WEIGHTY MATTERS

Congratulations to our Aubrey Baxter for finishing 8th at last night’s USA Olympic Trials Hammer Throw with a throw of 68.77 meters.  You’ll get to see her do her thing here in Omaha in a couple of weeks.  At last year’s USA Club Track & Field National Championships Aubrey was named the Outstanding Female Athlete of the Meet for placing in the Hammer, Javelin, Discus, & Shot.  She’ll repeat that incredible quartet again July 6-7.

You’ll also get to see some other of our Team Nebraska hosses and their tosses.   Ross Buncheck will throw the Hammer, he brings a fine 66.20 qualifier from the Drake Relays earlier this year.  Jared Shurrmans will be throwing the Discus, he competes Monday in the qualifying rounds at the Trials in Eugene.

And if elevation is your thing, Nate Polacek will be competing in his specialty the Pole Vault, he cleared 5.44 meters (over 17′ 6″) at the Nebraska Tune Up this past February.  Ben Zuch is our High Jumper, he jumped 2.15 meters (7.05 feet) at the Concordia Indoor Invitational, also in February.

Matthew Schneider has been named Team Captain for this year’s Club Track & Field National Championships.  Matt has represented Team Nebraska with distinction since joining the club including being a 2 time Club Nats National Champion in the Steeplechase.

Thanks to Tim Langdon and his great work getting our Douglas County Visitor Improvement Fund grant approved.  Burke Stadium will have a brand new, USATF compliant Javelin Runway thanks to his skill with pen and paper.   Thanks too to Nancy Sempek for the generous support of the meet, she is the Nebraska Association President and has been a proponent of this effort from the very beginning.

And because I haven’t posted this photo yet and want to bid some dear friends au revoir:

Sarah DeSmet (that’s her I’m squeezing) and Linda Hendrickson (not pictured, drats) have been part of our Team Nebraska Community Outreach Program, the Omaha Endurance Group, for the past few years.  Both are moving today and we will miss them dearly.  We had the picture above framed with signatures for them as a memento from their friends in Omaha.  Thanks to Laurie Halpenny for coordinating.  What a great group of people.