Huskers Add Three Bids for NCAA Championships
Austin, Texas- After qualifying three for the NCAA Outdoor Championships yesterday, the Nebraska track and field team added three more bids for the championships on the second day of competition at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds.
Morgan Wilken started the day for the Huskers in the women's discus, finishing seventh and advancing to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines. With a feisty wind, Wilken notched a throw of 177-6 on her first attempt, securing her third outdoor NCAA Championships appearance.
Miles Ukaoma added his name to the list of Huskers competing in Des Moines with a second-place finish in the second heat of the men's 400 meter hurdles. Ukaoma recorded a time of 50.80 to secure a spot at the Championships for the second time. Tibor Koroknai narrowly missed extending his season, posting a time of 51.36, but finishing 13th.
Marusa Cernjul earned her first NCAA Championships bid with a fifth-place finish in the women's high jump. Cernjul, the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor High Jump Champion, recorded a jump of 5-10 3/4.
Dexter McKenzie notched a third-place finish in the fourth heat of the men's 200 meters, posting a time of 20.87. With the mark, he advances to tomorrow's quarterfinals where he will try to qualify with a top-12 time. Mara Weekes qualified for the women's 200 meter quarterfinals tomorrow with a time of 24.16.
Ashley Miller missed out on qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the 800 meters. She finished fifth in her heat with a time of 2:06.82, but it would not be enough to qualify as she finished 14th. Miller will turn her attention to qualifying for the 1,500 meters tomorrow at 6:45 p.m.
The Huskers advanced Chris Phipps to the NCAA Championships in the long jump yesterday, but were unable to advance any triple jumpers on the men's side on Saturday. Patrick Raedler finished 17th after recording a jump of 50-6 3/4, while Chris Phipps finished 20th with a jump of 50-4 3/4.
The Huskers will conclude NCAA West Preliminary Round action at Mike A. Myers Stadium tomorrow. The first field event is set to begin at 11 a.m. with the men's discus, while the men's 4x100 meter relay team will take the track at 6 p.m.