A week after winning four events at Northwest Missouri State, the UNO women's track team followed it up with two wins and more success at the 2012 KT Woodman Classic at Wichita State. Sophomore Kathie-Lee Laidley won the long jump with a wind-aided mark of 19-09.
Sami Spenner of the UNO women's track team was named the Summit League Woman
Athlete of the week last week for the third time in a row. It's also the fourth time Spenner has received the award this year.
It's a surprising feat, until one learns she almost qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials last summer and is one of the best athletes in all of Division I Track.
Spenner's continued success this season, after what she accomplished last year, has proven
to many just how exceptional of an athlete she truly is.
The UNO track and field team traveled to Wichita State last weekend, competing in the Varsity Apartments Invitational. By the end of the meet, one of the Mavs' best athletes earned an event win and established a new meet record.
The UNO women's track and field team will head to Wichita this weekend off a very successful performance in Cedar Falls, Iowa. At the Jack Jennett Invite at the University of Northern Iowa, the Mavs earned two first-place finishes among several personal bests on the weekend.
The UNO track and field team finished fourth this past weekend at the MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championship in Warrensburg, Mo.
The UNO track and field team returned from a Friday meet in Lincoln, Neb., freshly qualified for the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championship in the 4 x 400 meter relay.
Lianne McNaughton, Kathie-Lee Laidley and Denneil Shaw all took their love for track to the next level when they left their home country of Jamaica to come to an unknown place called Nebraska.
"I didn't know where (Nebraska) was when I landed," McNaughton said. "I found out after where I was when I was there."
Shaw and Laidley, both junior jumpers on the team, knew each other before coming to UNO from St. Andrew High School for Girls in Portmore, Jamaica, near the capital city of Kingston. Senior thrower Lianne McNaughton attended Campion College High School in Kingston before coming to UNO.
All three are major contributors to a team that looks to be one of the strongest in The Summit League.