Tempe, Ariz.- The Nebraska track and field team opened the 2014 outdoor season on Saturday at the Arizona State Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. Strong performances propelled the Huskers on the day, as Nebraska came away with five individual event titles.
Ellie Ewere tallied a win in the triple jump to lead the women in the field events. Her leap of 41-0 ½ (12.51) guided her to the first-place finish and her first event win of the 2014 season. In the men’s long jump, Seth Wiedel came in third with a leap of 24-0 ¼ (7.32).
Levi Gipson posted a victory in the men’s 400 meters with a time of 46.92. In the men’s 100 meters, Dexter McKenzie tallied a runner-up finish with a time of 10.52. He also came in third in the 200 meters, crossing the finish line in 21.11.
Trevor Vidlak was the top finisher in the men’s 1,500 meters, helping the Huskers to another victory as he notched a personal-best time of 3:45.32. He also tallied a top-15 finish in the men’s 800 meters, posting a personal-best time of 1:55.70.
Tibor Koroknai won the men’s 110-meter hurdles. He recorded a time of 14.08, matching his personal-best mark. Sean Pille finished fourth with a time of 14.40.
The Huskers were dominant in the men’s 400-meter hurdles as Miles Ukaoma led the way with a first-place finish and a time of 50.37. Tibor Koroknai finished second with a time of 50.78, while Mate Koroknai was third with a time of 51.07. Jodi-Rae Blackwood finished fourth with a time of 51.99, while Sean Pille was fifth with a time of 52.63. Drew Wiseman tallied an eighth-place finish with a mark of 54.08. On the women’s side, Ellie Grooters finished second, posting a personal-best time of 59.35.
In the team scoring, the men finished fourth with 87 points, while Arizona State finished first with 190 points. The women finished ninth, posting 18 points on the day. Arizona State also tallied the top women’s score with 186 points.
Nebraska will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., next weekend for the Arkansas Spring Invitational.