Sunday a big day for NU on track

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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 12:00 am

LINCOLN — Just as the city’s large Marathon winds down at Memorial Stadium, the Nebraska track and field team will be starting its largest home meet of the outdoor season a football field away. NU hosts the Nebraska Invitational at Ed Weir Track Sunday, a time change from Saturday afternoon, when rain is expected to fall throughout the day. The field events start at 1 p.m. with the women’s hammer throw and men’s shot put, while track events start at 3 with the 3,000-meter steeplechase — a specialty of Husker long distance runner Jessica Furlan.

The Husker men — ranked 10th nationally — and the women (unranked) are both coming off of strong performances at the Drake Relays. The NU men won the 1,600-meter relay in 3:03.79, tops in the Big Ten and tied for fourth nationally. Latvian Janis Leitis also won the high jump.

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