The Huskers host their first scored meet of the season this Saturday at the Devaney Center.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Host Scored Meet

By NU Athletic Communications
Meet: NWU Invite
Where: Lincoln, Neb. (Devaney Center Indoor Track)
When: Friday, Jan. 18 (11:30 a.m.)
Live Results:

Meet: adidas Classic
Where: Lincoln, Neb. (Devaney Center Indoor Track)
When: Saturday, Jan. 19 (12 p.m.)
Live Results:

After opening the 2013 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 adidas Classic at the Devaney Center Indoor Track at noon, with Air Force, Iowa, Oral Roberts and Wichita State battling Nebraska for the team titles. Nebraska will also compete in the NWU Invitational on Friday, Jan. 18 at the Devaney Center Indoor Track.

The meet will use NCAA scoring, which means that top-six finishers in each event will earn points for their team. First place will earn 10 points, while the next five finishers will earn 8-6-4-2-1, respectively.

The field events will get the meet started at noon with the women's weight throw, while the men's long jump will start at 12:45. The preliminaries of the women's 60-meter hurdles will be the first event on the track at 1 p.m. The final track event of the day is the men's 4x400-meter relay, scheduled for 5:15 p.m.

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 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.

White Leads Nation, Earns Big Ten Honor

Junior James White made a quick name for himself at the Holiday Inn Invitational, stealing the show and winning the men's high jump with a leap of 7-5 1/4 (2.27), a personal best for him. His jump is the leading jump in the nation and is fifth all-time in the Nebraska record books. He is the reigning junior college high jump champion after completing the last two years at Central Iowa Community College.

White was named the Big Ten Co-Field Athlete of the Week for his efforts last weekend.

Weekes Takes Home Two Titles

At the Holiday Inn Invitational last weekend, Mara Weekes won the women's 200 meters with a time of 24.59, the 16th-best time in the nation entering today. She also took home the 400 meters title with a time of 56.08.

Brinn Continues to Excel

Senior Tommy Brinn recorded the third-best time in Husker history in the 600 meters, finishing first in the event with a time of 1:18.18 at the Holiday Inn Invitational. His personal-best in the event is 1:17.63. He also won the men's 800 meter title with a time of 1:52.67.

Make in 104

The Nebraska women's track and field team capped its first Big Ten Indoor Championships in style with a 114.50-106 win over defending champion Ohio State last season. The NU women earned the second Big Ten title in school history and the first team title for the track and field program. Nebraska has a total of 104 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.

All-America Pipeline

Nebraska has been a staple at the NCAA Indoor Championships as the men's team alone has produced 118 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 22 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 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 64 of the Huskers' 127 athletes are Nebraska natives. Overall, the team is represented by 17 states and 11 countries.

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 11 of the previous 16 indoor conference championships and have won the triple jump crown eight times, including five straight wins from 2000 to 2004.

Mara Griva led the Huskers in 2012, earning her first Big Ten Indoor title on Feb. 26. Griva used a season-best jump of 42-9 1/2 (13.04) to take top honors and earn her second indoor conference triple jump title.

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, Seith Wiedel and Ellie Grooters. 

Among the group of captains the Huskers boast one NCAA Champion, seven All-Americans indoors and outdoors (first-team, second-team and honorable mention) and numerous All-Conference competitors.

Huskers Ranked in Pre-Season Dual-Meet Standings

The Nebraska track and field men's and women's squads both received national recognition as they earned a spot in Track and Field News' Pre-Season Dual Meet Rankings. Both squads were ranked fourth, as LSU led the charge on the women's side and Arkansas was ranked first on the men's side. In the latest set of rankings, the women remined in the No. 4 spot nationally.

Wright Under Consideration for Bowerman Award

Nebraska junior Chad Wright was listed among the names released on the initial Bowerman Watch List by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Wright is one of six who received votes on the initial ballot from the selection committee.

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation. It is named after legendary coach Bill Bowerman. The award takes into consideration the performances during the indoor and outdoor NCAA track and field seasons.

Wright, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, was the 2012 NCAA Discus Champion and is a two-time All-American and All-Big Ten performer. He holds the second-best discus throw in Husker history with a throw of 206-3 (62.88). Wright finished second in the discus at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships and was named the Big Ten Male Field Athlete of the Week twice in 2012.


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