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.