July 24, 2014

Former NU national champion Wright finishes fourth in discus

Chad Wright, who won the national championship in 2012,  closed his Husker career on Friday with a fourth-place finish in the men’s discus. The senior from Kingston, Jamaica, finished with a throw of 203-2 (61.93) that came on his final attempt of the competition at NCAA Nationals in Eugene, OR.

Junior Ellie Ewere jumped her way to a fifth-place finish in the women’s triple, en route to earning the first All-America honors of her career. She tallied a leap of 43-7 ¼ (13.29) on her fifth attempt of the competition to secure the top-five finish for NU.

Anne Martin closed her Husker career with a 13th-place finish in the heptathlon, posting 5,465 points. She opened the second day of competition with a leap of 18-7 ¼ (5.67) in the long jump before a personal-best throw of 137-7 (41.94) in the javelin. Martin finished with a season-best time of 2:21.35 in the 800 meters.

Ukamoa wins national championship in 400-meter hurdles

Senior Miles Ukaoma became the Huskers’ 78th National Champion at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus, Friday. The senior won the NCAA title in the 400-meter hurdles.

As a three-time Big Ten Champion and three-time All-American, Ukaoma entered the Championships seeded first in the nation, but won his first national title. Ukaoma, a Maize, KS. native held off KU’s  Michael Stigler, finishing in 49.23, matching his lifetime-best mark.

“It’s awesome just to run with him (Stigler). He’s a great guy, a great competitor. I love running against strong guys. I would rather run 48 low and lose than 50 seconds and win. I just like to compete.”

NU advanced four individual 400-meter hurdle runners to the NCAA Championships in Eugene. With the title, Ukaoma becomes Nebraska’s 19th men’s outdoor national champion and the Huskers’ first 400-meter hurdle champion. The last Husker to win a national title on the men’s side was 2012 discus champion Chad Wright, and the last Husker to secure an outdoor national title on the track was Dmitrijs Milkevics in the 800 meters in 2005.

 

NU captures third All-American honor at NCAA track and field championships

Patrick Raedler is the third Husker at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships to grab All-American honors after he finished 8th in the long jump. Raedler became a three-time All-American with a jump of 24 feet, 4 and a quarter inches as his fifth jump moved him from ninth to eighth.

The Huskers also earned a berth in the finals as the men’s 4×400-meter relay advancing to Saturday’s final round. Anne Martin closed the first day of heptathlon competition in 15th place. Will Lohman finished 18th in the men’s hammer throw. Sean Pille finished seventh in the third heat of the men’s 110-meter hurdles, and missed advancing to the finals.

Two Nebraska coaches named top assistants by USTFCCCA

Nebraska assistant coaches Carrie Lane and Billy Maxwell were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday as they were selected as the Midwest Region Women’s and Men’s Assistant Coaches of the Year. Lane, in her third year as throws coach at Nebraska, has led the Huskers to four NCAA finals bids. In his 19th season with the Huskers, Maxwell coached the NU men’s sprinters, hurdlers and relay teams to eight bids for the NCAA finals, The Huskers begin competition at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore today.  21 Huskers have qualified.

Nebraska women’s basketball adds another for the 2015 recruiting class

Connie Yori’s Nebraska women’s basketball team added two players from Kansas for the 2015 recruiting class in the past week. Lanie Page, the sister of incoming freshman Kaylee Page, has committed to the Huskers. The Page sisters are from Wamego, KS., where they’re coached by their father, Jim.

Lanie Page, a 6-foot-3 wing, joins Leavenworth, KS., native Rachel Blackburn in the Huskers’ 2015 class. Blackburn, a 6-3 power forward, announced last week she is committed to play at Nebraska. The Page sisters play together with Blackburn on their Kansas AAU team.  Page and Blackburn give coach Connie Yori four players in the 2015 recruiting class, along with in-state players Jessica Shepard of Fremont and Maddie Simon of Lincoln Pius X.