Ted Lampkin, the Omaha Central star who won four all-class gold medals at the 2011 Nebraska State Track Meet, is transferring from Iowa State to Nebraska.
The 2011 World-Herald Boys Athlete of the Year will concentrate solely on track for now at NU, said his father, Ted Lampkin, Sr.
At ISU, the younger Lampkin played football and competed on the track team. He hasn’t talked to the Husker football coaches.
“Juggling two sports at the collegiate level was kind of tough,” Ted Lampkin, Sr. said. “One sport is a full-time job. There’s no offseason. And Ted’s heart right now is in track and field … the football coaches (at Iowa State) didn’t want him to leave.”
Nebraska’s track program is stronger, Ted Lampkin, Sr. said, in part because of head coach Gary Pepin, one of the nation’s top long jump coaches. At Iowa State, Lampkin was an All-Big 12 long jumper as a freshman.
“He really didn’t have anybody to push him,” Ted Lampkin, Sr. said.
At NU, Lampkin will be immediately eligible next year as a long-jumper and a potential sprinter.