Huskers Sweep Team Titles, Claim 21 Event Crowns
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska track and field team competed in its first scored meet of the 2014 season on Saturday as the Huskers hosted Wichita State, UT-Arlington and Oral Roberts in front of 1,263 fans at the Devaney Center Indoor Track.
Nebraska used a dominant effort to sweep the team titles, earning 21 individual event crowns. The NU men amassed a team point total of 212 to surpass Wichita State in second (141), UT-Arlington in third (116) and Oral Roberts (32). On the women's side, The Huskers totalled 196 points with Wichita State posting 139, while UT-Arlington notched 102 and Oral Roberts produced 61.
Veronica Grizzle remains undefeated on the season as she captured the weight throw victory on Saturday, marking NU’s first event win of the day. Grizzle tallied a season-best throw of 62-3 ¼ (18.98) to take the event title. Her throw ranks second in the Big Ten entering today’s meet. Tristen Sharp came in second with a season-best throw of 58-2 ½ (17.74). Will Lohman earned a victory in the men’s weight throw with a mark of 60-0 ½ (18.30).
With a throw of 52-1 ¼ (15.88) Carlie Pinkelman won the women’s shot put. She led a Husker contingent of Annie Jackson in second (52-0 ½), Veronica Grizzle was third (49-3 ¾) and Tristen Sharp was fourth (47-1 ¾). A win from Chad Wright in the shot put completed the Husker sweep of all throwing events. Wright won the event with a personal-best throw of 62-0 ¼ (18.90). His throw ranks third in the conference and 12th in the nation. Lohman was second with a throw of 59-0 ¼ (17.99).
Jazmin McCoy led the Huskers in the women’s long jump as she earned the event win. The freshman from Kansas City posted a personal-best leap of 19-7 (5.97). Her jump ranks third in the Big Ten. Mollie Gribbin followed in second with a personal-best jump of 18-7 ¼ (5.67), while Kari Heck was third with a mark of 18-3 ¾ (5.58). Seth Wiedel completed the Nebraska sweep of the long jump with a mark of 24-5 ¾ (7.46). Devandrew Johnson tallied a leap of 23-8 ¾ (7.23) for second.
Ellie Ewere claimed the triple jump title with a personal-best leap of 41-10 ¾ (12.77). Her jump ranks second in the Big Ten and sixth in the nation. Devandrew Johnson was first in the triple jump for the men, posting a personal-best jump of 50-6 ¾ (15.41). His leap ranks 10th in the nation and second in the Big Ten Conference.
Travis Englund won the men’s high jump with a personal-best leap of 6-11 ¾ (2.13), which ranks second in the Big Ten.
Nebraska went one-two-three in the men’s pole vault as Christian Sanderfer won his second event title of the season with a vault of 16-10 ¾ (5.15). Craig Driver was second with a personal-best-tying vault of 16-10 ¾ (5.15) and Beau Simmons was third with a vault of 15-7 (4.75).
Paula Andrie had a stellar day in the women’s pole vault, notching a mark that put her at eighth all-time at Nebraska. Her vault of 13-3 3/4 was a personal-best and ranks her second in the Big Ten. Andrie's height also gave the sophomore the eighth best mark all-time for the Huskers.
The Huskers saw Melissa-Maree Farrington earn her second 60-meter hurdles title of the weekend with a time of 8.56 in the finals on Saturday. Her time ranks ninth in the Big Ten this season. Mila Andric was fifth with a time of 8.74. Oladapo Akinmoladun once again recorded a win in the men’s 60-meter hurdles. He notched a time of 7.88 in the event to lead NU, while Tibor Koroknai was second with a personal-best time of 8.01 and Sean Pille was third with a season-best-tying time of 8.15.
Mara Weekes finished first in the women’s 60-meter dash. She posted a time of 7.55 in the event which ranks fifth in the Big Ten Conference. Weekes led the Huskers to a sweep of the top three spots as Breunna McCarty posted a personal-best time of 7.58 and Jazmin McCoy was third with a time of 7.70. Tim Thompson tallied a second-place finish in the men’s 60-meter dash with a time of 6.83.
Connor Gibson guided the Huskers to sweep the top two spots in the men’s mile. Gibson recorded a time of 4:10.10, while Matt Gilbert posted a personal-best time of 4:10.52.
The Huskers posted three top-five times in the Big Ten in the 400 meters as Cody Rush led NU with a personal-best time of 47.12 that ranks 12th in the nation and sixth all-time at Nebraska. Ricco Hall came in second with a time of 47.54 and Drew Wiseman was third with a time of 47.98.
Chantal Duncan came through with the win in the 600 meters with a personal-best time of 1:30.71. Her time ranks third in the Big Ten and third all-time at Nebraska. Shawnice Williams was second with a personal-best time of 1:31.17 that ranks fourth in the conference. London Hawk guided the men to the win in the 600 meters, winning with a time of 1:18.83. Jake Bender was second with a time of 1:19.35 and Jacob Holtmeier came in third with a mark of 1:19.38.
Weekes finished first in the women’s 200 meters, posting a time of 24.44. Breunna McCarty followed her lead with a third-place standing and a personal-best time of 25.22. Dexter McKenzie led the men to the victory in the event with a time of 21.46 to rank fourth in the Big Ten. Tim Thompson was second with a time of 21.52.
Trevor Vidlak was victorious in the men’s 3,000 meters, notching a time of 8:13.97. Anna Peer was third for the women with a personal-best time of 10:04.00.
The women’s 4x400-meter relay team of Chantal Duncan, Mara Weekes, Kari Heck and Shawnice Williams took home top honors with a season-best time of 3:44.83. The men’s team of Levi Gipson, Ricco Hall, Drew Wiseman and Cody Rush took the title with a time of 3:12.99.
The Huskers hit the road next weekend for the New Mexico Team Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.