Geneva, Ohio- The Nebraska track and field team put on a display at the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships, winning six event titles and breaking a school record.
The jumps squad once again proved to be dominant as Nebraska swept the long and triple jump titles on the weekend. NU also posted runner-up finishes in both the men's and women's high jumps.
The women's team put on an outstanding performance during the championships and after leading following the first day of competition, the Huskers finished second with 112 points. Illinois won the women's team title with 115 points, clipping Nebraska and keeping NU from back-to-back-to-back indoor conference team titles. The men came in fourth, posting 86.66 points, while Wisconsin won with 90 points, Illinois was second with 87.5 points and Penn State was third with 87 points.
The Huskers' dominance in the jumps was sustained on Saturday as Janis Leitis won the men's triple jump crown. He posted a mark of 52-0 ½ (15.86) to earn his first conference title. Patrick Raedler, yesterday's long jump champion, finished fifth with a mark of 50-9 ¼ (15.47).
Mara Griva became a three-time indoor conference champion in the triple jump on Saturday, winning the event to give her back-to-back-to-back titles. Her winning leap was a season-best mark of 42-11 ½ (13.09). With that jump she ranks sixth in the nation. She added the accolade to her long jump title from Friday's competition. Anna Weigandt finished fourth with a mark of 41-10 (12.75), while Ellie Ewere was seventh with a mark of 40-3 ¼ (12.27).
The men's 4x400 meter relay team of Ricco Hall, Dexter McKenzie, Christian Sanderfer and Janis Leitis posted a school record time of 3:06.67 to finish first in the event. The time also broke the facility and meet records and ranks fourth in the nation. The last time a men's 4x400 meter relay team won an indoor conference title at Nebraska was in 1993 at Iowa State.
James White finished second in the men's high jump with a jump of 7-3 ¾ (2.23). Jillanna Scanlan posted a runner-up finish in the women's high jump, recording a personal-best mark of 5-9 ¾ (1.77) in the event. Marusa Cernjul finished fourth with a leap of 5-8 ½ (1.74).
Teran Walford posted a personal-best 5,456 points in the men's heptathlon, finishing fifth and marking his highest conference finish in the event. With three events reaming, Walford entered the day in sixth place with 2,947 points. He started his day with a personal-best time of 8.32 in the 60 meter hurdles, and went on to record a pole vault of 14-7 ¼ (4.45), before ending two days of competition with a personal-best time of 2:41.22 in the 1,000 meters.
Mara Weekes finished eighth in the women's 60 meters, posting a time of 7.52. She also finished fifth in the 200 meters, notching a time of 24.11. Dexter McKenzie finished fourth in the men's 200 meters, recording a time of 21.26 in the finals.
Shawnice Williams propelled herself to a runner-up finish in the women's 600 meters, posting a personal-best time of 1:29.60. Ellie Grooters posted a sixth-place finish with a season-best time of 1:30.48. The Husker men also produced a runner-up finish on the men's side as Levi Gipson finished second with a personal-best time of 1:16.84. Cody Rush finished fourth with a personal-best time of 1:16.89, while Tommy Brinn was sixth with a season-best time of 1:17.73 and London Hawk finished seventh with a personal-best time of 1:17.85.
After her first conference title in the 3,000 meters last night, Jessica Furlan hit the track for the women's mile final where she posted a stellar personal-best time of 4:41.44 to finish second in the event. She went on to post a fifth-place finish in the 5,000 meters, recording a time of 16:19.98 and setting a personal best mark.
Katie White finished eighth in the unseeded section of the women's 5,000 meters as she recorded a season-best time of 17:09.58. On the men's side, Trevor Vidlak finished with a time of 14:36.44.
The women's 4x400 meter relay team of Kari Heck, Shawnice Williams, Ellie Grooters and Mara Weekes finished fourth with a time of 3:42.37, marking a season-best time.
Big Ten Champions
Jessica Furlan- Women's 3,000 meters (9:19.66)
Mara Griva- Women's Long Jump (20-9, 6.32)
Patrick Raedler- Men's Long Jump (25-10, 7.87)
Janis Leitis- Men's Triple Jump (52-0 ½, 15.86 )
Mara Griva- Women's Triple Jump (42-11 ½, 13.09)
Men's 4x400 meter relay- Ricco Hall, Dexter McKenzie, Christian Sanderfer, Janis Leitis (3:06.67)
Women- 2nd (112 points)
Men- 4th (86.66 points)
First Team All-Big Ten
Second Team All-Big Ten