Husker Update: Track & Field, Baseball, Tennis News

Track & Field

The Nebraska track and field team had three student-athletes earn second-team All-America honors on the opening day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Wednesday. The men began competition on day one, while the women will begin action on Thursday.

The Huskers opened up the day with a pair of 15th-place finishes on the track, good for second-team All-America honors. Kusche was the first student-athlete to earn second-team accolades, placing 15th with a time of 3:46.87 in the 1,500 meters. It was Kusche’s first appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Luke Siedhoff placed 15th in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.86, also good for second-team All-America accolades. Siedhoff’s time was .13 seconds faster than his finish at the 2018 NCAA Championships and it was his second time competing at the event.

Burger Lambrechts Jr. was the only Husker field student-athlete to compete on Wednesday and became a second-team All-American in his first appearance at the NCAA Championships. Lambrechts Jr. was 14th with a toss of 62-0 1/2 (18.91m).

Action at the NCAA Championships continues on Thursday, with 11 Huskers competing. The 4×100-meter relay team of Whitney Bridges, Lakayla Harris, Deja Ingram and Quashira McIntosh will run in the semifinals at 7:02 p.m. Chanel Freeman will compete in the semifinals of the 100-meter hurdles at 8:02 p.m. and Jasmine Barge and Michaela Peskova will race in the 400-meter hurdle semifinals at 9 p.m. Chase Wolinski, Brittni Wolczyk and Sydney Otto will all be in the finals of the javelin at 8:15 p.m. and Shylia Riley will leap in the long jump finals at 8:30 p.m.

Baseball

Nebraska senior right-handed pitcher Matt Waldron was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 18th round of the 2019 MLB Draft on Wednesday.

Waldron, an Omaha, Neb., native, was the 550th overall pick in the 2019 draft. This season, he ranks second nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio (13.29), behind only Elon’s George Kirby (17.83).

Waldron finished his four-year Husker career ranked in the program’s top 10 in several categories, including career wins (tied for eighth, 21), games started (tied for fifth, 43), innings pitched (third, 300.1) and strikeouts (fourth, 253).

Waldron led the 2019 Husker pitching staff in ERA (3.05), strikeouts (93) and innings pitched (100.1), while tying for second in wins (6). He made 16 appearances this season, which included 14 starts, and recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts in the final game of his Husker career on June 1 against No. 9 Oklahoma State. Waldron went 7.0 innings or more on nine occasions in 2019, including a complete game against Michigan State on March 22.

Women’s Tennis

The 2019 Nebraska women’s tennis recruiting class has been named the No. 14 class in the nation according to Tennis Recruiting Network and Mizuno. The Huskers also claim the No. 1 recruiting class in the Big Ten, getting the edge over defending Big Ten champions, Michigan.

With three seniors graduating this May, the Huskers add four freshmen to the 2019-2020 roster, including twins, Chloe and Ellie Kuckelman, of Overland Park, Kan., and two international recruits in Kristina Novak of Radovljica, Slovenia and Isabel Androver Gallego of Mallorca, Spain.

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