Tim Thompson and the Huskers will host the Pre-Drake Meet on Wednesday.
Photo by Walt Middleton

Busy Week Awaits Huskers

By NU Athletic Communications

Meet: Pre-Drake Meet
Where: Lincoln, Neb. (Ed Weir Stadium)
When: Wednesday, April 23
Time: 2 p.m.
Live Results: www.Huskers.com

Meet: Drake Relays
Where: Des Moines, Iowa (Drake Stadium)
When: Thursday, April 24 - Saturday, April 26
Time: 9:30 a.m./8 a.m./8 a.m.
Live Results: www.DeltaTiming.com

Meet: Triton Invitational
Where: San Diego, Calif. (Triton Track & Field Stadium)
When: Friday, April 25 - Saturday, April 26
Time: 12 p.m./12 p.m.
Results: UCSDTritons.com

The Nebraska track and field team has a busy week ahead as the Huskers host the Pre-Drake Meet on Wednesday, April 23 before heading to the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa and the Triton Invitational in San Diego, Calif.

The Huskers will be home on Wednesday for their second home outdoor meet of the season at Ed Weir Stadium. The Pre-Drake Meet is slated to begin at 2 p.m. and is free to the public.

Nebraska will begin the Drake Relays on Thursday afternoon when the team competes at the meet’s annual Distance Carnival. The meet will conclude on Saturday. NU’s throwers will compete at the Triton Invitational in San Diego, Calif., on Friday and Saturday.

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 14th in Latest Rankings

The Nebraska men’s track and field team is ranked 14th in the latest set of National Computer Rankings, compiled by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Huskers Finish with Seven Event Titles at Kansas Relays

The 2014 Kansas Relays came to a close at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kan., on Saturday 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 last weekend and 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 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.

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 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 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.

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).

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 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.

Williams, Baird, Gipson Earn Indoor Big Ten Honors

Nebraska senior Shawnice Williams was honored by the Big Ten Conference on Monday, February 24  as she was selected as the league’s female track athlete of the week. The honor marks the first indoor track and field weekly award of her career. Williams finished first in the 600 meters at the Nebraska Tune-Up over the weekend, posting a time of 1:29.70. She currently ranks second in the conference in the event.


Nebraska freshman Kadecia Baird was honored by the Big Ten Conference on Jan. 27 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. Baird ran in the New Balance games at The Armory in New York City. 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.

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.

Home-Grown Talent

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.


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