The Nebraska track and field team hosted the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Indoor Track Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6.
Several top tier track teams came to compete, including Texas, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Auburn, Arizona State, Illinois, UCLA, Iowa State, Kansas and Missouri, making the meet Nebraska’s largest home meet of the indoor season.
No team scores were kept, but the Huskers did bring home five individual and team titles, as well as several other high finishes.
Junior Mate Koroknai, freshman Oliver Alexandre, junior Drew Wiseman and senior Cody Rush cruised to victory in the men’s 4×400 relay and set a meet record of 3:08.47. Alexandre and Rush made the fastest splits with times of 46.784 and 46.933, respectively.
Sophomore Antoine Lloyd won the title for the 60-meter hurdle with a time of 7.80, while his teammate, senior Oladapo Akinmoladun, finished in second place with a time of 7.82.
In the women’s 600-meter dash, sophomore Karolina Pahlitzsch placed first with a time of 1:30.99.
Redshirt junior Anna Peer ran unattached in the 5,000-meter race for her first race of the indoor track and field season. Clocking 17:13.34, Peer posted the second best time in the event. Sophomore teammate Bonnie Smith finished fourth with a personal best time of 17:26.51.
The men’s distance team also made a strong showing, particularly in the 5,000-meter race, in which sophomore Austin Post finished third with a time of 14:42.12. Close behind him was sophomore Alec Sery, who finished fourth with a personal-best time of 14:43.84.
Freshman Lakayla Harris placed fourth with a personal-best time of 23.92 in the women’s 200-meter.
Rush placed second in the men’s 400-meter with a time of 47.18. Sophomore Sam Bransby placed third, setting a personal-record of 47.59. Alexandre and Koroknai finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively.
In the 600-meter-dash, Bransby ran a personal-best time of 1:17.38, the second best time in Nebraska indoor history. It is also the second best time in the Big Ten this season. Senior Levi Gipson was right behind Bransby with a time of 1:18.13.
In the field events, sophomore Nick Percy finished third in the weight throw. Throwing 63-1¼ (19.23m), he set a new personal best. For the women, senior Tristen Sharp threw a season-best 60-6¾ (18.46m), which earned her fifth place.
Senior Tess Merrill took home fifth place in the women’s pole vault, clearing an indoor personal best of 13-2½ (4.03m).
Sophomore Cody Walton set a personal record of 22-0¾ (6.72m) in the men’s long jump and of 6-5½ (1.97m) in men’s high jump. Sophomore Noah Gabel won the men’s long jump with a jump of 23-2 (7.06m) and tied for first in the men’s high jump with a 6-6¾ (2.00m).
Sophomore Reka Czuth set a new personal record in the women’s high jump of 6-1½ (1.87m) just one week after making it on the Nebraska indoor top 10 list. She is now first in the Big Ten, tied for second in the nation and tied for third in Nebraska indoor history.
Junior Tierra Williams took second place in the women’s triple jump with a jump of 42-1¼ (12.83m). In the men’s triple jump, sophomore Kaiwan Culmer jumped 49-11¼ (15.22m), enough to earn him third place.
In the heptathlon, the Nebraska team posted new personal bests. Walton scored a total of 5,515 points in the event, earning him second place. He won the heptathlon pole vault at 15-9 (4.80m), a personal-best. Finishing third overall with 5,318 points, Gabel had a personal record of 15-5 (4.70m). Junior Guy Fenske finished with a total of 5,222 points, enough for fourth place.
Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13 the Nebraska indoor track and field teams will split up and play the Pittsburg State Gorilla Classic in Pittsburg, Kansas, and the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.