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Cornhusker Flyers FLYER FAMILY NEWS

This page contains news and notes about the Flyers "family" -- athletes and coaches, past and present.  If you have some Flyer news worth reporting, please let the club know about it!  Thanks.


Coach Steve Staskiewicz, 6/20
Wyatt Gilli, 6/25
Benedict Nunez, 6/27
Jacoby Long, 7/10
Kinsley McCormick, 7/10
Jessica Marcuzzo, 7/12
Tyler Laughlin, 7/14
Aiden Cunningham, 7/14
Sophia Kirwan, 7/16
MicKena Merriex, 7/17
Andrew Schmitz, 7/19
Madison Charles, 7/22

(Years with Flyers in parentheses)

Ali Gress Ali Gress (2003-08), Papillion-La Vista South High and University of South Dakota graduate, competed in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17 with two of her former USD teammates. Ali (pictured in the middle) finished in a time of 3:27:47, ranking 6,459th overall and 1,230th among women. (4/18/2017)

Katelyn Gochenour Katelyn Gochenour (2007-16), Duke University freshman, broke her own school record in the javelin at the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, California, throwing 170' 2". (4/14/2017)

Ethan Ruh Ethan Ruh (2009-16), Dartmouth College freshman, won the men's shot put (50' 9") and placed third in the discus throw (140' 2") at the Dartmouth Outdoor Classic meet on Friday, April 14. (4/14/2017)

Emily Sisson Emily Sisson (2004-08) won the USATF Women's 10 km Championships in Boston, Massachusetts on Monday, October 10. (10/10/2016)

Travis Teetor Travis "T.J." Teetor (coach 2003-10) was named the Young Physician of the Year by the Nebraska Medical Association. (9/24/2016)

Katelyn Gochenour Katelyn Gochenour (2007-16), Marian High graduate, competed at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in Clovis, California on June 24.  Katelyn won the Women Javelin Throw with a mark of 163' 10", which qualified her for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on July 19, where she threw 155' 11" to finish in 32nd.  One day later, on July 20, Katelyn was named to USA Today's All-USA Girls Track & Field first team for the javelin throw. (7/20/2016)

Emily Sisson (2004-08) and Alex Gochenour (2003-11) each competed at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon.  Emily ran 32:54.07 in the 10,000 meter run to finish 10th of 22, and Alex ran 13.38 in the 100 meter hurdles to finish 26th of 30, and scored 5,794 points in the heptathlon to finish 13th of 18. (7/10/2016)

Ethan Ruh (2009-16), Creighton Prep graduate, and Katelyn Gochenour (2007-16), Marian High graduate, competed at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 17 and 18.  Ethan finished 13th in the Boys Shot Put Championship with a mark of 59' 10" and 17th in the Boys Discus Throw Emerging Elite with a mark of 148' 0".  Katelyn finished 1st in the Girls Javelin Throw Championship with a mark of 171' 1" and even talked about it afterwards. (6/19/2016)

Believers & Achievers Andy Vasquez (2008-16), Omaha Burke High School senior, was recognized as one of eight Believers & Achievers scholarship recipients by the Nebraska School Activities Association. (6/8/2016)

Drew Klein Drew Klein (2011-13), Doane College sophomore and Papillion-La Vista South High School graduate, cleared 15' 9" in the men's pole vault to finish in 5th place at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama on Saturday, May 28.  Earlier in May at the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) championships in Hastings, Drew won the men's pole vault with a mark of 16' 6". (5/28/2016)

Clara Nichols Clara Nichols (2006-12), Oklahoma State University senior, ran a 2:06.30 in the 800 meter run to place 3rd at the Big 12 Conference Outdoor Championships in Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday, May 15. (5/16/2016)

Annika Sisson Annika Sisson (2005-08), University of Arkansas sophomore, competed in the 1500 meter run at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Saturday, May 14.  Annika's time of 4:23.97 qualified her for the finals where she finished in 10th place. (5/15/2016)

Rebekah Topham Rebekah Topham (2006-14), Wichita State University freshman, won the 1500 meter run at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, April 30. (5/1/2016)

Sophia Scott Sophia Scott (2011-16), St. Vincent de Paul 4th-grader, was named a Youth Runner Top Dog in their May/June 2016 issue (page 29) for breaking Nebraska Association records in the 8 & Under Girls shot put and mini-javelin throw in 2015. (5/1/2016)

Michelle Wallerstedt (2012), George Mason University senior, Kenton Kobza (2014-15), David City Aquinas senior, and Ethan Ruh (2009-16), Creighton Prep senior, all competed at the 89th Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kansas, finishing in the top 10 in each of their events.  Michelle won the women's collegiate discus throw, Kenton finished 7th and Ethan 9th in the boy's high school discus throw, and Ethan placed 2nd in the boy's high school shot put. (4/23/2016)

At the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Johnson City, Tennessee, Drew Klein (2011-13), Doane College sophomore and Papillion-La Vista South High School graduate, cleared 15' 9" in the pole vault to finish in 3rd place. (3/5/2016)

Michelle Xiao Michelle Xiao (2011), Stanford University freshman Omaha Westside High School graduate, earned a spot on the United States under-20 women's national soccer team for a tournament in Spain.  Michelle was also named to the Pac-12 Conference Women's Soccer All-Freshman Team. (2/26/2016)

Haley Miller and Bethany Vawter Haley Miller (2015), Plattsmouth High sophomore, and Bethany Vawter (2015), Millard West High freshman, competed in the USATF Southwest Zonal Youth Indoor Track & Field Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas on Sunday, February 7th.  Haley placed 3rd in the 17-18 Girls long jump, 3rd in the triple jump, and 6th in the 55 meter dash.  Beth placed 1st in the 15-16 Girls 55 meter hurdles and 1st in the long jump.  Congratulations, girls! (2/8/2016)

Alexandria Gochenour Catch up with Alexandria Gochenour (2003-11), University of Arkansas senior and Logan-Magnolia High School graduate, in this two-minute interview. (1/19/2016)

Kristie Mullen Kristie Mullen (2007-10), Doane College sophomore, and the Doane women's distance medley relay team were recognized as the top NAIA time for the 2015 outdoor season, after posting a school-record time of 11:52.53 at the Drake Relays in April, destroying the previous record of 13:01.07 (hand-held) set in 1982. (1/6/2016)

Drew Klein Drew Klein (2011-13), Doane College sophomore and Papillion-La Vista South High School graduate, was named First Team kick returner on the 2015 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) all-conference list.  He was also named GPAC special teams player of the week on October 12th. (11/17/2015)

Andy Vasquez (2008-16), Omaha Burke High School senior, was named Runza Student of the Week. (10/11/2015)

Haley Miller Haley Miller (2015), Plattsmouth High School sophomore, was featured in the Plattsmouth Journal after competing at the National Junior Olympics in Jacksonville. (8/10/2015)

Emily Sisson Emily Sisson (2004-08), Providence College graduate, was named the Big East Conference nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, recognizing graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service, and leadership.  Emily can now turn her attention to her professional track & field career. (6/18/2015)

Katelyn Gochenour (2007-15), Omaha Marian High School junior, was one of 49 athletes named to Team USA for the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia from July 15 to 19. (7/2/2015)

Karen (Hutson) Ettleman Karen (Hutson) Ettleman (2007), Northwestern College senior, won the national championship in the heptathlon at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama. (5/22/2015)

Katelyn Gochenour (2007-15), Omaha Marian High School junior, was selected to the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF) team competing at the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational in Cuba on June 12 and 13. (5/18/2015)

Neeia Cooperwood Neeia Cooperwood (2003-04), Morningside College senior, was named the 2015 GPAC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year after she scored 40 points for the Mustangs at the GPAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sioux Center, Iowa. (5/6/2015)

Alexandria Gochenour Alexandria Gochenour (2003-11), University of Arkansas junior, won the heptathlon at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas. (3/26/2015)

Emily Sisson Emily Sisson (2004-08), Providence College senior, won the 5000 meter run at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday, March 13 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The next day, she took 3rd in the 3000 meter run.  Two weeks earlier, Emily set an NCAA record in the 5000 meter run. (3/13/2015)

Bobby and Stryker Musil Congratulations to Carlynn and Bobby Musil (2000-03) of Windsor, Colorado, parents of Stryker Robert Musil, born on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 10:14 p.m.  Stryker was 22" tall and weighed 9 pounds, 12 ounces. (3/4/2015)

James Blackledge Former Flyers high jump coach James Blackledge (1991-96) is moving up the corporate ladder, having recently been named CEO of Mutual of Omaha. (1/28/2015)

Emily Sisson Emily Sisson (2004-08), Providence College senior, finished second at the US 12km Championships on Sunday, November 16 in Alexandria, Virginia. (11/16/2014)

Katelyn Gochenour (2007-14), Omaha Marian High School sophomore, was named to the 2014 Track & Field News High School Girls All-America Team in the javelin throw.  Congratulations, Katelyn! (11/10/2014)

Rebekah Topham Rebekah Topham (2006-14), Griswold (Iowa) High senior, set a state record with her fourth consecutive individual title in the Class 1A cross country meet. (11/4/2014)

Jennifer Svoboda Jennifer Svoboda (2000-05), Howells High School and University of Kentucky graduate, has been added to the track & field coaching staff at the University of Southern Mississippi and will train the throwers. (9/6/2014)

Nic Petersen Nic Petersen (2000), Creighton Prep graduate, is the jumps coach at the University of Florida. (5/18/2014)

Magnolia Howell Magnolia Howell (1999-2001), Westside High School and California State University-Long Beach graduate, is a professional runner on the Trinidad & Tobago national team. She was selected to be on their 4x400 and 4x800 meter relay teams for the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas. (5/15/2014)

Emily Sisson The Providence College women's cross country team won the NCAA National Championship on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Indiana.  Senior Emily Sisson (2004-08) was the Friars' top finisher with a seventh place finish with a time of 20:17.5. (11/23/2013)

Jillian Ourada Jillian Ourada (2006-08), Doane College senior, earned First Team Academic All-American honors and was named the 2013 Doane Female Athlete-of-the-Year. (6/24/2013)

Ariel Krolikowski (2005-06), University of Nebraska-Kearney senior, was named UNK's 2013 Senior Co-Female Student Athlete of the Year.  Congratulations, Ariel! (4/29/2013)

Tyler Pooschke (2007-09), Doane College junior, appeared in articles in both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald newspapers. (4/25/2013)

Rachel Wade Rachel Wade (1997-2000), of Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2006, 3 years after being struck by lightning while lifeguarding.  The Flyers express our deepest condolences to the Wade family.  An obituary appeared in the Muscatine (Iowa) Journal. (6/18/2007)