Kaiwan Culmer won the men's triple jump with a wind-aided leap of 50-4 3/4 (15.36m).
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Huskers Grab Four More Titles at McDonnell Invite

By NU Athletic Communications

Fayetteville, Ark. - Nebraska wrapped up competition at the John McDonnell Invitational with a total of eight event titles, including four on Saturday at John McDonnell Track.

NU also set or tied a total of eight personal bests on Saturday, to give the Huskers 20 PRs on the weekend after topping 12 marks on Friday.

Tyler Loontjer entered the NU all-time top-10 in the pole vault, as he finished second overall and was the top collegiate finisher with a bar of 17-4 1/2 (5.30m). Spencer Powell also set a PR in the event, as he took third with a clearance of 16-8 3/4 (5.10m), while Kevin Cahoy set a season best with a bar of 15-9 (4.80m) to take fourth.

Nebraska swept the top three spots in the women's 400m hurdles, as Jasmine Barge took the event title with a time of 58.98, while Michaela Peskova was second with a time of 59.94 and Ashleigh Carr was third with a clip of 1:00.68.

All-American Kaiwan Culmer took the event title in his first triple jump competition of the outdoor season with a wind-aided leap of 50-4 3/4 (15.36m). Jace Anderson was fourth with a best jump of 46-10 1/4 (14.28m). Angela Mercurio made it a sweep of the triple jump event titles with her leap of 42-8 3/4. Ieva Turke set a PR with a jump of 42-3 1/2 to take third.

Moujtaba Mohammed posted an outdoor season best time of 1:50.50 in the men's 800m, as he took the event title. Ty Moss finished fifth in the event, as he crossed the finish line in 1:54.75.

Alice Akers took second in the women's hammer throw, as she posted a throw of 175-1 (53.38m). Zach Podraza took runner-up honors in the men's javelin with a best throw of 186-9 (56.93m).

In her first collegiate 3,000m run, freshman Erika Freyhof took third with a time of 9:59.79, while Rachel Brush took sixth with a PR time of 10:16.06. In the men's 3,000m, NU took the third through fifth spots, as Austin Post took third with a time of 8:38.02, while Mark Freyhof posted a PR time of 8:41.76 and Bailey Timmons notched a time of 8:45.49 in his first collegiate outdoor race of that distance.

Lara Omerzu and Reka Czuth both cleared a bar of 5-5 (1.65m) in the women's high jump, as Omerzu took second and Czuth took third. Kiara Kearney placed sixth with a clearance of 5-3 (1.60m).

The men's 4x400m team of Andy Neal, Antoine Lloyd, Ty Moss and Sam Bransby took second with a season-best time of 3:12.79.

Chris Daniels placed fourth in the men's hammer throw with a mark of 185-11 (56.67m). Sam Bransby was fifth in the men's 400m with a time of 48.18, while Andy Neal took fifth in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 53.66.

In the women's 1,500m, Elsa Forsberg took nearly five seconds off her previous personal best, as she finished seventh in 4:32.80. Judi Jones also recorded a PR time of 4:40.47. Emma Bresser set an outdoor PR in the women's 800m with a time of 2:15.25, as she finished eighth.

Nebraska returns to action at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kansas, next Wednesday through Saturday. 

Throwers Post Solid Performances at Triton Invitational
La Jolla, Calif. - Some of Nebraska's throwers were also in action against top collegiate and elite competition at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, Calif., on Saturday.

Brittni Wolczyk took second overall in the women's javelin and was the top collegiate finisher with a best throw of 164-11 (50.28m) on her sixth attempt. Chase Wolinski took third overall with a throw of 158-8 (48.37m).

Nick Coghill tied his PR in the shot put with a throw of 59-1 1/4 (18.01m), as he finished second in the open section. Burger Lambrechts Jr. took fourth with a throw of 56-11 1/4 (17.35m). Kristina Insingo finished second in the women's shot put open section with a throw of 48-6 3/4 (14.80m).

In a field that included Olympic and World medalists, Nick Percy finished ninth overall and was the top collegiate finisher with a best throw of 200-0 (60.98m) on his sixth and final attempt.

In the open section of the men's discus, Kino Dunkley finished third with a PR of 183-0 (55.79m). Coghill was fourth with a throw of 181-8 (55.38m), while Lambrechts took sixth with a PR of 177-0 (53.97m)

Toni Tupper placed eighth in the women's shot put invitational section, as she posted a season-best throw of 53-5 (16.28m).

Freshman Edward Jeans placed 10th in the men's hammer throw with a mark of 196-0 (59.79m).

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