Ellen Dougherty and the Huskers host the Mark Colligan Memorial this Saturday.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Host Scored Meet on Saturday

By NU Athletic Communications

Meet: NWU Invite
Where: Lincoln, Neb. (Devaney Center Indoor Track)
When: Friday, Jan. 24 (11:30 a.m.)
Live Results: Huskers.com

Meet: Mark Colligan Memorial
Where: Lincoln, Neb. (Devaney Center Indoor Track)
When: Saturday, Jan. 25 (11:30 a.m.)
Live Results: Huskers.com
Teams: Oral Roberts, UT-Arlington, Wichita State

After opening the 2014 season last weekend with the Holiday Inn Invitational, the Nebraska track and field team will compete in its first team scored meet of the season on Saturday. The Huskers will host the Mark Colligan Memorial at the Devaney Center Indoor Track at 11:30 a.m., with Oral Roberts, UT-Arlington and Wichita State battling Nebraska for the team titles. Nebraska will also compete in the NWU Invitational, hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan, on Friday, Jan. 24 at the Devaney Center Indoor Track.

The Mark Colligan Memorial is named in honor of former track and field Assistant Coach Mark Colligan. In his 20 seasons at Nebraska he coached five individuals to a combined 12 NCAA championships and saw his athletes capture 68 All-America awards. He coached throwers to one American and two collegiate records and 72 Big 12 Championships. Colligan passed away suddenly in June 2011 at the age of 47.

The meet will use NCAA scoring, which means that top-eight finishers in each event will earn points for their team. First place will earn nine points, while the next five finishers will earn 7-6-5-4-3-2-1, respectively.

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 enters 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.

Husker Men Debut in Top 25

The Nebraska track and field team will open the 2014 indoor season this weekend with the men’s team ranked in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top 25. Released last Monday afternoon by the USTFCCCA, the Husker men will start the season ranked eighth in the country. Arkansas holds the top spot on the men’s side, while Texas is first on the women’s side.

The Big Ten was well-represented in the preseason rankings, with five teams ranked on the men’s side and two on the women’s side.

Husker Men and Women Ranked Top Five in Dual Meet Rankings

Following the opening weekend of competition, the Husker men’s and women’s track and field squads remain in the top five in the dual meet rankings compiled by Track and Field News.

The Husker men come in at No. 3, while Arkansas leads the rankings and Texas A&M is second. Purdue and Akron round out the top five. On the women’s side, the Huskers are No. 5, with Texas A&M holding the No. 1 spot, followed by Arkansas, Purdue and LSU.

Make in 105

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.

Gipson Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week

Nebraska sophomore Levi Gipson was honored by the Big Ten Conference on Monday 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 last weekend, 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.

Husker Newcomers Shine in 2014 Opener

The Nebraska track and field team closed the opening weekend of competition with 11 event titles at the Holiday Inn Invitational in front of 2,180 fans at the Devaney Center Indoor Track last Saturday. The day was highlighted by top finishes from a pair of Husker newcomers on the women’s side as Chantal Duncan and Kadecia Baird produced strong starts to their Nebraska campaigns.

Duncan put together a solid appearance to begin her day, winning the women’s 400 meters with a personal-best time of 55.14. Her mark ranks 19th in the nation and third in the Big Ten Conference. Baird did not let up in her first event as a Husker. The freshman from Brooklyn, N.Y., took home the 200 meters title with a personal-best time of 23.70, coming in at fifth all-time in Husker history. Her time ranks sixth in the nation and second in the Big Ten.

The Huskers took home 15 individual event wins over the two days of competition last weekend. Earning individual titles were Veronica Grizzle (weight throw), Patrick Raedler (long jump), Shawnice Williams (800 meters), Trevor Vidlak (mile), Chantal Duncan (400 meters), Kadecia Baird (200 meters), Carlie Pinkelman (shot put), Will Lohman (shot put), Christian Sanderfer (pole vault), Tess Merrill (pole vault), Oladapo Akinmoladun (60-meter hurdles), Levi Gipson (600 meters), Ellen Dougherty (600 meters), men’s distance medley relay and the men’s 4x400-meter relay.

All-America Pipeline

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 and 2013 when they failed to earn a honor.

Home-Grown Talent

Fans of track and field in the state of Nebraska will see 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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