Freshman from Rīga breaks track record

Dmītrijs Milkevičs, a 22-year-old freshman from Rīga, broke University of Nebraska and Big 12 conference records in the 600-yard run Feb. 14 in Lincoln, Neb.—the first time he’s competed in the event.

Milkevičs, who told the campus newspaper Daily Nebraskan that the run in the Adidas Classic “was just for practice,” ran the event in 1:08.67, breaking the previous Huskers record of 1:09.17 set in 1986.

Formerly a student at Rīga Technical University and the University of Latvia, Milkevičs is classed as a middle-distance runner, according to, the official Web site of Univeristy of Nebraska sports. His main event is the 800-meter run.

The Huskers are looking for big results from the runner in the upcoming Big 12 conference track-and-field indoor championships meet, set Feb. 27-28 in Lincoln.

Milkevičs came to Nebraska with a record of success in Latvia and Europe, including being Latvia’s 400-meter dash champion in 2001 and 2002.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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