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Cernjul Finishes 13th at World Championships

By NU Athletic Communications

Former Nebraska track and field high jumper Marusa Cernjul tied for 13th in the high jump at the IAAF World Championships in London on Thursday.

Cernjul, competing for Slovenia, cleared 6-2 1/4 (1.89m) and just missed a top-12 qualification spot for the event final. Twelve jumpers cleared 6-3 1/2 (1.92m) to advance to the final.

The former Husker has now competed at the World Championships and Olympics in the last calendar year. Cernjul finished 21st at the Olympics last year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and she was ninth at the European Indoor Championships this year. Cernjul's lifetime best is 6-4 (1.93m) and her best mark in 2017 is 6-3 1/4 (1.91m), which she achieved at the Nebraska Invitational competing unattached on May 6. 

Cernjul was a first-team All-American in the high jump for Nebraska at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships, finishing seventh, and she won the Big Ten outdoor title as a freshman in 2012. Her personal best in college was 6-1 1/4 (1.86), which ranks fourth in NU outdoor history.

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