Liz Kuhlkin and the Huskers will take part in the inaugural Track-Kat Clash
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Head to Inaugural Track-Kat Klash

By NU Athletic Communications

Track-Kat Clash
Dec. 2: 10:40 a.m., Dec. 3: 9:30 a.m., Dec. 4: 8:30 a.m.
Huntsville Lanes, 663 I-45 South, Huntsville, Texas

The Nebraska bowling team will travel to Huntsville, Texas for the Track-Kat Clash, hosted by Sam Houston State University. The event runs from Dec. 2-4 and will feature fourteen bowling squads from around the country. The tournament will be Nebraska's second competition of the year, following its runner-up finish at the Crusader Classic, held in mid-November.

The Clash will feature six matches of four-game bakers on Friday. Five traditional team matches will take place on Saturday with seeded bracket best-of-seven play taking place in Sunday's final round. Saturday's and Sunday's competitions will be broadcast live at

Teams that will participate in the Track-Kat Clash will include Nebraska, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Jackson State, Vanderbilt, Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Prairie View A&M, Monmouth, Long Island University, Alabama State, Texas Southern, Grambling State and Mississippi Valley State.

The Huskers will send seniors Valerie Calberry and Kayla Johnson to the event. Along with the seniors, juniors Kristina Mickelson and Shalima Zalsha will make the trip with sophomore Yan Ling and freshman Liz Kuhlkin.

This is the first event hosted by Sam Houston State's bowling program in its history. The program is in its second year of competition.

Following the Track-Kat Clash, the Huskers will enjoy the holidays before taking part in the Mid-Winter Classic from Jan. 13-15 in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Review: Nebraska Earns Second-Place Finish at Crusader Classic:

The Nebraska bowling team kicked off the 2011-12 regular season with a second place finish at the Crusader Classic held from Nov. 11-13 in Valparaiso, Indiana. The three-day event wrapped up with Valparaiso on top, while NU finished second and Arkansas State third.

Nebraska started Sunday morning's bracketed final session by defeating Arkansas State in the first round of the day before falling to Valparaiso in the third round.

Kayla Johnson (208), Valerie Calberry (202.6) and Lizabeth Kuhlkin (202.4) each earned all-tournament team honors for their individual performances. The Husker trio finished second, fourth and fifth respectively. 

The Huskers finished the first day of competition 5-0 after winning each of their baker matches on Friday. Saturday afternoon saw the bowlers compete in traditional games, in which the Huskers finished 3-1, defeating Arkansas State twice and Prairie View A&M. Nebraska's lone loss of the day came to host Valparaiso in a tightly contested match. The Huskers came up just short of Valparaiso, 961-957. Saturday's efforts were enough for Nebraska to earn the one seed going into Sunday's final competition, in which they finished second.



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