Barrefors Finishes Eighth at NCAA Championships
Des Moines, Iowa- After an outstanding first day at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday where the Huskers came away with an NCAA title and three All-America accolades, the Nebraska track and field team returned to Drake Stadium on Thursday as three Huskers took to the track to continue competition.
Bjorn Barrefors ended a grueling two days of decathlon action with an eighth-place finish behind 7,769 points. The 2012 Big Ten Decathlon Champion and Nebraska school record holder, he earned the sixth All-America accolades of his career with the finish.
Barrefors opened the second day of decathlon competition in fourth-place with 4,053 points as he recorded a time of 14.54 in the 110 meter hurdles. He moved on to the discus where he notched a throw of 141-3 in the event. After the two events of the day, Barrefors moved into second place with a total of 5,686 points, just 44 points out of first place. He finished with a clearance of 16-0 3/4 in the pole vault, but could not advance to the next mark as he looked to the final two events of the competition, the javelin and 1,500 meters.
Barrefors maintained his second-place standing after the pole vault, with a total of 6,566 points. Gonzalo Barroilhet of Florida State had the lead with 6,592 points and Kurt Felix was trailing Barrefors with 6,520 points. Moving to the javelin, Barrefors recorded a throw of 147-00 on his first attempt before unleashing a season-best throw of 172-02 on his second attempt. He entered the final event of the competition in fifth-place with 7,191 points. He went on to record a time of 4:56.87 in the 1,500 meters, securing an eighth-place finish and All-America accolades in the event.
Two-time All-American Ashley Miller returned to the track where she won the 1,500 meters and broke the Drake Relays 1,500 meter record just a few weeks ago to compete in her final NCAA Championships. In a hotly contested race, Miller finished eighth in her heat and 16th overall with a time of 4:14.12. Although she recorded a personal-best time in a valiant effort, it would not be enough to qualify for the event finals on Saturday.
Mara Griva finished 20th in the women's long jump with a leap of 19-8 1/4 (6.00). She recorded the jump on her first attempt, before fouling on her final two attempts. Her mark would not be enough to qualify for the finals, but she will hit the runway again on Saturday for the women's triple jump with teammate Anna Weigandt.
Marusa Cernjul will be the lone Husker competing tomorrow as the high jump competition kicks off at 4:30 p.m., at Drake Stadium.