Andy Jacobs has the No. 5 mark in school history in the pole vault with a clearance of 13-9 3/4 (4.21m) at the Texas Relays earlier this season.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Ready to Battle for Dual Meet Championship

By NU Athletic Communications

The Nebraska track and field team will travel to Lubbock, Texas on Friday for the Texas Tech Shootout at the Fuller Track and Field Complex. The meet will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday with field events and action on the track will begin at 4:30 p.m. Live results for the Texas Tech Shootout can be followed at https://results.flotrack.org/?mid=1601

The Nebraska men surged to No. 1 in the most recent Men’s Dual Meet Rankings. The defending champion, Texas Tech, is currently ranked third. With the Huskers visiting Lubbock, the Texas Tech Shootout will be a crucial meet in deciding the Men’s Dual Meet Champion. Nebraska will also face Wichita State in the triangular.

The Husker women are No. 2 in the Dual Meet Rankings, trailing No. 1 Texas A&M in the latest women’s rankings. The Nebraska women will be looking to improve this weekend to try and also make a run at the Women’s Dual Meet Championship.

A select number of the rest of the team will be competing at the Prairie Wolf Invitational on Thursday at the Woody Greeno Track in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Huskers are heading into the final two weekends of competition before the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on May 10-12, 2019. The Big Red will host the Nebraska Invitational next Saturday at Ed Weir Stadium.

Huskers in the NCAA Rankings
With two weeks to go until the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, a plethora of Huskers have made their mark on the NCAA Top 50 in their respective events. George Kusche and Elijah Lucy are the current highest ranked Huskers. Kusche ran a PR time of 3:41.45 in the 1,500 meters last week at the Beach Invitational and his time was good for No. 6 on the NU top-10 list. Lucy earned a mark of 25-8 3/4 (7.84m)w in the long jump at the Husker Invitational. Both Kusche and Lucy are 13th in their respective events.

Jasmine Barge and Chase Wolinski are the top ranked Huskers on the women’s team. Barge is 10th nationally in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.82 at the Florida Relays. Wolinski is 10th in the country in the javelin with a mark of 177-0 (53.96m) at the Texas Relays. Wolinski’s mark also ranks sixth in school history.

Men in the Top 50

Rank Student-Athlete Event Time/Mark/Score
13 George Kusche 1,500m 3:41.45
13 Elijah Lucy Long Jump 25-8 3/4 (7.84m)w
t15 Mayson Conner High Jump 7-2 1/4 (2.19m)
17 Jonathan Miller Triple Jump 52-1 3/4 (15.89m)w
17 Burger Lambrechts Jr. Discus 188-5 (57.43m)
18 Carlos Davis Discus 187-11 (57.29m)
19 Luke Siedhoff 110m Hurdles 13.86
t19 Miles Griffith High Jump 7-1 1/2 (2.17m)
20 Zach Podraza Decathlon 7,287
22 Ty Moss 800m 1:48.32
23 Burger Lambrechts Jr. Shot Put 62-9 1/4 (19.13m)
t28 Tyler Loontjer Pole Vault 17-4 1/2 (5.30m)
t34 Khalil Davis Discus 183-7 (55.96m)
40 Washington, Lucy, Barrett, Hutchinson 4x400m Relay 3:08.09
50 George Kusche 800m 1:49.30

 

Women in the Top 50

Rank Student-Athlete Event Time/Mark/Score
10 Jasmine Barge 400m Hurdles 57.82
10 Chase Wolinski Javelin 177-0 (53.96m)
14 Brittni Wolczyk Javelin 174-1 (53.07m)
25 Jasmine Barge 100m Hurdles 13.23w
t29 Andy Jacobs Pole Vault 13-9 3/4 (4.21m)
32 Alex Meyer Discus 177-9 (54.17m)
40 Michaela Peskova 400m Hurdles 59.22
43 Kristina Insingo Shot Put 52-2 1/2 (15.91m)
t45 Shylia Riley Long Jump 20-3 3/4 (6.19m)w
48 Jamesha Western Shot Put 51-11 1/4 (15.83m)
49 Bridges, Harris, Ingram, McIntosh 4x100m Relay 44.73

Top-10 Huskers
The Huskers have achieved a handful of all-time top-10 outdoor marks in school history so far this season:
• Andy Jacobs - Pole Vault (No. 5 - 13-9 3/4, 4.21m)
• Jasmine Barge - 100m Hurdles (No. t5 (non-wind-aided) - 13.35)
• Chase Wolinski - Javelin (No. 6 - 177-0, 53.96m)
• George Kusche - 1,500m (No. 6 - 3:41.45)
• Judi Jones - 3,000m Steeplechase (No. 6 - 10:30.69)
• Erika Freyhof - 10,000m (No. 7 - 35:15.11)
• Burger Lambrechts Jr. - Shot Put (No. 7 - 62-9 1/4, 19.13m)

Nebraska Performs Well in USTFCCCA #EventSquad Rankings
The Big Red track and field team has several event groups ranked highly in the USTFCCCA #EventSquad Rankings this season. The ranking system uses the best qualifying marks from a team’s top-four ranked athletes in the event.
• #3 - Men’s High Jump
• #3 - Men’s Discus
• #3 - Women’s Discus
• #4 - Women’s Javelin
• #5 - Men’s Pole Vault
• #9 - Men’s Shot Put

2019 Men’s Outdoor Season Outlook
The Husker men are coming off a 2018 outdoor season where they finished tied for 40th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and finished third at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Nebraska will look to replace three Big Ten Champions in Antoine Lloyd (110-meter hurdles), Nick Percy (discus) and Kaiwan Culmer (triple jump). Lloyd and Percy were also first-team All-Americans. Luke Siedhoff earned first-team All-America accolades last season and will look to continue his success in the 110-meter hurdles this season after finishing seventh at the NCAA Championships in 2018. The men’s team is starting the outdoor season with momentum after claiming the 2019 Big Ten Indoor Championship. Mayson Conner, the Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year, was the most successful freshman high jumper in the country this indoor season and earned first-team All-America honors with a jump of 7-3 3/4 (2.23m) to finish seventh at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Jared Seay also competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships and finished fourth in the heptathlon with 5,847 points to earn first-team All-America status. Seay’s fourth-place finish was the best finish at the NCAA Championships by a Husker heptathlete since 2012. Senior Elijah Lucy will provide leadership after claiming the Big Ten indoor title in the long jump with a leap of 25-2 (7.67m). Freshman sensation George Kusche will also be an athlete to watch this outdoor season after setting two indoor school records - in the mile (3:59.61) and 3,000 meters (7:57.16o).

2019 Women’s Outdoor Season Outlook
The Big Red women tied for fifth at the Big Ten Championships last season and return a handful of athletes with NCAA Outdoor Championship experience and several point scorers from the 2018 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Senior Brittni Wolczyk is a two-time second-team All-American in the javelin and has made it to the NCAA Championships in each of her three seasons. She was the 2017 Big Ten champion and is a two-time silver medalist. Raynesha Lewis qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the long jump last year, and Jasmine Barge was a second-team All-American in the 400-meter hurdles in 2017. Sydney Otto missed last season with an injury but qualified for nationals in the javelin as a freshman in 2017. The NU women will be looking to replace triple jump standout Angela Mercurio. The 2019 Big Ten indoor champion and second-team All-American exhausted her outdoor eligibility last year. Lewis, Ieva Turke and Shylia Riley will lead the Huskers’ horizontal jumps. Lewis finished 19th in the long jump at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Riley was the Big Ten indoor long jump runner-up this year, while Turke was third in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump. On the track, Lakayla Harris ran the fifth-fastest wind-legal time (11.45) in NU history in the 100 meters last year. Harris claimed fourth (100 meters) and fifth (200 meters) at the 2018 Outdoor Big Ten Championships. Barge is one of the top returning 100-meter and 400-meter hurdlers in the Big Ten. The Huskers are ranked 49th in the preseason USTFCCCA Rankings.

Conner Named B1G Freshman of the Year
Nebraska high jumper Mayson Conner was named the Big Ten Men’s Indoor Freshman of the Year after a vote by the league’s head coaches. Conner is the first Husker male track and field athlete chosen as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year since NU joined the conference in 2011-12.

The McCool Junction native was the Big Ten champion in the high jump and earned first-team All-America honors after finishing seventh at the NCAA Indoor Championship. Conner cleared 7-3 3/4 (2.23m) at both meets, which is tied for the ninth-best mark in school history.

Conner was the top freshman high jumper in the nation at the NCAA Championships and became the first true freshman Husker male to earn first-team All-America honors in an individual event at the NCAA indoor meet since Bobby Carter in the long jump in 2010.

Pepin Named B1G and USTFCCCA Men’s Midwest Region Coach of the Year
Nebraska track and field head coach Gary Pepin was named the Big Ten Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year and the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year.

The Big Ten honor marked Pepin’s sixth selection as Big Ten Coach of the Year since the Huskers joined the conference in 2011-12, and it is his 28th all-time conference coaching accolade. The 2019 Big Ten men’s indoor title was Pepin’s 73rd career conference title and 43rd indoors. He has guided the Husker men to three Big Ten indoor titles in the last five seasons.

Pepin, in his 39th year as head coach at Nebraska, has also been honored as region coach of the year 11 times in the past 15 years. Of his 11 region coaching honors, this is the third time Pepin has been honored as the men’s indoor coach of the year (2005 and 2015).

Four Huskers Win B1G Titles; Men Claim Championship
Angela Mercurio, Lakayla Harris, Mayson Conner and Elijah Lucy all won individual Big Ten indoor titles, and the Nebraska men’s track and field team won the 2019 Big Ten Indoor Championship this season.

The Husker men entered the final day of the Big Ten Championships with an 11-point lead and led the entire day until Indiana took a 90-89 lead with only the 4x400-meter relay remaining. However, the Huskers’ relay team of Givon Washington, Tony Nou, Elijah Lucy and Isaiah Hutchinson ran a season-best of 3:09.12 to finish fifth, while Indiana finished eighth in 3:11.71. The Huskers finished with 93 points, and Indiana had 91, giving NU its first team crown since 2016.

The Husker men won their 67th all-time conference title and 38th indoors with the victory. It was the fifth Big Ten title for the Husker men since joining the conference in 2012. For legendary head coach Gary Pepin, it marked his 73rd career conference title and 43rd indoors.

Mercurio earned the triple jump crown for the first time in her career, posting a jump of 42-7 (12.98m) on her fourth attempt to win the event for her third-career Big Ten medal. Mercurio took first place in the triple jump in five of six meets this season.

Harris won the gold medal in the 60 meters with a personal-best time of 7.26. Her time ranked third in school history. Harris was the runner-up last year but topped her personal best by .12 seconds to take the title as a senior. She became the first Husker women’s track athlete to win a Big Ten championship in a running event since 2013. She followed that with the bronze medal in the 200 meters later in the afternoon after posting a personal-best time of 23.54, the third-fastest time in school history.

Conner was crowned the high jump champion after clearing a personal-best 7-3 3/4 (2.23m), which put him in a tie for ninth in school history and No. 11 in the nation this season. Conner had the competition locked up as the only jumper to clear 7-2 1/4 (2.19m), and he was perfect through that height. The McCool Junction native went on to achieve a new personal best and give the Husker men the Big Ten indoor high jump title for the fifth time in the last six years.

Lucy earned the gold medal in the long jump for the first time in his career after finishing fourth at each of the three previous Big Ten indoor meets. Lucy jumped a personal-best 25-2 (7.67m) on his final attempt, though he didn’t need it as four of his jumps on the day would have won the competition. He finished on top by more than one foot.

Husker Men Tabbed Indoor Dual Meet Champions
The Nebraska men’s track and field team was named the indoor dual meet champions by Track & Field News Magazine for the first time in the program’s history.

Following a strong performance at the Mark Colligan Memorial, where the Huskers scored 172 points to sweep the meet, the Huskers surged from No. 4 to No. 1 in the final rankings of the indoor season. The Huskers posted a 3-0 record in dual meets to top Indiana (1-0) and Texas A&M (2-0) for the top spot. The NU women came in at No. 4 in the final women’s rankings.

To be ranked, a team must compete in one or more dual meets (defined as a scored meet between four or fewer teams) during the indoor season. Teams are ranked on wins and losses, marks, and strength and depth of dual meet schedule. Teams are rewarded for taking dual meet competition seriously.

The Nebraska men won the absolute - indoor and outdoor combined - dual meet championship in 2017. This year’s NU men’s squad is the top-ranked team in the USTFCCCA Midwest Region and has several event groups that rank among the best in the nation. The men’s high jump is the No. 1 unit in the nation, while the 60-meter hurdles is ranked third, the shot put is ranked fourth, long jump is seventh and pole vault is ranked ninth.

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