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Back injury can’t
out this weekend
Janet Blomstedt always thought
lifting weights would help her be
come the best collegiate heptathlete
in the country.
But last May, a week before the
Big Eight outdoor track and field
championships, her hard work in
the weight room proved disastrous
when she injured her lower back
doing a power clean.
The injury was so painful it kept
her from finishing the heptathlon in
the Big Eight Championships and
all but ended her dream of making
the 1996 U.S. Olympic team.
Today, her back still hasn’t
“I’m maybe at 80 percent,”
Blomstedt said. “My back is doing
better, but for the past three weeks
I’ve just gone from injury to in
Blomstedt has had a shot put
dropped on her foot by her coach,
bruised her Achilles’ tendon be
cause of a defective pair of shoes
and strained her hamstring all in
that time frame.
Despite the injuries, Blomstedt
still fights to get back to the level
where she was a year ago.
Friday, she will compete in the
pentathlon at the inaugural Big 12
Indoor Championships at the Bob
Devaney Sports Center track.
“I want to win,” Blomstedt said.
“I’m going to do whatever I can to
score points for the team.”
Nebraska Multi-events Coach
Steve Smith said Blomstedt will be
a valuable asset for the Huskers this
weekend. An average performance
from Blomstedt should be good
enough to win the pentathlon,
“She’s still close to the top,”
Smith said. “It’s just that she’s go
ing through a lot with rehab.”
During the 1996 Big Eight in
door championships, Blomstedt set
a national record in the pentathlon,
scoring 4,235 points.
A month and a half later, she
was poised to win the heptathlon
at the outdoor conference champi
onships, but her back injury cut that
Blomstedt still competed in the
heptathlon at the 1996 outdoor
NCAA meet and finished 10th de
spite the intense pain she suffered.
She was named an All-Ameri
can in the heptathlon, but at the
U.S. Olympic Trials, Blomstedt
failed to make the Olympic team.
She said the disappointment of
missing the Olympics has motivated
her to work harder for a shot at the
team that will represent America at
Sydney, Australia in 2000.
“The Olympics, well, they’re
kind of the big show,” she said.
Keep an eye on Blomstedt. She
just might have a starring role in
Madsen is a junior news-edi
torial major and a Daily Nebras
kan staff reporter.
Huskers still can’t win on the road
From Staff Reports
WACO, Texas—The Nebraska
basketball team dropped its 12th
straight conference road game
a game-high 22
points with 11
ing under the
basket and leading the Bears to a 34
26 halftime lead before a crowd of
5,015 at the Ferrell Center.
“He scored at will inside,” NU
Coach Danny Nee said of the
Baylor center, a 6-foot-10, 245
pound junior. “He was a big factor
inside the whole game. He’s really,
Nebraska (14-12 overall and 5
8 in the Big 12 Conference) con
tinued its inconsistent play three
days after what Nee called NU’s
best game of the season, a 79-67
win over Texas on Sunday.
On Saturday, the Comhuskers
visit No. 7 Iowa State, which lost
57-56 at Texas Wednesday night
when UT center Dennis Jordan
tipped in a miss with three seconds
In Waco on Wednesday, the
Bears (17-9 and 5-8) extended their
eight-point halftime advantage to
56-40 with 11:22 to play in the
game. But after Skinner and 6-10
forward Doug Brandt went to the
bench with three fouls, the Husk
ers used an 8-0 run to cut the lead
Brandt, a senior from Hastings,
then returned and sank a 19-foot
jumper to halt the Husker run. NU,
which committed 15 turnovers to
Baylor’s six, never got closer than
10 points again.
In the first half, the Bears led
9-1 and 15-5 before Nebraska
closed to 23-20 and Baylor ended
the half with an 11-6 surge.
“I was disappointed in our
start,” Nee said. “We have to get
off to a better start if we are going
to win on the road.”
NU center Mikki Moore agreed.
“It was disappointing to come
out flat after playing so well on
Sunday,” Moore, who had 10
points, five rebounds and three
blocked shots against the Bears.
Point guard Tyronn Lue paced
the Huskers with 18 points, Cookie
Belcher scored 14, and Venson
Hamilton pulled down 10 rebounds
in 23 minutes after picking three
early fouls in the first half. Damond
Mannon scored 15 points for
Baylor, and Brandt and Patrick
Hunter contributed 10 apiece.
“I never felt like we got to where
we were a threat to win the game,
to be honest,” Nee said. “I thought
Baylor controlled the game
By Shannon Heffelfinger
In a 91-73 drubbing of Baylor
Wednesday night at the Bob Devaney
Sports Center, the Nebraska women’s
basketball team found an answer to a
season-long problem but walked away
with a new question.
NU found an answer to their post
problems in the name of freshman
Charlie Rogers. Rogers, who grabbed
a career-best 12 rebounds against
Texas, made her presence felt in the
middle again against Baylor. The 6
foot-2 center made 7-of-9 shots from
the field on her way to tying Tina
McClain with a game-high 16 points.
But the Comhuskers (18-5 overall
and 8-5 in the Big 12) had to deal with
a new problem in front of a crowd of
2,146 at the Devaney Center. Senior
point guard LaToya Doage, the Husk
ers’ primary ball-handler and best
defender, suffered a sprained ligament
in her knee during the final seconds
of the first half.
Doage is questionable for the
Huskers’ game against Iowa State on
Sunday, NU Coach Angela Beck said.
Both events have major implica
tions for Nebraska.
Beck said the emergence of Rogers,
who Beck thought about redshirting
before the season, is important to the
“Charlie Rogers proved she could
be the post of the future,” Beck said.
“She has superb hands and handled
some great passes tonight. She had a
great presence and just a great perfor
But the possible loss of Doage hurts
the Huskers in several ways.
“LaToya is the defensive leader of
our team,” Rogers said. “We mimic
what she does. Without her we really
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JAMIKUBIK battles for the ball against Baylor’s Amy Alcala (No. 24). Kubik
was one of five players to score in double figures for Nebraska.
Myatt shifts gears
from 400 to 800
By Andrew Strnad
This year’s track and field sea
son has been a big transition for
Nebraska sprinter Jill Myatt.
spent her first
, at NU as the
year, Myatt has
turned her at
tention to the
to add depth to the women’s track
The senior from Iowa City,
Iowa, said switching events has
been a blessing.
“I’m glad I decided to do the
800-meters,” Myatt said. “It gives
me a better chance to qualify for
nationals, and at the same time help
our team at nationals.”
Myatt’s time of 2:09.82 in the
800 at the Frank Sevigne Husker
Invitational was the fastest time in
the Big 12 Conference this indoor
season, and makes her the favorite
entering this weekend’s Big 12
Championship meet at the Bob
Devaney Sports Center.
Billy Maxwell, NU’s sprints
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NU wont run away
with title, coaches say
By Sean Lewis
Don’t expect Nebraska to run away
from the field when the inaugural Big
12 Conference indoor track and field
championships start Friday at the Bob
Devaney Sports Center.
The Comhusker men and women
are both favored to win on their home
track, but the competition will not go
down without a fight.
The Texas women look to push the
Husker women — who won 17
straight Big Eight indoor titles — to
the wire. The Longhorns—who have
won three national indoor titles —
won the last 12 Southwestern Confer
ence titles and enter the meet as the
top-ranked team in the nation.
Texas Women’s Coach Beverly
Kearney said she doesn’t know what
to expect coming into the meet, but
her team will be ready.
“We’re going in blind and don’t
have any idea of what we’ll see, and it
will be a hindrance,” Kearney said. “I
don’t know what to expect with it be
ing the first conference championship,
but we’re going in like everyone look
ing to win.
“I think we’re ready to run. We
may not have the maturity, but we are
a seasoned team and we’ll line up to
Longhorn runners own the fastest
times in the country in three events.
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