Meet: Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational
Where: Lincoln, Neb. (Devaney Center)
When: Friday, Feb. 7 (12 p.m.) - Saturday, Feb. 8 (10 a.m.)
Live Results: Huskers.com
The Nebraska track and field team will be at home this weekend to host the 39th Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational at the Devaney Center Indoor Track.
One of the top indoor meets in the country, the Huskers will host 17 other Division I teams during the two-day meet, including Conference USA power the University of Central Florida women, SEC foe Auburn, 2013 Big Ten Indoor Runner-Up Illinois men, Maryland and USC. Nebraska also hosts former Big 12 foes Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Kansas State and Big Ten opponent Iowa.
The men’s and women’s combined events will start the action on Friday at noon, while the men’s weight throw will be the first field event at 5 p.m. and the first running event will be at 6 p.m. with the women’s 60-meter hurdle prelims. The heptathletes will be first again on Saturday at 10 a.m., while both the field and running events will start at noon.
The Husker Invitational is named in honor of former track and field Head Coach Frank Sevigne, who fought a gallant battle against cancer prior to his death on Jan. 29, 1985. Sevigne was posthumously inducted into the United States Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Dec. 4, 2004, in Portland, Ore.
Sevigne brought a wealth of success to Nebraska athletics. He oversaw a total of 11 national champions, 42 All-Americans and 103 individual conference champions. One of his former athletes, sprinter Charlie Greene, added an Olympic gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay at the 1968 Games.
Husker Men Win New Mexico Collegiate Invitational
The Nebraska track and field team was away from home for the first time in 2014 last weekend 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 remains undefeated in the long jump on the season as he finished first on Saturday 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.
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 remain ninth in the latest set of rankings compiled by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
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, LSU and Notre Dame rounding out the top five. Arkansas is first on the men’s side, followed by Texas A&M, LSU and Purdue.
Huskers Crack Top-10 Lists
While Nebraska is just three weeks into the 2014 season, the Huskers have seen numerous top performances from the men’s and women’s squads. So far 15 Husker student-athletes have cracked the Nebraska top 10 list in 17 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.
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 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.