraska sophomore Levi Gipson was honored by the Big Ten Conference on Monday, Jan. 20 as he was selected as the Big Ten Male Track Athlete of the Week. The honor marks the first indoor track and field weekly award of his career.

The Lincoln native led the Huskers at the Holiday Inn Invitational, coming in as the top collegiate finisher in the men’s 600 meters. His personal-best time of 1:17.65 is first in the nation and in the Big Ten and third all-time in the Nebraska record books.

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 and 2013 when they failed to earn a honor.

Home-Grown Talent
Fans of track and field in the state of Nebraska will see a lot of familiar faces this season as 68 of the Huskers’ 139 athletes are Nebraska natives. Overall, the team is represented by 18 states and nine countries.

Huskers Name 2014 Captains
The Nebraska track and field team named its 2014 captains earlier this year. Leading the team this season will be Miles Ukaoma, Anne Martin, Trevor Vidlak, Annie Jackson, Chad Wright, Patrick Raedler and Ellie Grooters.  

Among the group of captains the Huskers boast one NCAA Champion, five All-Americans indoors and outdoors (first-team and second-team) and numerous All-Conference competitors.


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