LINCOLN — The Nebraska track and field teams hosted the first day of the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational on Friday before a crowd of 1,859 at the Devaney Center.
In the men’s 400 meters, Cody Rush’s 47.18 in his first race of the season was good for second place. Sam Bransby’s 47.59 took third overall. Tierra Williams was second in the long jump with a leap of 19-10 1/4. Reka Czuth finished fifth, jumping 19-9.
The top performance of the night came in the women’s 400 meters. Texas senior Courtney Okolo ran 51.16, breaking the Devaney Center record and setting the No. 1 time in the world in 2016. Professional sprinter Ashley Spencer was right behind her, finishing in 51.56, the second-fastest time in the world this year.
Competing unattached as a redshirt, Anna Peer posted the second-best time in the 5,000 meters, 17:13.34, in her first race of the indoor season. Bonnie Smith was fourth in the event with a personal-best 17:26.51. Austin Post led the Husker men with a third-place finish among collegians in a time of 14:42.12. Alec Sery had a personal-best 14:43.84 to finish fourth.
Nick Percy took third in the weight throw with a personal-best of 63-1 1/4. Tristen Sharp was fifth for the women with a season-best throw of 60-6 3/4.
Tess Merrill was fifth among collegians in the pole vault by clearing an indoor personal-best 13-2 1/2.
In preliminary action, Brena Andrews set a 60-meters personal-best 7.51 to qualify for Saturday’s final. Malcolm White qualified for the men’s final with a time of 6.79.
The Husker men’s top three 60-meter hurdlers each won their heats to advance to Saturday’s final. Oladapo Akinmoladun ran the fastest collegiate time of 7.82, while Antoine Lloyd (7.89) and Sean Pille (7.95) also advanced.
The three Huskers in the heptathlon had a strong first day. Cody Walton used a long jump of 22-0 3/4 and high jump of 6-5 1/2 to put him in second place with 3,031 points. Noah Gabel has 3,009 points and is in third place. Gabel posted a long jump of 23-2 to win the event, and he tied for first in the high jump (6-6 3/4). UCLA’s Steele Wasik is the leader with 3,158 points.
The invite concludes on Saturday, with events beginning at 9:30 a.m.