Mar 28, 2024

Huskers go Coast-to-Coast to open Outdoor Campaign

Posted Mar 28, 2024 1:01 PM

Nebraska track and field is set to open the outdoor season this weekend as athletes will be split between the Florida Relays, Stanford Invitational and Mike Fanelli Track Classic on March 29-30.

Florida Relays Meet Information

Date: Friday-Saturday, March 29-30

Location: Gainesville, Fla. (Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium)Start Times (CT): Friday - Field Events: 7 a.m. / Running Events: 8 a.m.; Saturday - Field Events: 8 a.m. / Running Events: 8:30 a.m.

Live Results: Link

Meet Schedule: Link

Stanford Invitational Meet InformationDate: Friday-Saturday, March 29-30

Location: Stanford, Calif. (Cobb Track and Angell Field)Start Times (CT): Friday - Field Events: 11 a.m. / Running Events: 12:30 p.m.; Saturday - Field Events: 11 a.m. / Running Events: 12 p.m. Watch: Link

Live Results: LinkMeet Schedule: Link

Mike Fanelli Track Classic

Date: Friday-Saturday, March 29-30Location: Hayward, Calif. (Chabot College Track)Start Times: Friday - Field Events: 11:30 a.m. / Running Events: 11:30 a.m.; Saturday - Field Events: 12 p.m. / Running Events: 1:30 p.m.

Watch: Link

Live Results: Link

2024 Indoor Season RecapThe Husker men and women closed the indoor season inside the top 25, with the men tying for 12th and the women claiming 25th at the NCAA Championships. Out of 12 Husker entries, eight earned First-Team All-America honors by placing in the top eight.

Till Steinforth recorded his highest-career NCAA finish in the heptathlon to finish third, a day after becoming the first Husker to become a long jump First-Team All-American in the last decade with a seventh-place finish. The last Husker to place third or higher in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships was Björn Barrefors in 2009. Tyus Wilson and Jenna Rogers each pitched in a top-eight finish in the high jump, while Micaylon Moore represented NU as a First-Team All-American in the triple jump. Rhianna Phipps placed fifth in the triple jump, Mine De Klerk took seventh in the shot put and Henry Zimmerman finished seventh in the weight throw to round out Nebraska’s First-Team All-Americans.

With Nebraska sending 11 athletes and 12 entries to the NCAA Championships, that marked the most athletes to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships since 2010 and the most entries since 2011.

At the Big Ten Championships, the Husker men finished second as a team, only four points behind Wisconsin. The women finished in eighth. Wilson (high jump), Moore (triple jump), Steinforth (long jump) and De Klerk (shot put) brought in Big Ten titles. 

Zimmerman broke the weight throw school record on four occasions, while Berlyn Schutz broke the school record in the mile as a freshman. Altogether, 26 performances either broke into the all-time list for the first time or moved up the list during the indoor season.

2023 Outdoor Season RecapNebraska’s last outdoor season was marked by the men claiming the Big Ten title and the women finishing third. Both finishes were the best placements since the 2016 season. The team combined for 12 event titles throughout the meet. The women, powered by Axelina Johansson (shot put) and Rhema Otabor (javelin) bringing in NCAA titles, took eighth place at the NCAA Championships. That was the best finish since the 2006 season, when the Huskers tied for fourth. The men tied for 17th, their best team finish in seven years. The men and women combined for eight First-Team All-America honors and seven school records throughout the outdoor season.