By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor
In the second to last weekend of competition, the UNO women’s track team didn’t show any signs of slowing down. Two days of competition at the Doane Relays earned the Mavs one meet record that was just shy of a school record, six event wins and eight personal bests.
Junior Amanda Vorthmann provided the highlight of the meet on day one when she set the Doane Relays record in the 5,000 meters. Vorthmann’s time of 17:35.41 was almost 20 seconds faster than the previous meet record and only .66 seconds away from the UNO record set in 2002.
Vorthmann finished well ahead of the pack. Teammate Mikayla Peck was second place with a personal-best time of 18:49.89. But Peck wasn’t the only Mav in the top 10 as UNO dominated the event.
Sophomore Kayla Fenske was fourth with a personal-best time of 20:04.50, and junior Brittany Phillips was sixth, finishing at 20:54.12. Freshman Kristin Rogers earned the Mavs their second win of the day when she ran the 10,000 meters in a time almost a minute faster than her personal best.
Rogers finished the event in 39:38.12, easily first by almost a minute. Saturday’s second day of events saw four more UNO victories and five more personal bests.
Sophomore Denneil Shaw had two of those wins, taking the long jump for the first time this season and winning the triple jump while also posting a personal-best in the event.
Shaw posted a 37-10 3/4 in the triple jump and a 17-08 3/4 in the long jump. Kathie-Lee Laidley, the Mavs’ dominant field performer of the spring, added to her successful season by tying for first in the high jump.
Laidley and teammate Sami Spenner had the top mark in the event, a 5-07. In addition to being the top mark, 5-07 was also Laidley’s personal best. Spenner, redshirting for the outdoor season, was competing unattached.
The pair also took the top spots in the 100-meter hurdles. Spenner won with a time of 14.48, and Laidley was just behind at 14.60.
Junior Nicole Behm was the winner in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing the event with a personal-best time of 11:40.54. Behm’s win was 10 seconds better than her previous best mark.
Freshman Terri Armstrong grabbed UNO another personal best, finishing the 100-meter dash in 12.52. Her time was good enough for second, just behind the winning time of senior Maja Mihalinec at 12.17.
Mihalinec, like Spenner, is redshirting and competing in the outdoor season unattached. Freshman Lauren Pstoa had the Mavs final personal best of the day. Psota finished the 400 meters in 58.75, good enough for second place.
UNO’s final weekend of the season is next week at the Drake Relays April 26-28, and the Kip Janvrin Open at Simpson College on April 27.