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Lopers Compete in Lincoln to Prepare for MIAA’s

The Nebraska-Kearney track & field team, in its final regular season outdoor meet of the spring, won 15 events Thursday evening at the NWU Spring Open in Lincoln.
Getting ready for the MIAA Outdoor Championships May 3-5 (Fri.-Sun.), the Lopers also recorded four more NCAA provisional efforts.
On the men’s side, Benkelman senior Kyle Glidden won the discus with a toss of 171-7, good for 11th in the nation. Teammates Colby Jurgens (161-8) and Ryan Hircock (161-4) were right behind him.
Ogallala junior Michael Thalken then won the hammer with a heave of 183-1, a season-best throw that places him 20th on the national list. Glidden (176-0) and junior Josh Redman (170-5) were second and third, respectively.
Thalken also was runner up in the shot (59-9.25), one of three Lopers to be in the top four. Next, Bellevue sophomore Mark Seeba won the pole vault by clearing 16-4.75. That rockets him up to 10th on the D2 national list.
Beatrice junior Andrea Howe is now 24th in D2 in the discus after her winning throw of 144-2. The UNK women were also dominant in the hammer where they placed second through fifth, led by Elm Creek redshirt freshman Danyell Coons (158-2).
For a third straight meet, Holdrege sophomore Courtney Fegter reached 12-0 in the pole vault, clearing exactly 12-0. The Lopers were also 1-2 in the long jump, led by Grand Island senior Ariel Krolikowski and Omaha sophomore Jordan Hopkins, each going 17-11.75.
Other UNK women to place first were Bennington freshman Demi Hggins in the high jump (5-1.25), Sidney sophomore Kaitlyn Wells in the 800 (2:19.83), Seward sophomore Liz Damman in the 1,500 (4:54.97) and Colorado sophomore Steph Hutsell in the 400 (58.08).
In field events, the Loper men went one through four in the long jump, paced by Kimball sophomore Brady Land (23-8) with Kearney senior Marty Molina taking the triple jump (48-11.75).
On the track, both the 4 x 1 (41.90) and 4 x 4 (3:27.19) relay teams placed first with Boelus senior Nate Rogers first in the 400 hurdles (54.72) after running the opening leg for the 4 x 4 squad. Finally, Lincoln senior Cornell Leffler took the gold in the 400 (49.03) with teammate Jamey Foster right behind (50.53).

This year, the MIAA’s are being held at Fort Hays State.