Meet: Big Ten Indoor Championships
Where: Geneva, Ohio (SPIRE Institute)
When: Friday, Feb. 28 (9 a.m. CT) - Saturday, March 1 (9 a.m. CT)
Live Results: LightningTiming.com
Tape Delay: Big Ten Network - Saturday, March 8 (9:30 a.m. CT)
The Nebraska track and field team will head to the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1.
The meet is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. CT on Friday with the men’s heptathlon 60 meters, while the first field event will be the women’s pole vault at 10:30 a.m. and the first track event is the women’s 3,000 meters at 11 a.m. The men’s heptathlon 60-meter hurdles start the action on Saturday at 9 a.m. CT, the women’s high jump will be the first field event at 10 a.m. and the women’s 5,000 meters will be the first track event at 11:30 a.m.
Of the 22 teams in attendance, six of them enter the meet ranked in the nation top 25. On the men’s side, the Huskers are 21st, while Wisconsin is fourth, Penn State is seventh and Ohio State is 25th. Penn State leads the women, checking in at No. 11, while Purdue is No. 17.
A Look at Last Year’s Big Ten Indoor Championships
The Nebraska track and field team put on a display at the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships, winning six event titles and breaking a school record. The jumps squad once again proved to be dominant as Nebraska swept the long and triple jump titles on the weekend. NU also posted runner-up finishes in both the men’s and women’s high jumps.
The women’s team put on an outstanding performance during the championships and after leading following the first day of competition, the Huskers finished second with 112 points. Illinois won the women’s team title with 115 points, clipping Nebraska and keeping NU from back-to-back-to-back indoor conference team titles. The men came in fourth, posting 86.66 points, while Wisconsin won with 90 points.
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.
Nebraska senior Patrick Raedler and the men’s 4x400-meter relay team will look to defend their 2013 indoor titles this weekend at the SPIRE Institute.
Husker Men Ranked No. 21st Nationally
The Nebraska men’s track and field team moved to No. 21 in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings released on Tuesday.
Men’s 4x400 Breaks NU Record in Arkansas
The Nebraska track and field team completed the second day of competition at the Arkansas-hosted Tyson Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 15. On the afternoon, the Huskers earned five personal-best marks along with four season-best times, including one school record.
The men’s 4x400 meter relay team of Jake Bender, Levi Gipson, Drew Wiseman and Cody Rush broke the NU school record with a time of 3:06.93 in the final race of the day to finish second as they ran to the top of the Big Ten Conference and top 10 in the country. The previous record of 3:07.63 was set last year.
The women’s 4x400 meter relay team of Chantal Duncan, Kadecia Baird, Shawnice Williams and Mara Weekes finished off the Tyson Invite by putting together the second-best time in NU history of 3:34.99 to jump inside the top 10 in Division I.
Huskers Host 39th Frank Sevigne Husker Invite
The 39th running of the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite came to a close with 10 event wins from the Nebraska track and field team. The Huskers saw strong performances from the men’s squad on the second day of competition in front of 2,365 fans at the Devaney Center Indoor Track.
Winning titles over the weekend was Christian Sanderfer (pole vault), Connor Gibson (mile), London Hawk (800 meters), men’s 4x400-meter relay, Ellie Ewere (triple jump), Shawnice Williams (600 meters), Anne Martin (pentathlon), Tess Merrill (pole vault), Patrick Raedler (long jump), and Cody Rush (400 meters).
Husker Men Win New Mexico Collegiate Invitational
The Nebraska track and field team was away from home for the first time in 2014 as the Huskers were competing at the New Mexico Collegiate Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The Husker men were propelled to the team victory with 138.50 total points, while the women finished second with 121 points. Nebraska came away with four individual event wins on the day. Numerous Huskers tallied season and personal-bests, in addition to continuing to post some of the top marks in the Big Ten Conference.
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.
Huskers Crack Top-10 Lists
While Nebraska is just four weeks into the 2014 season, the Huskers have seen numerous top performances from the men’s and women’s squads. So far 26 Husker student-athletes have cracked the Nebraska top 10 list in 27 different events.
Williams Earns Big Ten Honor
Nebraska senior Shawnice Williams was honored by the Big Ten Conference on Monday 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.
Baird Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week
Nebraska freshman Kadecia Baird was honored by the Big Ten Conference last 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.
Huskers Leading the Big Ten
Heading into the Big Ten Indoor Championships, the Huskers have the top time in four different events. Levi Gipson is first in the men’s 600 meters with a time of 1:17.65. Patrick Raedler also leads the Big Ten in the long jump with a leap of 20-9 1/2, while Jazmin McCoy is first in the women’s long jump with a mark of 20-5. The men’s 4x400-meter relay team is first with a time of 3:06.93.
Holding a second-place standing in the Big Ten is Kadecia Baird- 200 meters (23.70); 400 meters (53.34), Shawnice Williams- 600 meters (1:29.15) and the women’s 4x400-meter relay team (3:34.99).
Gipson Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week
Nebraska sophomore Levi 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.
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.
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.
Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications