Three Huskers Earn Medals at Big Ten Championships
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Mayson Conner (high jump) and Elijah Lucy (long jump) won gold medals, while Andy Jacobs tied for the bronze in the pole vault on day two of the Big Ten Championships on Saturday.
After nine scored events, the Nebraska men lead the Big Ten with 41.5 points. On the women's side, the Big Red is in third-place with 32.5 points through eight events.
Conner won the gold medal in the high jump, winning the event with a leap of 7-3 3/4 (2.23m). The event was contested indoors due to inclement weather and his mark tied his indoor PR. Conner swept both the Big Ten men's high jump titles with the victory, winning the indoor title earlier this year.
"Going into this, I didn't really know what to expect," said Conner. "Outdoor season started a lot different than indoor. I am still optimistic and everybody jumped really well today, so that definitely helped push me."
Lucy also won a Big Ten title on Saturday, winning the long jump with a leap of 24-10 1/2 (7.58m). This marked the second-consecutive title for Lucy as he was also the Big Ten Champion in the long jump during the indoor season.
Jacobs tied for third in the women's pole vault with a clearance of 13-6 1/4 (4.12m). Her event was also contested indoors due to the weather and slippery conditions. The bronze medal gives Jacobs four Big Ten medals in her career, finishing as the runner-up in the pole vault during both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2017 and winning the bronze during the indoor season this year.
Burger Lambrechts Jr. reached the podium, placing fourth in the shot put with a distance of 62-5 3/4 (19.04m). Grady Leonard also joined Lambrechts Jr. on the podium with an eighth-place finish with a PR throw of 58-4 1/2 (17.79m).
Shylia Riley placed fourth in the women's long jump with a leap of 20-3 (6.17m).
Judi Jones finished fifth in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a PR time of 10:19.50. Her time moves her up to No. 5 all-time on the NU top-10 list.
Miles Griffith also scored points for the Huskers in the men's high jump, finishing eighth with a jump of 6-11 (2.11m).
Zach Podraza led the Huskers in the decathlon with a sixth-place finish with a score of 7,106. Jared Seay also placed in the decathlon, finishing seventh with a PR of 7,010 points. Cale Wagner was 11th with 5,602 points. Podraza led all decathletes in the pole vault with a clearance of 15-5 (4.70m). He was also second in the javelin with a throw of 188-9 (57.53m). Seay was the top finisher in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 14.58.
Luke Siedhoff automatically qualified for the 110-meter hurdle final on Sunday, winning his heat in a time of 13.97.
Chanel Freeman and Jasmine Barge both automatically qualified for the 100-meter hurdle final. Freeman won her heat in a PR time of 13.20, good for the No. 3 wind-legal time on the NU top-10 list. Barge will join Freeman in the finals, winning her heat in a time of 13.36w.
Lakayla Harris also automatically qualified for the 100-meter final on Sunday, winning her heat in a time of 11.89.
Ty Moss ran the second-fastest time in the 800 meters and qualified for the final with a time of 1:49.55.
The final day of the Big Ten Championships will commence on Sunday with field events at 11 a.m. and running events at 12:45 p.m. The meet will be streamed on both BTN Plus and FloTrack with the purchase of a subscription. BTN will air tape delay coverage of the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Wednesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. (CT).