Four Huskers Qualify for NCAA Championships
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Nebraska track and field team earned four bids to the NCAA Outdoor Championships on day one of the NCAA West Preliminary Round at Hornet Stadium on Thursday. Athletes who finish in the top 12 of a preliminary round event advance to the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas from June 5-8.
The day began with a trio of Huskers advancing to the NCAA Championships in the women's javelin. Chase Wolinski led Nebraska in the event, finishing second with a throw of 179-9 (54.79m). Brittni Wolczyk placed eighth with a mark of 163-7 (49.87m). Sydney Otto was 10th and qualified with a distance of 161-7 (49.27m). It will be Wolczyk's fourth consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships, Otto's second time competing at the championship and Wolinski's first.
Shylia Riley also punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships in the women's long jump. Riley qualified with a leap of 20-0 1/4 (6.10m)w to finish 12th. It will be her first appearance at the National Championships.
A group of Huskers also competed in preliminary races on Thursday, attempting to qualify for quarterfinals to be run later in the week. Jasmine Barge won her 400-meter hurdle heat with a time of 57.68 to automatically advance to Friday's quarterfinal, while Michaela Peskova advanced with a time of 58.79. Lakayla Harris moved on to Friday's round of the 100-meters with a qualifying time of 11.54. George Kusche advanced to Saturday's 1,500-meter quarterfinal with a time of 3:44.68.
Anna Purchase moved up to No. 3 on the NU top-10 list in the hammer throw with a mark of 200-9 (61.18m).
Action at Hornet Stadium continues on Friday with field events beginning at 2 p.m. and running events starting at 6:30 p.m. All times listed are Central Time. Live results are available at NCAA.com, and a live stream is available with the purchase of a subscription at FloTrack.
Nebraska's NCAA Championships Qualifiers
Chase Wolinski, Javelin
Brittni Wolczyk, Javelin
Sydney Otto, Javelin
Shylia Riley, Long Jump