Geneva, Ohio-The Nebraska track and field team opened the 2014 Big Ten Championships on Friday at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Patrick Raedler led the Huskers on the day as he earned the long jump title.
Through five events scored on the men’s side, the Huskers are tied with Wisconsin at first with 41.50 points. With six events scored, the women are third with 30 points, while Michigan leads the women with 38 points and Indiana is second with 35 points.
Raedler entered the day looking to defend his Big Ten title from the 2013 indoor season and did not disappoint as the senior tallied a leap of 25-2 ½ (7.68) to secure the conference crown. He led a group of Huskers in the long jump competition, as Seth Wiedel finished second with a season-best-tying leap of 24-7 ¼ (7.50) and Devandrew Johnson was sixth with a jump of 23-7 1/4 (7.19).
Anne Martin led the women with a third-place finish in the women’s pentathlon, posting a personal-best 3,998 points. She started the day with a time of 8.87 in the 60-meter hurdles, followed by a season-best leap of 5-5 ¾ (1.67) in the high jump. She then notched a throw of 38-7 ¾ (11.78) in the shot put and a personal-best jump of 19-2 (5.84) in the long jump, before closing the competition with a season-best time of 2:22.09 in the 800 meters.
Also in the pentathlon competition was freshman Melissa-Maree Farrington. She finished in seventh-place with 3,860 points. She posted a time of 8.71 in the 60-meter hurdles to begin her inaugural Big Ten Championships, before notching a leap of 5-3 ¼ (1.61) in the high jump. Farrington recorded a personal-best throw of 38-3 ¼ (11.66) in the shot put and a leap of 18-7 ¾ (5.68) in the long jump. She closed the day with a time of 2:25.49 in the 800 meters.
Christian Sanderfer finished in a tie for second in the men’s pole vault, highlighting his top finish at a conference championship in the event. He posted a vault of 17-1 (5.21) to earn the runner-up standing and lead a contingent of Husker vaulters. Freshman Steven Cahoy finished fifth with a vault of 16-9 ¼ (5.11), while Craig Driver was eighth with the same mark. In the women’s pole vault, Paula Andrie finished fifth overall, posting a vault of 13-3 ½ (4.05).
Annie Jackson earned a spot on the podium as she came in third in the women’s shot put. Jackson led the Husker throwers with a toss of 52-7 ¼ (16.03). Carlie Pinkelman came in sixth with a throw of 50-0 ½ (15.25), while Veronica Grizzled earned a seventh-place showing with a mark of 49-11 (15.21). On the men’s side, Chad Wright finished fourth with a personal-best throw of 62-5 (19.02).
Nebraska saw three Huskers score in the women’s long jump as Jazmin McCoy led the way with a fifth-place finish on a leap of 19-9 ½ (6.03). Tierra Williams was seventh with a mark of 19-7 ½ (5.98), while Kari Heck earned eighth on a personal-best jump of 19-6 ¾ (5.96).
The men’s distance medley relay squad of Connor Gibson, Christian Sanderfer, London Hawk and Trevor Vidlak finished fifth overall as the group recorded a time of 9:48.16.
Guy Fenske closed the first day of action in the heptathlon with 2,831 points for 11th. He posted personal records in every event on the first day of competition as he started with a time of 7.27 in the 60 meters. He followed that with a leap of 21-1 ¼ (6.43) in the long jump, before a throw of 41-0 ½ (12.51) in the shot put. Fenske closed the first day with a jump of 6-3 ¼ (1.91) in the high jump.
Trevor Vidlak advanced to tomorrow’s finals in the men’s mile as he posted a preliminary time of 4:07.56 on Friday. Also qualifying for finals tomorrow was Kadecia Baird (53.99) and Chantal Duncan (54.36) in the 400 meters. Cody Rush advanced to the finals in the men’s 400 meters with the second fastest time in the preliminaries and a personal-best mark of 47.04, leading Ricco Hall (47.44) and Jake Bender (47.47) to finals appearances as well.
Mara Weekes qualified for tomorrow’s finals in the women’s 60 meters with a time of 7.58, while Tim Thompson advanced on the men’s side with a time of 6.86. Jacob Holtmeier earned a bid in tomorrow’s finals of the men’s 800 meters with a preliminary time of 1:51.97 on Friday. The Huskers also saw two advance to the finals in the men’s 60-meter hurdles as Oladapo Akinmoladun led the way with a time of 7.79 and Tibor Koroknai crossed the finish line in 7.94.
Shawnice Williams clocked the second-fastest time in the preliminaries of the women’s 600 meters with a mark of 1:29.88, while Ellie Grooters also advanced with a time of 1:29.97 and Morgan Woitzel advanced with a personal-best time of 1:33.01. On the men’s side, London Hawk notched the second-best time in the preliminaries, posting a personal-best mark of 1:17.49. Levi Gipson also advanced with a time of 1:17.56.
Ricco Hall and Dexter McKenzie moved ahead in the 200 meters and will run in the finals tomorrow. Hall notched a season-best time of 21.10, while McKenzie posted a season-best time of 21.13.
The Huskers return to action at the SPIRE Institute tomorrow as the heptathlon action gets underway at 10 a.m. The women’s high jump is set to begin at 11 a.m., with the running events beginning at 12:30 p.m.