Husker Women Claim Top-Ten NCAA Finish


Nebraska women’s track and field finished ninth as a team on Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene Ore., with four more athletes earning All-America honors on the final day of competition. With 25.5 team points, the Husker women claimed their first back-to-back top-ten finish at the outdoor national meet since 2005-06. It was also the highest amount of team points at this meet since 2006.

Jenna Rogers earned her fifth First-Team All-America honor on Saturday, clearing 6-1 ½ (1.87m) to claim fifth place. From Rutherford, N.J., this marked Rogers’s highest-career finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She’s been a force for Nebraska through the years, as a three-time Big Ten Champion and a six-time All-American, while ranking fourth in school history in the outdoor high jump and second in school history in the indoor high jump.

Ashley McElmurry brought in her first All-America honor, being named to the second team with a 10th-place finish in the triple jump (43-5, 13.23m). The senior from Missoula, Mont. jumped 44-8 ¾ (13.63m) at regionals, a personal-best and the fifth-best mark in school history. Rhianna Phipps added a 14th-place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 42-8 ¼ (13.01m). Earning Second-Team All-American status, Phipps is now a four-time All-American. From St. Thomas, Jamaica, she holds the ninth-best wind-legal triple jump mark in school history 43-11 ¾ (13.40m), but hit a slightly wind-aided 44-10 ¼ (13.67m) at regionals.

Kalynn Meyer was named a Second-Team All-American in the discus, tossing a 179-2 (54.63m) to finish 15th at her first NCAA Championship appearance. From Superior, Neb., Meyer hit the third-best mark in school history at regionals with a 190-0 (57.92m).

While the collegiate season is over, select Huskers will return to Eugene, Ore. June 21-30 for the USATF Olympic Trials.