Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska track and field team hosted the Pre-Drake Meet on Wednesday at Ed Weir Stadium. Using the meet as a tune-up for the Drake Relays and Triton Invitational this weekend, the Huskers captured 11 event wins.
Ellie Ewere remains undefeated in the triple jump on the season as she tallied another win on Wednesday with a leap of 43-2 ½ (13.17). Her jump is a personal-best mark, while cementing her spot at first in the conference and moved her up to sixth in the nation entering this weekend. Mollie Gribbin finished second with a jump of 39-7 (12.06).
Jacob Griess kicked off the day for NU with a win in the men’s hammer throw with a season-best mark of 175-5 (53.46). Jake Pinion finished third with a throw of 169-4 (51.62). Scott Karlis posted a throw of 171-9 (52.35) in the javelin to earn a third-place standing. Christian Hodson collected the victory in the men’s discus with a throw of 165-9 (50.52), while Ryan Hircock was third with a throw of 152-10 (46.97).
Jazmin McCoy took the women’s long jump with a leap of 19-2 ½ (5.85), while Kari Heck was second with a jump of 19-1 ¼ (5.82) and Mollie Gribbin finished third with a leap of 18-9 ¾ (5.73). On the men’s side, Justin English came in third with a leap of 22-3 ½ (6.79).
Paula Andrie cleared 12-8 (3.86) to take the pole vault title, while Tess Merrill finished second with a mark of 12-2 (3.71). Melanie Blum finished third with the same clearance, coming in at a personal best of 12-2 (3.71). Craig Driver completed the Husker sweep of the pole vault titles with a clearance of 15-11 ¼ (4.86). Christian Sanderfer came in third with a vault of 15-11 ¼ (4.86).
Marusa Cernjul finished first in the women’s high jump with a leap of 5-7 (1.70), while Jillanna Scanlan came in second with a jump of 5-3 (1.60). For the men, Mitchell Westberry finished first with a leap of 6-7 (2.01).
Tibor Koroknai and Sean Pille went one-two in the men’s 110-meter hurdles. Koroknai posted a personal-best time of 13.85, putting him at third in the Big Ten and 19th in the nation. Pille finished with a personal-best time of 14.03. In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, Mark Hilderbrand crossed the finish line in 53.87 to come in third.
Mara Weekes led the Huskers in the women’s 100 meters with a time of 11.89 to take first. Breunna McCarty came in second with a season-best time of 11.91, and Brena Andrews was third with a time of 12.08. Cody Rush finished second on the men’s side with a time of 10.68, while Zach Birkel was third with a time of 10.83. Brena Andrews took the women’s 200 meters with a time of 24.22. Kristi Oslund came in second in the women’s 1,500 meters with a time of 5:02.83.
The Huskers will now turn to their attention to the Drake Relays and the Triton Invitational this weekend.