Just five days after competing in six events at the Summit League Indoor Championships, Sami Spenner went to the U.S. Track and Field Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. and cemented her reputation as one of Division I's best athletes.
On Feb. 25, she was named the Field MVP at the conference championships. March 1 Spenner finished fourth in the pentathlon and bested her own school record with a final score of 4,271 points.
Spenner's result in Albuquerque was just 207 points behind winner Sharon Day, last summer's runner-up at the Olympic Trials. Weeks later Day went on to wear the red, white and blue and compete in the 2012 London Games.
But despite those facts, the NCAA denied UNO's request to grant Spenner a waiver to compete in any NCAA championship events. Steve Smith, the head coach of UNO track and field, likens the NCAA's handling of Spenner to the football program at Southern Methodist receiving the death penalty in 1987
UNO's Sami Spenner won three events and took second in another at the 2012 Ashley Nally Heptathlon at Northwest Missouri State on Sunday. Spenner won the heptathlon, long jump and 800 meters, while finishing second in the javelin and picking up personal bests in the 100-meter hurdles, the high jump and the 200 meters.
A second place finish at The Summit League Indoor Championships on Feb. 25 made UNO Track and Field the first program on campus to bring home conference hardware and add a Division I trophy to the case.
Since the beginning of the season, the UNO women's track and field team has been setting personal bests and meet records weekend after weekend. Last Saturday at the Concordia Indoor Invitational in Seward, Neb. was no different.
A week after the UNO women's track and field team began the spring schedule at the Tulsa Duals, the Mavs achieved more success at the Bobby Lane Invitational at Texas-Arlington. UNO set three personal bests and had two athletes finish highly after competing in events for the first time in their careers.