While her teammates ran in the Nebraska Wesleyan Invitational and the Mark Colligan Memorial in Lincoln during the weekend, Nebraska freshman sprinter Kadecia Baird ran in the New Balance Games in New York City.
Baird was named the Big Ten’s female track athlete of the week Monday after she finished second in the elite division of the women’s 300 meters. Baird ran a personal-best time of 37.26 to finish second behind Bahamian Olympian Shaunae Miller’s time of 36.40. Baird was the only collegiate runner to place in the top 10 of the event.
Baird is the first freshman to be named the conference’s track or field athlete this season. Nebraska last had the Big Ten Female Track Athlete of the Week on Jan. 23, 2012 when Ashley Miller earned the honor.