Barrefors Takes Fourth at NCAA Championships
Boise, Idaho- The Nebraska Track and Field team completed the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday night with a total of six All-America honors during the two-day meet. Senior Bjorn Barrefors added to the Huskers' total with a fourth-place finish in the heptathlon.
In the team competition, the Husker men finished tied for 23rd, just one point outside of the top-20.
Entering the second day of heptathlon action in seventh-place, Barrefors notched a personal-best time in the 60 meter hurdles, recording a time of 8.04. Heading into the pole vault, Barrefors moved into fourth-place with 4,240 total points.
Barrefors opened the pole vault competition with a clearance of 15-5, moving on to clear 15-9 on his second attempt. He went on to clear 16-0 3/4 and 16-4 3/4, but could not overcome 16-8 3/4. He finished with his mark of 16-4 3/4 and headed into the 1,000 meters in third place with 5,150 points. Japheth Cato of Wisconsin led the pack with 5,310 points, while Kevin Lazas of Arkansas totaled 5,173 points. Barrefors went on to record a time of 2:52.06 in the 1,000 meters, the final event of the heptathlon.
With the final scores in, Barrefors totaled a personal-best 5,894 points for a fourth-place finish. He improved his finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships from a year ago where he came in ninth and recorded 5,779 points. Curtis Beach of Duke took home the heptathlon title after a record-breaking time of 2:23.63 in the 1,000 meters. He notched 6,138 points after the two days of competition. Cato finished second with 6,082 points, while Lazas was third with 5,930 points. With the top-eight finish, Barrefors took home the fifth All-America accolade of his career.
After finishing fifth in the long jump and earning All-America honors last night, Chris Phipps moved to the triple jump competition where he posted a leap of 50-6. On his first attempt, Phipps recorded a jump of 49-3 3/4, tallying 50-6 on his second attempt and recording a foul on his third attempt.
Breanna Bussel entered her first NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday evening, competing in the pole vault where she cleared marks of 13-1 1/2 and 13-5 1/4, but could not overcome the height of 13-9 1/4. She saw her championships come to a close with a vault of 13-5 1/4.
2012 First-Team All-Americans
Bjorn Barrefors- Heptathlon
Chris Phipps- Long Jump
Jessica Furlan- Distance Medley Relay
Ellie Grooters- Distance Medley Relay
Ashley Miller- Distance Medley Relay
Mara Weekes- Distance Medley Relay
2012 Second-Team All-Americans
Chris Phipps- Triple Jump
Luke Pinkelman- Shot Put
Nate Polacek- Pole Vault
2012 Honorable Mention All-Americans
Breanna Bussel- Pole Vault