Meet: Big Ten Outdoor Championships
Where: West Lafayette, Ind. (Rankin Track & Field)
When: Friday, May 16- Sunday, May 18
Time: 10 a.m./10:30 a.m./10 a.m.
Live Results: PurdueSports.com
The Nebraska track and field team will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., this weekend to compete at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The Huskers will practice in West Lafayette on Thursday at Rankin Track & Field and will then start the three-day meet on Friday, May 16.
Head Coach Gary Pepin’s men’s squad enters the meet ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll, sitting at 16th. Out of the 22 teams competing this weekend, five are ranked in the top 25. The Penn State women are ranked No. 15, while on the men’s side Wisconsin leads the teams with a 14th-place ranking. For the rest of the men, Penn State sits at 17th and Illinois is 20th.
The men’s decathlon will open the meet on Friday at 10 a.m., and women’s heptathlon will soon follow at 10:15 a.m. The men’s pole vault will get underway at 2:30 p.m., while the men’s and women’s hammer throw will begin at 3 p.m. The only track even scheduled for Friday is the 10,000 meters, with the men running at 8:00 p.m. and the women hitting the track at 8:45 p.m. Saturday’s full day of action is set for an 10:30 a.m. start with the men’s decathlon 110 hurdles. The men’s long jump will start the field action at 2:20 p.m. and the women’s 4x100 meter relay trials will open the track at 3:10 p.m. Sunday will begin at 10 a.m. with the women’s triple jump and men’s javelin, 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 PurdueSports.com.
The meet will be televised via tape delay on the Big Ten Network on Sunday, May 25 at 5 p.m. CT.
Looking for the Season Sweep and Repeats
Nebraska seniors Travis Englund and Patrick Raedler will look to complete the season sweep at this weekend’s Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Englund won the high jump at the indoor championships in February, while Raedler look home the long jump crown. Huskers looking to repeat as conference champions from last year’s outdoor Championships include Chad Wright in the shot put and the men’s 4x400-meter relay team.
Huskers Lead Big Ten
Entering this weekend’s action at Purdue, the Huskers lead the Big Ten in seven events. NU is first in the men’s 200 meters (Ricco Hall- 20.70), men’s 400-meter hurdles (Miles Ukaoma- 49.76), men’s long jump (Patrick Raedler- 25-5 1/2), women’s long jump (Tierra Williams- 20-7), women’s triple jump (Ellie Ewere- 44-1 1/4), men’s discus (Chad Wright- 208-3) and women’s discus (Annie Jackson- 169-9).
Lohman Leads Huskers with Record-Breaking Performance at Nebraska Invite
The Nebraska track and field team closed the regular season with the Nebraska Invitational on Saturday at Ed Weir Stadium. The Huskers were led by Will Lohman on the day as he broke the Nebraska school record in the hammer throw, winning the event with a mark of 207-10 (63.35). The Huskers came away with 16 event wins on the day.
Raedler Named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week
Nebraska senior jumper Patrick Raedler was honored by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday, May 7, as he was selected as the league’s Field Co-Athlete of the Week.
Raedler posted a first-place and season-best leap in the long jump at the Drake Relays last weekend. He notched a leap of 25-5 ½ (7.76) and ranks first in the Big Ten and 12th in the country in the event. The honor marks the first Big Ten Outdoor Field weekly award of his career.
Gipson Earns Outdoor Big Ten Honor
Nebraska sophomore Levi Gipson was honored by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday, April 9, as he was selected as the league’s men’s track athlete of the week.
Gipson won the 400 meters at the Arizona State Invitational, posting a time of 46.92. The honor marks his first outdoor track weekly award of his career and Nebraska’s first Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week honor.
Husker Men and Women Ranked in Top 25
In the latest set of National Computer Rankings compiled by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), both the men’s and women’s teams are ranked in the top-25.
The men’s team checks in at No. 16 nationally, while the women cracked into the top-25 at No. 25. Florida leads the charge for both the men and the women. The Huskers are the top-ranked Big Ten team on the men’s side, while Penn State leads the women at No. 19.
Huskers Sweep Team Titles at Musco Twilight
A total of 14 event wins highlighted competition for the Nebraska track and field team at the Musco Twilight hosted by the University of Iowa on Saturday. The Huskers swept the team titles in dominating fashion as the women totaled 221.50 points and the men had 190 total points.
Huskers Finish Strong at Drake Relays
Several Huskers capped off a busy week with high finishes in event finals at the Drake Relays, including runner-up finishes from Ellie Ewere, Paula Andrie and Miles Ukaoma. Patrick Raedler led the way with a win in the long jump. He earned the victory with a season-best leap of 25-5 1/2 (7.76). His mark is first in the conference and ninth in the nation.
Junior triple jumper Ellie Ewere, who has achieved a personal-best in each outdoor meet, improved her position atop the Big Ten Conference standings with another personal-best leap of 44-1 ¼ (13.44) on her way to a runner-up showing. The Hillsborough, N.J., native’s mark is the fifth best all-time triple jump distance at NU and ranks inside the top five nationally.
On the pole vault for the Husker women, sophomore Paula Andrie finished in second place with a personal-best height of 13-9 ¼ (4.20). The mark ranks fourth all-time in Nebraska history while also jumping to third in the conference and inside the top 15 in the country.
Senior Miles Ukaoma placed second in the 400-meter hurdles after crossing the line in 49.89 as he continues to lead the Big Ten.
Huskers Finish with Seven Event Titles at Kansas Relays
The 2014 Kansas Relays came to a close at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kan., as the Huskers added three titles. Completing four days of competition, Nebraska came away with seven total event wins.
Maggie Malone earned the javelin crown with a throw of 159-10 (48.72), while Ellie Grooters came up with the win in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.16. Levi Gipson, Drew Wiseman, Jake Bender and Cody Rush added another win as they propelled the men’s 4x400-meter relay team to the victory with a season-best time of 3:09.79. Ellie Ewere added another victory for the Huskers with a win in the women’s triple jump as she tallied a leap of 42-0 (12.80). Chad Wright earned top honors in the men’s discus. He notched a throw of 197-11 (60.32). Will Lohman also notched the victory in the men’s hammer throw with a mark of 201-3 (61.35) and Guy Fenske took home the decathlon title with 6,603 points.
Huskers Open 2014 Outdoor Season in Arizona, Texas, Kansas
The Huskers opened the 2014 outdoor season as Nebraska came away with a combined 10 event wins at three different meets across the country. The Huskers tallied four victories at the Arizona State Invitational as Ellie Ewere won the triple jump, Levi Gipson posted a victory in the 400 meters, Trevor Vidlak won the 1,500 meters, Tibor Koroknai finished first in the 110-meter hurdles and Miles Ukaoma won the 400-meter hurdles. At the ESU Spring Open, Jacob Olson won the 5,000 meters, Will Lohman took home the shot put an hammer throw titles, Brena Andrews won the 200 meters and Breunna McCarty won the 100 meters.
Men’s 4x400 Claims Runner-Up Finish at NCAA Championships
The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Ricco Hall, Cody Rush, Drew Wiseman and Levi Gipson posted a school-record time of 3:05.25 to hold on to a second-place finish overall at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships. The squad led the second section for the entire race and in the end, proved why they’ve continually ranked as one of the nation’s elite relay teams all season. Also at the NCAA Indoor Championships, Patrick Raedler finished fifth overall in the long jump with a leap of 25-6 (7.66), earning the second All-America honor of his career. Oladapo Akinmoladun finished ninth in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.70, earning second-team All-America honors.
Maxwell Named Indoor Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year
Nebraska assistant coach Billy Maxwell was honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday as he was selected as the Midwest Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year. Maxwell is in his 19th season with the Huskers and coaches Nebraska’s sprints, hurdles and relays.
Huskers Finish Second, Third at Big Ten Indoor Championships
The 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships came to a close on March 1 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The Huskers completed the two days of competition with four individual champions and a new school record.
Nebraska was in a battle from the very beginning as the team competition came down to the final event. The men finished in second with 118 points, while the women were third with 92 points. Penn State won the women’s title with 114.50 points, while Michigan was second with 104 points. Wisconsin took home the men’s title with 122.50 points, while Penn State was third with 72 points.
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.
105 and Counting
The Nebraska men’s track and field team capped its first Big Ten Outdoor Championship 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.
Huskers Named Indoor All-Big Ten
Nine Huskers earned first-team All-Big Ten honors at the Big Ten Indoor Championships for winning their individual events. Honorees include Oladapo Akinmoladun (60-meter hurdles), Travis Englund (high jump), Levi Gipson (600 meters). Second-team accolades went to Jake Bender (4x400), Cody Rush (4x400), Christian Sanderfer (4x400), Seth Wiedel (long jump), Drew Wiseman (4x400), Chantal Duncan (4x400), Ellie Ewere (triple jump), Ellie Grooters (4x400), Mara Weekes (4x400), Shawnice Williams (4x400).
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.
Fans of track and field in the state of Nebraska have seen 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.