The Huskers will be competing in the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas this week.
Photo by Walt Middleton

NCAA Journey Starts in Austin

By NU Athletic Communications
Meet: NCAA West Preliminary Round
Where: Austin, Texas (Mike A. Myers Stadium)
When: Thursday, May 23- Saturday, May 25
Time: Noon/Noon/Noon
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The Nebraska track and field team will head to Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, May 21 for the NCAA West Preliminary Round at Mike A. Myers Stadium. The Huskers will practice at the track on Wednesday and will then compete for bids to the NCAA Championships during the three-day meet starting on Thursday. The national meet will be hosted in Eugene, Oregon, at Hayward Field on Wednesday, June 5 - Saturday, June 8.

The country is split into two regions, with the top-48 athletes in each event in the West Region competing in Austin and the top-48 athletes in the East Region competing in Greensboro, North Carolina. To advance to the NCAA Championships, athletes and relay teams will need to secure a top-12 finish in their event.  

The decathlon and heptathlon are the only events not competed at the regional meet. Nebraska’s Teran Walford (decathlon) and Anne Martin (heptathlon) have already secured their spots at the national meet.

Including relay members, the Huskers will have 14 women and 20 men entered in competition. Of the 34 Huskers competing over the weekend, four are scheduled to compete in two or more events. 

The meet is scheduled for a Noon (CT) start each day, with the men’s discus opening the meet on Thursday, while the first track event will be the first round of the women’s 400-meter hurdles at 4:30 p.m. On Friday, the women’s discus starts the day and the first round of the women’s 100-meter hurdles opens the track at 6 p.m. The final day will begin with the men’s javelin, while the women’s 4x100-meter relay quarterfinal will be the first track event at 6 p.m. and the men’s 4x400-meter relay will conclude the meet at 9:45 p.m.

NU Men Ranked in USTFCCCA Poll

In the latest set of rankings released by the USTFCCCA, the men remain No. 10 nationally.  

Florida is ranked first on the men’s side, while Kansas returned to the top spot for the women. The top-ranked Big Ten team for the men is Wisconsin at No. 9, while Michigan State is ranked 24th on the women’s side.

105 and Counting

The Nebraska track and field team added its 105th conference crown two weeks ago as the men took the team title at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Columbus. The Husker men posted a dominating 131.50 points to finish first, while Minnesota was second with 93 points. The win was the first Big Ten men’s team title in school history. 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 in 2012. The NU women earned the second Big Ten title in school history and the first team title for the track and field 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. 

Prestigious Pepin

Head Coach Gary Pepin holds 69 conference titles dating back to his first Big Eight win at the 1981 indoor meet. Pepin was honored by his peers this season as the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. Last season he was named the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year. He has now been named a conference coach of the year 24 times. As the men’s and women’s coach, he has guided the Huskers to 69 conference titles, including 44 Big Eight championships, 23 Big 12 team titles and two Big Ten crowns.

Griva Honored by Big Ten

The Big Ten Conference announced its 2013 outdoor track and field individual award winners last Tuesday. Nebraska senior Mara Griva was named the Field Athlete of the Year and of the Championships. Griva was honored by the Big Ten coaches after earning the long and triple jump titles at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. She finished first in the long jump with a season-best leap of 20-9 (6.32) and took first in the triple jump with a leap of 43-5 ¼ (13.24). Griva ranks 17th in the nation in the long jump and is fifth in the nation in the triple jump. Her wins capped a successful outdoor season and completed her sweep of the conference horizontal jumps during the 2013 season as she earned the indoor long and triple jump titles in February.

Balanced Effort Propels Huskers to Success at Big Ten’s

The Husker men won the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a well-rounded team effort, winning the team title with only two individual event wins. Individually for the Huskers, Chad Wright won the men’s shot put, while Levi Gipson, Christian Sanderfer, Miles Ukaoma and Cody Rush finished first in the 4x400-meter relay and Mara Griva won the women’s long and triple jumps. 

Huskers Named Outdoor All-Big Ten

The Big Ten Conference announced that 14 Huskers earned All-Big Ten honors following the conference meet earlier this month. First-team honorees include Mara Griva (long jump, triple jump), Levi Gipson (4x400), Cody Rush (4x400), Christian Sanderfer (4x400), Miles Ukaoma (4x400). Second-team honorees were Ricco Hall (4x100m), Dexter McKenzie (4x100), John Welk (4x100), Tim Thompson (4x100), Patrick Raedler (long jump), Teran Walford (decathlon), Jessica Furlan (3,000m SC) and Anne Martin (heptathlon).

Wright Out of the Gate, Rewriting Record Books

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. Wright earned the discus title at the Kansas Relays, in addition to capturing the shot put crown. He finished second in the event at the Triton Invitational on April 25, posting a throw of 207-11 (63.37). His throw puts him at second all-time at Nebraska, first in the Big Ten and second in the nation this season. He also became the Big Ten’s all-time leader in the discus.

Wright finished second in the discus at the 2013 Big Ten Championships. He responded the next day in the shot put competition with a personal best throw of 63-7 1/2 (19.39), on his final attempt of the competition. The win marked the first conference title of his career and moves him to fourth in the nation. He is ranked in the top five in the NCAA in both the shot put and the discus.

Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay Wins at Drake

The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Levi Gipson, Christian Sanderfer, Cody Rush and Janis Leitis took home the event win with a season-best time of 3:03.79 at the Drake Relays. The time ties for third all-time in the Nebraska record books and is fourth in the nation and first in the Big Ten. The group of 400-meter runners includes a redshirt freshman pole vaulter (Sanderfer), two true freshmen (Gipson and Rush) and a 2013 London Olympics participant (Leitis).  Three of the four are also native Nebraskans.  

Latvian Leaper

Mara Griva won the ninth conference crown of her career at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, finishing first in the both the long and triple jumps with a season-best leap of 20-9 (6.32) and 43-5 ¼ (13.24), respectively. The wins completed her sweep of the horizontal jumps in the Big Ten during the 2013 season. She ranks 17th in the nation in the long jump and is fifth in the nation in the triple jump.

She captured the long jump title at the Drake Relays, finishing with a jump of 20-6 ¼ (6.25). Griva also won the women’s triple jump with a season-best leap of 44-3 1/2 (13.50).  

Showdown on the Runway

The Huskers’ men’s jumpers have had a successful outdoor season as Janis Leitis led the way with a first-place finish in the men’s long jump at the Drake Relays. He recorded a leap of 25-9 1/2 (7.86), a mark that ranks seventh in the NCAA. He followed that with a third-place finish in the long jump at the conference championships, posting a mark of 24-6 1/4 (7.47).

In addition, Patrick Raedler finished second in the long jump at the 2013 Big Ten Championships with a season-best leap of 24-7 (7.49). He came in fifth in the long jump with a mark of 49-11 1/4 (15.22). Raedler finished sixth in the long jump at the Kansas Relays with a mark of 23-3 1/2 (7.10) and finished fourth in the event at the Drake Relays with a leap of 24-10 1/2 (7.58).  

Also in the long jump at the conference meet, Nikita Pankins was fourth with a season-best mark of 24-0 ¾ (7.33). Seth Wiedel posted an eighth-place finish with a leap of 23-8 ¼ (7.22).

Furlan Continues to Shine

Senior Jessica Furlan was the top collegiate finisher and recorded a third-place finish in the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase invite elite division with a personal-best time of 9:58.52 at the Mt. SAC Relays. Her time ranks fifth in the nation and first in the Big Ten entering this weekend. She already held the No. 2 spot on the all-time record list at Nebraska, but with that time she moves closer to the Nebraska record of 9:39.35. Furlan most-recently posted a personal-best time of 4:15.17 in the 1,500 meters at the Drake Relays. She ranks  first in the conference with that time and is 14th in the nation. Furlan has earned Big Ten track athlete of the week honors twice this season. She is the reigning indoor 3,000 meters Big Ten champion and finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships with a time of 10:11.05. 

Multi-Eventers Impress

Teran Walford produced a stellar two days of competition at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, finishing second in the decathlon with a personal-best 7,432 points. Anne Martin also impressed at the meet, tallying a runner-up finish in the women’s heptathlon with a personal-best 5,389 points, marking the best showing of her career at a conference championship.

The Husker multi-eventers reeled in three second-place finishes in competition around the country at the Mt. SAC and Kansas Relays earlier this season. Walford finished second in the decathlon at the Mt. SAC Relays/CA Invite Multi-Events with 7,330 points. Martin finished second in the heptathlon with 5,321 points, while Jourdan Doffeny was second in the heptathlon at the Kansas Relays with 4,629 points.  

Huskers Earn Five Titles at Kansas Relays

The Nebraska track and field team closed the 2013 Kansas Relays with four event wins last weekend. James White notched a win in the men’s high jump, while Chad Wright won the men’s discus and shot put, Jodi-Rae Blackwood won the men’s 400 meter hurdles and the men’s 4x100 meter relay team of John Welk, Dexter McKenzie, Ricco Hall and Tim Thompson tallied a first-place finish.

Huskers Produce Solid Showing at 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships

The Nebraska track and field team wrapped up competition at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships as the Huskers came away with five first-team All-America honors and six second-team honors. 

2013 First-Team All-Americans

Ricco Hall-4x400 (7th)

Levi Gipson- 4x400 (7th)

Christian Sanderfer- 4x400 (7th)

Cody Rush- 4x400 (7th)

Patrick Raedler- Long Jump (5th)


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 

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 women’s team put on an outstanding performance during the championships, finishing second with 112 points. The men came in fourth, posting 86.66 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.  


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.

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 Indoor All-Big Ten

Nine Huskers earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after the indoor conference meet 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).  

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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