The Nebraska track and field team secured three bids to the NCAA Outdoor Championships on day one of the NCAA West Preliminary Round at Hornet Stadium on Thursday. Athletes who finish in the top 12 of a preliminary round event advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon from June 6-9.
Senior Nick Percy locked up Nebraska’s first bid to the NCAA Championships, as he placed fifth in the hammer throw with a mark of 214-0 (65.24m) on his second attempt. This season marks the first time Percy, NU’s school record holder, will compete at the NCAA Championships in the hammer throw. He will attempt to qualify for nationals in the discus on Friday.
Brittni Wolczyk placed 10th in the javelin, as she will move on to the NCAA Championships for a third-consecutive season. The junior from Port Coquitlam, British Colombia, posted a best throw of 165-7 (50.46m) on her second attempt.
Sophomore Raynesha Lewis wrapped up NU’s third bid of the day, as she placed fifth in the long jump with a lifetime best leap of 20-4 1/4 (6.20m). Lewis, who will be making her first appearance at the NCAA Championships, entered the weekend seeded 39th in the West Region, but posted a strong mark on her final attempt of the first flight, and the mark held up through the completion of four flights to send Lewis to Eugene.
Friday’s field events begin at 2 p.m. (CT), while running events start at 6:30 p.m.
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Senior Stephanie Ahrens became the first Omaha track & field athlete to qualify for the NCAA Championship in the Division I era on Thursday.
Ahrens tied for second in the high jump at the NCAA West Preliminary with a leap of 5-10 ¾, tying her second-best mark of the season. She was in 12th place after clearing 5-08 ¾ but jumped up to a tie for second after clearing 5-10 ¾ in her first attempt.
The NCAA Championship will be held in Eugene, Ore. on June 7-9.