Mavericks Open Outdoor Season at Tulsa
OMAHA, Neb. - The Omaha track & field team begins the outdoor season this weekend, traveling to the Tulsa Duels on Friday and Saturday, March 17-18.
The Mavericks will be long on youth entering their second outdoor season as full Division I members. UNO features 11 freshmen on its roster and just three seniors.
In 2016, the Mavericks placed fifth in the Summit League Championship led by All-Summit performer Stephanie Ahrens. The junior from Lincoln, Neb. had the Summit League’s top mark in the high jump both indoors and outdoors last season and became the first Maverick in the Division I era to represent UNO at the NCAA Preliminaries.
“Stephanie was disappointed about how her outdoor season ended and is hungry to get back to the national meet,” said head coach Chris Richardson. “She again should be the favorite to win the high jump in the Summit League.
“We’ve got a challenging outdoor season ahead of us, and our goal always is to do well at the Summit Championship. After redshirting the indoor season, Taleah Williams has the ability to be our top long jumper and a scoring threat. We also think that Lauren Houston can score for us in the 800 meters and have a chance to qualify in the NCAA preliminary round.”
Williams should be helped by her experience as a member of the U.S. Paralympic Team, competing in the long jump in Rio de Janeiro last summer. The sophomore from Norfolk, Neb. finished in fifth place.
Houston, a sophomore from Omaha, posted UNO’s top time in the 800 meters last season and finished fourth in the event at the Summit League Outdoor Championships.
Following action in Tulsa, the Mavericks will move on to the Emporia State Relays on Saturday, April 1.