July 23, 2014

Huskers battle for final Olympic spots

Five-time All-American Chantae McMillan qualified for the 2012 London Olympic Games on Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. McMillan tallied a total of 6,188 points to finish third in the standings and secure her first Olympic bid. On the first day of competition McMillan, a four-time Big 12 Champion, posted a time of 13.36 in the 100 meter hurdles, while tabbing a leap of 5-7 3/4 (1.72) in the high jump. She recorded a throw of 49-3 1/2 (15.02) in the shot put and then notched a time of 24.32 in the 200 meters. Coming into the second day of heptathlon action, McMillan recorded a mark of 18-1 1/2 (5.52) in the long jump and tabbed a throw of 164-10 (50.24) in the javelin. Heading into the final event, the 800 meters, she had a total of 5,333 points and needed to record a time of 2:20.51 to finish with the Olympic A Standard of 6,150 points. McMillan came out strong in the 800 meters and finished with a personal-best time of 2:17.71. With the time, she secured the Olympic A Standard and became a United States Olympian.

Ashley Miller represented the Huskers in the semifinals of the 1,500 meters, while former Husker Kayla Wilkinson-Colgrove competed in the javelin at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., on Friday. Miller finished with a personal-best time of 4:11.49, finishing 16th overall. Although she recorded the best time of her career, it would not be enough to qualify for the event finals. With the time, she barely missed breaking the school record of 4:11.37. Wilkinson-Colgrove qualified for the finals of the women’s javelin as she recorded an eighth-place finish with a throw of 171-6 (52.27), but finished 11th out of 12 in the finals on Sunday.