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NU wins, places at indoor New pitch, new motion INDOOR from page 8 Sophomore Dave Riggert finished sixth in the event. Senior Benji Prebyl helped the Huskers ice the victory as his leap of 51-1 in the triple jump, gave him the conference title. "We came in here expecting to win. and I'm glad I was able to add to the team effort, because that’s what this meet is all about in the first place," Prebyl said. Defending champions Byron lopps and Shane Lavy were both disappointed with their efforts, but were able to help NU in the overall standings. Lavy, a junior, finished fourth in the high jump; and Topps. a senior and two-time defending champion in the 55-meter dash, fin ished second. "I'm very disappointed," Lavy said. "But. the main focus is the team, and it's about contribution to the team" The Huskers also scored points in several distance areas and in the pole vault, where NU vaulters fin ished fourth and sixth Nebraska scored 106.5 points, just ahead of Texas A&M w ith 69 points and Texas with 93 points. “A heck of a team victory." Pepin said. “They had to get it done in a lot of areas to win the meet.” The Cornhusker women weren’t so fortunate as they were unable to match the sprinting corps of Texas. The Longhorns were favored going into the meet and scored enough points in just fiv e ev ents to outscore NU for the women's crown, denying Nebraska its 19lh consecutive indoor track title. Texas' 156 points surpassed runner-up Nebraska ( 101 ) and third-place Kansas State (70). "That was a really good meet for us" NU Head Coach Gary Pepin said of the women’s perfor mance. “The score really shows how good Texas really is" NU managed to place second despite lacking an individual cham pion for the first time since 1979. The Huskers were propelled by Matt Miller/DN NEBRASKA POLE VAULTER Scott Nachtigal vaulted to a personal-best 17 feet, % inch for a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Indoor Track Championships in Ames, Iowa. The NU men’s team won its fifth consecutive conference title. a group of distance runners, includ ing senior Christina Blackmer, who finished second in the 3,000-meter run and third in the 5.000 meters. “Everyone’s putting their best efforts out there, and that's all we can ask for,” Blackmer said. “It’s sad that we're not going to win the meet, but we’ve certainly done our best and left everything out on the track."’ Freshmen Amy Wiseman and Kate Centerwall finished fourth and sixth, respectively, behind Blackmer in the 3.000 meters. Wiseman also finished sixth in the 5,000 meters. Huskers eke out Classic title Coach maintains home streak despite ‘bad day’ By Darren Ivy Assignment Reporter The streak is over. Coach Dan Kendig is no longer undefeated at home. That is what the No. 19 N e b 1 a s k a women’s gym nastics team thought after it finished the final routine - the floor exer cise - at the Masters Classic Saturday at the Wilkinson Bob Devaney Sports Center. But the Cornhuskers were in for a surprise when the final scores were announced, indicat ing NU had eked out a 193.35 to 193.30 win over No. 17 Michigan State. No. 8 Kentucky finished third with a score of 192.35, and Rhode Island was fourth with 190.075. “I was just as shocked as any one else when they announced us as champions,” Kendig said. Career-best scores by Nicole Wilkinson and a season-high floor exercise score helped the Cornhuskers (9-4) offset foui falls on the uneven bars en route to claiming their fourth straight Masters Classic title. By winning the title, NU extended its home winning streak u / vtm ywAt as shocked as anyone else when they announced us as champions.” Dan Kendig NU coach to 21 matches. It also kept Kendig undefeated at home as a Nebraska coach. The streak seemed all but over after NU gymnasts missed four bar routines and scored a 47.70. The only two gymnasts who did n’t fall off were Nicole Wilkinson and Laurie McLaughlin. “It was a freak thing,” said Wilkinson, who tied McLaughlin for first place on the bars with scores of 9.90. But NU recovered with solid beam routines - led by freshman Amy Ringo’s career-best 9.85. A beam score of 48.375 brought the Huskers within 0.40 points of first-place Michigan State. That’s when things got wild. For the final rotation, MSU, 18-3, competed on the balance beam and NU was on the floor. Jess Swift got NU off to a good start on the floor with a 9.65. Swift and her teammates scored a season-high 49.00 while claiming rtte top three spots. Misty Oxford was first with a 9.90, Courtney Brown was sec ond with a career-best 9.85 and Wilkinson was third with a 9.80. Although the Huskers scored well, they were afraid the Spartans had held on for the vic tory. MSU’s final four gymnasts had perfect routines, but they couldn’t score well enough to make up for falls by their first two gymnasts. The result was a score of 48.55, which put them 0.05 points behind NU. “I was so proud of how the team fought back,” Kendig said. “I told them they still had a chance to win heading into the floor exercise, and our five gym nasts came through for us.” Wilkinson won her first all around with a 39.175. Brink fin ished second with a 38.875. Wilkinson said that although NU struggled, the meet would help down the line. “It gave us confidence that we can beat good teams even if we have a bad day.” help Olson save career TUCSON, Anz. (AP) If time took the hop off Gregg Olson’s fastball, it left his curve alone and gave him a keen i sense of how to keep his career alive. While changing his pitching motion last year to reduce the strain on a perpet ually sore elbow, the Omaha Northwest graduate also picked up a changeup that increases his chances of making the Arizona Diamondbacks as a setup man. “He doesn't hav e some of the great stuff that he used to have,” Pitching Coach Mark Connor said. “But his fast ball is still 90 mph; and better, his curve ball is still an out pitch, and the change up has really helped him out. I think it's going to prolong his career." Olson was a bullpen star for the Baltimore Orioles, who chose him No. 4 overall in the 1988 amateur draft. The next season, he was the AL rookie of the year after setting the league record for saves by a rookie (27). He had at least 20 saves in each of his next four seasons, the first major leaguer to do so, and became the Orioles' all-time save leader (160) in 1993. But then came elbow trouble. The Orioles told him to have reconstructive surgery, but Olson opted for rehabilita tion. By the end of the season, Olson was nearly back to form, but his years of playing for Baltimore were over. “1 think 1 hurt my elbow through overuse," Olson said. “I was worn out." From 1994-97. he plavedffor five different teams. 1 le was with the Royals l'or the second time last year when coaches noticed a forward lean that w as affecting his motion. After correcting his mechanics in June, Olson went 4-3 with a 3.02 eamed-nin average. Now he has a new lease on his career. In his first appearance with the Diamondbacks Saturday, he pitched a perfect inning against the Chicago White Sox. “A lot of people think this guv is 40 years old." Manager Buck Shovvalter said. “He's only 31, and if his arm comes back like it did last year, we'll have a very usable piece." Read and earn credit at your pace this summer Add hours to your schedule while you: ■ Take course work with you to summer destinations. ■ Study at home at your own pace. Check it out March 11: ■ Meet instructors 5-6:30 p.m. March 11 at the Summer Reading Courses all-program meeting. Location: Clifford Hardin Nebraska Center for Continuing Education, 33rd and Holdrege streets. ■ Choose from 32 undergraduate courses in 13 departments. Read the Wednesday, March 4, Daily Nebraskan for a full listing of courses, instructors and alternate meeting times. Call for your Reading Course catalog: 472-1392 cvn University of Nebraska-Lincoln Division of Continuing Studies Department of Part-Time Student Services and Degree Options UNL is a nondiscriminatory institution. 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