Huskers Sweep adidas Classic Team Titles

By: Courtesy: NU Media Relations
By: Courtesy: NU Media Relations

Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska track and field team swept the meet titles at the adidas Classic for the fifth straight year on Saturday at the Devaney Center Indoor Track. Both Husker squads dominated the field, as the women finished with 207 points, while Wichita State finished second with 100 points. The men posted with 205.33 total points; Iowa was second with 111 points. The afternoon was highlighted by numerous personal best performances and 19 event titles for Nebraska, including Jessica Furlan, Janis Leitis and Mara Weekes all winning more than one individual event crown on the day.

James White won the men’s high jump for the second consecutive week on Saturday. He earned the victory with a leap of 7-0 ¼ (2.14), while Carlos Hernandez took second with a mark of 6-8 ¾ (2.05) and Travis Englund was third with a mark of 6-8 ¾ (2.05). Jillanna Sanlan finished third in the women’s high jump, posting a personal-best jump of 5-9 ¼ (1.76).

Leitis was also a repeat event winner from last week, taking the men’s long jump title for the second consecutive week on a mark of 24-8 ¼ (7.52). Patrick Raedler finished second with a jump of 23-11 (7.29), while Nikita Pankins was third with a season-best mark of 23-10 ¼ (7.27) and Teddy Lampkin finished fourth with a season-best jump of 23-4 ½ (7.12).

Mara Griva won the women’s long jump, earning her first event title of the year, with a leap of 19-7 (5.97). Kari Heck finished third with a jump of 18-7 ¼ (5.67). Anna Weigandt took the women’s triple jump crown with a season-best mark of 40-7 (12.37).

Chad Wright took home the men’s shot put title with a personal-best throw of 61-6 ¼ (18.75), he now leads the Big Ten in the event and is third in the nation. Taylor Shapland followed his lead with a second-place finish and a personal-best throw of 57-5 (17.50), the sixth-best throw in the Big Ten.

The Huskers swept the top four spots in the women’s shot put, as Annie Jackson led the way with a huge personal-best throw of 52-5 ½ (15.99) that ranks fifth in the Big Ten. Carlie Pinkelman was second with a throw of 50-3 ½ (15.33), while Veronica Grizzle was third with a mark of 49-0 ¼ (14.94) and Tristen Sharp was fourth with a throw of 46-5 ¼ (14.15).

Grizzle finished second in the women’s weight throw, posting a personal-best mark of 59-5 ¾ (18.13) in the event. Mary Morales bettered her season-best mark with a throw of 50-5 ½ (15.38). Cole Ingram posted a personal best mark in the men’s weight throw, finishing fourth with a throw of 56-10 ¼ (17.33).

Tess Merrill won her first collegiate title in the pole vault with a personal-best mark of 12-8 ¼ (3.87). Craig Driver finished second in the men’s pole vault, with a personal-best mark of 16-1 ¾ (4.92). Erik Sutterfield finished fourth with a vault of 15-7 ¾ (4.77), while Christian Sanderfer was fifth with a season-best vault of 15-7 ¾ (4.77).

Furlan won her first event title of the year with a time of 4:47.07 in the women’s mile. Her time ranks third in the Big Ten this year and is the 13th-best mark in the nation entering today’s meet. Connor Gibson posted a personal-best time of 4:10.22 in the men’s mile, finishing third. His time ranks eighth in the Big Ten Conference.

After earning the event title at the NWU Invite last night, Mila Andric notched the women’s 60 meter hurdle title with a season-best time of 8.60 on Saturday. Her time also ranks seventh in the Big Ten. On the men’s side, Oladapo Akinmoladun recorded the best time in the Big Ten this season, the eighth-best time in the nation and the ninth-best performance in Husker history with a personal-best-tying time of 7.83, giving him his first event title as a Husker.

Weekes earned the women’s 60 meters title with a time of 7.54, the seventh-best time in the Big Ten this year and the ninth-best time in Nebraska history. Breunna McCarty finished fourth with a personal-best time of 7.67.

Tommy Brinn maintained his leading spot in the Big Ten in the 600 meters, recording a season-best time of 1:18.06 to take the event title. Jelena Andjelkovic finished second in the women’s 600 meters with a personal-best time of 1:33.94, the ninth-best time in the Big Ten, while Ellie Grooters was third with a time of 1:35.31 and Morgan Woitzel took fourth with a time of 1:36.25.

Weekes earned her second title of the day with a season-best time of 24.24 in the 200 meters, holding up her fourth-best time in the Big Ten. Janis Leitis won his second title of the day with a time of 21.45 in the men’s 200 meters.

Furlan won her second title of the day with a time of 2:12.38 in the 800 meters, taking the event crown. Her time ranks sixth in the Big Ten this season. Alney Tobias took the men’s 800 meter title with a time of 1:53.82, while London Hawk was third with a time of 1:54.13.

Katie White won the women’s 3,000 meters, improving her season time with a mark of 9:56.83. She is now ninth in the Big Ten in the event. Trevor Vidlak finished third in the men’s 3,000 meters with a time of 8:35.70.

The women’s 4x400 meter relay team of Heck, Andric, Shawnice Williams and Weekes finished first in the event with a season-best time of 3:46.73. The men’s 4x400 meter relay team of Levi Gipson, Ricco Hall, Miles Ukaoma and Jodi-Rae Blackwood also took the event title with a season-best time of 3:12.70, the second-best time in the Big Ten.

The Huskers hit the road next weekend for the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 25-26 in Fayetteville, Ark.


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