Huskers Shatter Records En Route to Five More B1G Titles

Huskers Shatter Records En Route to Five More B1G Titles

The Nebraska track and field team picked up five more individual Big Ten titles on day two of the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Saturday, bringing their two-day total to eight at the Haugh Track and Field Complex in Bloomington, Ind.

With the final day of action remaining on Sunday, the Husker men are in first place with 84 points and the women are in first place with 68 points. 

Just like on Friday, the Huskers dominated the throwing events, sweeping the men’s and women’s shot put to make it five gold medals in six throwing events thus far at the Big Ten Championships. 

Axelina Johansson turned in an all-time performance to win the women’s shot put and sweep the indoor and outdoor titles. Five of her six throws would have won her the gold medal, but it was her final attempt of 64-1 1/4 (19.54m) that stamped her name in the record books. Her mark is a Nebraska school record, a Swedish national record, the top mark in the NCAA this season, the No. 2 throw in NCAA outdoor history and the No. 2 throw in the world in 2023. 

Jonah Wilson also made it a sweep of the indoor and outdoor shot puts by winning a thrilling back-and-forth battle with fellow Husker Maxwell Otterdahl. Wilson came out on top with the final throw of the competition, 69-11 1/2 (21.32m). That was a Big Ten meet record and facility record, as well as the No. 2 throw in school history. And Wilson needed every bit of it to beat Otterdahl, who moments earlier had taken the lead from Wilson with a personal-best throw of 69-7 1/2 (21.22m), which is now the No. 3 throw in school history.

Otterdahl started the competition with a personal best (68-7, 20.90m) on his first throw, and Wilson answered on his second throw with a personal best (68-9 3/4, 20.97m). Wilson held that lead until Otterdahl’s final attempt, and after Otterdahl topped it, the senior came right back to grab the gold. They now rank second and third nationally in the event. 

Till Steinforth was a double champion on Saturday. Steinforth won the decathlon with a school-record 8,064 points, which is the No. 4 score in the NCAA this season. Steinforth won the 110m hurdles (14.16) to start the day on Saturday and was second in the pole vault with a personal-best 16-4 3/4 (5.00m). 

Immediately after the decathlon pole vault concluded, Steinforth made his way over to the long jump pit,…

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