Percy Leads Husker Men to Team Title in Arizona
Tempe, Ariz. - The Nebraska men's track and field team won the team title at the Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Invitational Saturday night at Arizona State's Sun Angel Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., while the Husker women finished second at NU's outdoor season-opening meet.
The men wrapped up the team title with 166.5 points, while the women finished with 109.5 points. LSU won the women's team title with 130 points. Five Huskers picked up individual event titles on Saturday to give the Huskers seven event titles for the meet after two individuals won on Friday.
A day after finishing second in the hammer throw, 2016 NCAA discus champion Nick Percy won his first event title of the outdoor season, as he hit a mark of 205-0 (62.50m) in the discus, just three feet behind his personal best, to take first place. Percy's throw is the top mark in the nation this season. Carlos Davis posted a throw of 182-10 (55.73m) to finish second, while Nick Coghill finished fourth with a throw of 175-7 (53.52m). Nebraska took five of the top seven spots in the men's discus, as Burger Lambrechts Jr. (172-5/52.55m) finished sixth and Kino Dunkley (171-11/52.42m) was seventh.
Tyler Loontjer set a new outdoor personal best in the men's pole vault, as he cleared a bar of 17-3 1/2 (5.27m) to take first place in the event.
On the track, Kierra Griggs won her first event title of the outdoor season, as she picked up first place in the 400m with a time of 53.99.
Jasmine Barge won the 400m hurdles with a time of 58.47 and finished second in the 100m hurdles with a wind-aided time of 13.37.
Elijah Lucy also won an event title while setting a personal best, as he grabbed the 200m victory with a PR time of 21.34.
Ty Moss finished second in the 800m with a personal-best time of 1:50.32.
Alex Meyer took second place in the women's discus with a throw of 168-4 (51.31m) on her second attempt. In the women's pole vault, Maddie Holland took runner-up honors with a bar of 12-8 1/4 (3.87m).
Malcolm White finished second in the men's 100m with a clip of 10.63, while Andy Neal took a runner-up finish in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 51.09.
In the women's high jump, freshman Lara Omerzu tied for third with a clearance of 5-8 3/4 (1.75m). Toni Tupper placed third in the women's shot put with a distance of 52-7 1/2 (16.04m), while Ieva Turke took third place in the women's triple jump with a leap of 40-7 (12.37m).
Sam Bransby took third in the men's 400m with a time of 47.46.
Both the men's and women's 4x100m relay teams took third place. The women's team of Raynesha Lewis, Lakayla Harris, Griggs and Quashira McIntosh posted a time of 45.50, while the men's team of Lucy, Antoine Lloyd, Mason Hericks and White recorded a time of 40.60.
Luke Seidhoff led Nebraska in the men's 110m hurdles with a time of 14.34, good for a fourth-place finish. In the men's shot put, Lambrechts took fourth with a throw of 59-5 1/2 (18.12m). Harris was fourth in the women's 200m with a time of 23.81.
The Huskers are off next weekend before hosting their outdoor home opener, the Husker Spring Invitational, on Saturday, April 7 at Ed Weir Stadium.