GENEVA, Ohio — The Nebraska track and field team opened the 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 to 32 by second-place Wisconsin. The men are second through five scored events, totaling 29.66 points to Wisconsin’s 39.
Furlan won the Huskers’ first title, finishing the 3,000 in a personal-best time of 9:19.66. It’s the first conference title of her career.
Griva won her sixth career conference title with a season-best leap of 20 feet, 9 inches in the long jump. Her mark leads the Big Ten this year and is eighth in the nation.
Nebraska swept the long jump titles as Raedler won the men’s event with a personal-best jump of 25-10. His mark ranks fourth in the nation and is sixth all-time at Nebraska. It’s his first conference title.
NU’s Chad Wright finished second in the men’s shot put with a personal-best throw of 61-10Ĺ.
Mara Weekes advanced to Saturday’s finals in the 60 and 200, posting times of 7.48 and 24.08, respectively. Dexter McKenzie advanced to the 200 finals on the men’s side, posting a time of 21.07.
Shawnice Williams and Ellie Grooters will compete in Saturday’s 600 finals. Williams won her heat with a personal-best time of 1:30.31, while Grooters qualified with a season-best time of 1:31.34.
All four Huskers in the men’s 600 advanced to Saturday’s finals. Cody Rush won his heat, qualifying with a personal-best time of 1:17.97. Levi Gipson won his heat to qualify, posting a time of 1:17.47, the second-best on the day. London Hawk and Tommy Brinn advanced based on their times.
Furlan advanced to Saturday’s finals of the women’s mile, posting a season-best time of 4:42.91, the second-fastest time of the day.
Oladapo Akinmoladun won the first heat of the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 7.75 to advance to Saturday’s finals.
events begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude the Big Ten indoor championships.
Team scoring: Wisconsin 39, Nebraska 29.66, Indiana 27, Illinois 20.5, Minnesota 19, Michigan 19, Penn State 13, Purdue 12.83, Iowa 7, Ohio State 5, Michigan State 3.
Event winners: 60 meters: Brandon Stryganek, Illinois, 6.73. 200: Brandon Stryganek, Illinois, 21.02. 400: Stephon Pamilton, Illinois, 46.53. 600: Casimer Loxsom, Penn State, 1:16.33. 800: Za’Von Watkins, Penn State, 1:49.26. Mile: Nick Hutton, Minnesota, 4:03.37. 3,000: Maverick Darling, Wisconsin, 7:50.97. 60 hurdles: Vanier Joseph, Illinois, 7.74. Distance medley relay: Penn State, 9:39.87. Long jump: Patrick Raedler, Nebraska, 25-10. Shot put: Danny Block, Wisconsin, 63-7ĺ. Pole vault: Scott Houston, Indiana, 17-5Ĺ. Heptathlon: Derek Drouin, Indiana, 3,358.
Team scoring: Nebraska 50, Wisconsin 32, Michigan 31, Illinois 30, Minnesota 24, Indiana 19, Penn State 19, Purdue 10, Michigan State 10, Ohio State 9.
Event winners: 60 meters: Morolake Akinosun, Illinois, 7.34. 200: Mahagony Jones, Penn State, 23.47. 400: Ashley Spencer, Illinois, 53.83. 600: Samantha Murphy, Illinois, 1;28.87. 800: Rebecca Addison, Michigan, 2:06.08. Mile: Amanda Eccleston, Michigan, 4:41.94. 3,000: Jessica Furlan, Nebraska, 9:19.66. 60 hurdles: Breeana Coleman, Illinois, 8.20. Distance medley relay: Michigan, 11:11.41. Long jump: Mara Griva, Nebraska, 20-9. Kyla Buckley, Indiana, 55-5Ĺ. Pole vault: Stephanie Richartz, Illinois, 13-11ľ. Pentathlon: Jessica Flax, Wisconsin, 4,078.