AUSTIN, Texas — A day after Nebraska qualified five for the NCAA outdoor championships, the Huskers added five more Saturday in the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
John Welk, Dexter McKenzie, Ricco Hall and Tim Thompson had NU's best finish of the day, coming in fourth in the 400-meter relay in 39.59.
McKenzie also qualified individually in the 200 meters with an 11th-place time of 21.03.
Hall just missed earning the Huskers another spot in the 200 with a time of 21.11 and a 13th-place finish.
The 400 relay team will be joined at the national meet by the men's 1,600 relay team. Levi Gipson, Christian Sandefer, Cody Rush and Janis Leitis qualified with an 11th-place finish in 3:06.22.
Other championship qualifiers for NU include Maria Griva in the triple jump and Maggie Malone in the javelin.
Griva earned her spot in the finals with an eighth-place finish and a jump of 42 feet, 9 inches. Malone took sixth in javelin with a throw of 162-6.
Annie Jackson fell short of becoming the third Husker woman to reach nationals. The junior from Tekamah-Herman finished one spot out of qualifying in the shot put, two inches behind 12th place.
After three days of competition, Nebraska has 14 qualifiers for the championships June 5 through 8 in Eugene, Ore.
Chad Wright, Griva and Leitis each qualified in two events.
Wright earned his way in with a second-place finish in the discus Thursday and a fifth-place finish in the shot put Friday. Griva qualified with the triple jump Saturday and a fifth-place finish in the long jump Thursday. Leitis qualified in a relay and the long jump.
The Huskers will have athletes competing for national championships in 10 events. NU's most represented event will be the long jump, where Leitis, Griva and freshman Kari Heck will be competing.