Nebraska Wins Five Events on Day One of Holiday Inn Invitational
Lincoln – In front of 1,918 track and field fans, the Nebraska track and field team kicked off the 2009 indoor season on Friday afternoon at the Devaney Center Indoor Track. The No. 15 Husker men and No. 24 Husker women combined to win six of 14 events on day one of the Holiday Inn Invitational. With 22 more events going final tomorrow, the Big Red will have plenty of opportunities to add to its day one total.
After redshirting the 2008 indoor season due to a hand injury, senior Keith Lloyd returned in dominant fashion with a victory in the men’s weight throw. A 2008 NCAA outdoor qualifier in the shot put and hammer throw, Lloyd posted the top two throws of the meet. On his first attempt in the finals, the Omaha, Neb., native hit 61-0. Following a foul on his second attempt, Lloyd dug deep and added three-quarters of an inch to increase his winning mark to 61-0 3/4, bettering unattached Husker teammate Brett Suckstorf, who threw 60-4 1/2.
“It felt good (to get out and compete again),” Lloyd said. “I like the shot (put) more than the weight throw, so I am definitely excited for tomorrow.”
Lloyd will be a favorite in tomorrow’s 23-athlete shot put, scheduled to start directly following the women’s shot which begins at noon.
True freshman Erica Hamik posted one of the more impressive performances on Friday as the Kearney, Neb., native won the women’s 1,000-meter run. Hamik, who led for a majority of the race, held off a slew of more seasoned runners on her way to her first collegiate win and a personal-best time of 2:59.93.
“My goal coming in was to run under three minutes, so I just barely made that,” Hamik said. “When I was out in front I thought maybe I had gotten out too fast. With about two laps to go I slowed a bit because I thought the girls behind me may have a good kick. It was a surprise to cross the finish line first.”
Sophomore Adam Dailey defended his 800-meter title with a time of 1:54.54, just clipping Ollice Burke of Butler Community College, who ran 1:55.18. A 2008 NCAA outdoor qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles and indoor All-Big 12 performer in the 600-yard run, Dailey came close to matching his 2008 performance that saw him run 1:54.41.
After missing the 2008 indoor track and cross country seasons with an ankle injury, Brian Parr claimed top honors in the men’s mile after finishing runner-up two years ago in the same event. Parr’s time of 4:21.37 was just enough to outlast Husker teammate Ethan Luebbe’s time of 4:21.37. Parr’s win secured back-to-back victories for the Huskers, junior Kyle Custer won the mile last season.
Sophomore David Adams capped day one of the Holiday Inn Invitational with an impressive 5,000-meter race. Adams, who was running the race for the first-time in his collegiate career, pulled away from the pack with roughly 400 meters to go, finishing with a time of 14:38.75, nearly 13 seconds ahead of the afore mentioned Custer (14:51.58).
Natalja Callahan (10:00.21) and Jen Webers (10:14.02) took the top two spots in the women’s 3,000 meters. The 3,000 meter victory was a big step up for Callahan over where she was at during this point of last season. The Valmiera, Latvia, native won last season’s 800-meter run.
Husker freshmen twins Blaire and Brooke Dinsdale posted the top two collegiate times in the women’s 800 meters at 2:18.62 and 2:19.76, respectively. The Traer, Iowa, natives finished second and third overall, trailing former Husker and 1996 NCAA indoor and outdoor long jump champion Angee Henry, who now competes for Team Nebraska. Henry was also a multiple NCAA All-American on the Huskers’ relay squads.
Coming off a stellar cross country season that saw her earn All-Big 12 and All-Midwest Region honors, junior Rachel Carrizales cut nearly seven second off her previous personal-best mile time (5:05.96) to finish runner-up with a time of 4:58.98. Carrizales posted the top collegiate time in the field, trailing only unattached former Colorado State distance runner Chantelle Dron (4:55.11).
Husker senior Skyler Reising won the men’s unseeded pole vault with a personal-best vault of 15-1, bettering his previous best by four inches. All athletes who won unseeded events were awarded with a spot in the seeded section of the event. However, Reising declined the invite and will focus on the seeded high jump on Saturday.
Action will continue tomorrow at Noon at the Devaney Center Indoor Track with the women’s pole vault, shot put and triple jump in the field events and the women’s 60-meter hurdles in the running events. Live results will be available at Huskers.com.
Fans can purchase tickets online at Huskers.com, by calling 1-800-8BIGRED or at the door. A reserved ticket is $7, while adult general admission is $5 and youth general admission is $3.
Huskers Advancing to Day Two Finals
Chi Kalu – 7.84 (9th)
Karyn LaCour – 7.88 (10th)
Leandra McGruder – 8.01 (13th)
Arna Erega – 8.55 (1st)
Karyn LaCour – 8.71 (3rd)
Megan Wheatley – 9.22 (9th)
Dax Danns – 6.87 (6th)
Lehann Fourie – 7.86 (3rd)
Eric Lund – 8.13 (4th)
Tyrell Ross – 8.14 (5th)
Kirkland Thornton – 8.14 (6th)
Cylend Simmons – 8.65 (16th)