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.
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
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.
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.