FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Facing some stiff competition, the Nebraska men’s track and field team took third place in the Razorback Invitational on Saturday.
The Husker men finished with 70 points, ahead of teams such as Louisiana State, Texas, Arizona and Florida. The Tigers, Longhorns, Wildcats and Gators were all ranked in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association computer rankings. NU is unranked.
The Husker women finished ninth with 30 points, trailing a field that included six ranked opponents.
The only event winner for Nebraska Saturday was Trevor Vidlak. The junior won the men’s 3,000 meters with a personal-best time of 8:11.58. That time puts Vidlak, a Lincoln Northeast graduate, at third in the Big Ten and ninth in the nation entering the weekend.
Other Husker men contributing to the third-place showing were Tim Thompson, Oladapo Akinmoladun and Miles Ukaoma. Thompson finished eighth in the 60 meters (6.90), Akinmoladun earned fifth in the 60 meter hurdles (7.93) and Ukaoma got seventh (8.12).
A day after winning the long jump, Janis Leitis finished second in the men’s 400 meters with a time of 46.71. That mark is good enough for first in the Big Ten and second in the nation. Arkansas’ Akheem Gauntlett won the event with a time of 46.44.
NU’s Tommy Brinn was second in the men’s 800 (1:49.11) and Patrick Raedler finished fourth in the triple jump (51-0 1/4).
The Husker women didn’t fare as well as a team but did have some standout performances. Mara Griva finished fourth in the triple jump, recording a mark of 41-3 1/4. Jelena Andjelkovic finished third in the women’s 800 (2:13.33) and Jessica Furlan got sixth in the 3,000 meters with a 9:24.76 time.
The Huskers host the 38th annual Frank Sevigne Invitational next Friday and Saturday.