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Huskers dedicate track
with Oregon dual meet
Nebraska track and field enters a new era Saturday when
the Husker track team dedicates its new outdoor track in a
meet against powerful Oregon.
"We will definitely be the underdogs," Husker Coach Frank
Sevigne said of the meet. "But there will be some real good
Field events start at 1 :30 p.m. followed by the track events
one hour later. There will be no admission charge.
One of the top races will be the two-mile where Oregon ace
Steve Prefontaine, considered the best American distance
runner, comes to Lincoln with a long list of credentials
including two NCAA three-mile titles, two NCAA
cross-country crowns and the 1971 AAU three-mile title.
Prefontaine, whose life-time best in the two-mile is 8:33.2, will
run against the Huskers' Bob Unger, who set a school record of
8:58.4 this spring.
The Ducks also feature the defending NCAA long jump
champion in Bouncy Moore, a 26-foot plus jumper.
Three of the most competitive events are expected to be in
the 440, 880 and the mile. The 440 will feature Nebraska's
Leghton Priestley (season best of 46.2) and Garth Case (47.3)
against" Oregon's Craig Blackman (47.3). In the 880 three
Oregon and two Nebraska runners have season bests of 1:52.9
or better and the mile will feature six runners who have
broken 4:10 this spring.
No formal dedication ceremonies are planned for the new
$180,000 Tartan all-weather track since permanent stands for
5,000 spectators have not been constructed yet, according to
Sevigne. He noted that Nebraska will have one of the finest
track complexes in the nation when the permanent stands are
The new track was built after seating additions forced the
phasing out of Memorial Stadium's old cinder track. At one
time Memorial Stadium track was considered one of the best
cinder tracks in the country and was the site of five National
AAU championships in 1927, 1931, 1935, 1939 and 1947
and three NCAA championships, in 1942, 1953 and 1959.
"The list of great world athletes like Jesse Owens who have
competed in Memorial Stadium would be too long to
enumerate," Sevigne said. "Many world and national records
have been set right here on the University of Nebraska campus.
"It is my hope that the athletic department can once again
bring to the state, Lincoln and the University the track and
tield prestige it once so thoroughly enjoyed."
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One of the Big Eight races that doesn't
get a lot of publicity is the all-sports chart
where all the standings of the various sports
Nebraska in past years has not fared so
well in this race. But as the spring sports
season begins the Huskers are in second
place in the all-sports race right behind
The standings at the end of the seven
sports completed, according to Hal Brown of
the Lincoln Star, shows Oklahoma with 22
points, Nebraska 24, Kansas 29, Kansas
State 32, Iowa State 33, Colorado 34,
Oklahoma State 37 and Missouri 41.
Last year the Huskers finished sixth in
the final all-sports standings. This year's
excellent showing is due to improved
finishes by the Huskers' track squads. Cross
country moved from seventh to third and
indoor track jumped from fifth to first.
While Nebraska is not expected to
overpower Oklahoma's strength in the spring
sports, the Huskers have a good chance to
remain in second place. In the spring portt
the Nebraska golfers and track team are
expected to place in the first division, but
baseball and tennis are figured to finish in
the second division.
The new UNL fieldhouse will be a big
boost to the Nebraska winter sports,
especially swimming and basketball. In
addition, Bob Devaney will become full-time
athletic director after the 1972 football
season. Many people expect Devaney will
make the entire athletic program a winner,
just as he did with the football team.
Omaha, which had trouble supporting the
state high school basketball tournament a
few years ago, is becoming a major
professional sports city.
Nebraska's largest city has not only
attracted the May 25th heavyweight title
fight between Joe Frazier and Ron Stander,
but will also be one of the homes of the old
Cincinnati Royals. The NBA team will
operate in Kansas City and Omaha next
season after drawing disappointing crowds in
But the event getting the most publicity
recently is the big fight. Many people have
said Stander has no chance against Frazier
and the fight is a farce.
Matching the inexperienced Stander
against the accomplished Frazier will
probably not help the image of boxing,
which needs all the help it can get. About
the only good thing that can be said about
the fight is that it will give Nebraskans a
chance to see Frazier fight. ,
The first UNL Karate
Tournament, sponsored by the
UNL Korean Karate Club, will
be held at Henzlik Hall gym
this Saturday with
preliminaries beginning at noon
and final eliminations at 7:30
There will be no admission
charge to the tournament,
which will include many forms
The Nebraska football team
is scheduled to have a
scrimmage at Memorial
Stadium Saturday starting at
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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 1972
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