Huskers Take Home Two Event Titles on Final Day at Kansas Relays
Lawrence, Kan. - The Nebraska track and field team wrapped up action at the Kansas Relays on Saturday with two more event titles. Chris Phipps notched the men's long jump title in the field events, while Miles Ukaoma led the Huskers on the track with a first-place finish in the 400 meter hurdles.
Phipps took home the men's long jump title, recording a leap of 24-10 1/2 (7.58) on his first attempt, proving to be enough to secure the event victory. Bobby Carter followed in fourth place, posting a season-best jump of 24-5 3/4 (7.46).
Mara Griva finished second in the women's long jump with a season-best leap of 20-0 1/2 (6.11).Kara Mostoller followed her with a fourth-place finish on a personal-best jump of 19-1 1/2 (5.83).
Chad Wright recorded a mark of 198-01 (60.38) in the men's discus for second-place. Wright, who is currently ranked third in the nation in the weight throw, topped Mason Finley from Kansas, who is ranked just one spot ahead of him in the standings at second-place. Tyler Hitchler finished with a throw of 191-08 (58.42).
Cami Jiskra led the Huskers with a fourth-place finish in the pole vault. She finished with a season-best vault of 12-9 1/2 (3.90).
Carlos Hernandez finished third in the men's high jump as he came away with a season-best leap of 6-10 3/4 (2.10). Travis Englund also posted a top-10 finish with a jump of 6-8 3/4 (2.05).
Dexter McKenzie finished second in the finals of the men's 200 meters with a time of 21.36. Mara Weekes finished fifth in the women's 100 meters as she notched a time of 11.82, while Tim Thompson finished sixth in the men's 100 meters with a time of 10.57.
Ukaoma finished first in the men's 400 meter hurdles, posting a time of 51.01. Mila Andric finished fourth in the 400 meter hurdle finals, recording a time of 1:01.26, and Ellie Grooters took seventh with a time of 1:01.83, while Rachel Butler finished eighth with a time of 1:02.34. Andric went on to take second in the women's 100 meter hurdle finals, posting a personal-best wind-aided time of 13.65. Ukaoma used a wind-aided time of 14.17 to take third in the men's 110 meter hurdles finals.
The women's 4x100 meter relay team of McCarty, Weekes, Kerekes and Lewis finished fourth in the finals, recording a time of 46.78. The men's team of Thompson, McKenzie, Carter and Phipps took second with a time of 40.69. The women's 4x400 meter relay team of Butler, Grooters, Andjelkovic and Weekes took fourth after recording a time of 3:44.41. The men's team of Blackwood, Ukaoma, Hawk and McKenzie finished with a time of 3:26.11.
Additionally, numerous future Huskers made their presence known at the meet. James White of Iowa Central Community College won the men's high jump with a leap of 7-1 3/4 (2.18). Dapo Akinmoladun took first in the boys 110 meter hurdles, posting a time of 13.75. He also finished second in the boys 300 meter hurdles with a mark of 38.66 and led the Grandview High School 4x200 meter relay team to a first-place finish. Morgan Woitzel finished sixth in the girls 800 meters with a time of 2:16.98 and helped the Millard South 4x400 meter relay team to a second-place finish.
With the completion of the Kansas Relays, the Huskers will turn their attention and preparation to the Drake Relays next weekend in Des Moines, Iowa.