Huskers Host First Outdoor Home Meet of 2013
Where: Lincoln, Neb. (Ed Weir Track)
When: Saturday, April 13 (11 a.m.)
The Nebraska track and field team will host its first outdoor meet of the 2013 season this weekend as they welcome Wyoming, Tulsa and South Dakota State to Ed Weir Track for the Nebraska Quad Meet on Saturday. Admission to the meet is free.
The women’s hammer throw will get the competition started at 11 a.m., while the men’s shot put will also begin at 11 a.m. The jumps are slated for 1 p.m. with the women’s long jump beginning first, as the running events begin at 3 p.m. with the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase.
Live results from the meet and all other meet information can be found at Huskers.com.
NU Men and Women Ranked in USTFCCCA Poll
In the latest set of rankings released by the USTFCCCA, the men are 16th nationally, while the women are 22nd.
Texas A&M is ranked first on the men’s side, while Kansas continues to hold the top spot for the women. The top-ranked Big Ten team for the men is Wisconsin at No. 9, while Illinois is ranked 16th on the women’s side.
The Big Ten has six teams ranked on the men’s side and two on the women’s side.
Huskers Ranked Sixth, 13th in Track and Field News’ Dual Meet Rankings
Track and Field News released the latest men’s and women’s dual meet rankings for the outdoor season this week. The Husker women moved to 13th and the men remain in sixth.
LSU leads the women’s rankings, followed by Texas A&M, Oregon, Michigan and Stanford. On the men’s side, Arkansas leads the way with Oregon, Texas A&M, Arizona State and Florida following behind.
Husker Men Earn Crimson Tide Invite Title
The Nebraska men’s track and field team won the Crimson Tide Invitational last weekend, scoring 149 total points to beat the field of five. The Husker women finished second with 108.50 points. In addition, Nebraska notched seven individual titles (Chad Wright- SP, Dis; Morgan Wilken-Dis; Seth Wiedel-LJ; Craig Driver- PV; Mara Weekes- 100m; Miles Ukaoma-400m hurdles) during the single day of competition.
Wright Out of the Gate
Junior Chad Wright made his presence known in his first outdoor meet of the season, the Arizona State Invitational, with a winning throw of 189-3 in the men’s discus. He followed that performance last weekend at the Crimson Tide Invite with two event wins in the shot put and discus. In the discus Wright currently ranks 5th in the NCAA and his mark leads the Big Ten.
Women Throwers Excel in Alabama
Morgan Wilken finished first in the women’s discus at the Crimson Tide Invitational, posting a throw of 168-8 (51.42). She recorded a season-best throw of 172-10 (52.69) at the Arizona State Invitational. She ranks third in the nation in the event. Additionally, Annie Jackson recorded a third-place finish in the women’s shot put with a throw of 50-6 3/4 (15.41). She ranks fourth in the Big Ten in the event.
Huskers Produce Solid Showing at 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Nebraska track and field team wrapped up competition at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships on March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark. The Huskers came away with five first-team All-America honors and six second-team honors.
2013 First-Team All-Americans
Levi Gipson- 4x400
Christian Sanderfer- 4x400
Cody Rush- 4x400
Patrick Raedler- Long Jump
2013 Second-Team All-Americans
Oladapo Akinmoladun- 60m Hurdles
Janis Leitis- Long Jump, Triple Jump
James White- High Jump
Mara Griva- Long Jump, Triple Jump
Individually, Patrick Raedler finished fifth in the long jump for the Huskers, while the men’s 4x400 meter relay team broke the Nebraska indoor school record and earned a seventh-place finish.
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.
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 at the conference championships 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.
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.
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, posting a mark of 42-11 1/2 (13.09).
The Huskers’ jumps program was once again well represented at the national meet with four athletes earning six entries. Raedler finished fifth in the men’s long jump, while Janis Leitis was ninth and also recorded a ninth-place finish in the triple jump. James White came in 16th in the high jump, as Mara Griva finished 10th in the long jump and 11th in the triple jump.
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).
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 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.