Geneva, Ohio- The Nebraska track and field team opened the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships with three event titles at the SPIRE Institute on Friday. The women led the way as Mara Griva took home the long jump title and Jessica Furlan won the 3,000 meters, while Patrick Raedler won the men’s long jump.
Through six events on the women’s side, the Huskers lead the field with 50 points, as Wisconsin trails NU with 32 points. The men are second in the team standings through five scored events, totaling 29.66 points. Wisconsin leads the men with 39 points.
Furlan won the Huskers’ first Big Ten title of the weekend, taking top honors in the women’s 3,000 meters. She recorded a time of 9:19.66 in the event, setting a personal-best mark. The event title marks the first conference title of her career.
Griva won her sixth conference title with a season-best leap of 20-9 (6.32) the long jump. Her mark leads the Big Ten this year and is eighth in the nation. Kari Heck finished fifth with a personal-best leap of 19-3 ½ (5.88).
The Huskers went on to sweep the long jump titles at Patrick Raedler took the event on the men’s side with a personal-best jump of 25-10 (7.87). His mark ranks fourth in the nation and is sixth all-time at Nebraska, while marking his first conference title. Janis Leitis finished third with a leap of 25-6 (7.77), tying his personal best mark.
Chad Wright finished second in the men’s shot put, posting a personal-best throw of 61-10 ½ (18.86). Taylor Shapland finished 10th with a throw of 56-9 ¼ (17.30).
The Huskers had three competitors in the women’s pentathlon, as Jordan Stiens, Anne Martin and Jourdan Doffeny all took to the track. Martin finished fourth with a personal-best point total of 3,962, while Stiens was fifth with a personal-best 3,919 points and Doffeny finished 10th with 3,467 points.
Martin started the day by tying her personal-best time of 8.81 in the 60 meter hurdles, before posting a season-best-tying mark of 5-6 (1.68) in the high jump. She then recorded a throw of 35-10 ½ (10.93) in the shot put, notched a personal-best leap of 18-11 ¼ (5.77) in the long jump and capped the day with a personal-best time of 2:20.94 in the 800 meters. Stiens recorded a time of 8.62 in the 60 meter hurdles, before notching a jump of 5-3 ¾ (1.62) in the high jump. She posted a throw of 39-3 ¼ (11.97) in the shot put and then recorded a personal-best jump of 18-3 ¾ (5.58) and finished with a personal-best time of 2:22.69 in the 800 meters. Doffeny posted a time of 9.17 in the 60 meter hurdles and a jump of 4-11 (1.50) in the high jump. She notched a throw of 34-10 ½ (10.63) in the shot put, before a personal-best leap of 17-9 (5.41) in the long jump and a time of 2:27.37 in the 800 meters.
Tess Merrill completed her first Big Ten Championships with a third-place finish in the pole vault with a mark of 12-11 ½ (3.95). Paula Andrie finished fifth with a personal-best vault of 12-11 ½ (3.95), while Maggie Maher was eighth with a mark of 12-7 ½ (3.85). Craig Driver and Christian Sanderfer tied for eighth in the men’s pole vault, each posting marks of 16-9 ½ (5.12), setting a PR for Sanderfer. Beau Simmons also recorded a personal-best of 16-9 ½ (5.12).
Annie Jackson finished fourth in the women’s shot put, notching a throw of 52-7 ½ (16.04). Veronica Grizzle finished eighth, posting a throw of 50-9 ½ (15.48).
The men’s distance medley relay team of Connor Gibson, Ricco Hall, Tommy Brinn and Trevor Vidlak posted a fourth-place finish and a season-best time of 9:41.67, while the women’s distance medley relay team of Sarah Plambeck, Siera Rohde, Jelena Andjelkovic and Katie White finished 11th with a time of 12:09.1.
Mara Weekes advanced to tomorrow’s finals in the 60 and 200 meters, posting a times of 7.48 and 24.08, respectively. Her time in the 60 meters tied her season-best mark. Dexter McKenzie advanced to the 200 meter finals on the men’s side, posting a time of 21.07.
Shawnice Williams and Ellie Grooters will compete in tomorrow’s 600 meter finals. Williams won her heat with a personal-best time of 1:30.31, while Grooters qualified on time with a season-best mark of 1:31.34.
All four Huskers in the men’s 600 meters advanced to tomorrow’s finals as Cody Rush won his heat, qualifying with a personal-best time of 1:17.97. London Hawk joined Rush as an automatic qualifier, posting a time of 1:18.74, while Levi Gipson won his heat to qualify, posting a time of 1:17.47, which was the second-best time on the day. Tommy Brinn advanced on time, recording a clip of 1:18.22.
Furlan advanced to tomorrow’s finals of the women’s mile, posting a season- best time of 4:42.91 in the trials, which was the second-fastest time of the day.
Oladapo Akinmoladun won the first heat of the men’s 60 meter hurdles en route to posting a personal-best time of 7.75 to advance to tomorrow’s finals. His time ties for fifth all-time at Nebraska and also ties for eighth in the nation.
Teran Walford began day one of men’s heptathlon action with a personal-best time of 7.23 in the 60 meters. Another personal best followed as he notched a mark of 22-3 (6.78) in the long jump and recorded a throw of 40-10 ½ (12.46) in the shot put. He finished the day with a personal-best leap of 6-4 ¼ (1.94) in the high jump. Walford is in sixth place after the first day of heptathlon with 2,947 points.