The Nebraska track and field team begins a new era under interim head coach Justin St. Clair this weekend with the Graduate Classic at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Indoor Track. Competition gets underway on Friday at 4 p.m. and on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Graduate Classic Meet Information
Date: Friday-Saturday, Jan. 13-14
Participating Teams: Nebraska, Arkansas Tech, Barton County CC, Central Methodist, Cloud County CC, Colby CC, Concordia, Cowley College, Creighton, Doane, Drake, Fort Hays State, Friends, Hawkeye CC, Iowa State, Iowa Western CC, Kansas City, MidAmerica Nazarene, Nebraska Wesleyan, Nebraska-Kearney, Northwestern Oklahoma, Northwest Missouri State, Omaha, Pratt CC, Universite Laval
Venue: Bob Devaney Sports Center Indoor Track
Start Times: Friday – Field Events & Running Events: 4 p.m.; Saturday – Running Events: 11:30 a.m. / Field Events: Noon
2023 Season Preview
The Graduate Classic will be the Huskers’ first meet as a full team under interim head coach Justin St. Clair, who took over after legendary coach Gary Pepin retired in August after 42 years leading the Husker program. St. Clair came to Nebraska in 2021-22 as an associate head coach and coached 10 NCAA qualifiers, including a pair of NCAA medalists, in his debut season on the Husker coaching staff to earn his 10th USTFCCCA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year honor since 2016.
Overall, the Huskers claimed eight first-team All-Americans and eight second-team All-Americans in 2022. The Huskers also crowned 12 Big Ten champions, and nine of the 12 are back to defend titles this year. Maddie Harris brought home the NCAA silver medal in the javelin last year, while Axelina Johansson was the NCAA bronze medalist in the outdoor shot put and was the Big Ten Women’s Outdoor Freshman of the Year.
The Nebraska men were third at last year’s Big Ten Indoor Championships and fourth at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. They tied for 24th at the NCAA Indoor Championships, their best finish since 2015, and 59th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The Husker women tied for seventh at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and were fifth at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. They tied for 47th at the NCAA Indoor Championships and were 14th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships,…