Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska track and field team hosted the Mark Colligan Memorial on Saturday as they welcomed the Alabama Crimson Tide and North Carolina Tar Heels to the Devaney Center. The Huskers used a dominant performance to earn 18 event crowns and sweep the team titles.
The Husker women posted 147 total points on the day to take first, while Alabama was second with 110 points and North Carolina was third with 64 points. On the men's side, the Huskers totaled 138 points for first, while Alabama was second with 102 points and North Carolina was third with 80 points.
Veronica Grizzle led the way for the Huskers early, taking top honors in the women's weight throw. She posted a throw of 63-7 ½ (19.39) for a personal-best mark and the sixth-best throw in the Big Ten. Tristen Sharp finished fourth with a personal-best throw of 56-0 ½ (17.08). On the men's side, Cole Ingram recorded a personal-best of 59-0 (17.98) to take fourth.
The Husker women swept the throws titles on the day as Annie Jackson took top honors in the women's shot put with a personal-best throw of 53-7 (16.33). With that mark she maintains her fifth-place standing in the conference. Veronica Grizzle finished third with a mark of 51-5 ¾ (15.69). Taylor Shapland won the men's shot put with a throw of 57-0 (17.37).
Mara Griva finished first in the long jump with a mark of 20-0 ¼ (6.10). Kari Heck came in fourth with a personal-best-tying jump of 19-2 ¾ (5.86), while Kara Mostoller was fifth (18-5) and Anna Weigandt was sixth (18-4 1/2 . Patrick Raedler finished second in the men's long jump with a leap of 24-11 (7.59). Nikita Pankins was third with a jump of 23-5 ½ (7.15), as Seth Wiedel finished fourth with a season-best jump of 23-3 ¼ (7.09).
Griva also took home top honors in the women's triple jump, recording a leap of 41-8 ½ (12.71) in the event. Weigandt followed her lead with a second-place finish and a personal-best jump of 41-7 ¼ (12.68) to move to third in the Big Ten. Raedler won the men's triple jump, recording a leap of 50-8 ¾ (15.46).
The Huskers swept the top three spots in the men's pole vault as Craig Driver won the event with a personal-best vault of 16-10 ¾ (5.15) to tie for fifth in the Big Ten. Beau Simmons was second with a personal-best vault of 16-6 ¾ (5.05), while Christian Sanderfer was third with a mark of 15-11 (4.85). Tess Merrill finished second in the women's pole vault, posting a personal-best mark of 13-0 ¼ (3.97). Her vault ranks fourth in the Big Ten this season. Maggie Maher took third in the event with a vault of 12-8 ¼ (3.87).
James White won the men's high jump with a mark of 7-3 (2.21). He was followed by Carlos Hernandez as he took third with a jump of 6-8 ¾ (2.05). Marusa Cernjul took second in the women's high jump with a season-best mark of 5-9 ¼ (1.76), while Jillanna Scanlan was third with a height of 5-9 ¼ (1.76).
Mara Weekes won the women's 60 meter dash, notching a season-best-tying time of 7.54 in the event. Breunna McCarty was fourth with a time of 7.70.
Weekes won her second title of the day as she posted a mark of 24.16 in the women's 200 meters. Heck came in second, recording a personal-best time of 24.83. Ricco Hall finished second in the men's 200 meters, recording a time of 21.45, while John Welk was third with a time of 21.58 and Tim Thompson was fourth with a time of 21.58.
Mila Andric won the women's 400 meters, posting a time of 56.67. Lexie Oak finished third with a time of 57.81. Dexter McKenzie won the event on the men's side, recording a personal-best time of 47.84, while Cody Rush came in second with a personal-best time of 48.25.
Ellie Grooters took the women's 600 meters title, guiding the Huskers to a clean sweep in the event. She posted a season-best time of 1:32.19 to rank eighth in the Big Ten, while Jelena Andjelkovic was second with a personal-best time of 1:33.06 and Morgan Woitzel was third with a personal-best time of 1:33.95. Levi Gipson took the title on the men's side, recording a personal-best time of 1:18.91, ranking eighth in the Big Ten.
Jessica Furlan finished second in the women's 800 meters, posting a season-best time of 2:09.40. Her time is seventh in the Big Ten this season. Trevor Vidlak notched a third-place finish in the men's 800 meters, recording a personal-best time of 1:54.11, while Alney Tobias was fourth with a time of 1:54.35.
Vidlak continues to impress this season as he took the men's mile title, posting a personal-best time of 4:05.55. Katie White finished third in the women's mile, recording a personal-best time of 5:02.96, while Sarah Plambeck was fifth with a time of 5:04.98.
Jordan Stiens won the women's 60 meter hurdles, posting a personal-best time of 8.58, while Andric was second with a time of 8.63. The Huskers took the title on the men's side as Miles Ukaoma won the event with a personal-best time of 7.90 that ranks eighth in the Big Ten. Oladapo Akinmoladun finished second in the event, posting a time of 8.00.
The men's 4x400 meter relay team of Christian Sanderfer, Ricco Hall, Connor Gibson and Cody Rush held off Alabama with a 3:11.19 victory in the event.
The Huskers will host their final indoor meet of the 2013 season next Friday, Feb. 15 with the Nebraska Tune-Up. It is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Devaney Center.