Boise, Idaho- The Huskers saw five athletes earn All-America honors, including senior Chris Phipps in the men's long jump and Jessica Furlan, Mara Weekes, Ellie Grooters and Ashley Miller in the women's distance medley relay on day one of the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Phipps, the 2012 Big Ten Indoor long jump champion, earned All-America accolades in the long jump with a fifth-place finish as he recorded a leap of 25-8 (7.82) on his second attempt of the night. Phipps' mark was a season-best leap and just 1/4 of an inch short of his personal-best jump of 25-8 1/4. He improved his NCAA finish after coming in sixth in 2011. He will be back on the runway tomorrow night for the triple jump competition.
In the women's distance medley relay the team of Jessica Furlan, Mara Weekes, Ellie Grooters and Ashley Miller finished with a record time of 11:09.83 for a seventh-place finish. With the finish, the Huskers all tallied All-America accolades.
Luke Pinkelman saw his undefeated season come to an end with a ninth-place finish in the men's shot put. With a record of 6-0 on the season, he was only able to post a throw of 61-10 1/4 (18.85) on his second attempt. Pinkelman posted fouls on his last two attempts as Jordan Clarke of Arizona State took home the title with a throw of 68-5 1/4 (20.86).
Nate Polacek finished his final NCAA Indoor Championships with a vault of 17-4 1/2 (5.30) to tie for 11th place. He cleared the opening height of 17-0 3/4 and then improved to clear the height of 17-4 1/2 on his second attempt. The bar went up to 17-8 1/2, but he could not clear the height to conclude his day of competition.
Bjorn Barrefors opened the meet for the Huskers with the first day of heptathlon action. He notched a time of 7.10 in the 60 meters, tying his personal-best mark. Barrefors moved to the long jump where he notched a leap of 23-0 1/2 (7.02) on his first attempt. He followed that with a jump of 23-11 (7.29) on his second attempt, while fouling on his third attempt. After the men's long jump, Barrefors totaled 1,730 points to sit in 10th place.
Barrefors used a huge throw in the shot put to vault him in the standings. Improving with each attempt, he finished with a personal-best throw of 48-2 3/4 (14.70) to win the heptathlon shot put. With the mark, he moved to fourth in the overall heptathlon standings with 2,502 points, 62 points behind Gray Horn who was in first-place.
Continuing to the high jump, Barrefors notched a jump of 6-5 (1.96) to close the first day of heptathlon competition. After the high jump, he stood in seventh place with a total of 3,268 points. Gray Horn of Florida led the pack after the first day of competition with 3,357 points.
The Huskers will return to the Jacksons Indoor Track tomorrow for the final day of the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships. Barrefors will start the day for NU at 11:30 a.m. with the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles. The Huskers will also compete in the men's triple jump and women's pole vault. NCAA.com will provide a live stream from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and then ESPN3.com will provide coverage for the rest of the day.