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  1. 2010 May 21

    Podcast 5/21: NU Baseball Ends Season, Tourney Time for Husker Softball

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    Tags: podcasts, baseball, softball, track and field, gary pepin

  2. 2010 May 17

    Big 12 T&F Championships: Men Are Champs, Women Finish 2md

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    The following is from Nebraska Sports Information's Jeremy Foote.

    Columbia, Mo. – The No. 16 Nebraska men’s track and field team won the men’s team title at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships for the second straight year on Sunday, adding to the Huskers’ dominance at the conference meet. The Huskers entered the 4x400-meter relay with a narrow five-point lead over the Oklahoma Sooners, and unlike the 2010 indoor meet where the Sooners came out on top, the Huskers prevailed with a 118-114 win. NU reeled off a season-best time of 3:08.36 in the relay to finish fifth and put the pressure on the Sooners, who responded with a fourth-place time of 3:06.60.

    Head Coach Gary Pepin’s men and women have now combined for a conference-high 22 team titles during the Big 12 era and have won 101 conference titles dating back to the men’s first team title at the 1921 Missouri Valley Outdoor Championships. No men’s team in conference history has ever repeated at the outdoor meet, and the back-to-back wins are the first for the Husker men outdoors since they won the final two Big Eight Outdoor Championships in 1995 and 1996.

    The Husker men have now captured a Big 12 high 15 team titles both indoors and outdoors, and are also the head of the class outdoors in the Big 12 with six titles.

    In the women’s race, the No. 17 Husker women finished second for the third time in the past four seasons, as Texas A&M won the team title for the fourth straight year, 157-102.

    Paul Hamilton led the way for the men as he continued to add to his trophy case on Sunday with his third career Big 12 title and second straight outdoor high jump crown. The Sidney, Neb., native did not let the cold and rain affect him, as he cleared every bar of the competition on his first attempt. After starting at 6-6 3/4, Hamilton stayed on fire with clearances at 6-8 3/4, 6-10 3/4 and 7-0 1/4, leaving only Hamilton and Kansas State’s Erik Kynard left in the field. Hamilton put the pressure on the Wildcat jumper with a first-attempt make at 7-1 3/4, and Kynard would not respond, as he missed on all three attempts. Hamilton was joined on the award stand by teammates Sam Haase and Brandon Sheppard, who placed seventh and eighth, respectively, as each cleared 6-6 3/4.

    After also winning the 2010 Big 12 indoor high jump title, Hamilton became the third Husker in the Big 12 era to sweep the indoor and outdoor high jump titles, joining Shane Lavy (1997) and Na’Tassia Vice (2004). As a group, Gary Pepin’s men’s high jumpers have now won the past three outdoor high jump titles, the longest run for any program in the conference.

    Lehann Fourie blazed a school-record time of 13.44 in the 110-meter hurdles, but was unable to capture his first Big 12 title, as Oklahoma’s Ronnie Ash ran a NCAA-leading time of 13.31 to take top honors. Fourie and Ash ran neck and neck until Ash broke free with two hurdles to go. Fourie, who has now finished second in the 110 hurdles in back-to-back seasons, broke Willie Hibler’s (1997) and Kirkland Thornton’s (2009) previous school record of 13.50.

    Fourie returned later with Adam Dailey and Eric Lund to produce three All-Big 12 performances in the 400-meter hurdles. The defending champion in the event, Dailey ran a personal best of 50.31, but the effort was only good enough for fourth place. Lund was next in seventh (51.34), followed by Fourie in eighth (51.97).

    Prior to the 4x400-meter relay, the men’s squad received a boost from triple jumpers Chris Phipps and Nicholas Gordon. Phipps got out to a quick start, as he shattered his previous best of 52-1 3/4 with a third-place leap of 52-6 on his first attempt, marking the first time in the sophomore’s career that he has cleared 16 meters outdoors. After placing second in the long jump yesterday, Gordon added a seventh-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 50-8 3/4.

    Dax Danns had a busy final day for the men, as he scored in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100 relay. Danns started by teaming with Scott Wims, Lukas Hulett and Dan Christensen to finish fourth in the 4x100 relay with a time of 40.31. He then earned his third career All-Big 12 honor in the 100 meters with a personal-best finish of sixth (10.39), before placing fifth in the 200 with a personal best of 20.93. Overall, Danns scored 8.25 points for the men’s team.

    On the women’s side, Natalie Willer did her best to repeat as the Big 12 champion in the women’s pole vault, but it wasn’t meant to be as she fell to Texas Tech’s Shade Weygandt, who also got the best of Willer during the indoor season. Willer led four Huskers in the top four, with Willer finishing second at 13-11. Rachel Birtles was right behind her in third with a personal best of 13-3, while Breanna Bussel finished sixth (12-11) and Lindsey Maher placed seventh (12-11).


    Arna Erega showed her versatility on Sunday by winning Big 12 medals in both the triple jump and 100-meter hurdles. Competing in the triple jump for just the second time this season, Erega blasted a personal-best leap of 41-7 3/4 on her fourth jump of the meet to finish fourth. The NU junior then bounced back less than an hour later to take sixth in the hurdles with a wind-aided time of 13.57.

    In the distance events, David Adams scored in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the third straight year with a third-place finish. Adams clocked a season best of 8:55.74, while Kyle Custer added another point to the men’s total with an eighth-place showing of 9:08.19. Ashley Miller then improved on her fifth-place finish from last season in the 1,500 meters with a fourth-place time of 4:23.85.

    Blaire Dinsdale and Tommy Brinn added a pair of top-eight finishes in the 800 meters, with Dinsdale finishing third and Brinn fifth. Dinsdale ran 2:08.66 to improve on her sixth place finish from last season’s conference meet, while Brinn ran 1:49.79 in his first career outdoor conference championships.

    Along with winning the heptathlon yesterday, Chantae McMillan added an eighth-place finish in the javelin (150-4), while teammate Roxi Grizzle finished seventh (137-0). On the track, the women’s 4x100-meter relay squad of Sammy Hansen, Karyn LaCour, Allison Jorgensen and Alyssa Vierregger placed seventh at 47.46.

    The Huskers will turn their attention toward the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, May 27 – Saturday, May 29. The top-48 competitors in each event in the West Region will compete for a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.

    Tags: track and field, paul hamilton

  3. 2010 May 17

    Podcast 5/17: Baseball Swept, Softball Ekes into NCAA Tournament

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  4. 2010 May 16

    Big 12 T&F Championship - Day Two

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    (The Following is from Nebraska Sports Information's Jeremy Foote, one of the best in the track and field business.)

    Columbia, Mo. – The No. 16 men’s and No. 17 women’s Nebraska track and field teams continued the 2010 Big 12 Track and Field Championships on Saturday at the Audrey J. Walton Track Complex. The Huskers earned their first conference title of the meet, as Chantae McMillan became the sixth straight Husker to with the women’s heptathlon crown.

    In the team race, both Husker squads will enter the final day of competition tomorrow in first place. The NU men sit in the top spot with 52 points, with Texas in second (34) and both Oklahoma and Missouri tied for third (30). On the women’s side, the Huskers hold a 24-point lead over Texas, 59-35, while the three-time defending champion Texas A&M Aggies sit third with 33 points.

    The women’s heptathlete trio of McMillan, Megan Wheatley and Lorena Menghia continued their dominance at the conference meet, adding 22 points to the women’s team total. Competing in her home state, McMillan completed the season sweep of the combined events with her first conference heptathlon title, after also winning the pentathlon crown during the indoor season.

    Entering day two of the event in first place, McMillan kept the pedal to the floor, as she produced the top mark in the first two events of day two, the long jump (18-4 1/4) and javelin (136-6). The Rolla, Mo., native struggled in the 800 meters with a time of 2:43.13, but was able to hold off her teammate and two-time defending champion, Wheatley, in the final standing by eight points, with McMillan scoring 5,349 points and Wheatley producing 5,341 points.

    Wheatley, who started day two in third place, did her best to win her third straight title, but fell could not pass her teammate. The Husker senior placed in the top four of all three events on day two, with marks of 17-11 3/4 in the long jump, 125-3 in the javelin and 2:21.14 in the 800 meters. Menghia rounded out the group with a personal-best score of 4,903 points. Competing in the combined events at the conference meet for the first time in her career, Menghia held strong on day two, as she started and finished the day in fifth place.

    In the long jump, Nicholas Gordon came close to defending his title, but came up just short to Texas’ Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin cleared 26-0 3/4 on his fifth jump of the competition, and while Gordon did his best to rally on his final attempt, the Husker junior was only able to clear 25-7 1/2, which is a season best for the Kingston, Jamaica, native. Gordon was joined in the top eight by true freshman Bobby Carter, who placed eighth with a leap of 24-2 1/4.

    On the women’s side of the long jump, Leandra McGruder earned All-Big honors in the event for the third time in her career with a leap of 19-9 1/2. McGruder will now turn her focus to tomorrow’s triple jump competition, an event she won at the 2010 indoor conference meet.

    Moving to the vertical jumps, Audrey Svane finished third in the women’s high jump for the second straight year with a leap of 5-7. Svane and Texas freshman Alicia Peterson each cleared 5-7, with Petersen taking second on less attempts. Defending Big 12 indoor champ Epley Bullock did not place after failing to clear the initial height.

    After the women’s hammer throws produced three All-Big 12 performances on Friday, the discus throwers added another three on Saturday. Redshirt freshman Morgan Wilken led the way with a personal-best toss of 166-9, breaking her previous best by one inch. Wilken was joined on the award stand by Amanda Latsch and Samantha Musil, who finished fifth and sixth, respectively, with throws of 161-3 and 160-5. Musil has now medaled in two events, as she was one of the three hammer throwers to score points on Friday.

    Also in the throws, Trey Jordan added his second straight All-Big 12 honor in the men’s outdoor shot put with a third-place showing, after finishing runner-up last season. Jordan saved his best for the conference meet, as he produced a season-best throw of 58-5 3/4.

    The men’s vaulters added eight points to the team score, as Seth Burney and Erik Sutterfield placed third and seventh, respectively. The defending champion in the event, Burney vaulted a season best of 17-4 1/4, while Sutterfield shattered his previous best of 16-1 3/4 by seven inches with a leap of 16-8 1/4.

    After starting day two of the men’s decathlon in ninth place, Teran Walford made a quick jump to fifth after the first event of the day with a time of 15.33 in the 110 hurdles. The York, Neb., native stayed right in the mix the rest of the day to also finish fifth, scoring 6,731 points in his first Big 12 Championships. The redshirt freshman’s day was highlight by a personal-best throw of 159-3 in the javelin, which bettered his previous best of 149-10.

    The Huskers will return to Audrey J. Walton Track Complex tomorrow at 2 p.m. for the final day of the 2010 Big 12 Championships.

    Huskers Advancing to Sunday Finals

    100 Meters
    Dax Danns (10.35 prelims) – 4:55 p.m.

    200 Meters
    Dax Danns (20.81 prelims) – 5:50 p.m.

    800 Meters
    Blaire Dinsdale (2:09.28 prelims) – 5:05 p.m.
    Tommy Brinn (1:50.38 prelims) – 5:15 p.m.

    1,500 Meters
    Ashley Miller (4:25.43 prelims) – 3:50 p.m.

    100/110 Hurdles
    Arna Erega (13.63 prelims) – 4:15 p.m.
    Lehann Fourie (13.85 prelims) – 4:25 p.m.
    Tyrell Ross (14.00 prelims) – 4:25 p.m.

    400 Hurdles
    Adam Dailey (51.64 prelims) – 5:35 p.m.
    Eric Lund (51.72 prelims) – 5:35 p.m.
    Lehann Fourie (52.13 prelims) - 5:35 p.m.

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  5. 2010 May 15

    Big 12 T&F Championships - Day One

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    The following write-up is from Nebraska Sports Information's Jeremy Foote - one of the best in the business.

    Columbia, Mo. – The No. 16 men’s and No. 17 women’s Nebraska track and field teams opened the 2010 postseason on Friday at the Big 12 Track and Field Championships in Columbia, Mo. The NU men entered the meet as the defending team champions, while the Husker women are looking to improve on their third-place finish from last year. With three events scored on the men’s side and two events in the books on the women’s side, the Husker men sit first (25 points) and the women are third (13 points) after day one of the three-day meet.

    The men’s and women’s throws squad scored NU’s first points of the meet, with a total of eight throwers earning All-Big 12 honors in the hammer throw and javelin.

    The men’s hammer throwers got the day started as senior Brett Suckstorf led the way with a runner-up finish. The Pierce, Neb., native bettered his previous best of 203-5 with a toss of 203-8. Fellow senior Eric Petersen added his second straight All-Big 12 honor in the event with a fifth-place throw of 193-4, which matched his fourth-place throw from last season’s conference meet. Carter Wasem rounded out the group, as the sophomore added his second career All-Big 12 honor and first outdoor award with a seventh-place throw of 183-6, which improved on his previous best of 182-11.

    Adam Wolkins and Ryan Petrocchi followed with second- and sixth-place finishes, respectively in the javelin. Entering the meet ranked third in the conference, Wolkins gave conference leader Sam Humphreys of Texas A&M all he could handle, but fell short of Humphreys’ winning throw of 243-9 by just over three feet.

    After tossing a personal best of 233-9 at last weekend’s Nebraska Open, Wolkins shattered the mark on his second throw of the competition with a monster throw of 240-6, the third-best performance in school history. The NU junior held the lead until the fifth round of throws, when Humphreys tossed the winning throw. Petrocchi contributed his top finish at the conference meet with a throw of 204-7, improving on his seventh-place finish from 2008.

    In the women’s hammer throw, sophomore Jade Hodson continued to show improvement in the event with a third-place throw of 193-9, securing All-Big 12 honors in the event for the second straight year. Hodson has now increased her personal best at her past three meets with throws of 184-8, 191-11 and now 193-9. At last weekend’s Nebraska Open, she became the first hammer thrower on the women’s side to toss over 190 feet since Amanda Moreley in 2003.

    Hodson was followed in the top eight by teammates Samantha Musil and Victoria Zimmerman, who finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Musil came through with her best throw of the competition at 181-6 on her final throw, while Zimmerman produced her best throw of 175-0 on her first throw of the meet.

    Moving to the combined events, the women’s heptathlon trio of Chantae McMillan, Megan Wheatley and Lorena Menghia put themselves in position to continue Nebraska’s dominance in the event, as the Huskers have won the meet title five straight years and six times overall in the Big 12 era.

    The 2010 indoor champion in the pentathlon, McMillan leads the heptathlon after four events with 3,388 points. A native of Rolla, Mo., McMillan started with a third-place finish in the 100 hurdles, before she tied for the top mark in the high jump and produced the best throw in the shot put. McMillan received a big boost in the high jump, as she bettered her previous best of 5-5 1/4 by over three inches with a leap of 5-8 3/4.

    Wheatley sits third after day one, as the two-time defending champion in the event scored 3,207 points. The senior started with a time of 14.32 in the 100 hurdles and then finished fifth in the high jump with a leap of 5-4 1/2. She responded in a big way in the shot put with a toss of 40-9 1/2, before running 25.83 in the 200 meters.

    Menghia made the biggest move on the day for NU, as she sat in 10th after the 100 hurdles. A specialist in the high jump, Menghia cleared 5-8 3/4 to shoot all the way to fourth after two events. She then slipped one spot to fifth after a throw of 34-11 1/4 in the shot put, but followed with a personal-best time of 25.82 in the 200 meters to stay in fifth after day one with 3,075 points.

    The NU trio will finish the heptathlon tomorrow with the long jump, javelin and 800 meters starting at 11 a.m.

    Competing at the Big 12 Championships for the first time in his career, redshirt freshman Teran Walford will enter day two of the men’s decathlon tomorrow in ninth place. Walford started the day with a personal-best time of 11.53 in the 100 meters, but the time was only good enough for 11th. After finishing ninth and tenth in the long jump and shot put, respectively, Walford tied his personal best in the high jump with a leap of 6-2 1/4 to finish fifth in the event. Entering the final event of day one in 10th place overall, the York, Neb., native cranked out a personal best of 50.19 in the 400 meters to finish sixth in the event and slide up to ninth place overall with 3,455 points. The decathlon will resume tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the 110-meter hurdles.

    The Huskers will return to Audrey J. Walton Track Complex tomorrow at 10 a.m. for day two of Big 12 Championships.

    Tags: track and field, adam wolkins, chantae mcmillan

  6. 2010 May 14

    Husker Heartbeat 5/14: Javelins, Softballs, Bouzos, Borders and Bush

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    A quick abbreviation key FYI: OWH=Omaha World-Herald, LJS=Lincoln Journal-Star, CN=Corn Nation, BRN=Big Red Network, HI=Huskers Illustrated, BRR=Big Red Report. If we need to add more - we will. Others, like ESPN, are self-explanatory.

    Cool? Cool!


    *Doc Sadler and Connie Yori applaud the new Haymarket Arena plans. Well, of course they did, but they’re admirably restrained in their expectations.

    *Adam Wolkins has emerged as one of the best javelin throwers in NU history.

    *If the NCAA finds Reggie Bush to have been ineligible in 2005, Tom Shatel wants to strip him of the Heisman Trophy.

    *Nebraska softball’s Ashley Guile just might be the best hitter in the Midwest.

    *The bigger offers were about to pour in for Aaryn Bouzos.

    *Kansas’ Lew Perkins threatens to endthe Border War with Missouri for good if Mizzou leaves the conference. Well - that’s the implication of his words, isn’t it?

    Tags: husker heartbeat, haymarket arena, doc sadler, connie yori, softball, track and field, tom shatel, reggie bush

  7. 2010 May 14

    Podcast 5/14: Husker Tennis Heads to NCAAs

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    Tags: podcasts, baseball, track and field, softball, recruiting, aaryn bouzos

  8. 2010 May 10

    Podcast 5/10: Brooms and School Records

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  9. 2010 May 07

    Podcast 5/7: Weekend Preview

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  10. 2010 May 03

    Podcast 5/3: In Lemke, A Ray of Light

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    Tags: podcasts, baseball, tom lemke, softball, track and field, tennis, epley bullock

  11. 2010 Apr 30

    Podcast 4/30: Crunch Time for Baseball, Softball

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  12. 2010 Apr 26

    Podcast 4/26: The Hits Just Keep On Comin'

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    Tags: podcasts, nfl draft, baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis, track and field, natalie willer

  13. 2010 Apr 23

    Podcast 4/23: Weekend Preview

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    Tags: podcasts, ndamukong suh, track and field, softball, baseball, tennis, volleyball

  14. 2010 Apr 22

    Podcast 4/22: Husker Tracksters Head to Drake, Penn Relays

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  15. 2010 Apr 12

    Podcast 4/12: Softball Sweep, Baseball...Not So Much

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  16. 2010 Apr 09

    Podcast 4/9: Sunny Day for Kelsey

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    Tags: podcasts, kelsey griffin, baseball, softball, tennis, track and field, gymnastics, soccer, volleyball

  17. 2010 Apr 02

    Podcast 4/2: Cowboys and Aggies Oh My!

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    Tags: podcasts, baseball, softball, springtime with bo 2010, tennis, track and field

  18. 2010 Mar 26

    Podcast 3/26: OU Sooner (and Maybe Later)

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  19. 2010 Mar 17

    Podcast 3/17: Husker Bats Come Alive

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  20. 2010 Mar 09

    T&F: NU Sends 14 to NCAAs

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    The following is courtesy NU Media Relations...congrats to all who received invites!

    On Monday night the NCAA Track and Field Committee released the list of accepted entries into the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships, with 14 Huskers earning a spot in Fayetteville, Ark. Prior to the official release, seven Huskers had already had punched their ticket with automatic-qualifying performances during the 2010 regular season, including high jumpers Paul Hamilton and Epley Bullock, combined eventers Bjorn Barrefors and Chantae McMillan, pole vaulter Natalie Willer, long jumper Nicholas Gordon and 60-meter hurdler Lehann Fourie

    The seven automatic qualifiers will be joined by 60-meter hurdler Tyrell Ross, high jumpers Brandon Sheppard and Audrey Svane, long jumper Bobby Carter, triple jumper Leandra McGruder, miler Ashley Miller and pentathlete Megan Wheatley.

    While eight Huskers are veterans of the NCAA Indoor Championships, six NU athletes will be making their first appearance at the indoor meet, including Ross, Sheppard, Carter, Miller, Svane and McGruder.

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