Busy week awaits NU Track and Field Team

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Meet: Nebraska Mini Meet

Where: Lincoln, Neb. (Ed Weir Stadium)

When: Wednesday, April 25

Time: 4 p.m.

Results: Huskers.com


Meet: OTC Pre-Olympic Series I

Where: San Diego, Calif. (OTC Chula Vista Track)

When: Thursday, April 26

Time: All Day

Results: Huskers.com


Meet: Drake Relays

Where: Des Moines, Iowa (Drake Stadium)

When: Thursday, April 26 – Saturday, April 28

Time: 3 p.m. / 8 a.m. / 8 a.m.

Live Results: GoDrakeBulldogs.com


The Nebraska track and field team has a busy week ahead as the Huskers host the Nebraska Mini Meet on Wednesday, April 25 before heading to the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition, Husker throwers Chad Wright and Tyler Hitchler will travel to the OTC Pre-Olympic Series I in San Diego, Calif.


The Huskers will be home on Wednesday for their first home outdoor meet of the season at Ed Weir Stadium. The Nebraska Mini meet is slated to begin at 4 p.m.


The Huskers will then start at the Drake Relays on Thursday afternoon when the team competes at the meet's annual Distance Carnival. The Huskers will also compete at the Drake Relays on Friday and Saturday.


A link to live results for each meet can be found at Huskers.com or at the links below.


Drake Relays


Nebraska Mini Meet



Wright Out of the Gate

Sophomore Chad Wright made his presence known in his first outdoor meet of the season, the Arizona State Invitational, with a winning throw of 195-08 in the invitational division of the men's discus. At the Sun Angel Classic, Wright earned his second event title of the season with a personal-best throw of 198-05 (60.48) in the premier section of the men's discus. The mark ranks fifth all-time in the Nebraska record books.


Wright currently ranks third in the NCAA and his mark is tops among sophomores this season. On the Big Ten list, Wright sits in the No. 1 spot.


Hitchler Following Wright's Lead

Senior Tyler Hitchler is not far behind Wright as he ranks seventh nationally in the discus and is second in the Big Ten Conference. Hitchler finished second to Wright in the discus at the Arizona State Invitational with a mark of 194-0. He notched another second-place finish at the Sun Angel Classic with a throw of 193-02 (58.88).


Ukaoma Produces Strong Start

Nebraska sophomore Miles Ukaoma used an impressive performance in the 400-meter hurdles at the Arizona State Invitational to jump-start his outdoor season. Ukaoma notched a personal-best time of 50.52 in the event to finish in first place.


Ukaoma followed that performance with another first-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the Arkansas Spring Invitational. He took home the event title at the Kansas Relays, with a time of 51.01. He currently ranks seventh nationally in the event. Ukaoma holds the top time in the Big Ten for the event.


Husker Throwers Lead NU

The Huskers pulled in three event titles at the Sun Angel Classic, all of which came in the throws events.


Morgan Wilken shined for the Huskers in the discus, earning the event title with a throw of 172-09. Chad Wright earned his second event title of the season with a personal-best throw of 198-05 (60.48) in the men's discus premier. In the women's shot put, Veronica Grizzle finished with the event crown, recording a personal-best throw of 53-5 3/4 (16.30).


Luke Pinkelman won the shot put at the K.T. Woodman Classic with a throw of 63-4 (19.30) and currently ranks eighth in the nation. Wilken tabbed another victory in the discus at the meet with a personal-best throw of 175-03 (53.42).


Husker Jumpers Make a Splash

Nebraska notched two event titles in the jumps at the Arkansas Spring Invitational as Mara Griva earned the women's triple jump title (42-2 1/4) and Chris Phipps claimed the men's long jump crown (25-4 1/2). Phipps finished second in the triple jump at the Sun Angel Classic with a mark of 53-1 1/2. Griva also finished first in the triple jump at the Kansas Relays (41-5 3/4), while Phipps took first in the long jump (24-10 1/2).


Phipps is currently ninth nationally in the long jump and is eighth in the triple jump, while Griva is  18th in the triple jump.


Anna Weigandt and Patrick Raedler also made their presence known at the Arkansas Spring Invitational. Weigandt finished fourth in the long jump (18-2 1/4) and second in the triple jump (41-3 1/4), recording a personal-best leap. Raedler took home a second-place finish in the men's triple jump with a leap of 50-4 3/4. He finished second in the long jump at the Sun Angel Classic with a leap of 25-2 (7.67) and finished first in the triple jump (51-10) at the Kansas Relays. Raedler is currently ranked 14th in the long jump.


Marusa Cernjul tabbed her first event title of the outdoor season at the K.T. Woodman Classic, recording a leap of 5-8 (1.73) in the high jump.


Pole Vaulters Hit PRs

The Huskers swept the pole vault titles at the K.T. Woodman Classic as Breanna Bussel won the women's division and Nate Polacek captured the men's crown. Bussel finished first with a personal-best vault of 13-7 1/4 (4.15), while Polacek came in first on the men's side with a personal-best vault of 17-7 3/4 (5.38).


Polacek ranks 15th nationally in the event and is first in the Big Ten, as Bussel is ranked 17th nationally and is second in the Big Ten.


Hurdling the Competition

Greta Kerekes also took home an event title at the Arkansas Spring Invitational, earning the 100 meter hurdles crown. She notched a time of 13.93 to take top honors and earn her first event title of the season.


Miller leads Distance Runners

Ashley Miller opened the first outdoor meet of her senior season with a personal-best time of 2:03.33 in the 800 meters at the Sun Angel Classic, finishing as the top collegiate runner in fourth-place. Her time was third all-time in the Nebraska record books. She currently ranks third nationally and first in the conference in the event. 


At the Mt. SAC Relays last weekend, Miller finished fourth in the women's elite 1,500 meters. She posted a time of 4:14.53, setting a personal best time. Her mark ranks third all-time in the Husker record books and puts her at fifth in the NCAA.


Trevor Vidlak finished first in the men's open 5,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays, notching a time of 14:07.90. His time is the fifth-best time in Husker history.


Make in 104

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. The NU women earned the second Big Ten title in school history and the first team title for the track and field program. Nebraska now has a total of 104 conference titles as a 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.


All-America Pipeline

Nebraska has been a staple at the NCAA Indoor Championships as the men's team alone has produced 118 All-America awards.  The men's squad has been on quite a roll as they have had at least one athlete earn All-American honors at the past 22 national meets. Since the indoor championships began in 1965, the Huskers have failed to leave with at least one All-America award on just five occasions, including 1975, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1990.


The women's team has been just as good indoors since the national meet started in 1980. Along with three straight national titles from 1982 to 1984, the Huskers have two or more All-Americans at every meet except for 2002 when they failed to earn an honor.