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He will be staying at home and
practicing until a hearing is held in the
United Kingdom to determine his eli
gibility in international competition.
Myerscough allegedly tested positive
for a banned substance.
His absence will cost the Huskqrs
a probable first-place in the shot put
Pepin said the national meet was
n’t indicative of how good a team was.
He said the teams that do the best are
usually those that have most quality at
the top rather than the most athletes.
The NU women outscored Texas
at conference, yet die Longhorns are
the favorite at nationals.
“It’s a lot different from confer
ences,” Pepin said. “There you work
for matchups. It takes a great individ
ual to get to nationals.”
The Husker women will have nine
women competing. Six-time All
American Dalhia Ingram lead the
experienced group of women by
fighting for points in both the long
jump and triple jump.
The senior was named the
USTCA Midwest region athlete of the
year. She is tied for the second-best
mark in the country with a leap of 44
feet, 6 inches in the triple jump. There,
Ingram will have the opportunity to
rematch Louisiana State’s Keisha
Spencer, who set a Bob Devaney
Sports Center Track record by jump
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The Huskers’ youngest woman
competitor is freshman Emily Waibel,
who is coming off a second-place fin
ish at the conference meet where she
ran a 8.28 in the 60-meter hurdles.
Last week, Waibel competed in
the National Indoor Track and Field
Championships, where she bowed out
Despite the disappointing show
ing, Waibel said, the experience will
help her at the NCAAs.
“I didn’t run like I wanted to, but
it’ll make me less nervous for nation
als,” Waibel said.
The Huskers have two high
jumpers in the field who have cleared
6 feet. Senior Carrie Braness and
junior Jessica Thompson are ranked
fifth and twelfth, respectively.
NU also boasts the No. 3 women’s
weight-thrower in the country. Junior
Melissa Price has a personal-best
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Huskers look to improve
over eight-game stretch
■NU hopes to rebound
after a 1-2 conference
start at Kansas State.
By Dane Stickney7
While most university students
will be enjoying their spring breaks,
the Nebraska baseball team will enter
an important stretch of their schedule.
The Comhuskers (7-5) need to win
a large percentage of their eight games
over the break against Kansas State,
Arkansas and Oklahoma, NU Coach
Dave Van Horn said.
“We’re at a crossroads in our sea
son right now,” Van Horn said. “We
need to get some wins under our belts
now to pick up momentum.”
Last weekend, the Huskers lost two
of three to Oklahoma State in their first
Big 12 series. Texas and Baylor are sit
ting atop the conference with 5-1
The Huskers, 1-2 in the confer
ence, will look to climb back into the
top of the Big 12 this weekend when
they go to Manhattan, Kan., to face
Kansas State for three games.
KSU is 3-10 overall and 0-6 in the
Big 12, but Van Horn said the Wildcats
will be fired up to face the Huskers.
“They’re a real hungry team,” he
said. “This will be their first home
series, and their backs are against the
Van Horn said this weekend’s
series is important for Nebraska.
“This is big for us,” he said. “We
need to go on the road and sweep
Sophomore Shane Komine will
pitch Friday, freshman Jaime Rodrigue
will pitch Saturday and senior Chad
Wiles will go Sunday.
After the three-game stand against
KSU, NU will travel to Fayetteville,
Ark., to face Arkansas on Tuesday and
The Huskers defeated Arkansas
13-2 on Feb. 22 in what Van Horn
called Nebraska’s best game of the sea
“That was the best we’ve played
this season,” he said. “Everything
came together, and we looked great.
But they’re a lot better team than they
showed against us the first time.”
The Razorbacks are 11-6 and rid
ing a six-game winning streak.
On March 17, Nebraska will return
to Lincoln for its first home series in
Big 12 play against Oklahoma.
The Sooners are currently 11-5
overall and 3-0 in the Big 12 after
sweeping KSU last weekend.
Van Horn said the OU series will
be a big series because it is the
Huskers’ first Big 12 home stand of the
“OU’s always a strong team, and if
we can get some big wins against them
here at home, it’ll really give us some
confidence,” he said. “But that’s a long
ways down the road. We’ve got some
tough games ahead of us before we
R.D. Spiehs, a sophomore relief
pitcher, said the team isn’t looking past
“We’re just concentrating on
sweeping Kansas State,” he said. “We
know beating Arkansas and Oklahoma
will be tough, but we’re set on being
ready for K-State.”
Rob Childress, Nebraska’s pitch
ing coach, said the pitching staff will
have to be a big factor during the eight
games over spring break.
The staff’s depth and prior success
should propel them through the com
ing games, he said.
“I think our pitchers will hold up,”
he said. “We’ve got six or seven guys
who can go out and give us three to
four solid innings.”
NU hopes for individual wins
By David Diehl
If there was any sus
pense about how the
Nebraska wrestling team
will fare when they take the
mat at the NCAA
Thursday, Tim Neumann has
already killed it.
“We’re not going to win
the national title,” Neumann
admitted. “It became appar
ent before Christmas that we
weren’t going to win the
national championship this
Teams like Iowa and Big
12 Conference foes Iowa
State and Oklahoma State
should be favorites to take
home the trophy, Neumann
Whereas the favorites
qualified between eight and
10 wrestlers apiece, the
Cornhuskers qualified six
for the Championships, to be
held in St. Louis, Mo., next
Thursday through Saturday.
The limited number of
wrestlers makes the
Cornhuskers’ chances slim.
Paul Gomez at 125
pounds, Todd Beckerman at
133, Joe Henson at 149,
Bryan Snyder at 157 and
Brad Vering at 197 all earned
automatic bids by placing
third or higher in die Big 12
Charles McTorry finished
fourth at 184 pounds but
earned a wild-card berth to
Snyder and Vering are
ranked second and third in
their respective divisions
and look to be NU’s best
shots for individual titles.
Vering probably will
have to get through OSU’s
Mark Munoz to win his
national title. Vering is 3-6
against his rival in his career
and three of those losses
have come this year.
“I’ve paid my dues,”
Vering said. “I’ve worked
hard and (beating Munoz) is
going to happen sometime.
But we both have to wrestie
four other times before we’d
meet, so a lot of things can
Despite not taking an
entirely loaded gun with
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. wrestling coach
him, Neumann said, he still
has hope that individuals can
If everyone gets on a roll,
who knows what could hap
In 1996, Iowa State fin
ished fourth in the confer
ence, qualified only five
wrestlers and finished in
second place, Neumann
Neumann said he felt
very comfortable with the
group that will be competing
next week. Despite only hav
ing six grapplers, he said
having all six of them seeded
eased any doubts in their
When NU brought nine
or ten guys in the past,
Neumann said, there were
always a couple that he knew
would go 0-2 and be out of
the tourney, which isn’t so
“Every single guy we’re
bringing I think can place,”
Neumann said. “If we come
back with six All
Americans, that’s the most
Nebraska’s ever had.”
Henson comes into the
national tournament after a
strong showing at the Big 12
meet, where he upset
Oklahoma’s Jared Frayer
and put up a strong fight in
the finals before losing to
OSU’s Reggie Wright
Henson said that primar
ily the focus is on individuals
“I think you need to be
focused on what you’re
going to do,” Henson said,
“and on how you’re
wrestling right now. Having
those other guys really does
n’t matter because you have
to focus on yourself.”
Gymnastics faces back-to-back duals
■ NU celebrates 25 years
of women’s gymnastics
By Jason Merrihew
While the majority of Nebraska
students begin their downward spiral,
that is spring break, the fifth-ranked
NU women’s gymnastics team will try
to remain focused on taking care of
The Comhuskers will participate
in two duels on back-to-back days at
the Bob Devaney Sports Center on
Sunday, March 12, and Monday
Sunday, the Huskers will be
involved in a border war with the Iowa
Hawkeyes that will begin at 4 p.m.
NU is as red hot as die color they
wear. In the past two meets, the
Comhuskers have broken the school
record team score. The current record
is now set at 196.80.
“It’ll be real interesting,” NU
junior Amy Ringo said. “I’ve never
faced Iowa before.”
The Hawkeyes come into Lincoln
after posting a season-low 190.275
team score in the Corvette Cup in
“They’ve (the Huskers) been so
good about getting themselves up for
every meet regardless who our com
petition is,” NU Coach Dan Kendig
During the Iowa duel, the Huskers
will be celebrating the 25th year of
women’s gymnastics at the university.
Monday’s duel against 101"
ranked Brigham Young University
will marie the last time seniors Nicole
Wilkinson and Heather Brink set foot
into the Bob Devaney Sports Center
competing for the scarlet and cream.
“Monday will be fun because it is
Senior Night,” Ringo said.
The Cornhuskers already have
scored a victory against the Cougars
this season when they faced each other
last week in the Shanico Invitational.
BYU placed third behind Oregon
State and NU in the quadrangular.
The previous victory over the
Cougars and Senior Night should give
Nebraska extra motivation to compete
well against the fellow top-10 foe.
“This should be a good practice
for what is in store for us,” Kendig
The duel against BYU wHl begin
at 7 p.m. on Monday.
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