Track gets six first place finishes


By Jared Meyer, Contributor

Since the beginning of the season, the UNO women’s track and field team has been setting personal bests and meet records weekend after weekend.  Last Saturday at the Concordia Indoor Invitational in Seward, Neb. was no different.

Junior Amanda Vorthmann set two records, sophomore Sami Spenner set another and the Mavs took home six first place finishes at the meet.  Vorthmann won two events, Spenner won two more, sophomore Kathie-Lee Laidley won one and freshman Lauren Psota won one as well.

Vorthmann, out of Oakland, Iowa, won the 1,000 meters with a meet and Walz Human Performance Complex record time of 2:59.95.  It was the second week in a row that Vorthmann set a new personal-best in an event.

Prior to setting a new personal record in the 1,000 meters, Vorthmann also beat her 10,000-meter time last week by nearly six seconds.  Junior Nicole Behm set a personal-best in the 1,000 meters as well, finishing just behind Vorthmann with a time of 3:10.85.

Vorthmann’s set her second Walz Complex record in the mile run.  Her time of 5:03.78 set the record and beat her personal-best by about four seconds.  Since the season began in December, Vorthmann has broken a personal-best five times and won five events.

Spenner’s Walz Complex record came in the long jump on a mark of 19-3 1/4.  Laidley finished in second with a jump of 18-10 1/2.  

Though Spenner’s triple jump mark of 40-0 3/4 wasn’t long enough to set another Walz record, it did win the event and set a personal record.   It was the fifth time Spenner had won an event this season.

Spenner and Laidley also competed in the 60-meter hurdles but it was Laidley who came out ahead in that event.  Laidley’s time of 8.96 seconds won the event while Spenner settled for third with a mark of 9.03 seconds.  Each athlete’s time set a personal best in the event.  

Psota got UNO their sixth first-place finish of the day, taking the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.45 seconds.  In addition to the broken records and the first place finishes, freshmen Kristin Rogers and Mikayla Peck got the Mavs two top 10 spots in the 3,000 meters.

Rogers’ time of 10:54.85 was good enough for fifth, and Peck finished sixth with a time of 10:55.80.  The final indoor meet of the season is Friday at the Nebraska Tune-Up in Lincoln.