LINCOLN — Nebraska track and field coach Gary Pepin pulls a 2018 media guide from his cabinet and opens it on his desk. Where athletes have been injured, Pepin has left notes in red marker.
As Pepin goes over the women’s roster, there are notes on nearly every page, a reminder of last year’s disappointing ninth-place finish in the Big Ten’s indoor championships. The women finished fifth in the league’s outdoor meet. The men finished second and third, respectively, with a smaller roster and 5½ fewer scholarships to split among athletes.
The Husker men may have more top athletes right now than the women’s team, Pepin said. But the men have also avoided getting hurt.
“We have really gotten hit with the injury thing again,” Pepin said. He later produced a list that showed 22 of 23 women who were hurt last year were scholarship