The Huskers will compete at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., this week.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Head to Oregon for NCAA Championships

By NU Athletic Communications
Where: Eugene, Oregon (Hayward Field)
When: Wednesday, June 5- Saturday, June 8
Time: 2 p.m./1 p.m./2:30 p.m./2:30 p.m.
Live Results:
Web Stream: Wednesday- Saturday: Pac-12 Live Stream, Thursday:
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 5. The four-day meet will be held at Hayward Field and will start at 2 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday, 1 p.m. on Thursday, 2:30 p.m. on Friday and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. will provide a live stream of the meet on Wednesday from 2-10 p.m. On Thursday the live stream will show the meet from 1 p.m.-5:50 p.m., while the meet will be available on from 5:50- 10 p.m. On Friday will have the live stream from 2:30-6:30 p.m. and ESPNU/WatchESPN will show the meet from 6:30-9 p.m. On Saturday the live stream will be from 2:30-4 p.m. and ESPNU/WatchESPN will show the meet from 4-6 p.m.

Head Coach Gary Pepin’s squad will be well represented at the meet with 18 athletes making the trip. Senior Mara Griva will compete in both the long and triple jumps, while junior Chad Wright will represent the Huskers in both the shot put and discus.

Teran Walford will open the meet for NU when the two-day men’s decathlon a starts on Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Huskers will also compete in three field events on Wednesday as well as the men’s 4x100 meter relay semifinals, the women’s 800 meter semifinals and the men’s 400-meter hurdle semifinals. The Huskers are set to compete every day of the four-day meet.

Oh the men’s side, the Huskers are tied for sixth for entries into the NCAA Championships, with nine total. The women are tied for ninth with seven total entries.

Latvian Leaper

Mara Griva will enter her final collegiate meet as one of top female horizontal jumpers in NU history. Already an eight-time All-American, she will go after her ninth and 10th career honors at the NCAA Championships.

Griva won the ninth conference crown of her career at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, finishing first in the both the long and triple jumps with a season-best leap of 20-9 (6.32) and 43-5 ¼ (13.24), respectively. The wins completed her sweep of the horizontal jumps in the Big Ten during the 2013 season. She ranks 17th in the nation in the long jump and is fifth in the nation in the triple jump.

She captured the long jump title at the Drake Relays, finishing with a jump of 20-6 ¼ (6.25). Griva also won the women’s triple jump with a season-best leap of 44-3 1/2 (13.50).

Wright Out of the Gate, Rewriting Record Books

Junior Chad Wright will look to defend his national title in the discus this week at the NCAA Championships. He 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 discus at the Triton Invitational on April 25, posting a throw of 207-11 (63.37). His throw puts him at second all-time at Nebraska. He also became the Big Ten’s all-time leader in the discus.

Wright finished second in the discus at the 2013 Big Ten Championships. He responded the next day in the shot put competition with a personal best throw of 63-7 1/2 (19.39), on his final attempt of the competition. The win marked the first conference title of his career. He is ranked in the top five in the NCAA in both the shot put and the discus.

NU Men Ranked in USTFCCCA Poll

In the latest set of rankings released by the USTFCCCA, the men remain No. 9 nationally.

Texas A&M is ranked first on the men’s side, while Kansas is in the top spot for the women. The top-ranked Big Ten team for the men is Nebraska, while Penn State is ranked 24th on the women’s side.

Huskers Qualify 18 for NCAA Championships

The Nebraska track and field team wrapped-up competition at the NCAA West Preliminary Round at Mike A. Myers Stadium two weeks ago. The Huskers are set to have 18 total bids at the NCAA Championships in Eugene. Competing for the Huskers are:

Anne Martin- Heptathlon
Teran Walford- Decathlon
Mara Griva- Long Jump, Triple Jump
Kari Heck- Long Jump
Janis Leitis- Long Jump
Chad Wright- Discus, Shot Put
Maggie Malone- Javelin
Shawnice Williams- 800 meters
Jessica Furlan- 3,000m Steeplechase
Miles Ukaoma- 400-meter hurdles
Jodi-Rae Blackwood- 400-meter hurdles
Dexter McKenzie-200 meters
John Welk, Dexter McKenzie, Ricco Hall, Tim Thompson- Men’s 4x100-meter relay
Levi Gipson, Christian Sanderfer, Miles Ukaoma, Cody Rush- Men’s 4x400-meter relay

105 and Counting

The Nebraska track and field team added its 105th conference crown three weeks ago as the men took the team title at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Columbus. The Husker men posted a dominating 131.50 points to finish first, while Minnesota was second with 93 points. The win was the first Big Ten men’s team title in school history. 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 in 2012. The NU women earned the second Big Ten title in school history and the first team title for the track and field 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.

Prestigious Pepin

Head Coach Gary Pepin holds 69 conference titles dating back to his first Big Eight win at the 1981 indoor meet. Pepin was honored by his peers this season as the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. Last season he was named the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year. He has now been named a conference coach of the year 24 times. As the men’s and women’s coach, he has guided the Huskers to 69 conference titles, including 44 Big Eight championships, 23 Big 12 team titles and two Big Ten crowns.

Griva Honored by Big Ten

The Big Ten Conference announced its 2013 outdoor track and field individual award winners last Tuesday. Nebraska senior Mara Griva was named the Field Athlete of the Year and of the Championships. Griva was honored by the Big Ten coaches after earning the long and triple jump titles at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. She finished first in the long jump with a season-best leap of 20-9 (6.32) and took first in the triple jump with a leap of 43-5 ¼ (13.24). Griva ranks 17th in the nation in the long jump and is fifth in the nation in the triple jump. Her wins capped a successful outdoor season and completed her sweep of the conference horizontal jumps during the 2013 season as she earned the indoor long and triple jump titles in February.

Balanced Effort Propels Huskers to Success at Big Ten’s

The Husker men won the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a well-rounded effort, winning the team title with only two individual event wins. Individually for the Huskers, Chad Wright won the men’s shot put, while Levi Gipson, Christian Sanderfer, Miles Ukaoma and Cody Rush finished first in the 4x400-meter relay and Mara Griva won the women’s long and triple jumps.

Huskers Named Outdoor All-Big Ten Honorees

The Big Ten Conference announced that 14 Huskers earned All-Big Ten honors following the conference meet earlier this month. First-team honorees include Mara Griva (long jump, triple jump), Levi Gipson (4x400), Cody Rush (4x400), Christian Sanderfer (4x400), Miles Ukaoma (4x400). Second-team honorees were Ricco Hall (4x100m), Dexter McKenzie (4x100), John Welk (4x100), Tim Thompson (4x100), Patrick Raedler (long jump), Teran Walford (decathlon), Jessica Furlan (3,000m SC) and Anne Martin (heptathlon).

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. The group of 400-meter runners includes a redshirt freshman pole vaulter (Sanderfer), two true freshmen (Gipson and Rush) and a 2013 London Olympics participant (Leitis).  Three of the four are also native Nebraskans.

Showdown on the Runway

The Huskers’ men’s jumpers have had a successful outdoor season as Janis Leitis led the way with a first-place finish in the men’s long jump at the Drake Relays. He recorded a leap of 25-9 1/2 (7.86), a mark that ranks ninth in the NCAA. He followed that with a third-place finish in the long jump at the conference championships, posting a mark of 24-6 1/4 (7.47).

Furlan Continues to Shine

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 at the Mt. SAC Relays. 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. Furlan posted a personal-best time of 4:15.17 in the 1,500 meters at the Drake Relays. She earned Big Ten track athlete of the week honors twice this season. Furlan is the reigning indoor 3,000 meters Big Ten champion and finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships with a time of 10:11.05.

Multi-Eventers Impress

Teran Walford produced a stellar two days of competition at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, finishing second in the decathlon with a personal-best 7,432 points. Anne Martin also impressed at the meet, tallying a runner-up finish in the women’s heptathlon with a personal-best 5,389 points, marking the best showing of her career at a conference championship.

The Husker multi-eventers reeled in two second-place finishes in competition around the country at the Mt. SAC and Kansas Relays earlier this season. Walford finished second in the decathlon at the Mt. SAC Relays/CA Invite Multi-Events with 7,330 points. Martin finished second in the heptathlon with 5,321 points.

Both Martin and Walford will be making their first appearances at the NCAA Championships this week in Eugene.

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.


The Huskers’ jumps program will have four entries in the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships this week. The squad was well represented at the indoor 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 Indoor All-Big Ten Honorees

Nine Huskers earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after the indoor conference meet 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. 

Wright Earned Notice by Bowerman Award Committee

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.


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