LINCOLN, Neb. — Fifth-ranked Nebraska opened the 2012 season on Friday night at the Holiday Inn Invitational in front of 1,735 fans at the Devaney Center Indoor Track. The Huskers captured eight titles on the first day of the two-day meet, including sweeps in the women’s 1,000 meter run and women’s mile run.
Carter Wasem started the Huskers out with their first victory in the field events with a winning toss of 59-1 1/2 in the weight-throw. Taylor Jensen then recorded the first win of her Husker career with a personal-best mark of 56-2 in the weight throw. Jensen’s previous personal best was 49-7 3/4. Victoria Zimmerman took second in the event with a mark of 52-0.
All-American Chris Phipps claimed the first title of his senior season with a leap of 25-2 in the long jump as Seth Wiedel opened his sophomore season with a second-place finish in the long jump and a mark of 23-8 1/4. Björn Barrefors took fourth with a mark of 23-4 3/4.
Kara Mostoller recorded a personal-best leap of 18-7 on her first attempt in the women’s long jump, topping her previous best of 17-1 1/4. The mark held up to give the Fredonia, Pa., native her first collegiate win. Anne Martin posted a mark of 18-2 1/2 and Jordan Stiens recorded a personal-best mark of 17-5 1/4.
In the middle races, Tommy Brinn finished first in the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.74. Grant Duffy made his Husker debut with a time of 2:00.14 in the event, finishing seventh.
Staying in the middle races, the Huskers posted the top three times in the women’s 1,000 meters as Erica Hamik notched a time of 2:53.04 for first-place. Brooke Dinsdale followed in second with a time of 2:54.61, while Blaire Dinsdale completed the Husker sweep and took third with a mark of 2:55.22. Alney Tobias and Sidney Madlock finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the men’s 1,000 meters. Tobias posted a time of 2:30.61, while Madlock recorded a time of 2:32.98.
Ashley Miller catapulted her senior season with a win in the women’s mile run. Miller recorded a personal-best time of 4:47.30 in taking the top spot among the field of 16. Her previous top mark was 4:48.44. Miller was followed by Katie White with a mark of 5:07.98 for second and Sarah Plambeck with a time of 5:12.32, finishing in third and completing another Husker sweep. In the 3,000 meter run, Sarah Larson made her Husker debut with a seventh-place finish and a time of 10:43.34.
Connor Gibson produced an impressive performance in the 3,000 meter run with a first-place showing and a time of 8:28.73. Brad Doering took third, recording a mark of 8:36.87.