LINCOLN — Nebraska track and field coach Gary Pepin likes to scan the Big Ten performance lists and see which NU athletes’ times or marks rank in the top ten of the league.
“Right now, I’d like to see a few more names up there,” Pepin said.
The Huskers’ first road meet of the indoor season — the prestigious Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. — will provide the Huskers with that chance. The meet starts at 1 p.m. Friday and features many of the top teams in the SEC and Big 12.
Since Fayetteville is also the site for the NCAA Indoor Championships, the meet is also a primer for the surroundings Nebraska athletes will see March 8.
Pepin said the Huskers plan to take roughly 50 competitors to Arkansas. He allowed his assistants to decide whether certain athletes would be better served by competing or training at home to compete for the Big Ten and national meets later this winter.
The NU men will be led by high jumper James White – whom Pepin said has battled tendenitis recently but still cleared the bar at seven feet, 5 ľ inches two weeks ago – and senior long jumper Janis Leitis, who won Big Ten male athlete of the week honors this week.
On the women’s side, Pepin said he’s been impressed with the throwers — who have won two straight shot put titles in as many weeks — and sprinter Mara Weekes, who won the 60-meter and 200-meter titles at last week’s Holiday Inn Invitational.
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