Turke, Huskers find success at Simmons-Harvey Big Ten Invitational

January 20, 2019

The Nebraska track and field team saw success on Saturday at the same facility where the Big Ten Indoor Championships will be held at in February in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the Simmons-Harvey Big Ten Invitational.

Led by Ieva Turke, the Huskers collected five individual titles, with four individual victories coming on the women’s side and one relay title from the men. Turke had a career day with a win in the long jump and a runner-up finish in the triple jump.

She set an indoor personal best in the long jump with a mark of 19-7, and she also set an indoor PR in the triple jump at 41-7 ¾. In the triple jump, she finished in second place behind another Husker, Angela Mercurio, who took home her second triple jump title of the season with a mark of 42-11 ½, good enough for the best in the Big Ten and fourth-best nationally.

That wasn’t the only competition where NU finished in the top two. In the high jump, Candice Dominguez placed first thanks to a jump of 5-8 ¾ while Lara Omerzu was the runner-up, clearing 5-7 with no errors.

For the men’s relay that took first in the 4x400-meter, it was a team of Tony Nou, Bryce Barrett, Givon Washington and Isaiah Hutchinson. Hutchinson, as the anchor, rallied the Huskers with a split of 45.55, and the men’s relay now ranks eighth nationally.

On top of the titles, two Huskers etched their name in the record books. George Kusche ran the 3,000 meters in 8:08.89, the fifth-best time in school history, taking second in the event Saturday. Meanwhile, Grady Leonard finished third in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 60-6 ¾, the No. 10 mark in NU indoor history.

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