The Huskers host the Nebraska Invite on Sunday.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Host Nebraska Invite

By NU Athletic Communications
Meet: Nebraska Invitational
Where: Lincoln, Neb. (Ed Weir Stadium)
When: Sunday, May 5
Time: 1 p.m. (Field Events) 3:30 p.m. (Running Events)
Live Results:
Drake, Wayne State, UNO

The Nebraska track and field team will finish out the 2013 regular season this weekend at home when they host the Nebraska Invitational at Ed Weir Stadium on Sunday. The meet is schedule to start at 1 p.m. with the women’s hammer throw and men’s shot put, while the first action on the track will start at 3 p.m. with the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. The meet was rescheduled for Sunday due to weather.

NU Men Ranked in USTFCCCA Poll

In the latest set of rankings released by the USTFCCCA, the men moved up to No. 10 nationally.

Florida is ranked first on the men’s side, while Texas A&M holds the top spot for the women. The top-ranked Big Ten team for the men is Nebraska at No. 10, while Illinois is ranked 18th on the women’s side.

Huskers Ranked Eighth, 18th in Track and Field News’ Dual Meet Rankings

Track and Field News released the latest set of dual meet rankings on last week. The Husker men, boasting a 2-0 record, moved to eighth nationally, while the women moved to 18 in the national rankings with a 2-0 record.

The men are led by Arkansas, while Oregon, Texas A&M, Arizona State and Florida round out the top five. On the women’s side, LSU is No. 1, followed by Texas A&M, Oregon, Arkansas and Arizona.

Three Huskers Honored by Big Ten

Jessica Furlan, Mara Griva and Chad Wright were all honored by the Big Ten Conference on Thursday for their performances last weekend. Furlan earned Female Track Athlete of the Week accolades, while Griva was named the Co-Field Athlete of the Week for the women and Wright was named the Male Co-Field Athlete of the Week.

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 last week, 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 with that throw.

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.

Huskers Sweep Long Jump at Drake

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 moves her up to second in the Big Ten Conference. Janis Leitis finished first in the men’s long jump as he recorded a leap of 25-9 1/2 (7.86), a mark that ranks seventh in the NCAA and second in the Big Ten. 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.

Furlan Shines at Mt. SAC Relays

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 last week at the Mt. SAC Relays. Her time ranks third 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. She earned Big Ten track athlete of the week honors for her efforts. Furlan 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.

Multi-Eventers Impress at Mt. SAC, KU

The Husker multi-eventers reeled in three second-place finishes in competition around the country at the Mt. SAC and Kansas Relays. 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.

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.

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.

104 and Counting

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. Nebraska won its 104th title in 2012, beating Ohio State 114.50-106.

Big-Time Jumpers

The Husker women have been arguably one of the top programs when it comes to the high, long and triple jumps. The Huskers have won at least one title in one of the events at 12 of the previous 17 indoor conference championships and have won the triple jump crown nine times, including five straight wins from 2000 to 2004.

Mara Griva has led the Huskers in 2013, earning her third triple jump title at the conference meet, posting a mark of 42-11 1/2 (13.09).


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. 


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