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Women dominate field events
Chandler, Hutchinson pace meni I
By Jamie Suhr
AMES, Iowa - While the
Nebraska women’s track and
field team chanted “Go Big
Red,” Texas, the returning
indoor and outdoor national
champions, looked on in disbe
lief as the Cornhuskers were
named Big 12 Champions.
At the Indoor Conference
Championships held Feb. 25
26 in Ames, Iowa, NU
outscored UT 154.5-137.5,
ending the Longhorns’ run of
two straight indoor and outdoor
Big 12 tides.
“This was a great win for
the kids,” Coach Gary Pepin
said. “It took a total team
Pepin said he never had had
a team compete or work as hard
in his 20 years of coaching.
The Huskers received per
sonal bests from a number of
women, including All
American long-jumper and
triple-jumper Dalhia Ingram.
In the long jump, Ingram
broke her indoor personal best
twice with jumps of 20 feet, 10
>/2 inches and then 20 feet, 11
3A. All jumps she landed with
out faulting would have been
good for first place. The next
closest competitor was
Oklahoma’s Janel Hayes, who
jumped 20-1 V*.
On her first jump of prelim
inaries, Ingram blew away the
field by setting an indoor per
sonal best and Harry Hoak
Track record in the triple jump
by leaping 44-6, easily surpass
ing Kansas State’s Kimela
West, who took home second
place with a distance of 41-13A.
In her four years at NU,
Ingram has won five confer
ence titles, with this being her
first triple-jump crown.
Ingram said she used com
ments made by Texas in last
year’s conference champi
onships as motivation.
“We let than know that we
can’t be easily matched,”
The Huskers scored major
points in die high jump led by
Carrie Braness, who placed
second by jumping 6 feet, Vi
inch. NU’s Jessica Thompson
and Marijana Buljovcic fin
ished third and fifth respective
Melissa Price won the
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By Sean Callahan
AMES, Iowa - It was very
evident in the emotions of the
Nebraska men’s track and
field team that it wanted to win
the Big 12 Conference
Even with the loss of shot
putter Carl Myerscough, the
Cornhuskers still wanted to
prove they could win the meet
despite their starting 10 points
It took a strong team effort
from every member of the
Husker team, but when the
two-day meet was over, NU
edged heavily favored Texas
115 to 101.
“That is a great, great win
for the kids,” Nebraska Coach
Gary Pepin said. “It took a real
effort on both sides, and.1 don't
know in 20 years of coaching
here dial I’ve ever seen people
who wanted to win it more. As
a group, we were terrific.”
The great team effort
Pepin was talking about was
the four individual titles
Nebraska took home, unlike a
year ago when the Huskers
only won one individual crown
and finished in fourth place.
Junior Chris Chandler led
NU by winning titles in the 60
and the 200-meter dash, while
sophomore Sheldon Hutch
inson won titles in both the
long and triple jump.
Chandler, a junior college
transfer from Wallace State
(Ala.) Community College set
conference records in the 60
with a time of 6.62 and in the
200 (20.73). Chandler’s 200
time was also the nation’s
fastest of the 2000 indoor sea
“I don’t know where that
came from,” Chandler said.
“But a win here is just a win.
Until I get to NCAAs, I won’t
be excited about anything.”
Nebraska Sprints Coach
Billy Maxwell said he couldn’t
be more proud of his All
Maxwell said he recruited
Chandler to be a runner of this
“I knew he was one of
those kids you get the privilege
of coaching,” Maxwell said. “I
have coached three kids in my
lifetime of his caliber. When
it’s all said and done, he may
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NU women nail
By Jason Merrihew
Like clockwork, the Nebraska
women’s gymnastics team put on a
stellar performance in the friendly
confines of Bob Devaney Sports
The seventh-ranked Huskers
took the Masters Classic by storm,
setting a school and Bob Devaney
Sports Center record with a team
score of 196.775.
“Can we do better? Of course,”
Coach Dan Kendig said.
The Comhuskers swept the
quadrangular in all four events,
including the top three individual
spots in each event.
The all-around title was cap
tured by senior All-American
Heather Brink of Nebraska with a
score of 39.575. Brink turned in a
spectacular performance, winning
the floor exercise with a career
high 9.925 in die event. Along with
the floor exercise, Brink captured
the vault title with ascore of 9.90.
“It was a very good meet for all
of us,” Brink said.
Indeed it was. Despite fresh
man Jen French’s absence from the
meet because of a death in the fam
ily, the Huskers’ depth proved why
they belong among the elite in the
Junior Amy Ringo turned in a
personal-high 39.225 in the all
around, giving her second place.
The Phoenix, Ariz., native tied
teammate A. J. Lamb on the vault
for second place with a 9.80 on the
Ringo also set a personal best
in the floor exercise with a third
place 9.85 score.
Freshman Julie Houk won the
uneven bars individual title, tying
the school record with a 9.95 score.
Houk was the recipient of a 10 '
from one judge, while the other
judge gave her a 9.9.
“I could have done a little bit
better,” Houk said. “It gave me a lot
of confidence. I know I can get a
Lamb also joined the winners’
circle with a first-place score of
9.875 on the balance beam. Lamb
set a career-high 9.8 on the vault,
giving her second place.
Freshman Jess Wertz had a
career-best 39.075 fourth-place
showing in the all-around. Wertz’s
performance was highlighted by a
personal-best 9.90 on the uneven
The victory keeps momentum
on Nebraska’s side as it heads
toward the championship part of
“We are the team to beat,”
NICOLE WILKINSON performs her balance beam routine at the
Masters Classic in the Bob Devany Sports Center Sunday.
CU, Nee gets
By Matthew Hansen
The day began with a ceremony honoring senior
Larry Florence and ended with a ceremony for Coach
In between, the Comhuskers’ lone senior spear
headed a 69-64 win that made the post-game festivi
ties honoring Nee as Nebraska’s all-time winningest
The victory, which broke NU’s six-game losing
streak, came in Florence’s last game at the Bob
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game, Randy Cipriano, son of the late Husker Coach
Joe Cipriano, participated in die midcourt ceremony.
“He’s been coming to a lot of games,” Nee said in
his post-game press conference. When no one
laughed, he added, “That’s a joke, you guys. I know
you think it’s my funeral, but it’s CMC.”
According to Nee, his lone senior had a huge part
in the victory. Florence scored a game-high 23 points
for the Huskers (11-16 overall, 4-10 in the Big 12), the
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Tough draw hurts No. 1 Huskers in Great Plains tourney
By David Diehl
For the women’s bowling team,
it was the luck of the draw that some
what determined its fate. .
It wasn’t good luck.
The top-ranked Comhuskers fell
to No. 3 Wichita State in the semifi
nal round of the Great Plains
Tournament Championships, losing
four games to two on their wayto an
eventual third-place finish.
NU entered the last of three days
_ of competition as the top seed after
blowing through the rest of the con
ference during the qualifying rounds
Friday and Saturday.
But Wichita State earned a
lower-than-expected fourth seed,
which set the table for the match
with NU. Coach Bill Straub said that
matchup is something usually you’d
see later in a tournament.
“We’d like to think we’ve com
peted with them in a very successful
manner over the years,” Straub said,
“but there’s still no doubt that what
ever college tournament you’re
going to, you’re looking for either
Nebraska or Wichita State to be in
die championship round.
“But because they weren’t one
of the top two seeds, we had to play
them early, and it certainly made
In the consolation round, the
Huskers made quick work of
Indiana State University, sweeping
them in the best-of-five games
By looking at the statistics, one
wouldn’t figure that NU came out
the way it did. In qualifying, NU had
the highest per-game average (192)
and won the most games during
qualifying (73.5 out of 100).
Nebraska also placed four
bowlers on the All-Conference
team. Kim Claus was the tourna
ment’s Most Valuable Performer;
Diandra Hyman, Kari Schwager and
Amanda O’Hayre also were named
to the five-member team.
“I think we performed
admirably,” Straub said,
“Unfortunately, we just had a few
breaks that didn’t go our way.
However, this was nothing to be
ashamed of. The Great Plains
Classic was played in the Baker for
mat, in which each team competes
with a five-bowler squad, and each
bowler throws in two of 10 frames.
Team scores then determined seed
ing for the tournament. Individual
results were not kept
In tibe men’s division, top-seeded
Nebraska was runner-up to Wichita
State, the No. 2 seed, yielding to the
Shockers in the seventh and final
game of the match and losing 4-3.
Two of NU’s top bowlers were
unable to compete, and the replace
ments’inexperience came back to
bite die Huskers, Straub said
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Diadra Hyman gets a shoulder rub during a
break In competition at the Great Plains
Conference Classic held at Sun Valley Lanes
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