This Saturday while sweethearts gaze tenderly into each other’s
eyes, CSU’s track athletes will prove their devotion to sports as
they compete in the Adidas Classic Invitational in Lincoln,
The men and women enter the meet on a sizzling streak. The
undefeated men are ranked 11th nationally, the unblemished women
With the end of the indoor season rapidly approaching and the
conference championships two weeks away, the athletes look to post
conference qualifying times in this non-scoring meet.
“They only take a certain number of guys and girls,” junior Ryan
Lowen said. “It would be nice to post a good time at Nebraska.”
Lowen continues his resurgence from off-season knee surgery this
weekend. After competing in relays each of the last two weeks, he
will run his first individual 800-meter run.
A few distance runners will accompany head coach Del Hessel to
Iowa State on Friday to compete in the Iowa State University
Classic. Those distance runners will not compete in Nebraska, but
will run against the stellar competition in Iowa.
According to Hessel, the field in Nebraska should be tough. The
Husker men are ranked 10th and the women enter 3rd. This weekend is
the largest meet yet for the Rams, as 13 other schools will bring
In addition to the solid competition, Nebraska boasts an
outstanding place to compete.
“I’m excited to go,” Lowen said. “It’s probably the best indoor
facility in the country.”
Freshman Rebekah Yetzer said that after coming up short last
weekend at the Air Force Classic she is excited to run in Lincoln
because “the track is really good and it’s at less elevation.”
Yetzer is among the many talented women looking to solidify
conference spots this weekend. She competes in two events, the mile
and the 1,000.
“I’m hoping to do better, to place better,” she said. “I’d like
to have a good race that I’m happy with.”
Instead of heart-shaped candy and bouquets of flowers the Rams
will spend their day of love in front of screaming fans and stiff