The sun was out Saturday at Nebraska’s Weir Track, and Luke Siedhoff was glad to be able to show what he could do in front of a friendly crowd at the Husker Spring Invitational.
Last year’s meet was canceled because of weather, and Siedhoff sat out the Nebraska Invitational in preparation for the 2018 Big Ten Championships, so Saturday marked a long-awaited outdoor return to the home track in the junior’s home state.
“This is the hottest weather we’ve had in a while, and last year our meet was canceled,” Siedhoff said. “It’s fun to just be out here with the home crowd."
Siedhoff delivered with a first-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. He clocked in at 13.86 seconds.
That time is 0.15 seconds behind his personal best, but the Crete native said he’ll take it at this point in the season.
“I thought it was pretty sloppy, but it’s a decent time for this early in the year,” he said. “I’m ahead of where I was last year.”
Siedhoff placed fifth at the Big Ten Championships last season as a sophomore and seventh at the NCAA Championships.
But his time of 13.99 at the NCAA Championships was slower than he’s run in the past, and he feels there are still some adjustments he can make this year to shave even more time off his mark.
“It’s mainly getting the first part of my race established,” he said. “Sometimes I twist off the first couple hurdles, which gets rid of the rhythm. I think if I get that down and I just keep that speed throughout the race, I will be really fast.”
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Plenty of other Huskers showed well Saturday. Jasmine Barge and Chanel Freeman placed first and second in the 100 hurdles with times of :13.23 and :13.50, respectively. Barge also won the 400 in :56.04.
Judi Jones won the 1,500 in 4:39.30.
Nebraska swept the high jump Saturday as well, with Candice Dominguez winning the women’s event and Miles Griffith edging out teammate Mayson Conner for the men’s title.
It was a strong day for the relay teams. The Husker men and women won both the 400 and 1,600 relays.
Other event winners for the Huskers included Brittni Wolczyk in the javelin, Spencer Powell and Andrianna Jacobs in the pole vault, Shylia Riley in the long jump, Whitney Bridges and Isaiah Hutchinson in the 100, Ty Moss in the 800, Jonathan Miller in the triple jump, and Lakayla Harris and Mason Hericks in the 200.
Michaela Peskova came in a close second place in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:00.21. Carolyn Ross of UMKC edged her out at 1:00.17.
The Husker men and and women each won the team title; North Dakota State, Northern Iowa and Missouri-Kansas City also competed.