Huskers sweep at home meet, Nebraska claims 21 team titles
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska competed in its first scored meet of the 2014 season on Saturday as the Huskers hosted Wichita State, UT-Arlington and Oral Roberts in front of 1,263 fans at the Devaney Center Indoor Track.
Nebraska used a dominant effort to sweep the team titles, earning 21 individual event crowns. The NU men amassed a team point total of 212 to surpass Wichita State in second (141), UT-Arlington in third (116) and Oral Roberts (32).
A win from Chad Wright in the shot put completed the Husker sweep of all throwing events. Wright won the event with a personal-best throw of 62-0 ¼ (18.90). His throw ranks third in the conference and 12th in the nation. Lohman was second with a throw of 59-0 ¼ (17.99).
Travis Englund won the men’s high jump with a personal-best leap of 6-11 ¾ (2.13), which ranks second in the Big Ten.
Nebraska went one-two-three in the men’s pole vault as Christian Sanderfer won his second event title of the season with a vault of 16-10 ¾ (5.15). Craig Driver was second with a personal-best-tying vault of 16-10 ¾ (5.15) and Beau Simmons was third with a vault of 15-7 (4.75).
No. 2 Florida and No. 3 Oregon at Rod McCravy Memorial
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Seven event victories and two meet records closed competition for the Orange and Blue at the Rod McCravy Memorial – USTFCCCA’s Division I National Meet of the Week – on Saturday. The men’s 4x4 relay claimed a new meet record in the final event of the invitational (3:07.20) at Nutter Field House.
Notable performances across the board led to a successful outing the Gators throughout the span of the weekend, including several season-best marks and record-book worthy performances in sprint action, highlighted by sophomore Arman Hall’s 400m (45.84) performance, while the Gator middle-distance and distance crew represented in the 800m with victories from seniors Sean Obinwa and Cory McGee, respectively.
Oregon's Mike Berry went head-to-head with fellow Bowerman Watch List nominee Arman Hall of Florida in the 400. While Berry was able to run the second-fastest time by an NCAA runner this season (46.13), it was not enough to take down Hall who edged Berry out by less than half a second (45.84).
Boru Guyota took third in his 800 debut for 2014. The senior out of Portland, Ore., crossed the finish line in 1:48.91 which is the fifth-fastest time by a collegian this season.
Ryan Hunter-Simms was the top men’s thrower of the day. The freshman has been progressing with seemingly every throw this season and set a personal best by two and a half feet in the shot put with a mark of 57-9 (17.60m), good enough for seventh place.
No. 4 Wisconsin at Wisconsin Elite Invitational
MADISON, Wis. -- Michael Lihrman had only donned the cardinal and white uniform twice since transferring from Wisconsin-Stout following the 2012 track season. Each time, he walked off the track with a new school record.
Saturday was no different.
The junior -- who set Wisconsin records in the weight throw and hammer throw at last year’s USA indoor and outdoor championships -- competed for UW for just the third time in his short career and had the most impressive performance of the day at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational inside the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center (The Shell).
Lihrman unleashed a massive heave of 74 feet, 7 3/4 inches in the weight throw to shatter his own school and facility record by 4 feet, 3 inches. His effort ranks as the second-best throw in the country behind Purdue sophomore Enekwechi Chukwuebuka’s toss of 76-5 3/4.
Also competing in the weight throw was junior Scott Erickson and sophomores Andrew Brekke and Andrew Bartsch. Erickson finished second (61-6 3/4), Brekke sixth (57-9 1/2) and Bartsch seventh (57-5 3/4).
Japheth Cato had another notable performance for the Badgers. The senior, competing for just the second time since rupturing his Achilles last April, won both the high jump and pole vault, just as he did at last week’s dual meet against Missouri.
In the high jump, Cato cleared 7-2 1/4, besting his previous record of 6-11 1/2. The mark ranks tied for seventh in the nation this season and is tied for sixth in school history. Cato’s leap makes him just the 11th athlete in Wisconsin history to clear seven feet in the high jump.
No. 7 Florida State at Cherry and Silver Invitational
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Two new school records and a handful of personal-best performances highlighted Florida State's opening night of action at the Cherry & Silver Invitational.
Senior James Harris was involved in one of the most compelling competitions of the night when he locked horns with Arizona's Nick Ross in the high jump. The duo came into the meet ranked 1-2 in Division I and didn't disappoint, with Harris matching Ross bar-for-bar through 2.27 meters (7-5.25), which broke his own Florida State record.
Ross, the 2012 NCAA Indoor champion, prevailed by clearing 2.31 in what will surely be a prelude to a rematch at the championship meet in six weeks.
Not to be outdone, Paul Madzivire and Jalen Ramsey finished second and third in the men's long jump, separated by only three-quarters of an inch. Madzivire registered a season-best mark of 7.61 meters (24-11.75), while Ramsey - in his first competition since helping the `Noles to the BCS National Championship in football - soared 7.59m (24-11). They depart the meet ranked seventh and eighth nationally. Ramsey's first meet also produced the No. 10 indoor long jump mark in FSU history.