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The Huskers will compete at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships this weekend in Columbus.
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          Release: 05/07/2013
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Huskers Head to Big Ten Outdoor Championships

Meet: Big Ten Outdoor Championships
Where: Columbus, Ohio (Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium)
When: Friday, May 10- Sunday, May 12
Time: 11 a.m./8:30 a.m./10 a.m.
Live Results: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
BTN Tape Delay: Sunday, May 19 at 12 p.m. CT 

The Nebraska track and field team will travel to Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday to compete at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The Huskers will practice in Columbus on Thursday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and will then start the three-day meet on Friday, May 10.

Head Coach Gary Pepin’s men’s squad enters the meet ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll, sitting at 13th. Out of the 22 teams competing this weekend, six are ranked in the top 25. The Illinois women are ranked No. 20, while on the men’s side Wisconsin leads the teams with a 10th-place ranking. For the rest of the men, Penn State sits at 11th, while Nebraska is 13th, Iowa is 18th and Ohio State is 23rd.

The men’s decathlon will open the meet on Friday at 11 a.m., and women’s heptathlon will soon follow at 11:15 a.m. The men’s hammer throw will get underway at 12:30 p.m., while the women’s pole vault will also start at 12:30 p.m., and the women’s hammer throw will begin at 2:30 p.m. The only track even scheduled for Friday is the 10,000 meters, with the men running at 7:30 p.m. and the women hitting the track at 8:15 p.m. Saturday’s full day of action is set for an 8:30 a.m. start with the men’s decathlon 110 hurdles. The men’s long jump will start the field action at 12:20 p.m. and the women’s 4x100 meter relay  trials will open the track at 1:10 p.m. Sunday will begin at 10 a.m. with the women’s triple jump, while the track events are set to start at 11:45 a.m. with the women’s 4x100-meter relay finals. The men’s 4x400-meter relay is set to end the meet at 2:45 p.m.

Check out Huskers.com at the conclusion of each day for a full recap and results, while live results during the meet will be provided at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

NU Men Ranked in USTFCCCA Poll

In the latest set of rankings released by the USTFCCCA, the men moved to No. 13 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. 10, while Illinois is ranked 20th on the women’s side.

104 and Counting

The Nebraska track and field team will be looking to add its 105th conference crown this weekend in Columbus. The Nebraska women’s track and field team capped its first Big Ten Indoor Championships and last conference title 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.

Prestigious Pepin

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 last season as the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year.

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.

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 captured the long jump title at the Drake Relays, finishing with a season-best jump of 20-6 ¼ (6.25). Her mark moved her up to second in the Big Ten Conference. Griva also won the women’s triple jump with a season-best leap of 44-3 1/2 (13.50). She ranks third in the nation and first in the Big Ten in the event. She enters this weekend as the reigning indoor long and triple jump champion.

Showdown on the Runway

The Huskers’ men’s jumpers have had a successful outdoor season as Janis Leitis recently 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 eighth in the NCAA and second in the Big Ten.

In addition, Patrick 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). He ranks 14th in the conference and is the reigning indoor long jump champion.

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.

Multi-Eventers Impress, Look for Conference Crowns

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. Teran Walford finished second in the decathlon at the Mt. SAC Relays/CA Invite Multi-Events with a personal-best total of 7,330 points. Anne Martin finished second in the heptathlon with a personal-best 5,321 points, while Jourdan Doffeny was second in the heptathlon at the Kansas Relays with 4,629 points. The Huskers will look for strong performances from this group as well as defending decathlon champion Bjorn Barrefors as this week’s conference championships.

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.

Jumps-U

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 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).

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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