Spenner, track continue strong outdoor season


By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor

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.

The junior from Columbus, Neb., finished the heptathlon with a career-best 5,312 points.  Her two-day score was easily the best, 858 points ahead of second place.

Spenner was competing at Northwest Missouri State unattached because she is redshirting the outdoor season.  Though her marks would have been some of the Mavs’ best, they only count towards her individual totals while she is redshirting and competing unattached.

Spenner’s score would rank in the top-20 in all of Division I this year but UNO is ineligible for the NCAA championship during their transition to D-I.  Freshman Amanda Alexander also competed in the heptathlon, finishing 10th with a score of 3,226.

Much of the rest of the Mavs’ were at the 2012 Wildcat Classic at Wayne State picking up two meet records and four wins.  Sophomore Kathie-Lee Laidley set the meet record in the long jump and won the event for the fifth time this year.

Her mark of 19-11 might have been good enough to tie Anastasia Kyvelidou’s school record from 2005 but no wind information was available.  Teammate Denneil Shaw took seventh on a jump of 18-02 1/2.

Laidley also won the 100 meters with a time of 14.56, and freshman Kristin Rogers won the 10,000 meters with meet record time of 40:34.38.  Rogers’ win and meet record are her first-ever win in the event.

Personal bests were picked up by Amanda Vorthmann in the 5,000 meters, Terri Armstrong in the 200 meters and Nicole Behm in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.  

Vorthmann’s time of 17:59.55 in the 5,000 meters won the event while teammate MiKayla Peck took fifth after competing in the event for the first time in her career.  Her time of 19:20.66 was the Mavs’ second best time in the 5K this season.