Huskers Finish Strong at Drake Relays
Des Moines, Iowa – Several Huskers capped off a busy week with high finishes in event finals on the last day of the Drake Relays on Saturday, including runner-up finishes from Ellie Ewere, Paula Andrie and Miles Ukaoma.
Junior triple jumper Ellie Ewere, who has achieved a personal-best in each outdoor meet, improved her position atop the Big Ten Conference standings with another personal-best leap of 44-1 ¼ (13.44) on her way to a runner-up showing. The Hillsborough, N.J., native’s mark is the fifth best all-time triple jump distance at NU and ranks inside the top three nationally. Teammates Mollie Gribbin and Anna Weigandt finished in ninth and 10th places respectively in the triple jump.
On the pole vault for the Husker women, sophomore Paula Andrie finished in second place with a personal-best height of 13-9 ¼ (4.20). The mark ranks fourth all-time in Nebraska history while also jumping to third in the conference and inside the top 15 in the country. It was a successful day for the vaulters as Maggie Maher tallied a season-best of 12-9 ½ (3.90) to finish sixth and position herself near 10th in the Big Ten, while Tess Merrill also notched a season-best mark of 12-3 ½ (3.75).
For the NU men, the 4x400 meter relay team consisting of Drew Wiseman, Christian Sanderfer, Jake Bender and Levi Gipson achieved the No. 8 time in Husker history with a performance of 3:04.39 to finish third in the event. The men’s 4x400 team now moves to second in the Big Ten and inside the top five in Division I.
Senior Miles Ukaoma placed second in the 400-meter hurdles after crossing the line in 49.89 as he continues to lead the Big Ten. The Huskers had four others in the event alongside Ukaoma with Tibor Koroknai earning fourth with a time of 50.94, while Jodi-Rae Blackwood took seventh and Mate Koroknai finished eight at 51.59. Drew Wiseman set a personal-best in the 400 hurdles when he stopped the watch at 52.46.
In the relay races, the NU women’s 4x100 squad of Breunna McCarty, Mara Weekes, Brena Andrews and Kadecia Baird earned a fourth place finish with a season-best time of 45.04 and jumped to the third spot in the league performance lists. The women’s 1600 sprint medley team of Weekes, Andrews, Baird and Ellen Dougherty placed fifth in the fastest heat on Saturday and ended in seventh overall with a time of 3:53.83.
Senior Trevor Vidlak ran a time of 3:48.24 to finish sixth in the 1500 meter run. The 4x100-meter relay team of John Welk, Dexter McKenzie, Ricco Hall and Tim Thompson completed the event with a time of 40.42 to finish eighth in the finals. The men’s distance medley team of Jacob Olson, Sanderfer, Jacob Holtmeier and Vidlak posted a 10th place finish with a time of 9:55.78.
The Husker track and field teams will return to action in Iowa City next Friday and Saturday for the Musco Twilight.