Indoor track sets school record at nationals


By Paul Freelend

UNO’s indoor track team rewrote yet another record in the program’s history on Saturday, scoring 14 team points at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track championships, the highest team total ever for the school.

In addition to their 14-point performance, good enough for 12th place overall, the Mavericks garnered four All-American performances during the two-day meet. Lindsey Hunter started the Mavs off with one such performance on Friday as she finished tied for third place in the high jump. Hunter cleared a mark of 5 feet 7.75 inches.

UNO picked up three more All-American marks on the second day of competition. Melissa Meisinger took fifth place in the triple jump with a jump of 39 feet 1 inch and Carly Lambert finished sixth in the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.60 seconds. The Mavericks received their fourth and final All-American performance from the 1600 meter relay team of Lambert, Syd Merz, Amanda Mahan and Andrea Walker. The relay team ended up seventh with a mark of 3:52.17.

North Central Conference member North Dakota State took the women’s team title for the first time, scoring 67.5 points, while second-placed St. Augustine’s had 45 points and Adams State was third with 41 points. Five other NCC schools were in competition at the national meet, seven in total. North Dakota finished tied for 10th with 15 team points, while Morningside was tied with UNO for 12th at 14 points and South Dakota was 14th with 12.5 points. Minnesota State-Mankato and South Dakota State each finished with two points and were tied for 34th place.