Track and field ends indoor season


By Jared Meyer, Contributor

The UNO women’s track field team concluded their indoor season Friday at the Nebraska Tune-Up in Lincoln at the Devaney Center.  Just like the last few weeks, records were broken and personal bests were beaten as the Mavs get ready for the outdoor season.

Junior Amanda Vorthmann set a school record and once again beat her personal best in the 3,000 meters.  Vorthmann finished with a time of 9:50.04 taking second place behind Nebraska’s Katie White.  The junior out of Oakland, Iowa was less than two seconds behind White’s winning time.  Vorthmann beat the school record by more than 10 seconds, surpassing Tara Biltoft, who set the record in 1997. Her time would also rank third-best in the Summit League.

Junior Kayla Frenske also set a personal best in the 3,000 meters, finishing with a time of 11:22.06.

In the 5,000 meters, Kristin Rogers and Mikayla Peck set new personal bests. Rogers finished with a time of 18:38.73 and Peck was just behind at 18:50.40. The new personal bests set by the freshmen duo were good enough for sixth and seventh place in the event.

Freshmen Terri Armstrong got the Mavs another top 10 finish, running with a time of 8.01 in the 60-meter dash.  Armstrong’s time was good enough for eighth while her time of 25.58 in the 200 meters was good enough for sixth.

 In the 400 meters, freshman Lauren Psota set a personal best time of 58.84 and finished in 12th place. Teammate Lydia Martin got a new personal best as well, achieving an 800-meter time of 2:24.61.

Martin beat her old mark by almost four seconds and finished in 22nd place.

Nicole Behm just missed getting UNO another personal best at the meet.   Despite missing out on setting a new mark in the 1,000 meters, the junior’s time of 3:10.28 was good enough for second place in the event.

Lincoln wasn’t the only place the Mavs were having success over the weekend.  Several athletes were also at the John Dalton Invitational in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Junior Sami Spenner had a tremendous day, finishing in the top three in four events. The transfer from Wayne State took first place in the long jump, second in the high jump, second in the triple jump and third in the 60-meter hurdles.

 Spenner’s mark of 19-2 3/4 won the long jump and  narrowly edged teammate Kathie-Lee Laidley’s mark of 19-1 1/2. Laidley took second and established a new personal best in the event.

 The sophomore from Jamaica got some revenge on Spenner with a first place jump of 5-8 in the high jump.  Laidley’s mark was two inches better than Spenner’s mark of 5-6.

Despite finishing a spot behind Laidley, Spenner did achieve a new personal best in the event.  Spenner then put up her second personal best of the meet, posting a triple jump mark of 40-8 1/4.

Her second place finish beat her previous personal best mark by almost eight inches.  Sophomore teammate Denneil Shaw got a personal best in the event as well.

Shaw finished third and achieved a mark of 37-4 1/2.  Spenner finished the day taking third in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.15.

Over the weekend, the Mavericks set eight personal bests and also a school record that has not been broken in 15 years. UNO will have how have to wait till March 17 to compete in their first outdoor meet.

Because of the transition to Division I, the Mavs are ineligible to compete in conference and national championship meets.