Huskers sweep team titles at Mark Colligan

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Story Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska track and field team captured both the men’s and women’s titles in the scored Mark Colligan Memorial on Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Indoor Track. Nebraska garnered 16 event titles in sweeping the event in front of 1,228 fans at Devaney.

The Husker men scored 195 points to beat Wichita State (123), Colorado State (96) and Illinois State (95). The Nebraska women collected 164 points to defeat Wichita State (132), Colorado State (131) and Illinois State (96).

Nebraska won all eight horizontal and vertical jump events on the day and added eight more titles in the running events.

Both the Nebraska men and women showcased some highlight performances in the sprints and hurdles. Sophomore Malcolm White blitzed to a 21.07 in the 200 meters to win the event with the fifth-fastest time in NU indoor history and the fifth-fastest time in the nation this season. White, now the Big Ten leader in the 200, was second in the 60 meters earlier in the day but set a PR in the prelims of 6.73 to move to No. 10 in school history and second in the Big Ten.

Antoine Lloyd won the 60-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 7.78, which ranks sixth in NU indoor history and fourth in the nation this season. That topped his PR of 7.86, which he had set in the prelims earlier Saturday. He also had a 60-meter dash PR in the prelims (6.81).

The 60-meter hurdles saw three Huskers post top-10 times in the nation this indoor season, as Oladapo Akinmoladun ran 7.82 in his first competition of the season and Sean Pille ran 7.87 to finish second and third, respectively, in the event.

Husker freshmen Chanel Freeman (personal-best 8.49) and Jasmine Barge (8.55) finished second and third, respectively, in the 60-meter hurdles. Barge set a PR in the prelims of 8.54. Freshman Lakayla Harris was second in the women’s 60 meters with a PR 7.58.

Sam Bransby won the men’s 600-meter race with a PR 1:18.48, improving on his ninth-best mark in NU indoor history just one day after setting a 400-meter indoor PR to win the Prairie Wolf Invitational. Karolina Pahlitzsch won the women’s 600-meter race in 1:33.43.

Mate Koroknai won the men’s 400 meters with a personal-best time of 47.50 to move to No. 11 in the nation and beat Andy Neal’s PR 47.82. Chantal Duncan posted the top time in the women’s 400 meters of 56.86.

Jacob Olson finished second in the mile with a time of 4:09.44. Ty Moss was second in the 800 meters in 1:51.52. Austin Post was the 5,000-meters runner-up with a time of 14:36.44, a PR by more than 40 seconds.

The 4×400-relays closed the running action with titles on both the men’s and women’s sides. The women’s team of Barge, Harris, Duncan and Pahlitzsch ran 3:44.86, while the men’s team of Oliver Alexandre, Neal, Bransby and Koroknai won in 3:11.44.

In field events, Craig Driver cleared 17-1 (5.21m) in the pole vault to take the title with his best vault of the indoor season, moving him into the top 20 nationally. Beau Simmons came in second, clearing 16-7 1/4 (5.06m). Tyler Loontjer also cleared the height, a PR for the redshirt freshman. Paula Andrie was the winner on the women’s side, clearing 13-6 1/2 (4.13m).

Reka Czuth was the winner of the women’s long jump at 19-2 (5.84m). She also added the high jump title, clearing 5-8 (1.73m). Elijah Lucy won the men’s long jump with an indoor PR of 22-11 3/4 (7.00m).

Tierra Williams won her second triple jump title in as many meets with a leap of 42-3 1/2 (12.89m), a PR by more than a foot. Kaiwan Culmer also won the triple jump with a mark of 50-6 1/4 (15.40m) to match his indoor PR.

Landon Bartel took the men’s high jump title by clearing 7-1 1/2 (2.17m) to move into a tie for sixth nationally. Teammate Grant Anderson was second at 7-0 1/4 (2.14m) to crack the top 20 nationally. Mike McCann set a PR of 6-11 (2.11m) to finish third.

Toni Tupper set a shot put PR of 49-2 1/4 (14.99m) to finish second.

The Huskers will hit the road for the first time this season when they visit the New Mexico Collegiate Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 30.