Columbus, Ohio- The second day of the Big Ten Outdoor Championships got underway under cloudy skies at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University on Saturday. The Huskers came away with their first event win of the weekend as Mara Griva captured the women’s long jump crown.
In the team standings, with seven events scored on the men’s side the Huskers lead the way with 46.50 points. Wisconsin trails NU with 44.50 points. With eight events scored, Wisconsin leads the team standings for the women as they have 51 points, while the Husker women are tied for second with Penn State with 47 points.
Griva became the Huskers’ first champion of the weekend as she won the women’s long jump. She posted a season-best leap of 20-9 (6.32) to take top honors and earn the eighth conference crown of her career. She will work toward her ninth conference title tomorrow in the triple jump. Also in the long jump, Kari Heck finished eighth with a mark of 18-11 ¾ (5.78), while Kara Mostoller was 10th with a jump of 18-5 3/4 (5.63).
Teran Walford produced a stellar two days of competition, finishing second in the decathlon with a personal-best 7,432 points. He tallied the best finish of his career at a conference championship with the runner-up standing. Walford started the day by winning his heat of the 110-meter hurdles, posting a time of 14.77 and then a throw of 131-8 (40.14) in the discus. He followed that with a vault of 14-1 ¼ (4.30) in the pole vault and a throw of 161-8 (49.29) in the javelin. Walford ended the day with a personal-best time of 4:24.75 in the 1,500 meters.
Anne Martin tallied a runner-up finish in the women’s heptathlon, marking the best showing of her career at a conference championship. She totaled a personal-best 5,389 points over the two days of competition. Martin started the second day of competition with a leap of 18-8 ½ (5.70) in the long jump before recording a throw of 126-8 (38.62) in the javelin. She finished the competition with a time of 2:24.12 in the 800 meters.
In other decathlon action, Bjorn Barrefors ended the competition in fourth-place with a total of 7,369 points. He posted the top time in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing with a mark of 14.58. Barrefors went on to record the top throw in the discus with a mark of 137-10 (42.03) and then hit a vault of 15-9 (4.80) in the pole vault and posted a throw of 161-10 (49.33) in the javelin. His day was complete with a time of 5:14.89 in the 1,500 meters.
Stiens finished the heptathlon in fifth place with 5,082 points. She started the day with a season-best leap of 18-1 ½ (5.52) in the long jump before a throw of 118-9 (36.19) in the javelin. She closed the day with a season-best time of 2:24.29 in the 800 meters.
Doffeny totaled 4,881 points over the two days in the heptathlon, finishing ninth overall. She started the day with a jump of 18-0 ¼ (5.49) in the long jump before posting a throw of 103-1 (31.43) in the javelin. Her day ended with a time of 2:40.13 in the 800 meters.
Chad Wright notched a second-place finish in the discus. He tallied a throw of 189-5 (57.74), while Antonio James of Michigan State posted a throw of 191-1 (58.25) to finish first.
Annie Jackson reached the medal stand for the Huskers in the women’s shot put as she recorded a personal-best throw of 55-0 (16.76) for third. Carlie Pinkelman finished fifth with a personal-best throw of 52-10 ¾ (16.12), while Veronica Grizzle was 10th with a throw of 46-11 ¾ (14.32).
Maggie Malone posted a third-place finish in the women’s javelin with a personal-best mark of 166-0 (50.60). Mara Griva finished 10th with a throw of 134-0 (40.85), while Martin was 11th with a throw of 128-7 (39.20).
The Husker men produced a solid showing in the long jump as Patrick Raedler led the way with a second-place finish and a season-best leap of 24-7 (7.49). Janis Leitis tallied a third-place finish with a mark of 24-6 ¼ (7.47), while Nikita Pankins was fourth with a season-best mark of 24-0 ¾ (7.33). Seth Wiedel posted an eighth-place finish with a leap of 23-8 ¼ (7.22).
Tess Merrill finished ninth in the women’s pole vault as she recorded a season-best mark of 12-10 ¼ (3.92). Paula Andrie notched a vault of 12-0 ½ (3.67).
Carlos Hernandez tallied a fourth-place finish in the men’s high jump with a leap of 6-9 ½ (2.07). Travis Englund finished eighth with a height of 6-9 ½ (2.07).
Jessica Furlan notched a second-place finish in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase as she posted a time of 10:11.05. Jarren Heng finished ninth on the men’s side with a time of 9:02.83.
The Huskers will return to the track tomorrow for the final day of competition. The women’s triple jump is set to begin at 10 a.m. CT, while the women’s 4x100-meter relay finals will take to the track at 11:45 a.m. CT. The final event is scheduled for 2:45 p.m.
Big Ten Champion
Mara Griva- Long Jump
Advancing to tomorrow’s finals
Women’s 4x100-meter relay: 7th- 46.34
Mara Weekes: 100 meters- 10th- 11.85
Shawnice Williams: 800 meters- 5th- 2:07.60
Ellie Grooters: 400-meter hurdles- 4th-59.54
Mila Andric: 400-meter hurdles-8th-1:00.03
Men’s 4x100-meter relay: 2nd-39.82
Levi Gipson: 400 meters- 2nd- 46.50
Cody Rush: 400 meters- 3rd- 46.63
Christian Sanderfer: 400 meters- 7th- 47.24
Dexter McKenzie: 100 meters- 8th- 10.69; 200 meters- 5th- 21.03
Tim Thompson: 100 meters- 9th- 10.70
Ricco Hall: 200 meters-7th-21.08
Oladapo Akinmoludun: 110-meter hurdles- 6th-14.32
Tibor Koroknai: 400-meter hurdles-3rd -51.10