Lindsey Finkner hopes to improve in 2004. Finkner, who joined Kayte Tranel as the only returnees to compete in every meet in 2003, hopes to capitalize on her experience and challenge for a spot in Nebraska's top five this fall.
"Lindsey made very nice progress at the end of the outdoor track season," Coach Jay Dirksen said. "If she makes the same progress in cross country, she should be among our top seven runners."
2003 (Redshirt Freshman)
In her first season of collegiate competition, Finkner adjusted to the Big 12, finishing among NU’s top seven in seven of eight races, including scoring spots in the Huskers' first two team victories of the season.
On the indoor track, Finker clocked times of 3:03.79 over 1,000 meters at the Tiger Classic in Columbia, Mo., and 5:09.40 in the mile at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. She set a personal record of 11:47.75 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Mid-States Collegiate Open, where she beat the second-place competitor by nearly a minute.
Colorado State (Freshman)
Finkner redshirted during the cross country and outdoor track seasons at Colorado State.
A four-year competitor in the Nebraska Class A state cross country championships, Finkner finished 10th at the 2000 state meet during her junior year for the Bearcats.
On the track, Finkner placed fifth in the Nebraska Class A 800-meter run
(2:22.28) in 2001, and was sixth in the 1,600-meter run (5:22.09) in the 2002 Nebraska state high school championships. Finkner’s high school 1,600-meter personal best of 5:09.51 was run at the 2002 Omaha North Invitational. She was coached in cross country by Regina McCann and in track by Ross Armstrong.
The daughter of Mike and Kathy Finkner, Lindsey was born Feb. 24, 1984. Finkner has a brother, John (28), and two sisters, Amie (26), and Molly (24). Amie was a standout distance runner for the Huskers from 1996 to 2000. Lindsey is majoring in fisheries and wildlife management and carries a 3.16 GPA.