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

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Kearney, Neb. – Senior Jackie Ziemke, junior Brady Land and freshman Brooke Frederick placed the nationally-ranked Nebraska-Kearney track & field teams Saturday at the Charlie Foster Classic in Cushing Coliseum.


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


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


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


Land bested the 24-4.25 Spencer Huff achieved in February 2008 by going 24-4.50. He had a better jump but that attempt was wiped out by a foul.


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


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


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


UNK went 1-4 in the men's pole vault with Bellevue junior Mark Seeba (15-3.75) coming in first based on judge's decision.  Fellow juniors Tanner Schwanz and Jay Kilpatrick went this same height, giving the Lopers an unprecedented four provisional qualifiers in the pole vault on the same 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 Cambridge sophomore 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 other events. That large group included Arapahoe freshman Alexa Whipple in the 200 (26.74), Columbus freshman Morgan Benesch in the mile (5:23.16) and Omaha junior Morgan Hopkins in the 400 (59.87).


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


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

Courtesy of UNK Media Relations

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