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The Nebraska men's track team poses for photos after winning the Big Ten indoor championship.

It came down to the final event, but the Nebraska men's track team did just enough to capture the Big Ten Indoor Championship on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Givon Washington, Tony Nou, Elijah Lucy and Isaiah Hutchinson put together their fastest 4x400-meter relay race of the season with a time of 3 minutes, 9.12 seconds to place fifth and outlast Indiana. Nebraska finished with 93 team points while Indiana ended with 91, and the Huskers were able to celebrate their fifth Big Ten title since 2012, when they joined the conference.

The conference title was the 67th men's title in Nebraska's history and the 38th one indoors. Nebraska head coach Gary Pepin earned his 73rd career conference title Saturday, with 43 of them coming in the indoor season.

The Huskers got several strong individual performances Saturday after building an 11-point lead coming into the final day of competition.

Luke Siedhoff earned a silver medal in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 7.83 seconds, and Vincent Ohlman hit a personal record in the same event to finish fifth.

Burger Lambrechts placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 61 feet, 5 inches, and Grady Leonard and Nick Coghill finished seventh and eighth, respectively, for the Huskers.

George Kusche continued his great season in the mile with a fourth-place finish at 4:04.20 after placing third in the 3,000 on Friday.

Jared Seay placed second in the heptathlon, scoring a personal-best 5,757 points. Spencer Powell finished fifth in the pole vault.

On the women's side, Nebraska finished fifth as a team with 68 points. Ohio State took the women's Big Ten title with 112.

Angela Mercurio and Lakayla Harris each took home individual gold medals. Mercurio won the triple jump with a mark of 42-7. Harris won the 60 meters, setting a personal record with a time of :7.26, good for third in school history.

Harris is the first Husker female athlete to win a Big Ten running title since 2013. She also posted a third-place finish and a bronze medal later in the day in the 200, adding another personal best at :23.54.

Jasmine Barge placed second in the 60-meter hurdles, hitting a personal record of :8.30. 

Ieva Turke added a third-place finish in the triple jump at 42-1¼. 

Jessi Smith and Candice Dominguez contributed team points with eighth-place finishes in the 600 and high jump, respectively.

Nebraska will wait on the NCAA Indoor Championships selections next week. Those championships will be March 8-9 in Birmingham, Alabama.


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