Lawrence, Kan. – The Huskers excelled in the field events on the third day of the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan., as Ellie Ewere and Chad Wright both earned event wins. With the Huskers’ two victories on Thursday, Nebraska enters the final day of competition on Saturday with four titles.
Ewere added another victory for the Huskers with a win in the women’s triple jump. She tallied a leap of 42-0 (12.80) on her second attempt of the competition and held on to secure her top standing. Following Ewere’s lead was Mollie Gribbin as she posted a personal-best jump of 41-5 ¾ (12.64) for second place. Anna Weigandt finished fifth with a season-best leap of 40-3 ¼ (12.27).
Chad Wright earned top honors in the men’s discus. He notched a throw of 197-11 (60.32) on his third attempt of the competition to secure his win in the event. Christian Hodson finished seventh with a throw of 165-11 (50.59). Annie Jackson finished fifth on the women’s side with a throw of 157-5 (47.99).
In the men’s triple jump, Devandrew Johnson led the Huskers with a fourth-place finish. He posted a season-best leap of 49-10 (15.19). Corey Winston came in sixth overall with a personal-best jump of 48-7 ¼ (14.81) on his final attempt.
Paula Andrie tallied a third-place finish in the women’s pole vault. She cleared 13-5 ¼ (4.10), setting a new personal best. Her vault ranks fourth in the conference entering this weekend. In the women’s high jump, Marusa Cernjul finished third overall with a leap of 5-6 ½ (1.69). Jillanna Scanlan finished seventh with a leap of 5-6 ½ (1.69).
Ellie Grooters qualified for tomorrow’s final in the women’s 400-meter hurdles as she posted the top qualifying time in the preliminaries, crossing the finish line in 1:00.26. On the men’s side, Mate Koroknai (51.96), Jodi-Rae Blackwood (52.41), Drew Wiseman (52.58) and Tibor Koroknai (53.50) all advanced. Dexter McKenzie qualified for the finals in the 200 meters, posting a time of 21.35. Mara Weekes notched a time of 24.14 in the women’s 200 meters to qualify for tomorrow’s final, while Tim Thompson advanced with a time of 10.78 in the men’s 100 meters. Tierra Williams tallied a time of 11.89 in the 100 meters prelims to qualify for the finals. In the 110-meter hurdles, Sean Pille posted a time of 14.37 to move to the finals.
The women’s 4x100-meter relay team of Jazmin McCoy, Mara Weekes, Brena Andrews and Breunna McCarty finished third with a time of 45.49, advancing to tomorrow’s final. The men’s team of John Welk, Dexter McKenzie, Jodi-Rae Blackwood and Tim Thompson also advanced to the final with a time of 40.74. The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Levi Gipson, Christian Sanderfer, Jake Bender and Cody Rush qualified with a time of 3:13.52