COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Nebraska track and field teams came out of Saturday in contention for both men’s and women’s titles at the Big Ten outdoor championships.
The NU men lead the team standings with 46.5 points after seven events. Big Ten indoor champion Wisconsin is second at 44.5.
With eight events scored on the women’s side, Nebraska is tied with Penn State for second at 47 points. Wisconsin leads with 51.
The Husker women were helped by Mara Griva’s first-place finish in the long jump. Griva posted a season-best leap of 20 feet, 9 inches for the eighth conference title of her career.
The Nebraska men were helped by runner-up finishes from Teran Walford in the decathlon (7,432 points), Chad Wright in the discus (189-5) and Patrick Raedler in the long jump (24-7).
Raedler posted his season-best jump to lead a solid Husker showing in the long jump. Janis Leitis was third at 24-6 Ĺ, Nikita Pankins fourth at 24-ĺ and Seth Wiedel eighth at 23-8 ľ.
Also, Carlos Hernandez logged a fourth in the high jump at 6-9 Ĺ and Bjorn Barrefors a fourth in the decathlon with 7,369 points.
The NU men also advanced to several key finals with solid showings in prelims at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Among those with chances to score high are the 400 relay team, Tibor Koroknai in the 400 hurdles and Levi Gipson and Cody Rush in the 400.
Nebraska is looking for its first conference men’s title since 2010.
Griva has a chance to help the Nebraska women again on Sunday in the triple jump. She currently ranks first in the Big Ten and third nationally in the event at 44-3 Ĺ.
Anne Martin gave the NU women runner-up points in the heptathlon, posting her highest conference finish with a personal-best 5,389 points in two days. Jessica Furlan was second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while Annie Jackson was third in the shot put at 55-0 and Maggie Malone third in the javelin at 166-0.