Husker Hurdlers Highlight Seven More Bids for NCAA Championships
Fayetteville, Ark. – Day two at the 2014 NCAA West Preliminary Rounds came to a close on Friday with the Huskers punching seven more tickets to the NCAA Championship Finals in Eugene, Ore., upping NU’s total to 15 total qualifiers. The highlight of the day came on the track for NU as the Huskers continued to showcase their dominance in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, going four-for-four in advancing to the championship round.
In a stacked second heat, Miles Ukaoma led the contingent of Huskers with a season-best time of 49.34 to finish first in the heat and post the top time overall in the event. His time ranks as the No. 15 time in the world and the No. 1 time in the nation. Tibor Koroknai qualified automatically with a personal-best time of 50.25, while Mate Koroknai earned an automatic qualification with a personal-best time of 50.35. Jodi-Rae Blackwood kept the qualification marks coming for NU as he crossed the finish line in 50.47 and advanced to the championships with the ninth-fastest time in the event.
Will Lohman continued the Huskers’ success in the throws on the weekend as he earned a spot in the finals of the men’s hammer throw. Lohman, who broke the Nebraska school record in the event earlier this year, finished 10th overall with a throw of 203-3 (61.96). He will be making his first appearance at an NCAA Championships event.
Cody Rush earned an individual berth to the NCAA Finals in the 400 meters as he finished third in his heat with a personal-best time of 46.12. The 400 meters marks the first individual event Rush has qualified for at the NCAA Championships as he is a three-time All-American for the Huskers in the 4x400-meter relay.
Ellie Ewere qualified for her first NCAA Championship finals, capturing a spot in the women’s triple jump. She maintained a second-place standing with a leap of 43-8 ½ (13.32) heading into the finals and held on for second overall in the competition.
Sean Pille will compete in the 110-meter hurdles quarterfinals tomorrow. He qualified with a time of 14.20 on Friday. Also moving on to the quarterfinals was Kadecia Baird in the 200 meters as she posted a time of 23.74.
The NCAA West Region Preliminary Rounds will conclude tomorrow as the Huskers will look to qualify more for the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Live results will be available on FlashResults.com, while ArkansasRazorbacks.com will have live video beginning at 6 p.m. CT.
Huskers Advancing to the NCAA Championship Finals in Eugene, Ore.
Will Lohman, Hammer Throw
Cody Rush, 400 Meters
Ellie Ewere, Triple Jump
Miles Ukaoma, 400-Meter Hurdles
Tibor Koroknai, 400-Meter Hurdles
Mate Koroknai, 4000-Meter Hurdles
Jodi-Rae Blackwood, 400-Meter Hurdles
Huskers Advancing to Quarterfinals on Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.
Sean Pille, 110-Meter Hurdles
Kadecia Baird, 200 Meters