AUSTIN, Texas — Nebraska 400-meter hurdlers Miles Ukaoma and Jodi-Rae Blackwood were among the Huskers who qualified Friday for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 5-8.
At the NCAA preliminary round, Ukaoma won his quarterfinal heat of the 400 hurdles in 49.95 seconds. Blackwood (50.16) finished fourth in the same heat, good enough for the 10th fastest overall time. Teammate Tibor Koroknai (51.15) finished sixth in his heat and 15th overall. Only the top 12 qualified for the championships in Eugene.
Senior Jessica Furlan won her heat in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:00.89) to qualify for nationals. Junior Shawnice Williams ran the fastest time (2:05.26) of her career in the 800 meters to finish fourth in her heat (10th overall), to qualify for the championships.
Chad Wright, who qualified Thursday for nationals in the discus, qualified Friday in the shot put. He finished fifth with a mark of 62-1/4.
Cody Rush, a freshman from Grand Island Northwest, just missed qualifying in the 400 meters. Rush’s time of 46.70 seconds placed him 13th overall, just six-hundreths from 12th and the last qualifying spot.
Freshman Dapo Akinmoladun finished fourth in his preliminary heat of the 110-meter hurdles in 14.17 seconds. That time placed him 19th out of the 24 who qualified for Saturday’s quarterfinals. In the 200 meters, Dexter McKenzie (21.14 seconds) and Ricco Hall (21.19) posted the 10th and 11th fastest times, respectively, and will run in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Only the top 12 from Saturday’s quarterfinals will qualify for nationals in those races.