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Track and Field

Huskers Add Two Florida Relays Titles on Saturday

Nebraska track and field finished its opening weekend of the outdoor season on Saturday, adding two Florida Relays titles and three all-time marks. 

Amelia Flynt recorded the second-best shot put mark in the NCAA this season with a 56-1 (17.09m). With her personal-best distance, Flynt won the title and moved up to fifth on the all-time list. In the discus, Flynt placed 11th with a 153-0 (46.63m). Kalynn Meyer added a sixth-place finish with a 53-4 1/4 (16.26m) in the shot put invite. Cade Moran represented the Big Red in the men’s shot put invitational, going 60-4 (18.39m) to place sixth.

Rhianna Phipps went 43-10 (13.36m) in the triple jump, securing the win. That distance is the second-best in the NCAA this season and moves Phipps up to ninth on the all-time list. Ashley McElmurry (42-4 ¼, 12.91m) and Lotavia Brown (42-1 ¼, 12.83m) added top-eight finishes, placing fourth and seventh. Micaylon Moore placed fifth overall and second among collegiate athletes in the triple jump with a distance of 52-0 3/4 (15.87m).

Darby Thomas flew to a wind-aided 11.35 in the 100m to place sixth overall after six heats. That time is among the top-five wind-aided times in school history. Kavian Kerr ran a personal-best 10.45 in the men’s 100m to place 15th and Lorenzo Paissan grabbed 21st with a 10.66.

Darius Luff bettered his prelims time and place in the 110m hurdles final, running to second with a time of 13.46. He closed just .003 seconds behind the victor.

Niko Schultz crossed the line at a personal-best 1:47.40 in the 800m, to place fifth overall and third among collegiate runners. That time moved Schultz up to sixth on the all-time list.

In the men’s discus invitational, Brett Schwartz provided a sixth-place finish with a 183-0 (55.79m). Tyler Brown finished eighth with a distance of 172-7 (52.62), a day after claiming a fourth-place javelin finish.

Brooklyn Miller pitched in a fourth-place high jump invitational finish with a height of 5-8 1/2 (1.74m). Rebecca Pecora took seventh with a 5-6 1/2 (1.69m).

Tyrell Pierce clocked a 47.04 in the men’s 400m to claim 11th, while Meghan Walker finished 23rd in the women’s 400m, running a 55.35. Johanna Ilves placed 16th in the 100m hurdles prelim with a time of 13.70.

The Husker women (Abrielle Artley, Ilves, Arianna Walker, M. Walker) ran to third in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:39.71. The men (Pierce, Jacob Hyde, Schultz, Cory Berg) finished seventh in the invitational section with a 3:09.36.

At the Stanford Invitational, Berlyn Schutz clocked a 2:09.85 in the 800m. At the Mike Fanelli Track Classic, Lindsey Blehm ran the 800m and finished 26th with a 2:13.35. Holden Ruse placed 10th in the men’s 800m with a 1:51.42.

Nebraska will be back in action next weekend at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz. Action begins Friday at 12:30 p.m. (CT).