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Huskers Win Five Titles at B1G Indoor Track Championships Finish Top 15 NCAA, USTF Honors

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"The Nebraska men's track and field team continued its climb up the national rankings as it moved up four spots to No. 6 in the USTFCCCA National Track & Field Rankings released on Monday.

The last time the Husker men were ranked as high as sixth was in the 2015 preseason poll, and the NU men are on the verge of their first top-five ranking since 2013. Washington, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia make up the top five teams.

Meanwhile, the Nebraska women entered the USTFCCCA Rankings at No. 20 on Monday. The Huskers are the highest ranked Big Ten program in both the men's and women's national rankings this week.

In the weekly USTFCCCA Event Squad Rankings, the Husker men are No. 1 in the shot put, No.3 in the 60-meter hurdles, No. 4 in the high jump and No. 9 in the weight throw.

The Husker women rank No. 2 in the shot put, No. 2 in the triple jump, No. 3 in the weight throw and No. 5 in the high jump.

The Huskers will host the 47th annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational at the Bob Devaney Sports Indoor Track this Friday and Saturday. "
 


"The last time the Husker men were ranked as high as No. 5 was in 2013. Arkansas, Washington, Texas Tech and Texas are the top four teams.

Meanwhile, the Nebraska women climbed two spots in the USTFCCCA Rankings to No. 18 on Monday. The Huskers are the highest ranked Big Ten program in both the men's and women's national rankings this week. "

"In the weekly USTFCCCA Event Squad Rankings, the Husker men are No. 1 in the shot put, No. 2 in the high jump, No. 3 in the 60-meter hurdles and No. 9 in the weight throw.

The Husker women rank No. 1 in the triple jump, No. 1 in the shot put, No. 3 in the weight throw and No. 4 in the high jump. "
 
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"Nebraska track and field athletes Till Steinforth and Axelina Johansson swept the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors, the conference office announced on Wednesday.
Steinforth broke the Nebraska heptathlon school record and Devaney Center facility record at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational over the weekend. He scored 6,082 points, which shattered the old school record by 188 points and moved him to No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 3 in the nation.
Johansson recorded not one, but two school-record throws to win the shot put title at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational with one of the all-time best throws in NCAA history. Johansson set a new shot put school record on her second throw, only to break it again on her third throw with a winning mark of 63-4 (19.30m)."
 
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Mayson Conner (high jump), Jonah Wilson (shot put), Axelina Johansson (shot put), Darius Luff (60-meter hurdles) and Nick Bryant (600 meters) all won individual titles to lead the Huskers on a strong final day at the conference meet. The Husker men came up just shy of a team title, scoring 103 points. Wisconsin was victorious with 110 points. The NU women finished eighth with 52 team points. Michigan was the women's champion with 109 points.
 



Nice showing for the men, but I feel this was a missed opportunity. I was a bit surprised by the decision not to enter Till in the heptathlon and that seems to have cost us a title. But I’m not privy to the internals of what might have been behind that decision.
 

Latimer, Luff Set School Records on Day One at NCAAs​


"The Nebraska track and field team secured one first-team All-America honor and a pair of second-team All-America honors on the first day of the 2023 NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. on Friday.

Taylor Latimer garnered first-team All-America honors in the women's weight throw, re-breaking her own school record with a distance of 75-1 3/4 (22.90m). That throw put Latimer at fifth place and marked her fifth time breaking Nebraska's weight throw record this season.

Darius Luff clocked the fastest 60m hurdles time in school history, 7.54, to enter Saturday's final as the top seed. Luff ran his previous best time (7.63) at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, but his 7.54 on Friday topped the charts.

Lishanna Ilves leaped 19-9 (6.02m) in the women's long jump to finish 14th. That placement earned Ilves second-team All-America honors. Maxwell Otterdahl was named a second-team All-American with a 14th-place finish in the men's weight throw, throwing 68-5 3/4 (20.87m).

Till Steinforth tabbed two personal-best efforts on Friday, bringing him to fourth overall in the heptathlon with 3,495 points after the first four events.

With a mark of 25-6 3/4 (7.79m) in the heptathlon long jump, Steinforth finished fourth and moved up to 10th on Nebraska's all-time list. Adding his second personal-best of the day, Steinforth cleared 6-8 (2.03m) in the heptathlon high jump. He surpassed his previous best jump by almost an entire four inches. In the heptathlon 60m, Steinforth clocked a 6.88 to finish sixth and threw for 46-1 1/2 (14.06m) in the heptathlon shot put."
 
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"The Nebraska men placed eighth with 24.75 points, the best indoor finish since 2009. The Nebraska women claimed their best finish since 2006, finishing 14th with 17 points."
"Axelina Johansson achieved the top NCAA indoor finish by a Husker woman since 2011 with her runner-up placement in the shot put. Johansson had a mark of 62-8 3/4 (19.12m) in her final attempt to close in second place and garner first-team All-American honors.

In the men's shot put, Jonah Wilson and Maxwell Otterdahl each accomplished personal-best marks and first-team All-America honors. Wilson tabbed the best indoor NCAA finish by a Husker man since 2018, placing second with a distance of 68-7 1/4 (20.91m). Otterdahl had the third-best mark in school history with a 67-8 (20.62m) to place fourth.

That was the first time NU has placed two athletes in the top five in the same event since the 1996 NCAA Indoor Championships, when Frank Mensah and Willie Hibler finished fourth and fifth in the 55m hurdles.

Darius Luff captured the bronze and first-team All-America honors in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.60, a day after breaking the school record in the prelims with a 7.54.

Till Steinforth posted a new heptathlon school record in his first-team All-American effort. He ended the day with 6,196 total points to finish fourth behind three athletes that now rank in the top five all-time in the collegiate men's indoor heptathlon. "

"Jenna Rogers closed her indoor season with first-team All-America honors in the women's high jump, placing fourth with a clearance of 6-2 (1.88m).

On the men's side, Mayson Conner was named a first-team All-American in the high jump, clearing 7-1 3/4 (2.18m) to tie for seventh."
 
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"The Nebraska men's track and field program earned two USTFCCCA Midwest Region awards on Thursday. Jonah Wilson was named the Midwest Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year, while Brenton Emanuel was named the Midwest Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year. "

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Luff Sets School Record on Final Day at Texas​

"Darius Luff highlighted the day, breaking the 110m hurdles school record to claim the title in 13.39. That is the second-fastest time clocked in the nation this season. The Lincoln-native is coming off of a successful indoor season, where he topped the all-time list in the 60m hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships and went on to take the bronze.

In the men's shot put, Maxwell Otterdahl placed third with a mark of 63-11 (19.48m), while Kevin Shubert took eighth with a distance of 61-9 3/4 (18.84m).

Jenna Rogers cleared 5-10 1/2 (1.79m) in the high jump to claim fifth place. Velecia Williams placed ninth in the women's long jump, leaping 19-9 (6.02m).

The Husker men (Jacob Hyde, Garrett Kaalund, Lorenzo Paissan, Kavian Kerr) raced to a seventh-place finish in the 4x200m relay with a 1:23.98.

At the Bobcat Invitational, Sadio Fenner won the 3000m steeplechase with a personal-best time of 9:20.42.

Madi Scholl set a new personal-best mark in the high jump, clearing 5-9 1/4 (1.76m) to finish as runner-up. Brooklyn Miller joined Scholl in the top five, placing fifth with a height of 5-7 1/4 (1.71m).

Terrol Wilson added a runner-up finish with a mark of 49-1 1/4 (14.97m) in the triple jump. Lotavia Brown set a big triple jump personal-best with a distance of 41-1 1/4 (12.53m) to place seventh.

Johanna Ilves clocked a 13.88 in the women's 100m hurdles to place ninth. Sam Easley was NU's top finisher in the men's 400m, clocking a 48.73 to place 27th.

Nick Bryant, Easley, Cortez Ruiz and Niko Schultz teamed up to clock a 3:09.68 in the 4x400m relay and finish second."
 

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