From walk-on tryout to Big Ten champion.
Chase Wolinski, who earned a spot on the Nebraska track and field team three seasons ago through a tryout, earned the Huskers' first Big Ten outdoor title at the conference championship meet in Iowa City, Iowa.
Wolinski won the women's javelin with a throw or 180 feet, 1 inch, a career-best mark that ranks fifth in school history.
The Lincoln Northeast graduate had a strong start, throwing 175-10 on her first attempt. She threw 180-1 on her final try.
The Huskers scored several points in women's javelin. Senior Brittni Wolczyk (169-4) finished third and sophomore Sydney Otto (166-9) was fourth.
Husker senior Jasmine Barge is seeking top finishes in multiple events this weekend, and it started with the top time in the women's 400-meter hurdle prelims. Barge finished in 58.34 seconds Friday to grab the top seed for the finals.
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Teammate Lakayla Harris had the sixth-fastest time (:23.70) in the 200 prelims.
On the men's side, Jared Seay sits in the first place through five events of the decathlon with 4,130 points. He had the top marks in long jump, shot put, high jump and the 400. Michigan State's Nick Guerrant is second with 4,086 points.
NU sophomore George Kusche ran a 3:44.81 in the 1,500 run to earn the top seed for the finals. Illinois' Jesse Reiser was second at 3:44.87.
Nebraska junior Kevin Cahoy finished fourth in the men's pole vault with a leap of 17-1, and Eric Garner was sixth in the men's javelin with a toss of 203-6.
The Big Ten meet continues Saturday and Sunday.