DES MOINES — Dusty Jonas found his high jumping magic, and a pair of current Nebraska athletes turned in outstanding performances in the long jump Friday at the Drake Relays at Drake Stadium.
In the special London Games Rematch high jump, matching several 2012 Olympians, former Nebraska athlete Jonas, a volunteer coach for the Huskers, won the event at 7 feet, 7 inches, tying the record he shares with current Relays director Brian Brown. Jonas finished 2½ inches ahead of Donald Thomas and Trevor Barry of the Bahamas.
In the women’s university-college long jump, Husker senior Mara Griva went 20 feet, 6¼ inches on her first attempt to win the competition by 1¼ inches over Allegra Wells of Mississippi. In the men’s long jump, Nebraska senior Janis Leitis was the top finishing university-college competitor at 25-9½. However on his final attempt, Fabrice LaPierre, competing for Asics, went 26-1½.
Jonas had back surgery in February 2012 and was out until November of last year.
“It is good to come back and jump that today, especially after being out a whole year,” Jonas said. “It has been a long road back.”
Jonas said he has not been able to practice outdoors because of the bad weather this spring. “Overall, I am happy with my performance,” he said.
Jonas missed on three attempts at a Drake record of 7-10.
“I think some of the misses at some of the earlier bars kind of hurt me a little bit,” he said. “I was not trying to save myself, but I think it took some of my energy.”
In cool, windy conditions, Griva gave herself a passing grade.
“It was long and cold out there,” she said. “This is my second competition and so far it has been cold. I thought I was jumping okay. The wind was cold, but I was able to get that behind me.”
Nebraska also qualified for Saturday’s finals in the men’s and women’s 1,600 relay, the men’s 400 relay, and with Tibor Koroknai in the men’s 110 high hurdles.
Among other Midlands colleges, Iowa Western advanced to Saturday’s finals in the men’s 400 and 1,600 relays.
Friday's Husker Results
400 relay: 16, NU (Kari Heck, Mara Weekes, Lexie Oak, Breunna McCarty) 46.73. 1,600 relay: 7, NU (Mara Weekes, Ellie Grooters, Mila Andric, Shawnice Williams) 3:40.30.
100: 11, Tim Thompson 10.95; 14, Dexter McKenzie 11.06. 110 high hurdles: 6, Tibor Koroknai 14.46. 400 relay: 6, NU (John Welk, Jodi-Rae Blackwood, Ricco Hall, Tim Thompson) 41.02. 1,600 relay: 2, NU (Levi Gipson, Christian Sandefer, Ricco Hall, Cody Rush) 3:08.16.
Long jump: 2, Janis Leitis 25-9 ½; 5, Patrick Raedler 24-10 ½; 11, Nikita Perkins 23-11 ¾.; 13, Seth Wiedel 23-10. Shot put: 24, Taylor Shapland 52-4¾. Distance medley relay: 7, NU (Alney Tobias, Jake Bender, London Hawk, Trevor Vidlak) 9:58.31. 800 relay: 2, NU (Tim Thompson, Patrick Raedler, Nikita Pankins, Janis Leitis) 1:25.49. 3,200 relay: 7, NU (London Hawk, Alney Tobias, Nolan Border, Trevor Vidlak) 7:34.73.
Long jump: 1, Mara Griva 20-6¼; 5, Kari Heck 19-10¼; 10, Kara Mostoller 19-3½. High jump: 8, Jillanna Scanlan 5-734; 13, Marusa Cernjul 5-5¾. Javelin: 8, Maggie Malone 147-4. 800: 10, Shawnice Williams 2:08.63.
High jump: 1, Dusty Jonas, United States, 7-7 (ex-NU athlete)
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Jackson leads NU at Triton Invite
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Nebraska's Annie Jackson finished fifth Friday in the women's discus open division with a throw of 150-7, as the Huskers continued competition at the Triton Invitational.
In the women's discus invitational division, Morgan Wilken recorded a throw of 173-7. In the women's hammer throw invitational division, Veronica Grizzle's best toss measured 182-9, Tristen Sharp threw a personal-best 174-0 and Carlie Pinkelman recorded a throw of 154-0.
Only the women's hammer and discus competitions took place Friday.