Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska track and field team kicked off the 2014 indoor season on Friday with the Holiday Inn Invitational in front of 1,694 fans at the Devaney Center Indoor Track. NU came away with individual titles from Veronica Grizzle, Patrick Raedler, Shawnice Williams and Trevor Vidlak on the opening day of competition.
The Huskers opened the day by sweeping the first two spots in the women’s weight throw as Grizzle led the way with a mark of 61-2 ¼ (18.65). Tristen Sharp finished second in the event, posting a throw of 56-6 ¾ (17.24). Jake Pinion opened his 2014 season tallying a throw of 54-10 ¾ (16.73) in the men’s weight throw.
Raedler finished atop the standings in the men’s long jump. The reigning Big Ten indoor long jump champion, he posted a leap of 24-10 ½ (7.58) in the first meet of his senior season. Seth Wiedel finished fifth overall with a mark of 23-9 (7.24).
In the women’s long jump, Husker newcomer Jazmin McCoy came in third with a leap of 19-0 ¾ (5.81). Fellow freshman Melissa-Maree Farrington finished fourth with a jump of 18-10 ½ (5.75). Kari Heck notched a sixth-place finish with a leap of 18-8 (5.69), while Anne Martin was seventh with a jump of 18-7 ¼ (5.67).
Williams took home the event title in the women’s 800 meters, clocking a time of 2:13.03. Jacob Holtmeier recorded a third-place finish on the men’s side with a time of 1:53.15.
Vidlak recorded his first victory of the season as he came in first in the men’s mile. The senior from Lincoln notched a time of 4:09.39. Kristi Oslund made her Husker debut with a seventh-place finish in the women’s mile, posting a time of 5:14.40. Connor Gibson tabbed a time of 8:21.82 for a second-place finish in the men’s 3,000 meters.
Mila Andric advanced to tomorrow’s finals in the 60-meter hurdles. In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, Oladapo Akinmoladun, Sean Pille and Tibor Koroknai all advanced to tomorrow’s finals. Breunna McCarty finished in the top eight in the preliminaries of the 60 meters to advance to the finals, while John Welk also advanced on the men’s side.
The second day of action at the Holiday Inn Invitational continues tomorrow as the women’s shot put and the men's triple jump is set to begin at 11 a.m. The running events will begin at noon, with the final event of the day scheduled for 4:20 p.m.