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NU track plans to
claim Big 8 throne
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Senior Reporter
Nebraska track and field coach
Gary Pepin doesn ’ t expect it to be easy
for the men’ sand women ’ s track teams
to continue their dominance over the
Big Eight this weekend.
The Big Eight Conference Indoor
Championships, which will run today
and Saturday in Manhattan, Kan.,
have been owned by the Comhuskers
in the past.
Nebraska claimed both the men’s
and women’s titles last year to give
the women their 15th straight indoor
title, while the men have captured six
of the past 11 Big Eight titles.
The Husker women’s team’s 15
consecutive indoor titles have helped
it earn 30 straight Big Eight champi
onships — indoor and outdoor.
Pepin said the results of the Big
Eight coaches’ poll indicated that
Nebraska’s chances to repeat were
“The Big Eight coaches’ poll is
out, and the Big Eight coaches voted
us,” Pepin said. “But you can’t vote
for your own team. If I could vote for
our women, I would. On the men’s
side, it was a tie between Iowa State
and ourselves. If I could vote, I would
vote for our men’s team, also.
bo I reel pretty good. We re still
going to have to go down there and
have a good meet. We can’t have a lot
of errors or have people get sick or
hurt. I think we’ll be contenders for
the titles.”
In the poll, the Husker women re
ceived six first-place votes and one
second-place vote. Nebraska and Iowa
State each received four votes on the
men’s side.
As Nebraska’s women continue to
extend their championship winning
streak, it becomes more difficult each
year, Pepin said.
“Sometimes you wonder how
you’re going to react when you lose
one, because eventually you’re going
to lose one. We feel like this year,
going into the women’s meet, that it is
going to be a tough year for us.”
But Pepin said injuries and the
pressures of the winning streak
shouldn’t be enough to knock Ne
braska off its Big Eight throne.
“We’re still going to the meet with
the idea that we’re going to win it, and
I think we probably will win it,” he said.
“We have balance, quality and
depth. We probably have better bal
ance than anyone else in the confer
ence. That’s probably what we’ve had
since the middle ’80s.”
Husker golfers
begin season
inSunshine State
From Staff Reports
Spring break comes early this
year for the Nebraska men’s
golf team as it travels to Tampa,
Fla., for the South Florida Invi
Nebraska will compete
against teams from the south
east and Big Eight rival Kansas
this weekend.
The invitational will be a
three-round tournament, played
at South Florida’s 6,750-yard
par-71 course.
“It will be a good tourna
ment to begin the year,” Coach
Larry Romjue said. “It’s a com
petitive field, with the majority
of the teams from the southeast,
so they’ve had a little more time
to play.
Returning as the
Comhuskers’ No. 1 golfer is
sophomore Trent Morrison.
Morrison posted a 73.25 scor
ing average during the fall cam
The rest of Nebraska’s lineup
this weekend includes senior
Steve Reiter, sophomore Jacques
Paiement, junior Henrik
Johansson, and freshman Ryan
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Masters Classic, ailments
will test gymnastics team
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Staff Reporter
After a one-year absence, one of
the country’s premiere women ’ s gym
nastics meets returns to the Bob
Devaney Sports Center on Sunday.
Nebraska will play host to UCLA,
George Washington and North Caro
lina State in the Masters Classic at 2
Coach Dan Kendig said this week
end should test his team.
“I feel really good about the com
petition we have,” Kendig said. “It’s
our premiere event, year in and year
Kendig was hired last year, and
said he would have tried to hold the
meet, but he wanted to wait until
Nebraska could schedule some good
competition and not just throw the
meet together.
This year’s competition should be
good, Kendig said.
UCLA comes into the meet at 10
2. The Bruins competed at the Mas
ters Classic in 1989 and 1990.
George Washington comes into
the meet with a 16-5 record.
North Carolina State will be look
ing to avenge its only loss of the year.
The 7-1 Wolfpack lost to Nebraska
at the Hearts Invitational in Raleigh,
N.C., on Feb. 10.
The twelfth-ranked Huskers are
coming off a loss at Iowa State.
Kendig said his team may have
had to sacrifice that meet to get pre
pared for the Masters Classic.
“We felt that this meet at home
this weekend was more important
then a dual meet, then say at Iowa
State,” Kendig said. “The thing we’re
facing more than injuries, and wear
ing them down a little bit, is the fact
that this flu is going around.”
Those ailments may force Ne
braska to compete with only seven
gymnasts, Kendig said.
“Were going to lose a couple of
more meets the rest of the year be
cause of the fact that we’re a small
team,” Kendig said. “We’re going to
need to rest some people periodi
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that go another month and a half just
for one meet.”
On Friday against the No. 16 Soon
ers, whom the Huskers defeated
soundly on Feb. 4, Allen said, Christie
will probably be used sparingly.
The Sooners, one of six teams to
qualify for nationals a year ago, are
struggling this season, Allen said.
Sophomores Jeremy Killen and
Casey Bryan, the Sooners’ top two all
around performers, have not been able
to compete at full strength for much of
the season. Allen said the formidable
duo would again be hampered on Fri
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conference teams, as he averaged 17.5
points in his six games against the
In Nebraska’s 100-86 victory over
Colorado in Boulder on Feb. 8, Boyce
scored 23 points. One factor behind
Boyce’s low point output has been
Nebraska’s Erick Strickland and Jaron
Boone. Another has been Husker coach
Danny Nee.
“Coach Nee really stresses for their
guys to keep me from driving the
lane,” Boyce said. “It seems like there’s
always a hand in my face when we
play Nebraska. Of course, they have
quicker guards than most teams.
Strickland and Boone are probably a
little quicker than me, so that makes it
Nee said just because Boyce hadn’t
had any huge nights against the Husk
ers, it was still possible.
“Donnie Boyce is the real deal,”
Nee said. “He can light it up for 40
points on any given night. He is a
tough competitor.”
Even though the Nebraska crowd
is fun, Boyce isn’t disappointed that
Saturday will be his last visit to the
Bob Devaney Sports Center.
“I don’t think I’ve ever played good
in that gym,” he said. “It’s a tough
place to play. The crowd is right on
you, and with the love-hate relation
ship that Nebraska and Colorado have,
people say some interesting things to
Boyce, who missed the Buffaloes’
67-64 win over Washington Wednes
day because of an illness in his family,
said the love-hate relationship was
felt on the Colorado side of the border
as well, which added pressure to beat
“Everyone in Colorado wants to
beat Nebraska no matter what sport it
is — football, basketball, volleyball,
whatever,” Boyce said.
“They should remember it’s not
football. But I guess people look at it
like, 'It’s not basketball, it’s Ne