LINCOLN — Just as the city’s large Marathon winds down at Memorial Stadium, the Nebraska track and field team will be starting its largest home meet of the outdoor season a football field away. NU hosts the Nebraska Invitational at Ed Weir Track Sunday, a time change from Saturday afternoon, when rain is expected to fall throughout the day. The field events start at 1 p.m. with the women’s hammer throw and men’s shot put, while track events start at 3 with the 3,000-meter steeplechase — a specialty of Husker long distance runner Jessica Furlan.
The Husker men — ranked 10th nationally — and the women (unranked) are both coming off of strong performances at the Drake Relays. The NU men won the 1,600-meter relay in 3:03.79, tops in the Big Ten and tied for fourth nationally. Latvian Janis Leitis also won the high jump.
On the women’s side, Mara Griva — also from Latvia — won the high jump and triple jump.
Nebraska will host UNO, Drake and Wayne State for the Sunday event. The meet is expected to be a key tuneup for the Big Ten meet next week, and provides Husker athletes who haven’t qualified for the NCAA championships another shot. It’s the last schedule home meet for NU this year.