The Nebraska men’s track and field team earned its first Big Ten Conference title at the Outdoor Championships Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.
A dominating performance guided NU to the victory with 131.50 points, holding a 38.50 point advantage over second-place finisher Iowa.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Levi Gipson, Christian Sanderfer, Miles Ukaoma and Cody Rush ushered the Huskers to the conference win with a first-place finish and a time of 3:07.87 in the final event of the day.
Gipson finished second with a personal-best time of 46.44 in the 400-meter. Rush finished third with a personal-best time of 46.70 while Sanderfer was sixth with a time of 47.06.
The men’s team also received a boost from Chad Wright. After finishing as a runner-up in the discus on Saturday, Wright used a comeback effort to win the shot put with a personal-best throw of 63-7 ½ (19.39) on his final attempt of the competition. The win marks the first conference title of his career and moves him to third in the nation. Wright is now ranked in the top five in the NCAA in both the shot put and the discus.
In the women’s race, the Huskers finished sixth with 75 total points. Penn State was named champion as the Nittany Lions totaled 133 points on the weekend. Mara Griva earned her second conference crown of the weekend as she won the triple jump. She tallied a leap of 43-5 ¼ (13.24) to take first in the event and earn the ninth conference title of her career. Ellie Ewere finished eighth with a season-best mark of 39-8 ½ (12.10).
The Huskers will turn their attention toward the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas May 23rd-25th. The top-48 competitors in each event in the West Region will compete for a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon.