Huber Ivy League champ

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By Larry Goffinet

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Perry Central graduate Nick Huber won the 400-meter dash and the 1600 relay to help Cornell University win the Ivy League men’s indoor track meet last weekend.

Cornell claimed the conference title for the fifth time in seven years.

Huber won the 400 dash in 48.22 seconds, third fastest in Cornell history.

He became the sixth Cornell athlete to win the 400 in the conference meet.

That came only 10 minutes after he placed fifth in the 60-meter high hurdles in 8.37, which is ninth on Cornell’s all-time honor roll for that event.

Huber concluded the meet by running the third leg on Cornell’s winning 1600 relay. He ran his leg in 49.7.

He scored 141⁄2 points for the meet, made first-team All-Ivy League in two events, and qualified for this weekend’s IC4A championships, which is the NCAA East regional qualifying meet for the nationals, at Boston University.

Not bad for an athlete who had not even been scheduled to compete in the conference meet four weeks ago.

Usually only 33 or 40 Cornell athletes make the team’s travel squad.

Huber, then competing in the heptathlon, said he was doing poorly in the pole vault part of that seven-event competition “and it was killing my scores. So I hadn’t made the travel squad for three weekends in a row.”

He asked Coach Nathan Taylor if he could run the 400 in the conference meet.

Taylor told him freshmen normally didn’t compete in the conference meet. But if he would pay his own way to Syracuse, N.Y., and do well in the 400 as an unattached competitor in a meet there Feb. 7 (while Cornell’s team was competing at Penn State), he could run it in the conference.

Huber went to Syracuse with three of his teammates and won the 400 in 49.2.

He said he hopes to approach Cornell’s freshman record of 47.85 in the indoor 400 this weekend.

Indoor 400 times are usually about a second slower than outdoor 400s because there are longer straight stretches in an outdoor race.