The Huskers are sending eight athletes to the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Set for NCAA Indoor Championships

By NU Athletic Communications
Meet: NCAA Indoor Championships
Where: Fayetteville, Ark. (Randal Tyson Track Center)
When: Friday, March 8 (10 a.m.) - Saturday, March 9 (11 a.m.)
Live Results:
Live Streaming: (Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.), (Friday 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday 6-8:30 p.m.)
Tape Delay: ESPNU Sunday, March 17 at 6-8 p.m. CT

The Nebraska track and field team will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend for the NCAA Indoor Championships. A total of eight Huskers will compete at the two day meet in seven events, as Janis Leitis will compete in three events and Mara Griva will compete in two.

The No. 7 ranked Husker men earned six entries to the meet, while the women have two entries. Representing the men will be Janis Leitis, Patrick Raedler, James White, Oladapo Akinmoladun, Ricco Hall, Dexter McKenzie and Christian Sanderfer. The women will be represented by Mara Griva.

Nebraska will be looking to add to its list of 603 All-Americans during its two days at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Last season, the men tied for 23rd and the women tied for 55th in the team races, while the women produced four All-Americans and the men totaled two.

The 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships are set to start on Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. CT and will continue on Saturday, March 9 at 11 a.m. CT.

On Friday, and will have a live stream from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT and then will have action the rest of the day. and will again provide a stream early on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT and then will again take over for the remainder of the meet. ESPNU will air a tape-delay of the meet on Sunday, March 17 at 6 p.m. CT.

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 two weeks ago 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 Hall, McKenzie, Sanderfer and 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.

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 two weeks ago, posting a mark of 42-11 1/2 (13.09).


The Huskers' jumps program will once again be well represented at the national meet with four athletes earning six entries. Janis Leitis and Mara Griva will both compete in both the long and triple jumps.

Three-Peat for Griva

Mara Griva became a three-time indoor conference champion in the triple jump in 2013, 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.

Freshman Sensation

Nebraska freshman Oladapo Akinmoladun has produced a stellar inaugural year with the Huskers. At the Iowa State NCAA Qualifier meet last week, Akinmoladun posted a personal-best time of 7.74 in the preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles that ties for third all-time at Nebraska.

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).

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.

All-America Pipeline

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 Huskers will look

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.


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