Action Begins at Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational
LINCOLN, Neb. - Competition got under way on day one of the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in front of a crowd of 1,660 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Friday night.
Elijah Lucy set a personal best in the long jump to earn runner-up honors in the event. Lucy jumped 24-11 3/4 (7.61m) on his second attempt. Shylia Riley took second place in the women's long jump with a leap of 19-5 1/4 (5.92m) on her fourth attempt. She equaled that same distance on her fifth attempt. Ieva Turke was third with a mark of 19-4 3/4 (5.91m).
Andy Jacobs placed fourth in the women's pole vault with a bar of 12-9 (3.89m). Nicole Baker was seventh with a PR of 12-3 1/4 (3.74m).
Michael Hoffer was sixth in the long jump with a personal-best jump of 23-5 1/4 (7.14m) and Isaiah Hutchinson was seventh at 23-4 1/2 (7.12m). Jamesha Western finished seventh in the weight throw with a new personal best of 60-9 1/2 (18.53m), which was just one inch shy of an all-time top-10 mark at Nebraska. In the women's long jump, Zionn Pearson placed eighth after an indoor personal-best 18-11 1/4 (5.77m).
On the track, Tony Nou took sixth in the men's 400 meters with a time of 48.40. Dominic Bentil was eighth in 48.82. Kierra Griggs also placed eighth in the women's 400 meters in 56.32.
The Huskers who qualified for the 60-meter hurdles finals that will be run on Saturday were: Jasmine Barge (8.39), Luke Siedhoff (PR 7.91), Vincent Ohlman (8.00) and Makiyah Smallwood (8.23). The Huskers who will compete in the 60-meter dash finals are: Lakayla Harris (7.46), Deja Ingram (PR 7.54), Whitney Bridges (7.66) and Noah Lukz (PR 6.91). Competing unattached for the first time on the track, Nebraska football wide receiver Jaron Woodyard won his 60 meters heat in 6.87 to qualify for tomorrow's final with the fourth-fastest time.
Nebraska athletes competed in the combined events for the first time this season on Friday. Freshman Johanna Ilves led the way in the pentathlon with a personal-best 3,645 points to finish fifth overall. Ilves was third in the shot put competition (37-8, 11.48m) and fifth in the long jump (17-8, 5.38m).
In the heptathlon, Jared Seay holds the lead after day one with 3,244 points through four events. Seay opened the day with personal bests in the 60 meters (7.02), long jump (24-1 1/2, 7.35m) and shot put (42-8 3/4 ,13.02m). He won the long jump and high jump competitions. Cale Wagner finished third in the 60 meters and second in the long jump and is in third place with 3,151 points. Zach Podraza set PRs in each of the first three events and is in fifth place with 2,861 points.
For the second straight weekend, a Devaney Center record was broken. Iowa's Laulauga Tausaga broke the Devaney Center women's weight throw record with a throw of 76-3 /4 (23.26m), the top throw in the nation this year.
Day two of the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational begins with the heptathlon at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. The field and running events will begin at 11:30 a.m.