Latvians set records in Nebraska track event

The University of Nebraska Huskers were looking for Dmītrijs Milkevičs to do well in the 800-meter event during the Big 12 conference track-and-field indoor championships in Lincoln, Neb.—and he didn’t disappoint.

The 22-year-old freshman from Rīga won the event and set a Big 12 meet record, finishing in 1:48.82, according to the university. His performance helped push the team to first place in the meet.

“It was kind of slow for me,” Milkevičs said after the event, according to the University of Nebraska Sports Information office. “I would have liked for it to have been faster, but I didn’t really have anyone to push me.”

Another Nebraska student from Latvia, Ineta Radeviča, won the triple jump event with a distance of 45 feet, a new school record. It was her sixth consecutive Big 12 title.

Radeviča, a 22-year-old senior, is from Krāslava. She transferred to Nebraska from Wichita State University. Radeviča is married to Huskers volunteer assistant coach Viktors Lācis, also from Latvia.

Other Latvians on the Huskers track and field squad are Artūrs Āboliņš, a freshman from Rīga, and Danute Ceika, a freshman from Valmiera.

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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