Leitis Leads Huskers on Day Two at NCAA Championships
Eugene, Ore. – The Nebraska track and field team added another top-eight finish at the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field on Thursday as Janis Leitis led the Husker men on the day with an eighth-place showing in the men’s long jump. With Leitis’ performance, Nebraska has totaled four individual top-10 finishes at the Championships.
Leitis earned First-Team All-America honors with his eighth-place finish in the men’s long jump. Having to adjust to the wind, he sealed his finish at the Championships with a leap of 25-8 (7.82) on his final attempt of the competition. Leitis started the day with a leap of 24-11 ¾ (7.61) in the first round, followed by a mark of 25-7 ½ (7.81) in round two. In the third round he produced a leap of 25-4 (7.72) and after fouling in the fourth and fifth rounds, he came up with his mark of 25-8 on his last chance in the competition.
Teran Walford finished two days of decathlon action with 7,315 points for 18th. He entered the day with 3,794 points in 19th and began with a time of 14.83 in the 110-meter hurdles, following with a throw of 126-5 (38.54) in the discus. Walford recorded a vault of 14-1 ¼ (4.30) in the pole vault and a season-best throw of 163-3 (49.75) in the javelin before closing the competition with a time of 4:32.46 in the 1,500 meters.
Anne Martin closed the first of two days of heptathlon competition with 3,183 points and a 22nd-place standing. She started the competition with a time of 14.61 in the 100-meter hurdles. She then recorded a leap of 5-5 ¼ (1.66) in the high jump, before posting a throw of 37-0 ½ (11.29) in the shot put. She closed the day with a season-best time of 25.20 in the 200 meters.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Ricco Hall, Christian Sanderfer, Cody Rush and Levi Gipson finished fifth in the second heat of the semifinals with a time of 3:06.96. The time would not hold up to advance the group to Saturday’s finals.
In the team standings, the women are tied for 18th with five points, while the men are also tied for 18th with five points.
The Huskers will return to the track tomorrow as Anne Martin will start the day with the heptathlon long jump at 2:30 p.m. In addition, Mara Griva will compete in the triple jump, Chad Wright in the discus and Miles Ukaoma in the 400-meter hurdles.