Veronica Grizzle will compete in the hammer throw this week at the NCAA Championships.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Head to Oregon for NCAA Championships

By NU Athletic Communications

Meet: NCAA Championships
Eugene, Oregon (Hayward Field)
When: Wednesday, June 11- Saturday, June 14
Time: 1:30 p.m./1 p.m./2:30 p.m./2:30 p.m.
Live Results:
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TV: Friday and Saturday: ESPNU

The Nebraska track and field team will travel to Eugene, Oregon, for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which starts on Wednesday, June 11. The four-day meet will be held at Hayward Field and will start at 1:30 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday, 1 p.m. on Thursday, 2:30 p.m. on Friday and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. will have a live stream of the meet on Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 5:55 p.m. On Friday ESPNU/WatchESPN will show the meet live beginning at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday  ESPNU/WatchESPN will show the meet starting at 12 p.m.

Head Coach Gary Pepin’s squad will be well represented, as NU earned 21 bids for the Championships. Senior Chad Wright will represent the Huskers in both the shot put and discus.

The men’s team has 12 total bids for the Championships, ranking as the fourth-most of teams competing in Eugene. The women have nine entries to the Championships, ranking sixth among all teams competing.

Veronica Grizzle will open the meet for NU with the women’s hammer throw on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. The Huskers will also compete in the women’s long jump, women’s javelin and men’s shot put on Wednesday as well as the men’s 4x100 meter relay semifinals, the men’s 400 meter semifinals and the men’s 400-meter hurdle semifinals. The Huskers are set to compete every day of the four-day meet.

Husker Men Put on Display on the Track in Arkansas

Assistant coach Billy Maxwell coached the Huskers to unprecedented success at the 2014 NCAA West Preliminary Round in Fayetteville, Ark. The Huskers continued to showcase their dominance in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, going four-for-four in advancing to the championship round. Miles Ukaoma led the way in a stacked field, posting a season-best time of 49.34. His time also ranked as the No. 15 time in the world and No. 1 time in the nation. Tibor Koroknai (50.25), Mate Koroknai (50.35) and Jodi-Rae Blackwood (50.47) followed Ukaoma’s lead in advancing to the Championships.

The men’s 4x100-meter relay of John Welk, Dexter McKenzie, Ricco Hall and Tim Thompson posted a season-best time of 39.24 to automatically advance to the NCAA Finals for the third year in a row. The time ranks second all-time in the Husker record books.

The Big Ten Champion men’s 4x400-meter relay closed the three-day meet with another qualification for the finals for the Huskers. The team of Levi Gipson, Drew Wiseman, Jake Bender and Cody Rush held off the competition in another exciting race, finishing with a time of 3:04.87, just shy of a season-best mark. The time is another top-10 time at Nebraska and was the third-best time in the event. Rush also earned a bid for the NCAA Championships in the 400 meters. In addition, Sean Pille qualified for the finals in Eugene with a personal-best time of 13.69. He finished fourth in his heat and qualified on time, with the ninth-fastest time in the event. His time also ranks fifth in the Husker record books.

Wright Leads Men’s Throwers

Chad Wright will enter his final collegiate meet as one of top male throwers in NU history. Already an four-time All-American and NCAA Champion, he will go after his fifth and sixth career honors at the NCAA Championships, as well as another NCAA title.

Wright earned the 2014 Big Ten discus title at the conference championships in May, with a personal-best throw of 209-10 (63.96). His mark set a Big Ten, Big Ten Championships and Rankin Track and Field facility record. His throw also fortifies his standing at second all-time in the Husker record books.

Will Lohman will wear the scarlet and cream in the men’s hammer throw. He broke the Nebraska school record earlier this year with a personal-best throw of 207-10 (63.35) at the Nebraska Invite.

Women’s Throwers Send Four to Eugene

The Nebraska women will see four Huskers competing in the throws in Eugene. Annie Jackson and Carlie Pinkelman will represent NU in the women’s shot put. Jackson has a personal-best throw of 55-0 (16.76) and Pinkelman notched a personal-best throw of 53-2 3/4 (16.22) at the NCAA West Regional Preliminaries.

Veronica Grizzle will be competing in the women’s hammer throw. She has a personal-best of 204-4 (62.29) that ranks second all-time at Nebraska. Maggie Malone will also look to earn All-America honors at the Championships for the second consecutive year in the women’s javelin. She was the 2014 Big Ten champion in the event with a personal-best throw of 181-8 (55.37).

Husker Jumpers Look to Excel in Eugene

Nebraska will also be well-represented in the jumps at the NCAA Championships. Three Husker women will be competing in the long jump, one in the women’s triple jump and one in the men’s long jump.

Leading the way in the women’s long jump will be  Tierra Williams as she has a personal-best mark of 20-7 (6.27), Jazmin McCoy has a personal-best of 20-0 1/2 (6.11) and Mollie Gribbin comes in with a personal-best jump of 19-11 (6.07). Ellie Ewere will be competing for NU in the women’s triple jump. She finished as a runner-up at the Big Ten Championships and has a personal-best of 44-1 1/4 (13.44). Two-time All-American Patrick Raedler will be competing in his first NCAA Outdoor Championships. He has a personal-best mark of 25-7 1/2 (7.81).

Martin Closes Husker Career at NCAA Championships

Anne Martin will close her Nebraska career at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships as Nebraska’s only multi-eventer in action. Martin finished third in the heptathlon at the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships and notched a personal-best of 5,521 at the 2014 Mt. SAC Relays.

Five Conference Titles Propel Huskers to Success at Big Ten’s

The Nebraska track and field team competed at the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., on May 16-18. The Husker women finished second in the team races, while the men came in third. NU was led by five conference champions as Annie Jackson won the women’s discus, Maggie Malone took the women’s javelin title, Miles Ukaoma finished first in the 400-meter hurdles, Chad Wright won the men’s discus and Levi Gipson, Drew Wiseman, Jake Bender and Cody Rush came home with the men’s 4x400-meter relay title.

Huskers Selected for Big Ten Sportsmanship Awards

The Big Ten Conference announced its 2014 outdoor track and field individual award winners. Nebraska senior Travis Englund was selected as the Huskers’ sportsmanship award honoree for the men, while senior Annie Jackson was honored on the women’s side. Englund and Jackson join Trevor Vidlak and Ellie Grooters who were named sportsmanship award honorees during the indoor season.

The Huskers competed at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships last weekend, with the women finishing second and the men third. Earning first-team All-Big Ten honors for the women were Annie Jackson and Maggie Malone, while Ellie Ewere claimed second-team accolades. Jake Bender, Levi Gipson, Cody Rush, Miles Ukaoma, Drew Wiseman and Chad Wright captured first-team honors for the men, while Patrick Raedler and Christian Sanderfer earned second-team accolades.

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, May 10 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 Ranked 10th Heading into NCAA Championships

The Nebraska men’s track and field team is ranked 10th in the latest set of United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Computer Rankings, heading into the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., next week.

The men lead the Big Ten at No. 10, while Wisconsin 16th, Penn State is 19th and Minnesota is 23rd. Penn State leads the women at No. 11.

Men’s 4x400 Claims Runner-Up Finish at NCAA Indoor 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.

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 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).

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.

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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