Huskers Qualify Five For Nationals on Day One of West Prelims
AUSTIN, Texas - The Nebraska track and field team secured five bids to the NCAA Outdoor Championships on day one of the NCAA West Preliminary Round at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Thursday. Athletes who finish in the top 12 of a preliminary round event advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon from June 7-10.
Senior Tierra Williams qualified in the long jump for the fourth straight year after finishing fourth with a mark of 21-2 (6.45m) - a new outdoor season best. A four-time All-American, Williams will look to add a bid in the triple jump on Saturday night. Freshman Isaiah Griffith qualified on the men's side after jumping a personal-best 25-3 1/4 (7.70m) to finish 10th.
Brittni Wolczyk, the Big Ten javelin champion, finished sixth with a throw of 160-0 (48.78m). Wolczyk, who earned second-team All-America honors as a freshman last year, punched her second straight ticket to the national meet. Freshman Sydney Otto also advanced to the NCAA finals after placing 12th with a personal-best throw of 157-11 (48.15m). Otto, a freshman from De Pere, Wisconsin, entered the meet with the 35th-best javelin mark in the region this season but earned a trip to nationals with her top-12 finish.
Men's javelin thrower Seth Derr clinched his first trip to nationals with a 10th-place finish. Derr, a senior who was the NAIA runner-up at Bethany College in Kansas in 2015, threw 222-0 (67.67m) to lock up a bid.
Thursday's qualifiers joined junior Cody Walton, who has already qualified for nationals in the decathlon with his school-record 7,937 points at the Spec Towns Invitational in April. His total ranks sixth in the nation.
A number of Huskers competed in preliminary races on Thursday, attempting to qualify for finals to be run on Friday. Jasmine Barge won her 400-meter hurdles heat in 58.52 to move on to tomorrow's final. Michaela Peskova (59.75) and Virginia Hill (59.78) also qualified for the final. Drew Wiseman advanced to the men's 400-meter hurdles final with a time of 52.24. Moujtaba Mohammed had a strong finish and moved into second place in the last 100 meters of his 800-meter run to finish with a time of 1:50.30 and automatically qualify for the finals tomorrow.
Friday's action begins at Noon, while running events start at 4:30 p.m.