Published Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm / Updated at 11:13 pm
Track and Field
Huskers turn in season-best marks

LINCOLN — Delaying the final regular-season meet proved to be worth the wait for the Nebraska track and field teams.

The Huskers won 18 events Sunday at the Nebraska Invitational, their final tuneup for the May 10 through 12 Big Ten outdoor championships in Columbus, Ohio.

Originally scheduled for Saturday, the meet was moved back a day because of the weather. While still a bit chilly, a number of Huskers posted season-best times that likely improved their seeds for the Big Ten meet.

“I was surprised we had some performances as good as what they were considering the weather,” Nebraska coach Gary Pepin said. “For some kids this meet was a good practice session and for others it was an opportunity to make the conference roster.”

Men’s and women’s athletes from Drake and Wayne State, as well as the UNO women’s team, also competed in the meet at Ed Weir Stadium.

NU sprinter Mara Weekes had one of the day’s top performances by winning the women’s 100-meter dash in a season-best 11.66 seconds. Teammate Breunna McCarty also had a season-best time of 12.13 to finish fifth. Weekes and McCarty teamed with Kari Heck and Lexie Oak to win the 400 relay in a season-best 45.90.

Carlie Pinkelman took the women’s shot put and moved into sixth place in the Big Ten season leaders list with a winning toss of 51-4¼. The Cozad graduate also was third in NU’s 1-2-3 sweep of the hammer throw, which Veronica Grizzle won with a personal-best 186-2.

In the men’s hammer, NU’s Cole Ingram won with a personal best throw of 190-3. Teammate Jacob Griess was second with his own personal best of 178-4. Another Husker, Landon Nelson, won the javelin with a personal-best 197-4.

Omaha Central graduate Teddy Lampkin won the men’s long jump with a season-best 23-8, and Rashad Moxey secured an NU sweep of the horizontal jumps with a season-best 44-8¾ in the triple jump. Former Husker Chris Phipps won the overall event with a 49-11¼.

Nebraska high jumper Carlos Hernandez moved into a tie for eighth in the Big Ten by clearing 6-11½ in winning the event.

Many of those winners and others cemented their spots on NU’s Big Ten roster with Sunday’s performances. The Big Ten permits each school to enter 34 athletes in each meet. Rosters are due to the conference office by noon Wednesday.

Pepin said the women’s roster is basically set, but there are still a few decisions to make on the men’s side.

“The men’s side will be a little harder,” Pepin said. “Some of that will be just figuring out what we think will be the best events for people. You can have up to 34 people, but I don’t like to take people just to take them if they’re not going to be competitive.”


@Agate 10.9 bold ledein:Hammer: 1, Cole Ingram, NU, 190-3. 2, Jacob Griess, NU, 178-4. 3, Jake Pinion, Una., 157-1. Shot put: 1, Luke Pinkelman, Una., 62-5¾. 2, Chad Wright, NU, 58-9¼. 3, Taylor Shapland, NU, 55-3¾. Javelin: 1, Landon Nelson, NU, 197-4. 2, Jon Williams, Wayne State, 171-5. 3, Sam Shaw, NU, 163-10. Discus: 1, Peyton Davidson, Una., 155-6. 2, Pinion, 146-10. 3, Christian Hodson, Una., 141-9. Long jump: 1, Teddy Lampkin, NU, 23-8. 2, Justin English, NU, 21-10¾. 3, Bobby Carter, NU, 17-8¾. Triple jump: 1, Chris Phipps, Una., 49-11¼. 2, Rashad Moxey, NU, 44-8¾. 3, Sean Buczek, Drake, 44-6¾. Pole vault: 1, Christian Sandefer, NU, 16-¾. 2, Jed Fenske, Una., 15-7. 3, Bjorn Barrefors, NU, 15-7. High jump: 1, Carlos Hernandez, NU, 6-11½. 2, Andy Gilmore, Una., 6-9½. 3, Travis Englund, NU, 6-7½. 400-meter relay: 1, Drake, 41.65. 1,500: 1, Trevor Vidlak, NU, 3:53.96. 2, Matt Gilbert, Una., 3:57.21. 3, Blake Goodin, Una., 4:01.72. 110 hurdles: 1, Dapo Akinmoladun, NU, 14.25. 2, Sean Pille, NU, 14.38. 3, Julian Todd-Borden, Drake, 15.54. 400: 1, Levi Gipson, NU, 47.12. 2, Travis Marsh, Drake, 48.23. 3, Jake Bender, NU, 48.82. 100: 1, William Ernst, WSU, 11.58. 2, Justin Welch, 11.63. 3, Dominique Samuel, Una., 11.72. 800: 1, Kyle Hanson, Una., 1:51.07. 2, Omet Kak, Drake, 1:51.59. 3, Alney Tobias, NU, 1:51.82. 400 hurdles: 1, LaRon Bennett, Una., 51.23. 2, Eric Lund, Una., 51.62. 3, Mark Hilderbrand, NU, 53.83. 200: 1, Steven Jordan, Drake, 22.00. 2, Alex Timperley, Una., 22.08. 3, Mike King, WSC, 22.32. 3,000: 1, Greg Tracy, WSC, 9:29.89. 2, Nathan Boggess, WSC, 10:17.51.


Hammer: 1, Veronica Grizzle, NU, 186-2. 2, Mary Morales, NU, 177-0. 3, Carlie Pinkelman, NU, 173-0. Shot put: 1, Pinkelman, 51-4¼. 2, Tristen Sharp, NU, 46-11½. 3, Lianne McNaghton, UNO, 43-9. Javelin: 1, Sami Spenner, UNO, 122-0. 2, Amanda Alexander, UNO, 114-10. Discus: 1, Annie Jackson, NU, 151-6. Long jump: 1, Kathie-Lee Laidley, UNO, 20-1. 2, Kara Mostoller, NU, 18-9¼. 3, Morgan Swanson, WSC, 16-7¾. Triple jump: 1, Jazzelena Black, Sioux Falls, 40-6. 2, Denneil Shaw, UNO, 3, Kayla Bell, Drake, 37-7¼. Pole vault: 1, Tess Merrill, NU, 12-3½. 2, Maggie Maher, NU, 12-3½. 3, Paula Andrie, NU, 11-7¾. High jump: 1, Marusa Cernjul, NU, 5-8½. 2, Jillanna Scanlan, NU, 5-7. 3, Sami Spenner, UNO, 5-5. 400-meter relay: 1, Nebraska (Kari Heck, Mara Weekes, Lexie Oak, Breunna McCarty), 45.90. 2, Drake A (Danyelle Cole, Sarah Yeager, Tiara Winston, Whitney Westrum), 46.54. 3, Drake B (Briana Isom-Brummer, Destani Welch, Ariel Kinlow, Marissa Smith), 47.75. 1,500: 1, Katarina Zarudnaya, UNO, 4:35.66. 2, Amanda Vorthmann, UNO, 4:36.33. 3, Sarah Plambeck, NU, 4:43.18. 100 hurdles: 1, Sarah Yeager, Drake, 13.78. 2, Destani Welch, Drake, 14.13. 3, Isom-Brummer, 14.27. 400: 1, Whitney Westrum, Drake, 55.62. 2, Oak, 56.44. 3, Morgan Woitzel, NU, 57.32. 100: 1, Weekes, 11.66. 2, Maja Mihalinec, UNO, 11.80. 3, Ariel Kinlow, Drake, 12.07. 800: 1, Jelena Andjelkovic, NU, 2:12.23. 2, Lauren Psota, UNO, 2:14.11. 3, Anna Minnick, NU, 2:17.87. 400 hurdles: 1, Ellie Grooters, NU, 1:00.19. 2, Sarah Yeager, Drake, 1:00.58. 3, Brooke Foreman, Drake, 1:04.51. 200: 1, Westrum, 24.83. 2, Terri Armstrong, UNO, 25.36. 3, Danyelle Cole, Drake, 25.47. 5,000: 1, Hannah Edwards, NU, 18:40.41. 2, Karo Garcia, UNO, 18:55.20. 3, Kristin Rogers, UNO, 19:02.23.

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