Spenner leaves her mark at UNO


July 11th, 2014

Omaha, NE – Sami Spenner’s impact on the University of Nebraska at Omaha was solidified February 21 this year, when she set the American collegiate record in the pentathlon at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Prior to this Spenner had made a name for herself shattering school record after school record in the indoor and outdoor track and field. There was only one issue: UNO’s transfer to Division-I in 2011 barred her from competing in post season tournaments.

Though UNO requested a waiver for Spenner to compete in 2013 and 2014, they were denied. The story drew national attention.

Spenner said she tried to focus on what she could do herself, getting better. She said she hasn’t lost a step. She was named the Summit League’s outdoor track and field athlete of the year and its Indoor track and field MVP for the second straight year.

Spenner said she has grown exponentially in the hurdles and sprints since her arrival at UNO. She said she feels like the last few years have been a whirlwind experience.

“I feel like I am in the best shape of my life,” Spenner said.

After all is said and done Spenner said she hopes to make more national attention, this time on the track.

“I have my own personal goals out there I am hoping I get to reach those goals,” Spenner said.

Spenner will represent the United States later this month in the Thorpe Cup, an annual track and field meet between the U.S. and Germany. The event will be held in Marburg, Germany on July 26-27.

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