Meet: Big Ten Indoor Championships
Where: Geneva, Ohio (SPIRE Institute)
When: Friday, Feb. 22 (9 a.m. CT) - Saturday, Feb. 23 (9 a.m. CT)
Live Results: LightningTiming.com
Tape Delay: Big Ten Network - Saturday, March 5 (11 a.m. CT)
The Nebraska track and field team will head to the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio on Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23.
The meet is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. CT on Friday with the men's heptathlon 60 meters, while the first field event will be the women's pole vault at 10:30 a.m. and the first track event is the women's 3,000 meters at 11 a.m. The men's heptathlon 60-meter hurdles start the action on Saturday at 9 a.m. CT, the women's high jump will be the first field event at 10 a.m. and the women's 5,000 meters will be the first track event at 11:30 a.m.
Of the 22 teams in attendance, seven of them enter the meet ranked in the nation top 25. On the men's side, the Huskers are fifth, while Penn State is seventh, Indiana in ninth, Wisconsin is 10th and Minnesota is 15th. Illinois leads the women, checking in at No. 15, while Michigan is No. 17.
A Look at Last Year's Big Ten Indoor Championships
The Huskers hosted the 2012 Big Ten Indoor Championships at the Devaney Center Indoor Track. The women's team completed the championships in historic fashion with a 114.50-106 win over defending champion Ohio State, while the men finished third with 99 points. The women produced three individual titles and the men came away with two individual crowns during the two-day meet.
104 and Counting
The Nebraska women's track and field team capped its first Big Ten Indoor Championships in style with a 114.50-106 win over defending champion Ohio State last season. The NU women earned the second Big Ten title in school history and the first team title for the track and field program. Nebraska has a total of 104 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.
Husker Men Rank Fifth in USTFCCCA Poll
The Nebraska men's track and field team is ranked fifth in this week's U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I poll.
The Huskers moved up two spots from last week into the fifth spot with 73.12 points. Arkansas is ranked No. 1, while Florida is second, Texas A&M is third and Texas Tech is fourth, while Oklahoma State, Penn State, Texas, Indiana and Wisconsin round out the rest of the top 10. Five Big Ten men's teams are ranked in the top 15 nationally, with four in the top 10.
Nebraska senior Mara Griva has the opportunity to become a back-to-back-to-back conference champion in the triple jump this weekend. The Ventspils, Latvia, native won the Big 12 title in 2011 and earned the Big Ten crown last year with a jump of 42-9 1/2 (13.04). The Husker women also have a chance for a three-peat in the women's team title race.
Huskers Dominate Mark Colligan Memorial
The Nebraska track and field team hosted the Mark Colligan Memorial on Feb. 9 as they welcomed the Alabama Crimson Tide and North Carolina Tar Heels to the Devaney Center. The Huskers used a dominant performance to earn 18 event crowns and sweep the team titles.
Top Competition Highlights Husker Invite
Some of the nation's best competition was at the Devaney Center for the 38th annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. Nebraska came away with six titles on the weekend in the men's and women's long jump, men's 600 meters, men's 800 meters, women's mile special and the men's 4x400 relay.
Huskers Sweep adidas Classic Team Titles
The Nebraska track and field team swept the meet titles at the adidas Classic for the fifth straight year on Jan. 19 at the Devaney Center Indoor Track. Both Husker squads dominated the field, as the women finished with 207 points, while Wichita State finished second with 100 points. The men posted with 205.33 total points; Iowa was second with 111 points. The afternoon was highlighted by numerous personal best performances and 19 event titles for Nebraska, including Jessica Furlan, Janis Leitis and Mara Weekes all winning more than one individual event crown on the day.
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 enters 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.
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.
Leitis, Griva Honored by Big Ten
Senior 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.
Leitis is undefeated in the long jump this season. He ranks first in the conference and is sixth in the nation in the event. He also ranks fourth in the triple jump nationally and leads the Big Ten Conference.
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. Both marks rank first in the conference, while her long jump is 14th nationally and her triple jump ranks 12th in the nation. Griva also won the long jump (20-0 1/4) and triple jump (41-8 1/2) at the Mark Colligan Memorial.
Akinmoladun's Stellar Start
Oladapo Akinmoladun opened his 2013 season by recording the second-best time in the Big Ten this season, the 17th-best time in the nation and the ninth-best performance in Husker history with a personal-best-tying time of 7.83, giving him his first event title as a Husker.
Vidlak Climbing Record Books
Nebraska junior Trevor Vidlak recorded the second-best time in Husker history at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite with a personal-best mark of 14:13.62 in the 5,000 meters. He ranks 10th in the Big Ten Conference. He is also 18th in the Big Ten in the 3,000 meters (8:11.58) and is 16th in the mile with a time of 4:05.55.
Brinn Continues to Excel
Senior Tommy Brinn improved his season time in the 600 meters to 1:17.95 at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite, earning the event title. Brinn's personal-best in the event is 1:17.63, and he is third in the event in the Big Ten Conference. He ranks 18th in the nation in the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.11.
Husker Throwers Set PR's
Chad Wright took home the men's shot put title at the adidas Classic with a throw of 61-6 ¼ (18.75). He improved his personal-best to 61-7 (18.77) at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite, moving him to third in the Big Ten and 14th in the nation. Taylor Shapland recorded a personal-best throw of 57-5 (17.50) at the adidas Classic, the 16th-best throw in the Big Ten.
On the women's side, Annie Jackson leads the way with a personal-best throw of 53-7 (16.33) in the shot put at the Mark Colligan Memorial that ranks fifth in the Big Ten. Veronica Grizzle posted a personal-best throw of 51-10 1/2 (15.81) at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite and ranks sixth in the Big Ten, while Carlie Pinkelman ranks eighth in the Big Ten with a throw of 50-7 1/4 (15.42).
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 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.