Huskers Set for NCAA Indoor Championships
Meet: NCAA Indoor Championships
Where: Albuquerque, N.M. (Albuquerque Convention Center)
When: Friday, March 14 (9 a.m.) - Saturday, March 15 (10 a.m.)
Live Results: FlashResults.com
Live Streaming: ESPN3.com (Friday starting at 6:55 p.m.; Saturday starting at 6:50 p.m.)
Tape Delay: ESPNU: Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. CT
The Nebraska track and field team will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., this weekend for the NCAA Indoor Championships. A total of six Huskers will compete at the two day meet in three events, as Patrick Raedler will compete in the long jump, Oladapo Akinmoladun will run in the 60-meter hurdles and the men’s 4x400-meter relay team will take the track.
While the Huskers had a small number of student-athletes qualify for the championships, Nebraska will make its presence known at the two-day meet. Akinmoladun currently ranks first in the 60-meter hurdles, while Raedler is fifth in the long jump and the 4x400-meter relay team is seeded eighth. Akinmoladun and the relay squad both broke Nebraska school records this season.
Nebraska will be looking to add to its list of 611 All-Americans during its two days at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Last season, the men tied for 32nd in the team race.
The 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships are set to start on Friday, March 14 at 9 a.m. CT and will continue on Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. CT.
On Friday, ESPN3.com will stream the action from the Albuquerque Convention Center starting at 6:55 p.m. CT. The stream will continue on Saturday starting at 6:50 p.m. CT. ESPNU will air a tape-delay of the meet on Sunday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Huskers Finish Second, Third at Big Ten Championships
The 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships came to a close on March 1 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The Huskers completed the two days of competition with four individual champions and a new school record.
Nebraska was in a battle from the very beginning as the team competition came down to the final event. The men finished in second with 118 points, while the women were third with 92 points. Penn State won the women’s title with 114.50 points, while Michigan was second with 104 points. Wisconsin took home the men’s title with 122.50 points, while Penn State was third with 72 points.
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.
105 and Counting
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.
Nebraska senior Patrick Raedler became a back-to-back conference champion last weekend as he captured the long jump title for the second consecutive year in Geneva, Ohio.
Husker Men Ranked 14th Nationally
The Nebraska men’s track and field team moved up to No. 14 in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings released last Monday.
The Nebraska track and field team has seen numerous Huskers jump into the all-time record books during the 2014 season. In addition, two Nebraska records were broken this year.
The men’s 4x400 meter relay team of Jake Bender, Levi Gipson, Drew Wiseman and Cody Rush broke the NU school record at the Tyson Invitational with a time of 3:06.93 in the final race of the day to finish second as they ran to the top of the Big Ten Conference and top 10 in the country. The previous record of 3:07.63 was set last year.
The women’s 4x400 meter relay team of Chantal Duncan, Kadecia Baird, Shawnice Williams and Mara Weekes finished off the Tyson Invite by putting together the second-best time in NU history of 3:34.99 to jump inside the top 10 in Division I.
Oladapo Akinmoladun provided the early highlights on the track for the Huskers at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. The sophomore from Grandview, Mo., won the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 7.61. His time broke the Nebraska record of 7.67 set by Lehann Fourie in 2010. It also set a SPIRE Institute and Big Ten Championships meet record. His time is first in the NCAA and gave him his first conference title at Nebraska.
Huskers Named All-Big Ten
Nine Huskers earned first-team All-Big Ten honors at the Big Ten Indoor Championships for winning their individual events. Honorees include Oladapo Akinmoladun (60-meter hurdles), Travis Englund (high jump), Levi Gipson (600 meters). Second-team accolades went to Jake Bender (4x400), Cody Rush (4x400), Christian Sanderfer (4x400), Seth Wiedel (long jump), Drew Wiseman (4x400), Chantal Duncan (4x400), Ellie Ewere (triple jump), Ellie Grooters (4x400), Mara Weekes (4x400), Shawnice Williams (4x400).
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.
Williams Earns Big Ten Honor
Nebraska senior Shawnice Williams was honored by the Big Ten Conference on Monday, February 24 as she was selected as the league’s female track athlete of the week. The honor marks the first indoor track and field weekly award of her career.
Williams finished first in the 600 meters at the Nebraska Tune-Up over the weekend, posting a time of 1:29.70. She currently ranks second in the conference in the event.
Baird Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week
Nebraska freshman Kadecia Baird was honored by the Big Ten Conference last on Jan. 27 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.
Baird ran in the New Balance games at The Armory in New York City. 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.
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.
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.
Fans of track and field in the state of Nebraska have seen 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.