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NU sprinters ready
to show off* at Invite
By Andrew Strnad
Last Saturday’s Nebraska Qua
drangular proved to be a breaking out
party for two Nebraska sprinters.
a member of the
and field team, set
a personal best in
dash with a
mark of55.08 sec
Croom, a three-time All-American
from Bellevue, has been known more
for running legs on several champi
onship 4 x 400-meter relay teams and
not as an individual competitor.
Now die hopes her performance at
the Nebraska Triangular is an indica
tion of what is to come Friday and
Saturday at the Frank Sevigne Husker
Invitational — one of the premier
regular season indoor meets in the
“I’m looking to get a personal
record next week,” Croom said. “If I
run the quarter and I can run faster
than 55.08, I’m sure I’ll stay with the
NU Coach Gary Pepin said he was
pleased with Croom’s performance,
but there is still room for her to im
“She’s certainly running well,”
Pepin said, “but she’ll have to run a
lot faster to be competitive in the Big
To compete with the elite sprint
ers in the Big 12 Conference, Croom
said, she needs to pick up the pace a
“This is the best I’ve run, at least
indoors so far, but I’ve got a lot of work
ahead of me,” Croom said.
For the men’s team, Tom Fish has
made a name for himself after four
meets this season.
Fish, a senior from Hastings, won
twice in the Quadrangular, setting an
indoor personal record in the 200
meters with a first-place time of 21.55
seconds. He also won the 60-meter
dash with a time of 6.80 seconds.
“I just really wanted to come out
and help the team,” Fish said. “We
weren’t really worried about our
Fish made his biggest splash at the
NCAA Outdoor Championships last
year. He finished seventh in the 200
meters and earned All-American hon
This year Fish has emerged as the
top sprinter as well as a leader cm a I
young team riddled with injuries.
“I’ve been around and I know re
ally what it takes to try to stay injury
free,” he said. “I try and help the
younger guys and make sure they prac
Fish will be one of many Huskers
competing this weekend in the Frank
Sevigne Husker Invitational at the Bob
Devaney Sports Center track.
Fish said competing in a meet with
high-caliber sprinters will lei him
know where he stands with the rest of
“Next week will be a preview of
the national meet,” Fish said. “A lot
of good schools will be here with a lot
of quality athletes.
“If I’m up toward the front next
week, I’ll feel real confident.”
Visit to NU
PATTON from page 10
Attendance at the Coots Event
Center has improved from an av
erage of 4,354 to 5,041 fans per
When the Buffaloes meet Ne
braska tonight at 7 at the Bob
Devaney Sports Center, it will marie
the first time since 1969 that a
ranked Colorado team has played
“I’d be worried about Nebraska,
whether or not they’d lost every
game,” said Patton, who took over
CU’s coaching duties after Joe
Harrington resigned 14 games into
last season. “Nebraska is a very
tough place to play.”
The Buffaloes beat NU Jan. 4
in Boulder 79-73, but Patton said
he expects to see a different Husker
“With them coming off a game
NU looks to cut tumova®
BUFFS from page 9
ates a confidence.” d.
The Huskers will rely heavily on
point guard Tyronn Lue to try to stop
die Buffs’ playmaker. Lue, who held
KU guard Jacque Vaughn to 10 points
in Lawrence, said guarding Billups is
his biggest challenge of the season.
“Jacque Vaughn isn’t really an of
fensive threat,” Lue said. “He just
looks to get his team involved.
Chauncey Billups is all of that plus
he’s a scorer, a passer — he can do
Along with taming Billups, Nee
said, the Huskers must cut down on
turnovers. Nebraska committed 28
against Kansas, upping the Huskers’
total to a conference-high 389.
“Tlimovers have been ridiculous,”
Nee said. “We’re shooting the ball well
enough to win.”
In turnovers and sewing, NU is led
by Lue. He has committed 79 turn
overs — including 10 against the
Jayhawks — ranking him second in
the conference behind 81 by Texas’
Lue has stepped up his offensive
output averaging 21.8 points per game
against conference opponents.
Nee had the entire team wwk on
the problem in practice, having them
run extra for every turnover they
Men's Basketball .
Today, 7 p.m.
Poe Name HL WL Yr.
F 5 Larry Florence 6-5 225 So.
G 30 Cookie Belcher 6-3 200 Fr.
Celeraie 16-4 (7-D
Poe Name HL WL Yr.
F 31 Fred Edmonds 6-5 204 Sr.
G 4 Chauncey Billups 6-3 202 So.
“A turnover to me is a wasted op
portunity,” Nee said. Lue said he hopes
to control the ball and help Nebraska
snap its four-game losing streak.
“I feel a sense of urgency,” Lue
said. “Everybody is ready to play.”
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