West Lafayette, Ind. – The Nebraska track and field team opened the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Rankin Track and Field on the campus of Purdue University of Friday. The day was highlighted by a pair of top-eight finishes for the Huskers in the women’s hammer throw.
Veronica Grizzle led the way for the Big Red as she finished fifth with a throw of 181-3 (55.25). She tallied the mark on her first attempt of the competition and held for the top-five finish. Carlie Pinkelman came in eighth with a throw of 178-0 (54.27), her mark came on her second attempt of the competition. Will Lohman came in 15th in the men’s hammer throw with a mark of 171-10 (52.39). He posted the mark on his second attempt of the competition.
Anna Peer completed the day for the Huskers on the track with a personal-best time of 35:12.57 in the 10,000 meters, finishing 14th overall. Her time ranks sixth all-time at Nebraska.
Guy Fenske closed the first day of decathlon action with a total of 3,661 points and a sixth-place standing. He started the day for NU with a personal best time of 11.26 in the 100 meters. He set another personal-best in the long jump with a leap of 22-6 ¼ (6.86), while he continued his day of personal records with a throw of 42-8 ¼ (13.01) in the shot put for second in the event. He finished with a leap of 6-2 (1.88) in the high jump and then crossed the finish line in 52.30 in the 400 meters in the final event of the day.
Anne Martin closed the first day of heptathlon action in fifth place with 3,139 points. She posted a time of 14.61 in the 100-meter hurdles, before tallying a leap of 5-4 ½ (1.64) in the high jump. She then posted a throw of 37-2 ½ (11.34) in the shot put. Martin closed the day with a time of 25.47 in the 200 meters.
Melissa-Maree Farrington completed her day in seventh place with 3,070 points. A time of 14.24 in the 100-meter hurdles kicked the event off for her, as she then notched a leap of 5-2 ¼ (1.58) in the high jump before a throw of 35-9 ½ (10.91) in the shot put. She then notched a time of 25.69 in the 200 meters.
The Huskers return to action tomorrow with the decathlon 110-meter hurdles at 10:30 a.m.