Year: Senior
City/State: Lincoln, Neb.
High School: Christian


Honors & Awards

  • Nebraska Team Captain (2012, 2013)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2012-13)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2011, 2012)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012, 2013; Spring 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2010, Spring 2011)

2013 (Senior)
Senior co-captain Sarah Plambeck finished off a strong career for the Nebraska cross country team. Plambeck, a two-time captain battled injuries throughout her senior season limiting her to two competitions.

The Lincoln Christian graduate made her season debut at the Tim Young Invitational in Vermillion, S.D., placing 17th overall, running a time of 19:47.98.

In her final competition of the season, Plambeck finished 170th at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Ames, Iowa, running a time of 23:17.5.

A standout in the classroom as well, Plambeck earned a spot on Nebraska’s Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in every semester of her collegiate career. Plambeck also was a member of the 2014 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.  

2012 (Junior)
Plambeck was looked to as a leader for Nebraska on the course during the 2012 season. After earning her first letter as a sophomore in 2011, Plambeck was one of NU’s captains for a young team in 2012.

Plambeck was routinely a top runner for the NU women’s team during her junior campaign, even though she battled minor injuries in the middle of the season.

The Lincoln Christian graduate opened the season strong with a sixth-place showing (19:55.40) at the UNO/Creighton Classic. Plambeck overcame midseason injuries to post NU’s second-best individual finish at the Big Ten Championships, completing the course in East Lansing, Mich., in 22:39 to take 79th.

In her third postseason with the Huskers, Plambeck placed 162nd (23:58.31) at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Springfield, Mo.

A leader off the course as well, Plambeck was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. She also earned spots on Nebraska’s Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters.

2011 (Sophomore)
After transitioning into collegiate cross country as a freshman, Plambeck was a regular competitor and earned her first letter for the Huskers as a sophomore.

Plambeck opened the season by placing fifth (19:40.22) at the UNO/Creighton Invitational. Plambeck was one of six NU runners in the top 10 and helped the Huskers claim the team title.

The Lincoln Christian product followed that performance with two top-20 finishes, including 18th (22:35.1) at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational at Pioneers Park. She added a 20th-place finish (18:54.5) at the SDSU Classic in Brookings, S.D. Plambeck finished off her regular season at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational by finishing 276th (22:52).

In her second postseason with the Huskers, Plambeck finished 80th at the Big Ten Championships in a time of 22:41. She closed the year by finishing 135th (23:40.91) at the NCAA Midwest Regional in DeKalb, Ill.

Off the course, Plambeck performed well in the classroom by earning academic All-Big Ten honors. She also earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll during both the fall and spring semesters of 2011-12.

2010 (Freshman)
Plambeck was an accomplished runner at Lincoln Christian High School and made her freshman debut at the Creighton/UNO Classic, where she finished eighth with a time of 19:49.79. She continued to contribute at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational, placing 18th to help the women win their sixth consecutive team title.

Plambeck continued to make strides during the 2011 track and field season, setting personal bests both indoors and outdoors. She competed in the 1,500 meters at the Nebraska Open, running a personal-best time of 4:49.65.

High School (Lincoln Christian)
Plambeck joined Nebraska after a prep career at Lincoln Christian High School under Coach Lynn Wilson. A four-year qualifier for the Nebraska state track and field meet in Class C, Plambeck did not compete in cross country until her senior year. She made an immediate impact, as she finished third in the Class D race, which led the Crusaders to a sixth-place finish in the team standings.

As a freshman at the state track meet, Plambeck captured three medals with a fifth-place finish in the 3,200 meters, a sixth-place finish in the 1,600 meters, and as a member of the eighth-place 4x800-meter relay. She earned four more medals as a sophomore, including her first state championship as the anchor of the 4x800-meter relay. Along with the state title, Plambeck placed second in the 1,600 meters, third in the 3,200 meters and fourth in the 800 meters. Plambeck brought home three more gold medals as a junior, including individual titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters, while the Crusaders defended their title in the 4x800-meter relay with Plambeck as the anchor. A foot injury slowed Plambeck during her senior season, but she still captured four medals at the state meet with third-place finishes in the 800 and 4x800, a fourth-place finish in the 3,200 meters and a seventh-place showing in the 1,600 meters.

Sarah is the daughter of Bob and Martha Plambeck. She was born on April 1, 1992. Plambeck is a nutrition, exercise and health science major at Nebraska, she was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for the 2012-13 academic year. She also earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2011. She claimed spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14.

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Woody Greeno Invitational
Jarren Heng - After the Woody Greeno Invitational Sept. 21, 2013
Isabel Andrade - After the Woody Greeno Invitational Sept. 21, 2013