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June 6, 2013

2013 Summit League Review–How did UNO stack up in their first year?

UNO, in just their 2nd year of D1 transition and first year playing in a conference had what has to be considered a fantastic season. UNO got solid, if not fantastic starts from their soccer teams and ended the year watching the baseball team win the school’s first Summit League title. Here’s a breakdown of how the school’s teams did throughout the year in comparison to other schools.

Fall Season

Type of Results Regular Season Regular Season Regular Season Championship Standings Championship Standings Average Finish
School Men’s Soccer Women’s Soccer Volleyball Men’s Cross Country Women’s Cross Country
Oakland 1st 1st T-3rd 4th 4th 2.6
South Dakota State N/A 5th T-5th 1st 3rd 3.5
North Dakota State N/A T-3rd T-5th T-6th 1st 3.75
Fort Wayne T-4th 2nd 2nd 8th 6th 4.4
South Dakota N/A 9th T-5th 2nd 2nd 4.5
IUPUI 6th 8th 1st 3rd 7th 5
Kansas City 2nd 6th T-3rd T-6th 9th 5.2
Western Illinois 3rd T-3rd 8th 5th 8th 5.4
Omaha T-4th 7th 9th N/A 5th 6.25

Winter Season

Type of Results Regular Season Regular Season Championship Standings Championship Standings Championship Standings Championship Standings Average Finish
School Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball Men’s Swimming and Diving Women’s Swimming and Diving Men’s Indoor Track and Field Women’s Indoor Track and Field
South Dakota State T-1st 1st 2nd 4th 4th 5th 2.8
North Dakota State 3rd 7th N/A N/A 2nd 1st 3.25
IUPUI 9th 2nd 3rd 2nd N/A N/A 4
Omaha 6th T-5th N/A 3rd N/A 2nd 4
South Dakota T-7th 3rd 6th 5th 1st 3rd 4.2
Oakland 4th 9th 1st 1st 6th 6th 4.5
Western Illinois T-1st T-5th 5th 7th 5th 7th 5
Kansas City T-7th 8th N/A N/A 3rd 4th 5.5
Fort Wayne 5th 4th N/A N/A N/A 8th 5.7

Spring Season

Type of Results Regular Season Regular Season Regular Season Regular Season Championship Standings Championship Standings Championship Standings Championship Standings Average Finish
School Baseball Softball Men’s Tennis Women’s Tennis Men’s Golf Women’s Golf Men’s Outdoor T&F Women’s Outdoor T&F
NDSU 4th 1st N/A N/A 5th 1st 1st 1st 2.2
Kansas City N/A 5th 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 4th 5th 2.9
South Dakota N/A 4th N/A 4th 2nd 9th 2nd 2nd 3.8
SDSU 2nd 8th 2nd 3rd 3rd 7th 3rd 4th 4
Omaha 1st 2nd 6th 6th 8th 4th N/A 3rd 4.3
Fort Wayne 6th 3rd 3rd 1st 9th 8th N/A 8th 5.4
Western Illinois 5th 6th 4th 8th 4th 5th 5th 7th 5.5
Oakland 3rd 9th N/A 5th 6th 6th 6th 6th 5.9
IUPUI N/A 7th 5th 7th 7th 3rd 7th 9th 6.4

Overall Averages

School Fall  Average Fall Sports Winter Average Winter Sports Spring Average Spring Sports Total Sports Average Finish
NDSU 3.75 4 3.25 4 2.2 6 14 2.93
SDSU 3.5 4 2.8 6 4 8 18 3.5
South Dakota 4.5 4 4.2 6 3.8 6 16 4.13
Kansas City 5.2 5 5.5 4 2.9 7 16 4.25
Oakland 2.6 5 4.5 6 5.9 7 18 4.5
Omaha 6.25 4 4 4 4.3 7 15 4.73
Fort Wayne 4.4 5 5.7 3 5.4 7 15 5.13
Western Illinois 5.4 5 5 6 5.5 8 19 5.32
IUPUI 5 5 4 4 6.4 7 16 5.38

The tale of the tape is kind of interesting here. Knowing that Kansas City and Oakland won’t be around next year of the remaining seven schools you can see where the balance of power definitely is, the Dakotas. North Dakota State seems to be the premier program in the league right now with South Dakota State their closest competitor. It’s a bit of a further drop to South Dakota who was never spectacular as their best average was only 3.8 in the spring. they were however consistent with their worst average being only 4.5 in the fall.

Omaha has to feel fairly good about how their first year went. They were a bit off the pace in the fall as their 6.25 average was the 2nd worst of any school for any season (IUPUI had a 6.4 average in the spring) but they were much stronger in the winter and the spring as they got their season long average down to 4.73.

Historical Comparison

I wondered how UNO stacked up compared to the last few schools to move into the Summit. Now one thing to note here is that Fort Wayne began their transition in 2001, NDSU and SDSU began in 2004, and South Dakota began in 2008. None of the schools went through the kind of transition UNO is dealing with where they will spend 3 years competing in the Summit League while not being eligible for the postseason. All were able to build their programs much more before their first Summit competition. So how does UNO stack up in terms of average finish?

School Fall  Average Fall Sports Winter Average Winter Sports Spring Average Spring Sports Total Sports Average Finish
NDSU 2007-08 4.75 4 2.25 4 3.8 6 14 3.64
SDSU 2007-08 2.75 4 4.5 6 4.8 8 18 4.22
Omaha 2012-13 6.25 4 4 4 4.3 7 15 4.73
South Dakota 2011-12 6.25 4 4 6 5.3 6 16 5.06
Fort Wayne 2007-08 5.6 5 6 3 5.9 7 15 5.8

Few things of note… the Summit League was only 9 teams this year as opposed to 10 last year and 10 in 2007-08. Was that an advantage to Omaha? Probably slightly. But in that 2007-08 season there were only 7 returning members as three new members joined. So that was certainly an advantage for NDSU, SDSU and Fort Wayne.

NDSU had an amazing first year in the Summit and were extremely competitive. They stand out from the pack in this table. I think the case could be made though that Omaha’s season was the 2nd best of these five. Yes they were a half spot worse on average than SDSU five years ago, but that season for SDSU came in their last season of transition as opposed to Omaha’s second. I think this seems to show the future is very bright for UNO.

March 1, 2013

Sami Spenner to compete in Pentathlon at USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Today!

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Track and Field — Jon Green @ 9:11 am

Just saw a tweet from UNO Track about Sami Spenner competing down in Albuquerque at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championship. It’s an awesome opportunity for Spenner who isn’t eligible to compete for the NCAA Championship due to Omaha’s status of a transition member. If she was her mark of 4101 would rank 8th nationally.

Does Spenner have a chance to win? Probably not as also in the field is one Sharon Day. Day you may recall represented the US in London at the Olympics in the Heptathlon placing 16th. That said Spenner’s best score of 4104 is better than all but five other competitors have achieved. No doubt she can put up a good mark here and the fact that she’s competing with Day is very cool. Her 4104 would have come in 5th last year, 6th in 2011, and 5th in 2010.

There will be some coverage of the championships on Universal Sports and NBC Sports Network this weekend, though you probably won’t see any mention of Spenner. UNO Track on twitter may have some coverage.

Go Sami!

February 25, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Track and Field – Event #9 Recap – Summit League Indoor Championships – Monday

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Track and Field — Jon Green @ 10:31 pm

Monday Results
The Mavericks didn’t set a bunch of personal bests on Monday at the Summit League Championship. Denneil Shaw and Jessica Ripp both did so in the triple jump while Kathie-Lee Laidley in the high jump, Maja Mihalinec in the 200m, and the 4x400m relay team of Terri Armstrong, Lauren Psota, Katarina Zarudnaya, Sami Spenner all set season bests.

No the real success of Omaha’s track team on Monday was how they did in direct competition with their Summit League peers. Sami Spenner won her 3rd individual event of the Championships in the triple jump with a jump of 12.43m. Teammate Maja Mihalinec added Omaha’s fourth individual title in the 60m dash with a time of 7.58.

Omaha went 1-2 in the triple jump as Denneil Shaw ended up in 2nd with a 11.76m jump. Mihalinec added a second in the 200m with a time of 24.42 to go with her 60m dash win. Kathie-Lee Laidley finished in a tie for 2nd in the high jump after clearing 1.73m. Finally the aforementioned 4x400m relay team came in 2nd after their fantastic time of 3:52.20.

Omaha had two 3rd place finishers, Amanda Vorthmann in the mile with a time of 5:03.04 and Katarina Zarudnaya with a 2:20.66 800 meter race.

Spenner added two fourth place finishes, one in the high jump after clearing 1.68m and one in the 60m hurdles for her 8.69. She ended up with four top five finishes on Monday to go along with the two on Sunday. A fantastic three championships, one runner-up, and two fourths for her this weekend.

Overall Omaha captured four individual titles, five second places, two third place finishes and a grand total of 15 top five finishes. This led Omaha to finish 2nd after narrowly beating out South Dakota 118-114. North Dakota State ran away with the title as expected with 186 points. They’ll be a tough team to top for Omaha in the next couple years.

Omavs.com is reporting that Amanda Vorthmann was battling flu-like symptoms this weekend. A tough break for the great runner who did get a 3rd but was not at her best. Hopefully she can give a strong finish to her career in the outdoor season and perhaps win an individual title in the Summit League Championships.

Here’s the final team standings. Omaha will be really happy with 2nd place.
1 – 186 – North Dakota State
2 – 118 – Omaha
3 – 114 – South Dakota
4 – 86 – Kansas City
5 – 73 – South Dakota State
6 – 43 – Oakland
7 – 34 – Western Illinois
8 – 9 – Fort Wayne

Monday
Women’s Triple Jump – 12.43m/11.76m/11.70m – SR 13.76m
Points: 21
1st – 12.43m – Sami Spenner
2nd – 11.76m – Denneil Shaw – PR
6th – 11.24m – Jessica Ripp – PR

Women’s Shot Put – Preliminaries – SR 14.99m
14th – 12.60m – Elizabeth Thompson

Women’s 1 Mile – 5:00.22/5:02.89/5:03.04 – SR 4:56.57 – Amanda Vorthmann (2013)
Points: 6
3rd – 5:03.04 – Amanda Vorthmann
9th – 5:17.89 – Ashley Kildow
11th- 5:19.92 – Nicole Behm

Women’s High Jump
– 1.81m/1.73m/1.73m – SR 1.78m – Kathie-Lee Laidley (2011)
Points: 12
2nd – 1.73m – Kathie-Lee Laidley – SB
4th – 1.68m – Sami Spenner

Women’s 60m Dash – 7.58/7.60/7.63 – SR 7.49 – Maja Mihalinec (2010)
Points: 10
1st – 7.58 – Maja Mihalinec

Women’s 60m Hurdles – 8.47/8.48/8.56 – SR 8.55
Points: 8
4th – 8.69 – Sami Spenner
6th – 8.97 – Kathie-Lee Laidley

Women’s 800m – 2:18.97/2:19.47/2:20.66 – SR 2:07.14
Points: 7
3rd – 2:20.66 – Katarina Zarudnaya
8th – 2:22.43 – Lauren Psota

Women’s 200m – 23.98/24.42/24.61 – SR 23.93
Points: 8
2nd – 24.42 – Maja Mihalinec – SB

Women’s 5000m – 17:02.31/17:11.69/17:21.04 – SR 17:30.66 – Amanda Vorthmann (2013)
9th – 17:52.28 – Amanda Vorthmann

Women’s 4x400m Relay – 3:50.40/3:52.20/3:54.45 – SR 3:43.37
Points: 8
2nd – 3:52.20 – Omaha ‘A’ – Terri Armstrong, Lauren Psota, Katarina Zarudnaya, Sami Spenner – SB

Summary for Monday:
Winners for Omaha: (2)
Sami Spenner – Triple Jump
Maja Mihalinec – 60m Dash

Runner-ups for Omaha: (4)
Denneil Shaw – Triple Jump
Kathie-Lee Laidley – High Jump
Maja Mihalinec – 200m
4x400m Relay – Omaha ‘A’ – Terri Armstrong, Lauren Psota, Katarina Zarudnaya, Sami Spenner

3rd places for Omaha: (2)
Amanda Vorthmann – 1 Mile
Katarina Zarudnaya – 800m

4th places for Omaha: (2)
Sami Spenner – High Jump, 60m Hurdles

5th places for Omaha: (0)

Omaha season bests: (3)
Kathie-Lee Laidley – High Jump
Maja Mihalinec – 200m
4x400m Relay – Omaha ‘A’ – Terri Armstrong, Lauren Psota, Katarina Zarudnaya, Sami Spenner

Omaha personal bests: (2)
Denneil Shaw – Triple Jump
Jessica Ripp – Triple Jump

Omaha school records: (0)

Next Scheduled Meet:
Omaha’s not eligible for the NCAA Championships so they won’t be taking place in any qualifiers or NCAA Championship events over the next few weeks. That gives the team a few weeks without competition until they head to the Tulsa Duals down in Oklahoma on Saturday, March 16th. Omaha will compete in 10 events this spring before heading to the Summit League Outdoor Championship in Muncie, Indiana in early May.

Omaha competed at the Tulsa Duals last year winning four events and beating two opponents, Tulsa and Kansas State, in head to head scoring. Dual meets are scored 5-3-1 for the top three finishers between the two schools in each event and with 5 points to the relay team with the faster time.

2012-13 Omaha Track and Field – Event #9 Recap – Summit League Indoor Championships – Sunday

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Track and Field — Jon Green @ 9:26 am

Sunday Results
Omaha got off to a great start on Sunday at the Summit League Indoor Championships. The day started with the indoor pentathlon and Sami Spenner going for Omaha’s first Summit League Championship. Spenner won the 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, and long jump before coasting home in 4th in the 800m to easily win the pentathlon. Spenner set personal bests in the high jump (tied) and shot put while Alexander set personal bests in all of the events except the 60m hurdles and overall in the pentathlon.

In the afternoon Elizabeth Thompson set a personal record in the weight throw while failing to make the final. Terri Armstrong did the same thing in the 60m dash semifinals.

Kathie-Lee Laidley tied her personal record in the 60m hurdles semifinals as both she and Sami Spenner qualified for Monday’s final.

In the long jump Omaha went 1-2-4 in the preliminaries as Sami Spenner, Kathie-Lee Laidley, and Denneil Shaw all made the final. Laidley set a personal best with her jump as did Jessica Ripp who was 12th in the preliminaries and didn’t make the final. In the final Omaha went 1-2-4 again as Spenner took first and Laidley improved her personal best again. Shaw’s 5.64m was just 0.04m short of 3rd place, barely denying Omaha a 1-2-3 finish.

In the distance medley relay Omaha took 5th place with a season best time of 12:27.43 by the team of Nicole Behm, Jaqueline Mezick, Lydia Martin, and Ashley Kildow.

Monday will be the busy day for finals with Omaha having competitors in 10 events and a real chance to win several of them. Sami Spenner could be a three event champion by the end of Monday.

Here’s the team standings after the first day. Omaha has a real shot at 2nd place if they have a strong second day.
1 – 47 – North Dakota State
2 – 38 – Omaha
3 – 32 – Kansas City
4 – 28 – South Dakota
5 – 23 – South Dakota State
6 – 14 – Oakland
7 – 11 – Western Illinois
8 – 2 – Fort Wayne

If anyone wants to see the schedule it is here with the heat sheets here.  This is the link to live results.

Sunday
Women’s Indoor Pentathlon – 3888/3520/3441 – SR 4104 – Sami Spenner (2013)
Points: 10
1st – 3888 – Sami Spenner
9th – 2691 – Amanda Alexander – PR

Women’s Indoor Pentathlon – 60m Hurdles – 8.77/9.07/9.10 – SR 8.55
1st – 8.77 – Sami Spenner
9th – 10.72 – Amanda Alexander

Women’s Indoor Pentathlon – High Jump – 1.72m/1.72m/1.63m – SR 1.78m – Kathie-Lee Laidley (2011)
1st – 1.72m – Sami Spenner – Tied PR
8th – 1.48m – Amanda Alexander – PR

Women’s Indoor Pentathlon – Shot Put – 11.54m/10.64m/10.24m – SR 14.99m
1st – 11.54m – Sami Spenner – PR
3rd – 10.24m – Amanda Alexander – PR

Women’s Indoor Pentathlon – Long Jump – 5.75m/5.43m/5.33m – SR 6.23m – Sami Spenner (2013)
1st – 5.75m – Sami Spenner
9th – 4.49m – Amanda Alexander – PR

Women’s Indoor Pentathlon – 800m – 2:19.57/2:20.56/2:25.20 – SR 2:07.14
4th – 2:33.88 – Sami Spenner
8th – 2:43.09 – Amanda Alexander – PR

Women’s Weight Throw – Preliminaries – SR 17.07m
Did not qualify for final:
15th – 14.49m – Elizabeth Thompson – PR

Women’s 800m – Semifinals – SR 2:07.14
Qualified for final:
2nd – 2:20.31 – Katarina Zarudnaya
4th – 2:18.82 – Lauren Psota

Women’s 60m Dash – Semifinals – SR 7.49 – Maja Mihalinec (2010)
Qualified for final:
3rd – 7.60 – Maja Mihalinec

Did not qualify for final:
12th- 7.92 – Terri Armstrong – PR

Women’s 60m Hurdles – Semifinals – SR 8.55
Qualified for final:
4th – 8.72 – Sami Spenner
6th – 8.96 – Kathie-Lee Laidley – Tied PR

Women’s 3000m – 9:51.26/9:51.57/9:55.43 – SR 9:47.90 – Amanda Vorthmann (2013)
Points: 1

8th – 10:06.47 – Amanda Vorthamnn

Women’s Long Jump – Preliminaries – SR 6.23m – Sami Spenner (2013)
Qualified for final:
1st – 6.04m – Sami Spenner
2nd – 5.88m – Kathie-Lee Laidley – PR
4th – 5.54m – Denneil Shaw

Did not qualify for final:
12th – 5.08m – Jessica Ripp – PR

Women’s Long Jump – 6.04m/5.95m/5.68m – SR 6.23m – Sami Spenner (2013)
Points: 23

1st – 6.04m – Sami Spenner
2nd – 5.95m – Kathie-Lee Laidley – PR
4th – 5.64m – Denneil Shaw

Women’s 200m – Semifinals – SR 23.93
Qualified for final:
2nd – 24.69 – Maja Mihalinec

Did not qualify for final:
11th- 25.94 – Terri Armstrong

Women’s Distance Medley – 12:11.82/12:12.27/12:24.64 – SR 11:54.11
Points: 4
5th – 12:27.43 – Omaha ‘A’ – Nicole Behm, Jaqueline Mezick, Lydia Martin, Ashley Kildow – SB

Summary for Sunday:
Winners for Omaha: (2)
Sami Spenner – Pentathlon, Long Jump

Runner-ups for Omaha: (1)
Kathie-Lee Laidley – Long Jump

3rd places for Omaha: (0)

4th places for Omaha: (1)
Denneil Shaw – Long Jump

5th places for Omaha: (1)
Distance Medley Relay – Omaha ‘A’ – Nicole Behm, Jaqueline Mezick, Lydia Martin, Ashley Kildow

Omaha season bests: (1)
Distance Medley Relay – Omaha ‘A’ – Nicole Behm, Jaqueline Mezick, Lydia Martin, Ashley Kildow

Omaha personal bests: (12)
Amanda Alexander – Pentathlon, High Jump, Shot Put, Long Jump, 800m
Sami Spenner – High Jump, Shot Put
Elizabeth Thompson – Weight Throw
Terri Armstrong – 60m Dash
Kathie-Lee Laidley – 60m Hurdles, Long Jump
Jessica Ripp – Long Jump

Omaha school records: (0)

And a quick schedule of the start times of the events for Monday… There should be some live stats available at this link.
Monday
11:30 AM – Triple Jump – Finals – Jessica Ripp, Sami Spenner, Denneil Shaw 
12 PM – Shot Put – Finals – Elizabeth Thompson 
1 PM – Mile – Finals – Amanda Vorthmann, Ashley Kildow, Nicole Behm 
2 PM – High Jump – Finals – Sami Spenner, Kathie-Lee Laidley
2 PM – 60m Dash – Finals – Maja Mihalinec
2:20 PM – 60m Hurdles – Finals – Kathie-Lee Laidley, Sami Spenner 
2:40 PM – 800m – Finals – Katarina Zarudnaya, Lauren Psota
2:50 PM – 200m – Finals – Maja Mihalinec
3 PM – 5000m – Finals – Kristin Rogers, Kristin Carmichael, Kayla Fenske, MiKayla Peck, Karo Garcia, Amanda Vorthmann
3:45 PM – 4x400m Relay – Finals – Terri Armstrong, Lauren Psota, Sami Spenner, Katarina Zarudnaya

February 24, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Track and Field – Event #9 Preview – Summit League Indoor Championships

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Previews,Track and Field — Jon Green @ 2:12 pm

The Summit League Championship has already began with the Pentathlon starting this morning. Sami Spenner is going to win that, you can put it in the bank.

What else might Omaha win? Here’s all their top 5 in the Summit League performances from this year…
60m – Maja Mihalinec has top time of 7.52… better than Deborah John of North Dakota State who has a 7.65 in 2nd.
200m – Maja Mihalinec is 2nd in this one with a 24.45. Antoinette Goodman of North Dakota State has run a 24.21.
800m – Katarina Zarudnaya’s 2:12.23 is 3rd. Paige Stratioti of North Dakota State has the top time of 2:09.26.
Mile – Amanda Vorthmann ran a 4:56.57, 4th best behind Tera Potts who ran a 4:55.02 for South Dakota State.
3000m – Amanda Vorthmann’s 9:47.90 is 4th again behind Heidi Peterson of North Dakota State who has a 9:45.27.
5000m – Vorthmann once again near the top. Her 17:22.68 is 3rd best this season with Brittni Hutton of Oakland having run a 16:45.31.
60m Hurdles – Sami Spenner has a 8.66 this year, 3rd behind Deborah John of North Dakota State who has a 8.42.
4x400m Relay – Omaha’s team has been 4th with a 3:52.42, North Dakota State the best at 3:45.74.
Distance Medley – Omaha is again 4th, this time in 13:03.80. UMKC the top team with a 12:16.65.
High Jump – Sami Spenner’s 1.72m is only 3rd with Kathie-Lee Laidley’s 1.70m in 4th. Megan Glisar of South Dakota has cleared 1.79m.
Long Jump – Omaha should see success here. Sami Spenner leads at 6.23m with 2nd place all the way back at 5.88m. Kathie-Lee Laidley is 3rd with 5.84m and Denneil Shaw is 5th with 5.78m.
Triple Jump – Sami Spenner is first here as well with a 12.99m. Second place is all the way back at 12.27m while Denneil Shaw is 5th with a 11.68m.
Pentathlon – Sami Spenner put up a 4126 earlier this year, 2nd place is only 3371.

I predict Sami Spenner wins three events and Omaha wins five in total.

If anyone wants to see the schedule it is here with the heat sheets here.  This is the link to live results.

Here’s who appears to be competing for UNO… though just because they are listen on the heat sheets doesn’t mean they for sure will compete.
Sami Spenner – Pentathlon, 60m Hurdles, 4x400m Relay, High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump
Maja Mihalinec – 60m Dash, 200m
Terri Armstrong – 60m Dash, 200m, 4x400m Relay
Kathie-Lee Laidley – High Jump, 60m Hurdles, Long Jump
Katarina Zarudnaya – 800m, 4x400m Relay
Lauren Psota – 800m, 4x400m Relay
Nicole Behm – 1 Mile, Distance Medley Relay
Amanda Vorthmann – 1 Mile, 3000m, 5000m
Ashley Kildow – 1 Mile, Distance Medley Relay
Kristin Rogers – 5000m
Kristin Carmichael – 5000m
Kayla Fenske – 5000m
MiKayla Peck – 5000m
Karo Garcia – 5000m
Jaqueline Mezick – Distance Medley Relay
Lydia Martin – Distance Medley Relay
Jessica Ripp – Long Jump, Triple Jump
Denneil Shaw – Long Jump, Triple Jump
Elizabeth Thompson – Shot Put, Weight Throw
Amanda Alexander – Pentathlon
And a quick schedule of the start times of the events… There should be some live stats available at this link.

Sunday
9:30 AM – Pentathlon – Sami Spenner, Amanda Alexander
      10 AM – 60m Dash
      10:30 AM – High Jump
      1 PM – Shot Put
      1:45 PM – Long Jump
      2:45 PM – 800m
3 PM – 60m Dash – Prelims – Maja Mihalinec, Terri Armstrong
3 PM – Weight Throw – Finals – Elizabeth Thompson
3:30 PM – 60m Hurdles – Prelims – Kathie-Lee Laidley, Sami Spenner
4 PM – 800m – Semi Finals – Katarina Zarudnaya, Lauren Psota
5:05 PM – 60m Dash – Semi Finals
5:35 PM – 60m Hurdles – Semi Finals
6:05 PM – 3000m – Finals – Amanda Vorthmann
6:15 PM – Long Jump – Finals – Sami Spenner, Jessica Ripp, Kathie-Lee Laidley, Denneil Shaw
6:35 PM – 200m – Semi Finals – Maja Mihalinec, Terri Armstrong
7:05 PM – Distance Medley Relay – Finals – Nicole Behm, Jaqueline Mezick, Lydia Martin, Ashley Kildow

Monday
11:30 AM – Triple Jump – Finals – Jessica Ripp, Sami Spenner, Denneil Shaw
12 PM – Shot Put – Finals – Elizabeth Thompson
1 PM – Mile – Finals – Amanda Vorthmann, Ashley Kildow, Nicole Behm
2 PM – High Jump – Finals – Sami Spenner, Kathie-Lee Laidley
2 PM – 60m Dash – Finals
2:20 PM – 60m Hurdles – Finals
2:40 PM – 800m – Finals
2:50 PM – 200m – Finals
3 PM – 5000m – Finals – Kristin Rogers, Kristin Carmichael, Kayla Fenske, MiKayla Peck, Karo Garcia, Amanda Vorthmann
3:45 PM – 4x400m Relay – Finals – Terri Armstrong, Lauren Psota, Sami Spenner, Katarina Zarudnaya

February 19, 2013

Sami Spenner Does It AGAIN… Summit League Track & Field Woman Athlete of The Week!

Filed under: The Summit League,Track and Field — Jon Green @ 10:03 pm

A week ago Sami Spenner set a Summit League record. I’m not totally sure this is the first Summit League record Omaha has set, but I believe it is. The record is the most athlete of the week awards in one season in conference history. Spenner recorded her 5th of the season last week, breaking the previous record of four by Laura Hermanson of North Dakota State in 2007-08. Now Spenner has done it again and stands alone as the only woman with six in a single season. Along the way Spenner has moved into 2nd in conference history for career awards. Hermanson had seven between 2006 and 2008 and Spenner could break that record next year.

Sami Spenner certainly earned the award by winning the triple jump at the Nebraska Tune-Up with a jump of 12.99m. It was a personal best for the junior and leads the league this year and is 8th in the country. If only Omaha was eligible for that competition… Sad smile. She also was 5th in the high jump at 1.65m and 6th in the 200m at 24.50. Spenner seems likely to win several events at the Summit League Indoor Championship next Sunday and Monday.

For more information see the stories on thesummitleague.org or omavs.com.

February 16, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Track and Field – Event #8 Recap – Nebraska Tune-Up

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Track and Field — Jon Green @ 2:31 am

Omaha didn’t set any school records on Friday but managed to land 19 personal bests from 18 competitors. Omaha saw personal bests set in 19 of the 37 entries, a fantastic afternoon. There were also two season bests set on the afternoon.

Omaha did get one event winner, Sami Spenner in the triple jump with a personal best distance of 12.99m.

Amanda Vorthmann competed in the 1,000m for the first time this year and came up short of a school record as she finished with a personal best time of 2:54.43 in 2nd place. Katarina Zarudnaya had a strong run in the 800m as she set a personal best while running a 2:12.23, good for 2nd place.

Maja Mihalinec had the only 3rd place finish for Omaha as she posted a 8.60 in the 60m dash.

It was a nice tune-up for the Mavericks who head to the Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championship in Vermilion, South Dakota next.

Women’s 5000m – 17:30.82/17:30.89/17:37.64 – SR 17:30.66 – Amanda Vorthmann (2013)
8th – 18:54.11 – Karo Garcia- PR
17th- 20:13.06 – Avery Schmidt – PR

Women’s 60m Hurdles – 8.43/8.60/8.62 – SR 8.55
6th – 8.73 – Sami Spenner
12th- 9.14 – Kathie-Lee Laidley
24th- 9.90 – Jessica Ripp – SB
18th- 10.60 – Amanda Alexander

Women’s Weight Throw – 17.22m/16.16m/15.91m – SR 17.07m
4th – 15.79m – Lianne McNaughton

Women’s Shot Put
– 15.42m/14.59m/14.26m – SR 14.99m
7th – 12.85m – Elizabeth Thompson – PR

Women’s Long Jump – 5.86m/5.73m/5.65m – SR 6.23m – Sami Spenner (2013)
— – FOULED – Amanda Alexander

Women’s Triple Jump – 12.99m/12.64m/12.44m – SR 13.76m
1st – 12.99m – Sami Spenner – PR
8th – 11.04m – Jessica Ripp – PR

Women’s 60m Dash – 7.48/7.50/7.58 – SR 7.49 – Maja Mihalinec (2010)
3rd – 7.58 – Maja Mihalinec
14th- 7.98 – Terri Armstrong
21st- 8.20 – Denneil Shaw

Women’s 1 Mile – 4:48.04/4:52.18/4:56.57 – SR 4:56.57 – Amanda Vorthmann (2013)
9th – 5:12.36 – Ashley Kildow
12th- 5:15.74 – Nicole Behm – PR
15th- 5:22.68 – Kristin Rogers – First time in this event
24th- 5:50.95 – Michelle Gatewood – PR

Women’s High Jump – 1.85m/1.77m/1.74m – SR 1.78m – Kathie-Lee Laidley (2011)
5th – J1.65m – Sami Spenner
7th – J1.65m – Kathie-Lee Laidley

Women’s 800m – 2:08.29/2:12.23/2:12.53 – SR 2:07.14
2nd – 2:12.23 – Katarina Zarudnaya – PR
4th – 2:15.55 – Lauren Psota – PR
18th– 2:23.40 – Lydia Martin
28th- 2:32.35 – Jaqueline Mezick – PR

Women’s 1000m – 2:52.11/2:54.43/2:58.04 – SR 2:52.46
2nd – 2:54.43 – Amanda Vorthmann – PR
8th – 3:06.18 – Ashley Kildow – PR
9th – 3:11.36 – Carolyn Newhouse
10th- 3:13.81 – Kristin Rogers – PR

Women’s 200m – 23.91/24.21/24.25 – SR 23.93
5th – 24.45 – Maja Mihalinec – SB
6th – 24.50 – Sami Spenner – First time in the event
18th- 25.76 – Terri Armstrong – PR
29th- 26.77 – Denneil Shaw – PR

Women’s 3000m – 9:59.52/10:06.92/10:19.88 – SR 9:47.90
11th – 10:42.60 – Nicole Behm – PR
12th – 10:43.79 – Kristin Carmichael – PR
14th – 10:46.99 – MiKayla Peck – PR
22nd – 11:00.39 – Kayla Fenske – PR

Women’s 4x400m Relay – 3:47.01/3:51.37/3:52.82 – SR 3:43.37
9th – 4:02.90 – Omaha ‘A’ – Terri Armstrong, Katarina Zarudnaya, Amanda Vorthmann, Lauren Psota

Summary:
Winners for Omaha: (1)
Sami Spenner – Triple Jump

Runner-ups for Omaha: (2)
Katarina Zarudnaya – 800m
Amanda Vorthmann – 1000m

3rd places for Omaha: (1)
Maja Mihalinec – 60m Dash

4th places for Omaha: (2)
Lianne McNaughton – Weight Throw
Lauren Psota – 800m

5th places for Omaha: (2)
Sami Spenner – High Jump
Maja Mihalinec – 200m

Omaha season bests: (2)
Jessica Ripp – 60m Hurdles
Maja Mihalinec – 200m

Omaha personal bests: (19)
Karo Garcia – 5000m
Avery Schmidt – 5000m
Elizabeth Thompson – Shot Put
Sami Spenner – Triple Jump
Jessica Ripp – Triple Jump
Nicole Behm – 1 Mile, 3000m
Michelle Gatewood – 1 Mile
Katarina Zarudnaya – 800m
Lauren Psota – 800m
Jaqueline Mezick – 800m
Amanda Vorthmann – 1000m
Ashley Kildow – 1000m
Kristin Rogers – 1000m
Terri Armstrong – 200m
Denneil Shaw – 200m
Kristin Carmichael – 3000m
MiKayla Peck – 3000m
Kayla Fenske – 3000m

Omaha school records: (0)

Next Scheduled Meet:
Omaha will be at the Summit League Indoor Championships on Sunday the 24th and Monday the 25th. That will be held in Vermilion, South Dakota at the Dakota Dome. I’ll be previewing that event as it draws near. Omaha is a contender to win several individual events.

February 15, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Track and Field – Event #8 Preview – Nebraska Tune-Up

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Previews,Track and Field — Jon Green @ 11:26 am

Omaha’s final regular season indoor meet is today as they head down to the Nebraska Tune-Up. There are live stats available here.

The Mavericks will be looking to get one last strong weekend in before heading off to the Summit League Championship in Vermillion on the 24th and 25th. I suppose we should do SCHOOL RECORD WATCH and take a look at where one might fall this weekend… we’ll focus on those who have been close so far
First of all Maja Milhalinec is the school record holder in the 60m Dash at 7.49. She’d need to shave just 0.03 seconds off her season best time to match it… so that’s a possibility every weekend.

Amanda Vorthmann is running the 1,000m this weekend. She has not run the event this year and was about seven seconds off the school record time last year, but with her setting the mile, 3000m, and 5000m over the last couple months, who are we to say she can’t set another?

Sami Spenner has set a couple records as well and her best time of 8.66 in the 60m Hurdles is only .11 seconds off the school record.

Kathie-Lee Laidley already holds the school record in the high jump and while it’s been a couple years since she set it she could still top it again. So those four are probably the most likely if UNO is going to set another record this weekend.

If anyone wants to see the schedule it is here with the heat sheets here.

Here’s who appears to be competing for UNO… we sure learned last week that just because they are listen on the heat sheets on Wednesday doesn’t mean they will compete there on Friday… but it is a good idea.
Lianne McNaughton – Weight Throw
Elizabeth Thompson – Shot Put
Amanda Alexander – Long Jump, 60m Hurdles
Jessica Ripp – Triple Jump, 60m Hurdles
Sami Spenner – Triple Jump, High Jump, 60m Hurdles, 200m
Kathie-Lee Laidley – High Jump, 60m Hurdles
Avery Schmidt – 5000m
Karo Garcia – 5000m
Denneil Shaw – 60m Dash, 200m
Terri Armstrong – 60m Dash, 200m
Maja Mihalinec – 60m Dash, 200m
Kristin Rogers – 1 Mile, 1000m
Michelle Gatewood – 1 Mile
Nicole Behm – 1 Mile, 3000m
Ashley Kildow – 1 Mile, 1000m
Kelsey Green – 600m
Jaqueline Mezick – 800m
Lydia Martin – 800m
Lauren Psota – 800m
Katarina Zarudnaya – 800m
Carolyn Newhouse – 1000m
Amanda Vorthmann – 1000m
Kristin Carmichael – 3000m
Kayla Fenske – 3000m
MiKayla Peck – 3000m
4x400m Relay – Omaha ‘A’ – Katarina Zarudnaya, Lauren Psota, Terri Armstrong, Amanda Vorthmann

And a quick schedule of the start times of the events… There should be some live stats available at this link.

1:00 PM – 5000m – Avery Schmidt, Karo Garcia
1:55 PM – 60m Hurdles – Amanda Alexander, Jessica Ripp, Sami Spenner, Kathie-Lee Laidley
2:00 PM – Weight Throw – Lianne McNaughton
     then – Shot Put – Elizabeth Thompson
2:00 PM – Long Jump – Amanda Alexander
     then – Triple Jump – Jessica Ripp, Sami Spenner
2:25 PM – 60m Dash – Denneil Shaw, Terri Armstrong, Maja Mihalinec
3:00 PM – Mile Run – Kristin Rogers, Michelle Gatewood, Nicole Behm, Ashley Kildow
3:00 PM – High Jump – Sami Spenner, Kathie-Lee Laidley
4:40 PM – 600m – Kelsey Green
5:10 PM – 800m – Jaqueline Mezick, Lydia Martin, Lauren Psota, Katarina Zarudnaya
5:55 PM – 1000m – Kristin Rogers, Ashley Kildow, Carolyn Newhouse, Amanda Vorthmann
6:15 PM – 200m – Sami Spenner, Denneil Shaw, Terri Armstrong, Maja Mihalinec
7:10 PM – 3000m – Nicole Behm, Kristin Carmichael, Kayla Fenske, MiKayla Peck
8:05 PM – 4x400m Relay – Omaha ‘A’ – Katarina Zarudnaya, Lauren Psota, Terri Armstrong, Amanda Vorthmann

February 13, 2013

Omaha Picks Up Some Honors in Softball and Track and Field

Filed under: Softball,The Summit League,Track and Field — Jon Green @ 1:00 pm

Omaha had a successful weekend in several sports and they received a couple of honors early in the week. First of all Dana Elsasser was named Summit League Pitcher of the Week by the Summit League. Elsasser was 3-0 on the weekend and had a seven-inning, one-hit, shutout over Iona to start things off. For the weekend she had 10 strikeouts while giving up just five hits and two runs in 18 innings. More info can be found on TheSummitLeague.org and Omavs.com

Sami Spenner won the Summit League Track & Field Woman Athlete of the Week award for her outstanding performance this weekend at the Iowa State Classic. Spenner set a school record in the long jump with a jump of 6.23m, winning the event. She also won the triple jump with a distance of 12.76m, a personal best. Spenner seems to be a contender for several Summit League titles as both of those marks are the best in the Summit League this season. This was the 5th time Spenner has won the award this year, a new league record for a single season. More info can be found on TheSummitLeague.org and Omavs.com.

February 12, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Track and Field – Event #7 Recap – Iowa State Classic – Saturday

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Track and Field — Jon Green @ 12:20 am

While Omaha only had competitors in five events on Saturday at the Iowa State Classic that didn’t hold them back as Omaha set two school records and won two events.

Sami Spenner won the long jump while jumping a school record 6.23m. That broke the previous mark of 6.16m that Spenner set earlier in the year. The other school record was set by Amanda Vorthmann. Vorthmann set a new school record in the 3,000m with a time of 9:47.90, one of three events she has the school record in along with the mile and the 5,000m. She broke her own record of 9:50.04 which she set in 2012. Vorthmann was 10th in the 3,000m at the Iowa State Classic.

Spenner matched her first place finish in the long jump with one in the triple jump where she set a personal best. She was followed in the long jump by Kathie-Lee Laidley who finished 4th with a personal best 5.84m and Denneil Shaw in 5th.

Maja Mihalinec had two great runs on Saturday as she finished 3rd in both the 60m Dash and the 200m.

Most events on Saturday were the seeded version of events that are held on both Friday and Saturday. The only events where this wasn’t the case was the finals for the 60m hurdles and 60m dash.

Here’s how Omaha’s competitors did on Saturday and the top three times for each event from Saturday.

Women’s Long Jump – 6.23m/6.19m/5.84m – SR 6.16m – Sami Spenner (2013)
1st – 6.23m – Sami Spenner – NEW SCHOOL RECORD
3rd – 5.84m – Kathie-Lee Laidley – PR
4th – 5.66m – Denneil Shaw

Women’s 60m Dash – 7.46/7.53/7.61 – SR 7.49 – Maja Mihalinec – (2010)
3rd – 7.61 – Maja Mihalinec

Women’s 200m – 24.16/24.51/24.52 – SR 23.93
3rd – 24.52 – Maja Mihalinec – First time in the event this season
Women’s Triple Jump – 12.76m/12.27m/12.17m – SR 13.76m
1st – 12.76m – Sami Spenner – PR

Women’s 3000m – 9:21.27/9:26.87/9:30.32 – SR 9:50.04
10th – 9:47.90 – Amanda Vorthmann – NEW SCHOOL RECORD

Summary:
Winners for Omaha: (2)
Sami Spenner – Long Jump, Triple Jump

Runner-ups for Omaha: (0)

3rd places for Omaha: (2)
Maja Mihalinec – 200m, 60m Dash

4th places for Omaha: (1)
Kathie-Lee Laidley – Long Jump

5th places for Omaha: (1)
Denneil Shaw – Long Jump

Omaha season bests: (0)

Omaha personal bests: (2)
Kathie-Lee Laidley – Long Jump
Sami Spenner – Triple Jump

Omaha school records: (2)
Amanda Vorthmann – 3000m
Sami Spenner – Long Jump

Next Scheduled Meet:
Omaha will be taking part in the Nebraska Tune-Up on Friday in Lincoln. The events will get underway at 12:30 PM. It’s the final meet for the Mavericks before the Summit League Indoor Championship in Vermillion, South Dakota on the 24th and 25th of this month.

February 9, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Track and Field – Event #7 Recap – Iowa State Classic – Friday

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Track and Field — Jon Green @ 5:21 am

The headline of Friday is that once again… a school record has fallen. For the 4th time this year it was Amanda Vorthmann setting a school record, but this time it was the one mile run that she broke the record for. She broke the old record of 4:59.22 by running a 4:56.57. To show you how strong the field is this weekend that time was only 3rd best on Friday and Friday was only those who are not-seeded. Strong field.

In addition to the school record Omaha saw seven athletes reach personal bests including three runners in the 5,000m. At the end of this post you can find the listing of the personal bests achieved on Friday.

Most events on Friday were the non-seeded version of events that are held on both Friday and Saturday. The only events where this wasn’t the case was the preliminaries for the 60m hurdles and 60m dash. 

Here’s how Omaha’s competitors did on Friday and give the top three times for each event from Friday.

Women’s 60m Hurdles – Preliminaries – SR 8.55
Qualified for Finals:
No Mavericks

Did Not Qualify:
29th – 9.12 – Kathie-Lee Laidley

Women’s Weight Throw – 18.83m/18.55m/17.57m – SR 17.07m
13th – 16.05m – Lianne McNaughton – PR
21st – 13.55m – Elizabeth Thompson

Women’s 60m Dash – Preliminaries – SR 7.49 – Maja Mihalinec – (2010)
Qualified for Finals:
4th – 7.59 – Maja Mihalinec

Women’s 1 Mile – 4:48.04/4:52.18/4:56.57 – SR 4:59.22
3rd – 4:56.57 – Amanda Vorthmann – NEW SCHOOL RECORD
32nd- 5:13.70 – Ashley Kildow
38th- 5:22.68 – Nicole Behm

Women’s 800m – 2:12.67/2:13.23/2:13.42 – SR 2:07.14
18th – 2:17.56 – Katarina Zarudnaya
19th – 2:17.61 – Lauren Psota
30th – 2:22.79 – Lydia Martin – PR

Women’s Shot Put – 14.13m/14.12m/14.11m – SR 14.99m
11th – 12.76m – Elizabeth Thompson – PR

Women’s Triple Jump – 11.82m/11.75m/11.68m – SR 13.76m
3rd – 11.68m – Denneil Shaw – PR

Women’s 5000m – 17:02.58/17:11.14/17:19.10 – SR 17:30.66 – Amanda Vorthmann (2013)
24th – 18:16.89 – Kristin Rogers
30th – 18:58.89 – MiKayla Peck – PR
32nd – 19:01.86 – Kristen Carmichael – PR
33rd – 19:25.70 – Kayla Fenske – PR

Women’s Distance Medley – 11:37.43/11:50.86/11:54.29 – SR 11:54.11
15th – 13:03.80 – Omaha ‘A’ – Kristin Carmichael, Lydia Martin, Nicole Behm, Lauren Psota – First Time This Season

Summary:
Omaha season bests: (0)

Omaha personal bests: (7)
Lianne McNaughton – Weight Throw
Lydia Martin – 800m
Elizabeth Thompson – Shot Put
Denneil Shaw – Triple Jump
MiKayla Peck – 5000m
Kristen Carmichael – 5000m
Kayla Fenske – 5000m

Omaha school records: (1)
Amanda Vorthmann – 1 Mile

Saturday Schedule:
Here’s who appears to be competing for UNO on Saturday and when:
12:00 PM – Long Jump – Denneil Shaw, Sami Spenner, and Kathie-Lee Laidley
12:05 PM – 60m Dash Final – Maja Mihalinec
1:30 PM – High Jump – Kathie-Lee Laidley
2:05 PM – 200m – Maja Mihalinec
2:30 PM – Tipple Jump – Sami Spenner
3:25 PM – 4x400m Relay – Omaha ‘A’ – Terri Armstrong, Katarina Zarudnaya, Sami Spenner, Lauren Psota

February 6, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Track and Field – Event #6 Recap – Varsity Apartments Invitational

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Track and Field — Jon Green @ 2:27 am

Omaha was at the Varsity Apartments Invitational down in Wichita, Kansas on Friday and Saturday. The Mavericks had another successful weekend as Amanda Vorthmann headlined the weekend by setting the school record once again in the 5000m while winning the event narrowly. UNO saw Maja Mihalinec come in 2nd in the 60m dash, Katarina Zarudnaya come in 2nd in the 800m, Sami Spenner get 2nd in the high jump, an Kathie-Lee Laidley get 2nd in the long jump. Denneil Shaw finished just behind Laidley in the long jump in 3rd place to wrap up the six top-3 finishes for Omaha.

Omaha saw four season bests and 14 personal bests in addition to Vorthmann’s school record. Three Mavericks set personal bests in two separate events: Sami Spenner (60m dash and 60m hurdles), Kristin Rogers (3000m and 5000m), and Kayla Fenske (3000m and 5000,).

Listed below are Omaha’s finishes and the 1st/2nd/3rd times for each event. SB indicates season best, PR indicates personal best, SR indicates school record.

Women’s 60m Dash – Preliminaries – SR 7.49 – Maja Mihalinec – (2010)
Qualified for Finals:
2nd – 7.56 – Maja Mihalinec
6th – 7.68 – Sami Spenner – PR

Did Not Qualify:
15th – 8.13 – Terri Armstrong
22nd – 8.96 – Amanda Alexander

Women’s 60m Dash – 7.50/7.54/7.56 – SR 7.49 – Maja Mihalinec – (2010)
2nd – 7.54 – Maja Mihalinec
6th – 7.70 – Sami Spenner

Women’s 200m – 24.63/24.66/24.68 – SR 23.93
19th – 26.59 – Terri Armstrong
21st – 27.13 – Denneil Shaw – First time in this event

Women’s 400m – 55.63/55.83/56.47 – SR 53.04
No Mavericks

Women’s 800m – 2:10.73/2:16.90/2:17.16 – SR 2:07.14
2nd – 2:16.90 – Katarina Zarudnaya – PR
4th – 2:17.57 – Lauren Psota – First time in this event
18th– 2:22.90 – Ashley Kildow
20th– 2:24.01 – Lydia Martin – PR
27th- 2:35.13 – Jacqueline Mezick – PR
29th- 2:40.27 – Karo Garcia

Women’s 1 Mile – 4:47.96/4:59.79/4:59.88 – SR 4:59.22
6th – 5:02.67 – Amanda Vorthmann – PR
13th- 5:16.59 – Ashley Kildow
14th- 5:16.82 – Nicole Behm – PR
24th- 5:29.43 – Carolyn Newhouse – First time in this event
27th- 5:55.26 – Avery Schmidt – First time in this event

Women’s 3000m – 9:42.29/9:59.16/9:59.18 – SR 9:50.04
7th – 10:32.20 – Kristin Rogers – PR
14th- 10:51.17 – MiKayla Peck – PR
18th- 11:08.49 – Kayla Fenske – PR
19th- 11:11.80 – Kristen Carmichael

Women’s 5000m – 17:30.66/17:30.70/17:46.18 – SR 17:38.19 – Amanda Vorthmann (2013)
1st – 17:30.66 – Amanda Vorthmann – NEW SCHOOL RECORD
5th – 18:15.61 – Kristin Rogers – PR
10th- 18:59.54 – MiKayla Peck – SB
11th- 19:21.19 – Kristen Carmichael – PR
13th- 19:31.48 – Kayla Fenske – PR
14th- 19:51.18 – Karo Garcia – First time in this event
15th- 20:40.20 – Avery Schmidt – First time in this event

Women’s 60m Hurdles – Preliminaries – SR 8.55
Qualified for Finals:
2nd – 8.66 – Sami Spenner – PR
10th– 9.05 – Kathie-Lee Laidley – SB

Did Not Qualify:
21st – 10.00 – Jessica Ripp
24th – 10.57 – Amanda Alexander

Women’s 60m Hurdles – 8.59/8.60/8.68 – SR 8.55
4th – 8.73 – Sami Spenner
9th – 8.96 – Kathie-Lee Laidley – SB/Tied PR

Women’s 4x400m Relay – 3:48.09/3:49.98/3:53.91 – SR 3:43.37
4th – 3:55.50 – Omaha ‘A’ – Terri Armstrong, Sami Spenner, Katarina Zarudnaya, Lauren Psota – SB
10th- 4:20.94 – Omaha ‘B’ – Nicole Behm, Lydia Martin, Amanda Vorthmann, Carolyn Newhouse

Women’s High Jump – 1.78m/1.68m/1.68m – SR 1.78m – Kathie-Lee Laidley (2011)
2nd – 1.68m – Sami Spenner

Women’s Pole Vault – 3.78m/J3.78m/J3.78m – SR 3.22m
No Mavericks

Women’s Long Jump – 5.79m/5.78m/5.63m – SR 6.16m – Sami Spenner (2013)
2nd – 5.78m – Kathie-Lee Laidley – First time this season
3rd – 5.63m – Denneil Shaw
22nd– 4.76m – Jessica Ripp – SB

Women’s Triple Jump – 12.06m/12.05m/12.02m – SR 13.76m
5th – 11.53m – Denneil Shaw
13th- 10.58m – Jessica Ripp

Women’s Shot Put – 14.69m/12.89m/12.77m – SR 14.99m
11th – 11.66m – Elizabeth Thompson

Women’s Weight Throw – 18.79m/16.93m/16.85m – SR 17.07m
15th – 12.58m – Elizabeth Thompson

Women’s Pentathlon – 4043/3688/3534 – SR 4104 – Sami Spenner (2013)
No Mavericks

Summary:
Winners for Omaha: (1)

Amanda Vorthmann – 5000m

Runner-ups for Omaha: (4)
Maja Mihalinec – 60m Dash
Katarina Zarudnaya – 800m
Sami Spenner – High Jump
Kathie-Lee Laidley – Long Jump

3rd places for Omaha: (1)
Denneil Shaw – Long Jump

4th places for Omaha: (3)
Lauren Psota – 800m
Kathie-Lee Laidley – 60m Hurdles
4x400m Relay – Terri Armstrong, Sami Spenner, Katarina Zarudnaya, Lauren Psota

5th places for Omaha: (2)
Kristin Rogers – 5000m
Denneil Shaw – Triple Jump

Omaha season bests: (4)
MiKayla Peck – 5000m
Kathie-Lee Laidley – 60m Hurdles
4x400m Relay – Terri Armstrong, Sami Spenner, Katarina Zarudnaya, Lauren Psota
Jessica Ripp – Long Jump

Omaha personal bests: (14)
Sami Spenner – 60m Dash, 60m Hurdles
Katarina Zarudnaya – 800m
Lyida Martin – 800m
Jacqueline Mezick – 800m
Amanda Vorthmann – 1 Mile
Nicole Behm – 1 Mile
Kristin Rogers – 3000m, 5000m
MiKayla Peck – 3000m
Kayla Fenske – 3000m, 5000m
Kristen Carmichael – 5000m
Kathie-Lee Laidley – 60m Hurdles (Tied)

Omaha school records: (1)
Amanda Vorthmann – 5000m

Next Scheduled Meet:
Omaha will next compete in the Iowa State Classic on Thursday/Friday/Saturday this upcoming weekend. Thursday will be the pentathlon competition (though it appears Omaha has no one entered), while Friday and Saturday will see the rest of the events. Most events will be run on both days with non-seeded competitors on Friday and seeded competitors on Saturday.

If anyone wants to see the schedule it is here with the heat sheets here.

Here’s who appears to be competing for UNO:
Friday:
Amanda Vorthmann – 3000m, 1 Mile
Kathie-Lee Laidley – 60m Hurdles – Preliminaries
Terri Armstrong – 60m Dash – Preliminaries, 200m
Maja Mihalinec – 60m Dash – Preliminaries
Nicole Behm – 1 Mile
Ashley Kildow – 1 Mile, 800m
Lydia Martin – 800m
Lauren Psota – 800m
Katarina Zarudnaya – 800m
Kristin Rogers – 5000m
MiKayla Peck – 5000m
Kristin Carmichael – 5000m
Kayla Fenske – 5000m
Distance Medley – Omaha ‘A’ – Kristin Carmichael, Lydia Martin, Nicole Behm, Lauren Psota
Elizabeth Thompson – Weight Throw, Shot Put
Lianne McNaughton – Weight Throw
Denneil Shaw – Triple Jump

Saturday:
Maja Mihalinec – 200m
4x400m Relay – Omaha ‘A’ – Terri Armstrong, Katarina Zarudnaya, Sami Spenner, Lauren Psota
Denneil Shaw – Long Jump
Sami Spenner – Long Jump, Triple Jump
Kathie-Lee Laidley – Long Jump, High Jump

And a quick schedule of the start times of the events… There should be some live stats available at this link. If that one is still showing the results from their previous event then look for a new link here.
Friday:
12:25 PM – 3000m – Amanda Vorthmann
1:20 PM – 60m Hurdles – Preliminaries – Kathie-Lee Laidley
2:00 PM – Weight Throw – Elizabeth Thompson and Lianne McNaughton
2:15 PM – 60m Dash – Preliminaries – Terri Armstrong and Maja Mihalinec
3:00 PM – 1 Mile – Amanda Vorthmann, Nicole Behm, and Ashley Kildow
4:45 PM – 800m – Ashley Kildow, Lydia Martin, Lauren Psota, and Katarina Zarudnaya
5:35 PM – 200m – Terri Armstrong
6:00 PM – Shot Put – Elizabeth Thompson
6:30 PM – Triple Jump – Denneil Shaw
6:35 PM – 5000m – Kristin Rogers, MiKayla Peck, Kristin Carmichael, Kayla Fenske
7:35 PM – Distance Medley – Omaha ‘A’ – Kristin Carmichael, Lydia Martin, Nicole Behm, Lauren Psota

Saturday:
11:45 AM – 60m Hurdles Final
12:00 PM – Denneil Shaw, Sami Spenner, and Kathie-Lee Laidley
12:05 PM – 60m Dash Final
1:30 PM – Kathie-Lee Laidley
2:05 PM – 200m – Maja Mihalinec
2:30 PM – Sami Spenner
3:25 PM – 4x400m Relay – Omaha ‘A’ – Terri Armstrong, Katarina Zarudnaya, Sami Spenner, Lauren Psota

January 28, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Track and Field – Event #4 and #5 Recap – Jack Jennett Invitational and Bill Hillenbrand Alumni Track Meet at South Dakota

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Track and Field — Jon Green @ 3:47 pm

Omaha took part in two events this weekend. On Friday Sami Spenner took part in the Jack Jennet Invitational at Northern Iowa competing in the pentathlon. On Saturday the full team competed in the Bill Hillenbrand Alumni Track Meet at South Dakota. Sami Spenner won the event by over 500 points and posted a school record score of 4,104.

Here’s a breakdown of Spenner’s marks on Friday. She set/tied a PR in three of the five events.
60m Hurdles – 2nd – 8.92 – tied PR – 927 points
High Jump – 1st – 1.72m – PR – 879 points
Shot Put – 2nd – 10.29m – 548 points
Long Jump – 1st – 6.09m – 877 points
800m – 1st – 2:16.42 – PR – 873 points

On Saturday Omaha competed against athletes from Sioux Falls, Augustana, South Dakota, South Dakota State and several unattached competitors in 13 women’s events. Omaha won two events on Saturday and had four runner-ups. Omaha set 13 personal bests this weekend, a pretty good haul.

Listed below are Omaha’s finishes and the 1st/2nd/3rd times for each event. SB indicates season best, PR indicates personal best, SR indicates school record.

Women’s 60m Dash – Preliminaries – SR 7.49
Qualified for Finals:
1st – 7.64 – Maja Mihalinec 
2nd – 8.04 – Terri Armstrong – SB

Did Not Qualify:
6th – 8.18 – Denneil Shaw – PR

Women’s 60m Dash – 7.60/7.96/8.08 – SR 7.49
1st – 7.60 – Maja Mihalinec
2nd – 7.96 – Terri Armstrong – PR

Women’s 60m Hurdles – Preliminaries – SR 8.55
Qualified for Finals:
1st – 9.12 – Kathie-Lee Laidley – SB

Did Not Qualify:
11th – 10.74 – Amanda Alexander
12th – 11.06 – Jessica Ripp

Women’s 60m Hurdles – 9.12/9.19/9.19 – SR 8.55
2nd – 9.19 – Kathie-Lee Laidley

Women’s 200m – 24.87/25.85/26.36 – SR 23.93
4th – 26.46 – Terri Armstrong – SB

Women’s 400m – 56.82/56.90/57.43 – SR 53.04
7th – 59.14 – Lauren Psota – First this season

Women’s 800m – 2:16.16/2:19.49/2:20.14 – SR 2:07.14
2nd – 2:19.49 – Katarina Zarudnaya – First time in this event
6th – 2:22.11 – Ashley Kildow – PR
8th – 2:24.75 – Lydia Martin – SB
16th- 2:39.53 – Jacqueline Mezick – PR
18th- 2:50.92 – Kelsey Green

Women’s 1 Mile – 5:00.68/5:03.78/5:04.75 – SR 4:59.22
4th – 5:08.84 – Amanda Vorthmann – SB
9th – 5:40.60 – Karo Garcia – First time in this event
13th- 6:11.08 – Michelle Gatewood – First time in this event

Women’s 3000m – 10:22.82/10:22.88/10:23.03 – SR 9:50.04
7th – 10:44.16 – Kristin Rogers – PR
11th- 11:02.16 – Nicole Behm – PR
12th- 11:10.97 – Kristen Carmichael – PR
12th- 11:20.88 – Kayla Fenskle
15th– 11:57.10 – Avery Schmidt – PR

Women’s 4x400m Relay – 3:55.72/4:00.97/4:02.96 – SR 3:43.37
4th – 4:07.44 – Omaha ‘A’ – Unknown Lineup
16th- 4:35.70 – Omaha ‘B’ – Unknown Lineup

Women’s High Jump – 1.77m/1.67m/1.67m – SR 1.78m
2nd – 1.67m – Kathie-Lee Laidley – SB

Women’s Pole Vault – 4.22m/3.95m/J3.95m – SR 3.22m
No Mavericks

Women’s Long Jump – 5.63m/5.29m/5.21m – SR 6.16m
9th – 4.56m – Jessica Ripp

Women’s Triple Jump – 12.50m/12.15m/11.84m – SR 13.76m
1st – 12.50m – Sami Spenner
4th – 11.61m – Denneil Shaw – PR
8th – 10.54m – Jessica Ripp

Women’s Shot Put – 14.49m/14.19m/13.47m – SR 14.99m
12th – 11.45m – Elizabeth Thompson

Women’s Weight Throw – 18.25m/16.45m/16.45m – SR 17.07m
10th – 14.06m – Elizabeth Thompson

Summary:
Winners for Omaha: (3)
Sami Spenner – Pentathlon, Triple Jump
Maja Mihalinec – 60m Dash

Runner-ups for Omaha: (4)
Terri Armstrong – 60m Dash
Kathie-Lee Laidley – 60m Hurdles, High Jump
Katarina Zarudnaya – 800m

3rd places for Omaha: (0)

4th places for Omaha: (4)
Terri Armstrong – 200m
Amanda Vorthmann – 1 Mile
4x400m Relay
Denneil Shaw – Triple Jump

5th places for Omaha: (0)

Omaha season bests: (5)
Kathie-Lee Laidley – 60m Hurdles, High Jump
Terri Armstrong – 200m
Lyida Martin – 800m
Amanda Vorthmann – 1 Mile

Omaha personal bests: (13)
Sami Spenner – Penthathlon, 60m Hurdles-Tied (Pentathlon), High Jump (Pentathlon), 800m (Pentathlon)
Terri Armstrong – 60m Dash
Denneil Shaw – 60m Dash, Triple Jump
Ashley Kildow – 800m
Jacqueline Mezick – 800m
Kristin Rogers – 3000m
Nicole Behm – 3000m
Kristen Carmichael – 3000m
Avery Schmidt – 3000m

Omaha school records: (1)
Sami Spenner – Pentathlon

Next Scheduled Meet:
Omaha will next compete in the Varsity Apartments Invitational at Wichita State on Friday and Saturday. Last year Omaha saw victories by Kathie-Lee Laidley in the high jump (setting a meet record)

January 19, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Track and Field – Event #3 Recap – Prairie Wolf Indoor Invitational

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Track and Field — Jon Green @ 10:34 am

Results

Omaha had a great afternoon in Lincoln as they won five events and saw school records fall in two events. The first school record to fall was Amanda Vorthmann’s school record time in the 5000m. Vorthmann had just set the record back in late 2012 at the Cyclone Holiday Preview. She ran a 17:38.19 to break her old time of 17:39.73. The other school record to fall was in the long jump. Sami Spenner had come close to the record already this year and I’d speculated last weekend that she had a really good chance to break it this spring. Well it didn’t take long as Spenner jumped 6.16m to break the old record of 6.11m. Spenner had already gone 6.08m this spring but now holds the record after breaking Foluso Makinde’s old record. Makinde set that record in 2005.

Here’s how the Mavericks did in each event. In the top row you’ll see the three top scores at this meet.
I’ll note the PR (personal bests) and SB (Season bests)

Women’s Weight Throw – 17.43m/16.92m/16.03m – SR 17.07m
13th – 14.19m – Elizabeth Thompson – PR

Women’s Shot Put – 13.63m/13.31m/13.24m – SR 14.99m
21st – 11.71m – Elizabeth Thompson – First this season

Women’s Pole Vault – 3.85m/J3.85m/J3.85m – SR 3.22m
No Mavericks

Women’s 5000m – 17:38.19/18:17.86/18:21.55 – SR 17:38.19 – NEW SCHOOL RECORD
1st – 17:38.19 – Amanda Vorthmann – NEW SCHOOL RECORD
4th – 18:35.66 – Kristin Rogers – SB
6th – 19:19.39 – MiKalya Peck – First this season
7th – 19:38.30 – Kristen Carmichael
10th–19:38.30 -  Kayla Fenske – PB

Women’s Long Jump – 6.16m/5.66m/5.63m – SR 6.16m – NEW SCHOOL RECORD
1st – 6.16m – Sami Spenner – NEW SCHOOL RECORD
3rd – 5.63m – Denneil Shaw
36th-4.38m – Amanda Alexander
—– FOUL – Jessica Ripp

Women’s Triple Jump – 11.95m/11.51m/11.03m – SR 13.76m
9th – 10.60m – Jessica Ripp – SB

Women’s High Jump – 1.71m/1.70m/1.65m – SR 1.78m
1st – 1.71m – Sami Spenner – PB
2nd – 1.70m – Kathie-Lee Laidley – First this season

Women’s 60m Hurdles – Preliminaries – SR 8.55
Qualified for Finals:
5th – 8.98 – Sami Spenner
7th – 9.21 – Kathie-Lee Laidley – First this season 

Did Not Qualify:
23rd – 9.96 – Jessica Ripp – First this season
33rd – 10.50 – Amanda Alexander – First this season

Women’s 60m Hurdles – 8.70/8.73/8.76 – SR 8.55
4th – 8.92 – Sami Spenner – PR
6th – 9.18 – Kathie-Lee Laidley – SB

Women’s 60m Dash – Preliminaries – SR 7.49
Qualified for Finals:
1st – 7.52 – Maja Mihalinec – First this season
6th – 8.05 – Terri Armstrong – First this season

Did Not Qualify:
15th – 8.26 – Denneil Shaw – PB

Women’s 60m Dash – 7.58/7.88/7.99 – SR 7.49
1st – 7.58 – Maja Mihalinec
6th – 8.06 – Terri Armstrong

Women’s 1 Mile – 5:11.52/5:12.55/5:17.46 – SR 4:59.22
1st – 5:11.52 – Ashley Kildow – SB
6th – 5:25.67 – Nicole Behm – PB
13th-5:57.73 – Kourtney Osentoski – First time in this event

Women’s 400m – 57.94/59.00/1:00.35 – SR 53.04
No Mavericks

Women’s 600m – 1:33.44/1:33.90/1:34.94 – SR 1:34.55
4th – 1:35.43 – Lauren Psota – First time in this event
8th – 1:38.54 – Katarina Zarudnaya – First time in this event

Women’s 800m – 2:22.55/2:23.43/2:23.82 – SR 2:07.14
10th – 2:40.20 – Michelle Gatewood
12th – 2:51.37 – Kelsey Green

Women’s 1000m – 2:55.29/2:58.66/3:07.45 – SR 2:52.46
4th – 3:09.26 – Lyida Martin – First time in this event
5th – 3:09.60 – Carolyn Newhouse – First time in this event
10th-3:25.80 – Jaqueline Mezick – First time in this event

Women’s 200m – 25.91/26.08/26.42 – SR 23.93
DNS – Terri Armstrong

Women’s 3000m – 10:39.50/10:41.18/10:43.83 – SR 9:50.04
19th – 11:35.54 – Karo Garcia – First time in this event
25th – 12:07.24 – Avery Schmidt – First time in this event

Women’s 4x400m Relay – 3:56.88/3:57.25/3:58.03 – SR 3:43.37
First time Omaha has run this event this season
4th – 4:04.49 – Omaha ‘A’ – Amanda Vorthmann, Kataraina Zarudnaya, Lauren Psota
15th–4:33.07 – Omaha ‘C’ – Carolyn Newhouse, Karo Garcia, Kristin Rogers, MiKayla Peck
16th-4:34.33 – Omaha ‘B’ – Nicole Behm, Lydia Martin, Jaqueline Mezick, Kelsey Green

Summary:
It was a great day for Omaha as they set the two school records, had several winners and generally performed well.

Winners for Omaha: (5)
Amanda Vorthmann – 5000m
Sami Spenner – Long Jump, High Jump
Maja Mihalinec – 60m Dash
Ashley Kildow – 1 Mile

Runner-ups for Omaha: (1)
Kathie-Lee Laidley – High Jump

3rd places for Omaha: (1)
Denneil Shaw – Long Jump

4th places for Omaha: (5)
Kristin Rogers – 5000m
Sami Spenner – 60m Hurdles
Lauren Psota – 600m
Lyida Martin – 1000m
4x400m Relay – Amanda Vorthmann, Kataraina Zarudnaya, Lauren Psota

5th places for Omaha: (1)
Carolyn Newhouse – 1000m

Omaha personal bests: (8)
Elizabeth Thompson – Weight Throw
Amanda Vorthmann – 5000m
Kayle Fenske – 5000m
Sami Spenner – Long Jump, High Jump, 60m Hurdles
Denneil Shaw – 60m Dash
Nicole Behm – 1 Mile

Omaha season bests: (4)
Kristin Rogers – 5000m
Jessica Ripp – Triple Jump
Kathie-Lee Laidley – 60m Hurdles
Ashley Kildow – 1 Mile

Omaha school records: (2)
Amanda Vorthmann – 5000m – 17:38.19
Sami Spenner – Long Jump – 6.16m

Next Scheduled Meet:
Omaha will next compete in the Jack Jennett Invitational at Northern Iowa on Friday/Saturday of next week. They’ll also be competing in the South Dakota Alumni Meet on Saturday in Vermillion.

January 17, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Track and Field – Event #3 Preview – Prairie Wolf Indoor Invitational

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Previews,Track and Field — Jon Green @ 1:32 pm

Live Info

Omaha will be taking part in the Prairie Wolf Indoor Invitational on Friday. The event starts at 11:30 am. It’ll be held at the Knight Field House and the Devaney Sports Center and is hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan.

Here’s the field for the Invitational:

  • Nebraska – D1
  • Omaha – D1
  • Wichita State – D1
  • Sioux Falls – D2
  • Nebraska-Kearney – D2
  • Nebraska Wesleyan – D3
  • Buena Vista – D3 – First Event of the Year
  • Concordia – NAIA
  • Doane – NAIA
  • Dordt – NAIA
  • Hastings – NAIA
  • Midland – NAIA
  • Sterling – NAIA

Here’s what you’ll find below for each event:
Event Name – 1st/2nd/3rd (from last year) – Omaha School Record
Top 5 times/distances from entered teams this year
Omaha’s top competitors this year

I’ve ordered the events by their scheduled start time.

Women’s Weight Throw – 16.56m/16.05m/15.80m – SR 17.07m
18.07m – Jamie Crouse – Concordia
16.61m – Stephanie Coley – Concordia
16.52m – Carly Henry – Doane
16.19m – Tristen Sharp – Nebraska
16.08m – Abby Griffith – Hastings
12.51m – Elizabeth Thompson – Omaha

Women’s Shot Put – 13.72m/13.43m/13.27m – SR 14.99m
14.94m – Carlie Pinkelman – Nebraska
14.20m – Tristen Sharp – Nebraska
14.16m – Jessica Payne – Doane
13.88m – Abby Griffith – Hastings
13.70m – M.J. Massanet – Nebraska-Kearney
10.88m – Sami Spenner – Omaha
9.48m – Amanda Alexander – Omaha

Women’s Pole Vault – 3.70m/J3.70m/J3.70m – SR 3.22m
3.95m – Maggie Maher – Nebraska
3.80m – Kayla Coffee – Sioux Falls
3.80m – Brigitte Gross – Sioux Falls
3.66m – Kristin Majerus – Sioux Falls
3.65m – Samantha Koch – Sioux Falls
3.65m – Chelsey Schenavar – Sioux Falls

Women’s 5000m – 17:37.70/18:09.79/18:26.78 – SR 17:39.73
* indicates converted due to track size
17:39.73 – Amanda Vorthmann – Omaha – SCHOOL RECORD
18:57.75* – Gabi Jenkins – Nebraska Wesleyan
19:04.51 – Kristin Rogers – Omaha
19:30.64 – Kristen Carmichael – Omaha
19:45.19* – Hannah Schroeder – Doane

Women’s Long Jump – 5.67m/5.36m/5.29m – SR 6.11m
6.08m – Sami Spenner – Omaha
5.92m – Jazzelena Black – Sioux Falls
5.78m – Denneil Shaw – Omaha
5.75m – Tanya Friesen – Wichita State
5.70m – Kari Heck – Nebraska
4.97m – Amanda Alexander – Omaha
4.75m – Jessica Ripp – Omaha

Sami Spenner won this event last year.

Women’s Triple Jump – 11.33m/11.23m/11.11m – SR 13.76m
12.54m – Sami Spenner – Omaha
12.22m – Anna Weigandt – Nebraska
11.96m – Shanice Andrews – Wichita State
11.76m – Courtney Reinke – Wichita State
11.60m – Jazzelena Black – Sioux Falls
11.52m – Denneil Shaw – Omaha
10.59m – Jessica Ripp – Omaha
9.11m – Amanda Alexander – Omaha

Denneil Shaw got 3rd in this event last year.

Women’s High Jump – 1.70m/J1.70m/1.65m – SR 1.78m
1.78m – J’Lynn Ledesma – Wichita State
1.73m – Marusa Cernjul – Nebraska
1.73m – Jillanna Scanlan – Nebraska
1.68m – Anne Martin – Nebraska
1.64m – Ashley Petersen – Wichita State
1.64m – Alyssa McDowell – Doane
1.64m – Briana Vander Woude – Dordt

Kathie-Lee Laidley won this event for Omaha last year.

Women’s 60m Hurdles – 8.69/8.73/9.04 – SR 8.55
* indicates converted from 55m
8.60 – Natalie Morerod – Wichita State
8.70 – Shanice Andrews – Wichita State
8.80* – Briana Vander Woude – Dordt
8.82 – Jordan Stiens – Nebraska
8.84 – Mila Andric – Nebraska
8.95 – Sami Spenner – Omaha
11.35* – Amanda Alexander – Omaha

Women’s 60m Dash – 7.91/7.94/7.97 – SR 7.49
* indicates converted from 55m
^ indicates converted for altitude
7.64 – Shamoya Pruitt – Wichita State
7.70 – Breunna McCarty – Nebraska
7.81 – Monaye Williams – Wichita State
7.87 – Kari Heck – Nebraska
7.87^ – Michelle Leichleiter – Hastings
8.04* – Terri Armstrong – Omaha
8.50 – Jessica Ripp – Omaha
8.87 – Amanda Alexander – Omaha

Women’s 1 Mile – 5:07.99/5:08.72/5:12.29 – SR 4:59.22
* indicates converted due to track size
4:53.32* – Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton – Wichita State
5:01.38* – Kaitlyn McLeod – Wichita State
5:08.67* – Kayla Deighan – Wichita State
5:12.19 – Amanda Vorthmann – Omaha
5:12.31 – Sarah Plambeck – Nebraska
5:15.15 – Ashley Kildow – Omaha
5:33.05* – Katarina Zarudnaya – Omaha

Amanda Vorthmann won this event last year.

Women’s 400m – 58.37/58.55/58.56 – SR 53.04
* indicates converted due to track size
56.08 – Mara Weekes – Nebraska
56.64 – Mila Andric – Nebraska
57.35* – Kendra Knight – Sioux Falls
57.47 – Ellie Grooters – Nebraska
58.53 – Katie Bonnema – Dordt

Women’s 600m – 1:39.84/1:39.97/1:43.06 – SR 1:34.55
* indicates converted due to track size
1:34.57 – Shawnice Williams – Nebraska
1:36.76 – Jelena Andjelkovic – Nebraska
1:37.54* – Jessa Sughroue – Doane
1:37.81 – Siera Rohde – Nebraska
1:39.39 – Anna Minnik – Nebraska

Women’s 800m – 2:20.69/2:22.21/2:23.39 – SR 2:07.14
* indicates converted due to track size
2:14.60* – Marissa Bongers – Nebraska-Kearney
2:15.49* – Jessa Sughroue – Doane
2:19.11* – Samantha Shukla – Wichita State
2:21.30 – Shawnice Williams – Nebraska
2:23.42* – Lacey Wright – Doane
2:25.60* – Lydia Martin – Omaha
2:35.87 – Michelle Gatewood – Omaha
2:39.73 – Karo Garcia – Omaha
2:41.29* – Jaqueline Mezick – Omaha
2:45.06* – Kelsey Green – Omaha

Women’s 1000m – 2:58.33/3:01.23/3:01.59 – SR 2:52.46
* indicates converted due to track size
3:14.83 – Megan Letts – Concordia
3:19.61* – Carrie King – Sioux Falls
3:20.37 – Jenean Williams – Concordia

Women’s 200m – 25.70/25.93/26.22 – SR 23.93
* indicates converted due to track size
24.56* – Natalie Morerod – Wichita State
24.59 – Mara Weekes – Nebraska
25.76 – Breunna McCarty – Nebraska
25.82* – Kiara Giles – Wichita State
25.95* – Kristina Taylor – Wichita State
27.05* – Terri Armstrong – Omaha

Women’s 3000m – 10:16.73/10:21.65/10:22.99 – SR 9:50.04
* indicates converted due to track size
9:30.13* – Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton – Wichita State
10:11.97 – Katie White – Nebraska
10:12.29* – Amanda Vorthmann – Omaha
10:25.03* – Laura Burke – Wichita State
10:26.70 – Martina Barinova – Nebraska
10:48.22* – Kristin Rogers – Omaha
11:01.47* – MiKayla Peck – Omaha
11:10.80 – Kayla Fenske – Omaha
11:16.49* – Kristen Carmichael – Omaha
11:28.69* – Carolyn Newhouse – Omaha

Amanda Vorthmann came in 2nd in this event last year

Women’s 4x400m Relay – 4:01.81/4:02.50/4:04.26 – SR 3:43.37
* indicates converted due to track size
3:50.81* – Wichita State
3:51.82 – Nebraska
4:01.96* – Sioux Falls
4:08.51* – Nebraska-Kearney
4:10.03* – Hastings

Summary:
Based on all of the above data we’d project the following… some events (like the 5,000m) have so few times that these will be way way off…

Projected Winners for Omaha:
Amanda Vorthmann – 5000m
Sami Spenner – Long Jump, Triple Jump

Projected Runner-ups for Omaha:
None

Projected 3rd places for Omaha:
Kristin Rogers – 5000m
Denneil Shaw – Long Jump
Amanda Vorthmann – 3000m

Projected 4th places for Omaha:
Kristin Carmichael – 5000m
Amanda Vorthmann – 1 Mile

Projected 5th places for Omaha:
None

January 14, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Track and Field – Event #2 Recap – Dordt College Indoor Invitational

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Track and Field — Jon Green @ 11:50 am

Omaha competed in the Dordt College Indoor Invitational in Sioux Center, Iowa on Saturday against a bunch of teams from the area. Participating teams were:

  • Dordt – NAIA
  • Mount Marty – NAIA
  • Morningside – NAIA
  • Briar Cliff – NAIA
  • Northwestern College – NAIA
  • Sioux Falls – D2
  • Dakota State – D2
  • Wayne State – D2
  • Omaha – D1

Here’s the results of the various events when it comes to Omaha’s athletes. Next to each event is listed the top 3 scores and Omaha’s School record.

Long Jump – 6.08m/5.92m/5.78m – SR 6.11m
1st – 6.08m – Sami Spenner – PR
3rd – 5.78m – Denneil Shaw – PR
12th – 4.97m – Amanda Alexander – PR
18th – 4.67m – Jessica Ripp

Three Mavericks set personal bests in the long jump as Sami Spenner took 1st and Denneil Shaw took 3rd. Spenner was just .03m from the school record and could break it this spring. Amanda Alexander came in 12th with a personal best of her own.

Triple Jump – 12.75/12.15m/11.52m – SR 13.76m
2nd – 12.15m – Sami Spenner
3rd – 11.52m – Denneil Shaw – PR
7th – 10.59m – Jessica Ripp – SB

Sami Spenner grabs the 2nd place finish in the triple jump, 3rd place Denneil Shaw set another personal best, and Jessica Ripp had a season best.

Shot Put – 14.07m/13.77m/13.62m – SR 14.99m
13th – 10.88m – Sami Spenner – PR
22nd – 9.48m – Amanda Alexander

Sami Spenner showed some good improvement as she bested her old PR from last year by 1.24m. Amanda Alexander had her first shot put event of the year and was a little short of her 9.82m best from last season.

55m Dash – 7.38/7.40/7.46 – SR 7.02
3rd – 7.46 – Terri Armstrong

Nice showing by Armstrong who’s best 60m time last year was 8.01.

55m Hurdles – 8.23/8.55/8.61 – SR 7.99
18th – 10.55 – Amanda Alexander

Alexander was the only competitor for Omaha and wasn’t really in contention in this one. Alexander actually ran a 10.46 60m Hurdles last year so she was a little off her pace.

200m – 25.75/27.42/27.44 – SR 23.93
4th – 27.47 – Terri Armstrong

Armstrong ran a 25.58 last season so this was a little off her pace.

600m – 1:39.66/1:40.04/1:42.43 – SR 1:34.55
2nd – 1:40.04 – Lauren Psota

First 600m run of the year for Psota and she got a nice 2nd place finish.

800m – 2:23.72/2:25.98/2:25.99 – SR 2:07.14
4th – 2:27.28 – Lydia Martin
17th – 2:43.15 – Jaqueline Mezick
21st – 2:46.96 – Kelsey Green

Lydia Martin couldn’t match her 2:24.61 personal best but ran a good race in 4th. It was the first ever 800m for Green and the first race for freshman Mezick.

1000m – 3:04.86/3:09.26/3:10.90 – SR 2:52.46
6th – 3:15.42 – Nicole Behm
9th – 3:23.67 – Karo Garcia

Behm couldn’t match her 3:09.75 of last year while Garcia is a freshman running her first 1000m.

1 Mile – 5:23.16/5:34.72/5:36.35 – SR 4:59.22
1st – 5:23.16 – Ashley Kildow
3rd – 5:36.35 – Katarina Zarudnaya

Kildow won this event on Saturday despite being about 8 seconds off her season best. Zarudnaya was running her first track event for Omaha and finished 3rd.

3000m – 10:17.54/10:41.16/10:47.26 – SR 9:50.04
1st – 10:17.54 – Amanda Vorthmann
4th – 10:53.78 – Kristin Rogers
6th – 11:07.14 – MiKayla Peck
9th – 11:22.29 – Kristen Carmichael
13th – 11:34.59 – Carolyn Newhouse
14th – 11:37.99 – Kayla Fenske

Fenske was the only one who’d competed at 3,000m before this year and she was about 27 seconds off her pace from that race. Vorthmann is the school record holder in the event and won this event by a huge 24 second margin. Rogers was just seven seconds off last year’s personal best from her freshman season and finished 4th. MiKalya Peck came in 6th and freshman Kristen Carmichael came in 9th. Another freshman in Carolyn Newhouse was 13th. Seems to be a deep event for Omaha.

Omaha winners: (3)
Sami Spenner – Long Jump
Ashley Kildow – 1 Mile
Amanda Vorthmann – 3000m

Omaha runner-ups: (2)
Sami Spenner – Triple Jump
Lauren Psota – 600m

Omaha third places: (4)
Denneil Shaw – Long Jump, Triple Jump
Terri Armstrong – 55m Dash
Katarina Zarudnaya – 1 Mile

Omaha personal bests:
Sami Spenner – Long Jump, Shot Put
Denneil Shaw – Long Jump, Triple Jump
Amanda Alexander – Long Jump

Omaha season bests:
Jessica Ripp – Triple Jump

Next Scheduled Meet:
Omaha will next compete in the Nebraska Wesleyan Invitational on Friday the 18th. Omaha won three events in the meet last year.

January 11, 2013

2012-13 Omaha Track and Field – Event #2 Preview – Dordt College Indoor Invitational

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Previews,Track and Field — Jon Green @ 12:00 pm

Live Info (If Any)

It’s hard to tell exactly who will be in the Dordt College Indoor Invitational on Saturday, but it does appear on several teams schedules… so we have a good idea what the field will look like.

  • Dordt
  • Mt. Marty
  • Morningside
  • Briar Cliff
  • Northwestern College
  • Dakota Wesleyan
  • Sioux Falls
  • Dakota State
  • Wayne State
  • Omaha

We don’t have results from most of the teams to compare at all, but Sioux Falls, Dakota State, and Wayne State have some recorded results from earlier this year.

Here’s the numbers for those teams so far this year in the events that Omaha has competed in. This way we can compare Omaha in each event. Additionally I’ve listed the top three marks from last year’s Dordt College Open to see what kind of marks might be necessary to win. Finally I’ve bolded the Omaha School record for each event.

Women’s Long Jump – 5.35m/5.21m/5.19m – SR 6.11m
5.94m – Sami Spenner – Omaha
5.85m – Jazzelena Black – Sioux Falls
5.31m – Sidney Blum – Wayne St.
5.26m – Dani Moyer – Sioux Falls
5.16m – Lindsey Elston – Sioux Falls
5.08m – Morgan Swanson – Wayne St.
5.02m – Nicole Josephsen – Sioux Falls
4.90m – Becca Bedard – Sioux Falls
4.85m – Stephanie Baumgart – Wayne St.
4.75m – Jessica Ripp – Omaha
4.32m – Amanda Alexander – Omaha

In this even it looks like Sami Spenner has a petty good chance at winning or at least medaling.

Women’s Triple Jump – 10.88m/10.43m/10.36m – SR 13.76m
12.54m – Sami Spenner – Omaha
11.60m – Jazzelena Black – Sioux Falls
11.59m – Kristen Townley – Sioux Falls
11.26m – Sidney Blum – Wayne St.
10.88m – Morgan Swanson – Wayne St.
10.47m – Jessica Ripp – Omaha
10.31m – Lindsey Elston – Sioux Falls
 9.11m – Amanda Alexander – Omaha

Sami Spenner looks a good bet to win the triple jump as well.

Women’s Weight Throw – 14.69m/12.62m/12.15m – SR 17.07m
18.48m – Carly Fehringer – Wayne St.
17.85m – Emily Wells – Wayne St.
17.73m – Lachel Milander – Wayne St.
16.03m – Kyndra Sturm – Wayne St.
15.57m – Sara Wells – Wayne St.
15.32m – Marissa Whipple – Sioux Falls
14.56m – Hannah Steele – Sioux Falls
14.42m – Mackenzie Maching – Wayne St.
13.34m – Rachel Kruse – Sioux Falls
12.65m – Kaylee McMacken – Sioux Falls
12.51m – Elizabeth Thompson – Omaha
12.02m – Callan Sawtelle – Sioux Falls
11.26m – Haley Hinseth – Sioux Falls
10.85m – Shayna Dwyer – Dakota State

Doesn’t look like much chance here as Wayne State has some amazing throwers apparently. I was a little unsure that data was legit because of how much better their distances are… who knows.

Women’s 55m Dash – All times * for 60m Dash – 7.41/7.49/7.51 ~ 8.08/8.17/8.19 – SR 7.02
8.08 – DeAndra Richardson – Sioux Falls*
8.16 – Dani Moyer – Sioux Falls*
8.29 – Leah Wensmann – Sioux Falls*
8.30 – Kendra Knight – Sioux Falls*
8.37 – Brooke Stetzler – Sioux Falls*
8.50 – Jessica Ripp – Omaha*
8.52 – Becca Bedard – Sioux Falls*
8.61 – Stephanie Baumgart – Wayne St.*
8.69 – Megan Svitak – Wayne St.
8.87 – Amanda Alexander – Omaha*
8.87 – Miranda Felton – Wayne St.

Looks unlikely here as Sioux Falls has a group of good sprinters.

Women’s 55m Hurdles – All times * for 60m Hurdles – 8.38/8.77/9.15 ~ 9.14/9.57/9.98 – SR 7.99
8.95 – Sami Spenner – Omaha*

9.29 – Katlin Sawtelle – Sioux Falls*
9.29 – Lexi Guhl – Wayne St.*
9.68 – Summer Bronson – Dakota State*

This one might be a better shot as Sami Spenner has the best time of anyone I found coming into the meet. Her 60m hurdles time would have placed her 3rd in the 55m hurdles last year, so I think she can win this.

Women’s 800m – 2:18.74/2:21.60/2:22.37 – SR 2:07.14
2:35.87 – Michelle Gatewood – Omaha
2:39.73 – Karo Garcia – Omaha

No one to compare these two to, but their times are outside of the top three from last year by 13 seconds.

Women’s 1 Mile – 5:32.50/5:32.88/5:38.59 – SR 4:59.22
5:12.19 – Amanda Vorthmann – Omaha
5:15.15 – Ashley Kildow – Omaha

5:53.77 – Skyler Lippman – Wayne St.
6:07.45 – Anastasia Asimakopoulos – Dakota State
6:20.44 – Laura Camacho – Wayne St.
6:39.25 – Amber Wiebenga – Dakota State

The two Mavericks have the best time of the results I found and both are well (20 seconds) ahead of the top mark last year. 1-2 finish here seems possible.

Women’s 3000m – 10:27.94/10:43.64/10:55.61 – SR 9:50.04
11:10.80 – Kayla Fenske – Omaha

No one to compare to but Fenske is 15 seconds behind the 3rd place mark from last year. Perhaps she could medal.

These are the teams where I couldn’t find any results:
Dordt – No Results
Mt Marty – No Results
Morningside – No Results
Briar Cliff – No Results
Northwestern College – No Results
Dakota Wesleyan – No Results

I’m going to try to do actual, legitimate previews of Track Meets… I have no idea if this will be remotely possible or helpful, but I’ll give it a whirl for now. Does knowing the previous results ahead of time give you some idea what the field might look like? We’ll see. Obviously season best marks aren’t going to be hit every week, but they do show capabilities at the least.

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