Lincoln – The Nebraska track and field team opened their first home meet of the 2010 outdoor season on Friday night with the men’s and women’s hammer throw competitions. The Huskers produced a clean sweep of the Nebraska Invitational hammer throw titles, as Samantha Musil and Eric Petersen each won with personal-best throws.
Musil, who entered the meet with a personal best of 175-9, broke her PR twice over her six throws. After opening with a foul, Musil tossed 178-9 on her second attempt. The junior was not done though, as on her final attempt of the afternoon she launched a throw of 182-2, which secured her the eight-best performance all-time at NU. Overall, Musil led 1-2-3 finish for the Huskers, with Jade Hodson placing second (175-11) and Victoria Zimmerman third (170-9).
Petersen followed with a personal-best toss of 198-7 to take tops honors over his teammate Brett Suckstorf, who placed second with a throw of 197-2. Unlike Musil, who waited until her final throw to post her best, Petersen shot out of the gate with his best toss on his first attempt, breaking his previous best of 195-7.
Along with Musil and Petersen’s wins, the Huskers also swept the unseeded divisions of the hammer throw. Freshman Mary Morales, who was competing unattached, posted the top throw on the women’s side at 149-6, while Matt Giesselmann was the top male thrower at 170-8.
The Huskers will now host day two of the Nebraska Invitational tomorrow at Ed Weir Stadium, with action set to start at 11 a.m. A small group of Nebraska track and field athletes will also be competing tomorrow at the UTEP Invitational in El Paso, Texas, and the Spec Towns National Team Invitational in Athens, Ga. Huskers.com will have a full recap from every meet tomorrow evening.