NCAA Journey Starts in Fayetteville
Meet: NCAA West Preliminary Round
Where: Fayetteville, Ark. (John McDonnell Field)
When: Thursday, May 29- Saturday, May 31
Time: Noon/10 a.m./10 a.m.
Live Results: FlashResults.com
Web Cast: ArkansasRazorbacks.com (Thursday: Starts at 4:30 p.m. CT, Friday: Starts at 5 p.m. CT, Saturday: Starts at 6 p.m. CT)
The Nebraska track and field team will head to Fayetteville, Ark., on Tuesday, May 27 for the NCAA West Preliminary Round at John McDonnell Field. The Huskers will practice at the track on Wednesday and will then compete for bids to the NCAA Championships during the three-day meet starting on Thursday. The national meet will be hosted in Eugene, Oregon, at Hayward Field on Wednesday, June 11 - Saturday, June 14.
The country is split into two regions, with the top-48 athletes in each event in the West Region competing in Fayetteville and the top-48 athletes in the East Region competing in Jacksonville, Fla. To advance to the NCAA Championships, athletes and relay teams will need to secure a top-12 finish in their event.
The decathlon and heptathlon are the only events not competed at the regional meet. Nebraska’s Anne Martin (heptathlon) has already secured her spot at the national meet.
The Huskers will have 16 women and 21 men entered in competition, including the 4x400-meter relay and the 4x100-meter relay for each. Of the 37 Huskers competing over the weekend, five are scheduled to compete in two or more events.
The meet is scheduled for a noon (CT) start on Thursday, with the women’s javelin opening the meet, while the first track event will be the first round of the men’s 400-meter hurdles at 4:30 p.m. On Friday, the men’s hammer starts the day at 10 a.m., and the first round of the men’s 110-meter hurdles opens the track at 5 p.m. The final day will begin with the women’s hammer at 10 a.m., while the women’s 4x100-meter relay quarterfinal will be the first track event at 6 p.m. and the men’s 4x400-meter relay will conclude the meet at 9:45 p.m.
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 last Tuesday. 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 and Women Ranked in Top 25
In the latest set of National Computer Rankings compiled by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), both the men’s and women’s teams are ranked in the top-25.
The men’s team checks in at No. 21 nationally, while the women cracked into the top-25 at No. 25. Florida leads the charge for the men, while Texas is ranked first on the women’s side.
Huskers Sweep Team Titles at Musco Twilight
A total of 14 event wins highlighted competition for the Nebraska track and field team at the Musco Twilight hosted by the University of Iowa on Saturday, May 3. The Huskers swept the team titles in dominating fashion as the women totaled 221.50 points and the men had 190 total points.
Huskers Finish Strong at Drake Relays
Several Huskers capped off a busy week with high finishes in event finals at the Drake Relays, including runner-up finishes from Ellie Ewere, Paula Andrie and Miles Ukaoma. Patrick Raedler led the way with a win in the long jump. He earned the victory with a season-best leap of 25-5 1/2 (7.76).
Junior triple jumper Ellie Ewere, who had achieved a personal-best in each outdoor meet, improved her position atop the Big Ten Conference standings with another personal-best leap of 44-1 ¼ (13.44) on her way to a runner-up showing. The Hillsborough, N.J., native’s mark is the fifth best all-time triple jump distance at NU and ranks inside the top five nationally.
On the pole vault for the Husker women, sophomore Paula Andrie finished in second place with a personal-best height of 13-9 ¼ (4.20). The mark ranks fourth all-time in Nebraska history while also jumping to third in the conference and inside the top 20 in the country.
Senior Miles Ukaoma placed second in the 400-meter hurdles after crossing the line in 49.89 as he continues to lead the Big Ten.
Huskers Finish with Seven Event Titles at Kansas Relays
The 2014 Kansas Relays came to a close at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kan., as the Huskers added three titles. Completing four days of competition, Nebraska came away with seven total event wins.
Maggie Malone earned the javelin crown with a throw of 159-10 (48.72), while Ellie Grooters came up with the win in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.16. Levi Gipson, Drew Wiseman, Jake Bender and Cody Rush added another win as they propelled the men’s 4x400-meter relay team to the victory with a time of 3:09.79. Ellie Ewere added another victory for the Huskers with a win in the women’s triple jump as she tallied a leap of 42-0 (12.80). Chad Wright earned top honors in the men’s discus. He notched a throw of 197-11 (60.32). Will Lohman also notched the victory in the men’s hammer throw with a mark of 201-3 (61.35) and Guy Fenske took home the decathlon title with 6,603 points.
Huskers Open 2014 Outdoor Season in Arizona, Texas, Kansas
The Huskers opened the 2014 outdoor season as Nebraska came away with a combined 10 event wins at three different meets across the country. The Huskers tallied four victories at the Arizona State Invitational as Ellie Ewere won the triple jump, Levi Gipson posted a victory in the 400 meters, Trevor Vidlak won the 1,500 meters, Tibor Koroknai finished first in the 110-meter hurdles and Miles Ukaoma won the 400-meter hurdles. At the ESU Spring Open, Jacob Olson won the 5,000 meters, Will Lohman took home the shot put an hammer throw titles, Brena Andrews won the 200 meters and Breunna McCarty won the 100 meters.
Men’s 4x400 Claims Runner-Up Finish at NCAA 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.
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).
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.
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.