Eugene, Ore.- The Huskers returned to Hayward Field on Thursday for the second day of action at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Patrick Raedler guided the Huskers to another top-eight finish, coming in eighth in the men’s long jump. The Huskers also earned another berth in the finals as the men’s 4x400-meter relay advanced to Saturday’s final round.
Competing in his first outdoor championships, Raedler became a three-time All-American with a jump of 24-4 1/4 (7.42). He entered the finals in ninth with a jump of 24-0 ¼ (7.47), before his fifth-attempt jump of 24-4 1/4 moved him up to eighth and he held on through the final attempts to maintain his podium finish.
Anne Martin closed the first day of heptathlon competition in 15th place with 3,205 points. She posted a time of 14.37 in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing first in her heat, before clearing 5-5 ¼ (1.66) in the high jump. She moved to the shot put where she posted a throw of 37-6 (11.43) and then closed the first day of competition with a time of 25.42 in the 200 meters.
Will Lohman finished 18th in the men’s hammer throw. He opened the competition with a throw of 199-8 (60.87), before closing with a throw of 202-9 (61.80).
The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Levi Gipson, Drew Wiseman, Jake Bender and Cody Rush came through yet again with a season-best time of 3:03.61 for second in a blistering fast first heat, earning an automatic qualification for Saturday’s final. The time came in as the third-best time on the day. Sean Pille finished seventh in the third heat of the men’s 110-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 14.37, but he would not advance to the finals on Saturday.
The Huskers will return to the track tomorrow as Martin is set to close the heptathlon competition. Miles Ukaoma will compete in the finals of the men’s 400-meter hurdles, Ellie Ewere will take to the runway in the women’s triple jump trials and finals and Chad Wright will compete in the men’s discus trials and finals.
Thursday’s Finals Finishes
Will Lohman- Hammer Throw- 18th (202-9)
Patrick Raedler- Long Jump-8th (24-4 ¼)
Advancing to Saturday’s Finals
Men’s 4x400-meter Relay- 3:03.61