Lincoln, Neb. – The 39th annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invite got underway on Friday as the Huskers opened the weekend with four individual event wins in front of 1,595 fans at the Devaney Center Indoor Track.
Competing in their first pentathlon and heptathlon competitions of the year, the Husker multi-eventers took to the track to begin the two days of competition. Anne Martin earned the pentathlon title, winning with a personal-best 3,996 points and starting off a solid day for the Huskers. She opened competition with a personal-best time of 8.74 in the 60-meter hurdles. She then tallied a season-best mark of 5-5 ¼ (1.66) in the high jump. Martin finished with a personal-best throw of 38-11 ¾ (11.88) in the shot put, before posting a leap of 18-11 ¼ (5.77) in the long jump, tying her personal best. Her day ended with a time of 2:22.37 in the 800 meters.
Tess Merrill won the women’s pole vault as she tallied a personal-best mark of 13-0 ¾ (3.98). She ranks seventh in the Big Ten. Paula Andrie finished third with a vault of 12-8 ¾ (3.88), while Maggie Maher was sixth with a vault of 11-10 ¾ (3.63).
Patrick Raedler earned another victory in the men’s long jump, continuing his unbeaten streak on the season. He tallied a leap of 24-9 ¼ (7.55) to earn top honors. In the women’s long jump, Tierra Williams finished third with a leap of 19-6 ¾ (5.96), while Jazmin McCoy finished fourth with a mark of 19-3 ½ (5.88).
Cody Rush came in first in the 400 meters with another impressive performance. The Grand Island native, posted a personal-best time of 47.05. His mark moves him to sixth all-time at Nebraska and fourth in the Big Ten Conference. Levi Gipson was fourth with a personal-best time of 47.52, while Jake Bender came in fifth with a time of 47.72, tying his personal best. Chantal Duncan finished fifth in the women’s 400 meters. She tallied a personal-best time of 55.00, which ranks seventh in the Big Ten Conference.
Guy Fenske closed the first day of the heptathlon in fourth-place with 2,752 points. He posted a personal-best time of 7.28 in the 60 meters, followed by a personal-best jump of 21-0 ¾ (6.42) in the long jump. Fenske tallied a throw of 40-0 (12.19) in the shot put and finished with a personal-best leap of 6-0 ¾ (1.85) in the high jump.
Sam Shaw finished the first day of heptathlon action in seventh place with 2,714 points. He started with a personal-best time of 7.20 in the 60 meters and followed that with a leap of 21-2 ½ (6.46) in the long jump. Shaw posted a personal-best throw of 38-8 ¾ (11.80) in the shot put, finishing the day with a leap of 5-10 ½ (1.79) in the high jump.
Veronica Grizzle tallied a third-place finish in the women’s weight throw, posting a season-best mark of 63-4 ¼ (19.31), cementing her spot at third in the Big Ten. Will Lohman came in fifth in the men’s weight throw with a mark of 61-4 (18.69).
Anna Peer came in second in the women’s 5,000 meters with a time of 17:24.96. Isabel Andrade was fourth with a personal-best time of 17:25.52.
Oladapo Akinmoladun and Tibor Koroknai both qualified for tomorrow’s final in the 60-meter hurdles.
The Frank Sevigne Husker Invite concludes on Saturday with the men’s heptathlon slated to begin at 10 a.m. The running and field event finals will begin at noon.