Meet: Arkansas Spring Invitational
Where: Fayetteville, Ark. (John McDonnell Field)
When: Friday, April 4 (5:30 p.m.) - Saturday, April 5 (9:30 a.m.)
Live Results: FlashResults.com
The Nebraska track and field team will travel to the Arkansas Spring Invitational this weekend. The Huskers will compete at John McDonnell Field on Friday and Saturday.
The men’s and women’s hammer throw will kick off the competition on Friday at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday the action starts with the women’s discus at 9:30 a.m. The track events start at 1:30 p.m. as the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase will get underway. Teams competing at the meet include Drake, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri State, Oklahoma State, South Dakota, Tulsa, Arkansas Baptist and Iowa Central College.
Live results from the meet can be found at FlashResults.com, while other meet information will be available on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Gipson Earns Outdoor Big Ten Honor
Nebraska sophomore Levi Gipson was honored by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday as he was selected as the league’s men’s track athlete of the week.
Gipson won the 400 meters at the Arizona State Invitational last weekend, posting a time of 46.92. His time ranks first in the Big Ten this season and third in the nation. The honor marks his first outdoor track weekly award of his career and Nebraska’s first Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week honor.
Husker Men Ranked 11th in Preseason Rankings
The Husker men have been selected as 11th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Preseason Rankings, released last Tuesday.
Arkansas’ men and Texas A&M’s women have been selected as the preseason favorites to win the national team titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Rounding out the top five for the men is Florida, Texas A&M, Oregon and Florida State. For the women, Oregon, Texas, Florida and Kentucky make up the top five.
Wisconsin is the highest-ranking men’s team at sixth, while Penn State leads the women at 17th. The Big Ten has four teams ranked on the men’s side and one on the women’s side.
Huskers Open 2014 Outdoor Season in Arizona, Texas, Kansas
The Huskers opened the 2014 outdoor season last weekend and Nebraska came away with a combined 10 event wins at three different meets across the country.
The Huskers tallied four victories at the Arizona State Invitational as Ellie Ewere won the triple jump, Levi Gipson posted a victory in the 400 meters, Trevor Vidlak won the 1,500 meters, Tibor Koroknai finished first in the 110-meter hurdles and Miles Ukaoma won the 400-meter hurdles.
At the ESU Spring Open, Jacob Olson won the 5,000 meters, Will Lohman took home the shot put an hammer throw titles, Brena Andrews won the 200 meters and Breunna McCarty won the 100 meters.
Huskers Post Top Marks
Through the first week of the outdoor season, six different Huskers lead the Big Ten in their respective events. Dexter McKenzie is first in the 200 meters with a time of 21.11. Levi Gipson ranks first in the 400 meters with a time of 46.92, while Trevor Vidlak is first in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:45.32. Miles Ukaoma holds the top spot in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.37, while Will Lohman ranks first in the shot put after a throw of 60-5 1/4 last week. Chad Wright also ranks first in the discus with a throw of 208-3.
Men’s 4x400 Claims Runner-Up Finish at NCAA Championships
The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Ricco Hall, Cody Rush, Drew Wiseman and Levi Gipson posted a school-record time of 3:05.25 to hold on to a second-place finish overall at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships. The squad led the second section for the entire race and in the end, proved why they’ve continually ranked as one of the nation’s elite relay teams all season.
Also at the NCAA Indoor Championships, Patrick Raedler finished fifth overall in the long jump with a leap of 25-6 (7.66), earning the second All-America honor of his career. Oladapo Akinmoladun finished ninth in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.70, earning second-team All-America honors.
Maxwell Named Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year
Nebraska assistant coach Billy Maxwell was honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday as he was selected as the Midwest Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year. Maxwell is in his 19th season with the Huskers and coaches Nebraska’s sprints, hurdles and relays.
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.
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 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.
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.
Photo Courtesy Walt Middleton