UNK Track: Lopers Break 2 School Records at Home; Pole Vaulters Dominate

Kearney, Neb. – Senior Jackie Ziemke, junior BradyLand and freshman Brooke Frederick placed the nationally-rankedNebraska-Kearney track & field teams Saturday at the Charlie Foster Classicin Cushing Coliseum.

The non-team scoring meet also featured athletes from FortHays State, Hastings College, York College and Garden City (Kans.) C.C.

Frederick (Hershey) and Land (Kimball) set new schoolrecords with Ziemke (Waco) becoming the first Loper woman in 27 years to throwthe shot 50 feet. Overall, UNK won 15 events and had one automatic andsix provisional efforts.

In the pole vault, Frederick broke the school record of12-2, set by Cali Cordes in February 2005. She first went 12.2-75 and thencleared 12-4.75, putting her 11th on the national list.

Land bested the 24-4.25 Spencer Huff achieved in February2008 by going 24-4.50. He had a better jump but that attempt was wiped out by afoul.

Ziemke didn't set a new Kearney mark but automaticallyqualified for the NCAA's thanks to a winning toss of 50-3.50. The throwcurrently is third nationally. Jill Stenwall in 1980 (51-5.25) and BethStuart in 1987 (50-8) are the only other Loper women to reach a 50 free in theshot.

Getting on the national list for the first time this winterwere Ogallala senior Michael Thalken in the weight throw (57-3) and Coloradojunior David Krumland in the pole vault (15-3.50).

Already on the national shot list, Thalken finished third inthe weight throw. He won the shot today with a toss of 57-7.50, tying aseason-best.

UNK went 1-4 in the men's pole vault with Bellevue juniorMark Seeba (15-3.75) coming in first based on judge's decision. Fellowjuniors Tanner Schwanz and Jay Kilpatrick went this same height, giving theLopers an unprecedented four provisional qualifiers in the pole vault on thesame day.

Seeba (8th/16-2.75), Kilpatrick (18th/15-7)and Schwanz (20th/15-5) have previously made the national list.

Winning on the track for the Kearney men were Cambridgesophomore Kalen Farr (60 hurdles/8.55), Hastings freshman Trevor Rosno(800/2:01.22) and Scottsbluff freshman Tayler James (600 yards/1:15.24).

Besides Frederick and Ziemke, the UNK women won seven otherevents. That large group included Arapahoe freshman Alexa Whipple in the 200(26.74), Columbus freshman Morgan Benesch in the mile (5:23.16) and Omahajunior Morgan Hopkins in the 400 (59.87).

Finally, Jordan Hopkins placed first in the long jump with aleap (18-.50) that was just short of a provisional mark.

UNK heads back to Seward on Valentine's Day for theConcordia Invite.

Courtesy of UNK Media Relations