Jackson Highlights First Day In Nebraska

Two-sport UTEP star Howard Jackson transferred his gridiron success to the track at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., Friday.

The Miners’ second all-time leading rusher jumped 23-6 1/4 (7.17) to take fourth in the long jump. Jackson also moved on in the 60-meter dash. Another two-sport standout Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jr. was ninth in the long jump with a distance of 22-4 1/4 (6.81).

Jackson wasn’t the only Miner to excel. The Miners had one sprinter move to the finals in the finals in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes and two more advance to the semifinals of the 60.

Sophomore Daniel Ward won his heat and posted the third-fastest time in the preliminaries of the 400, running 48.14. John Alipio, who ran a season-best 49.52, and Obi Oguh (50.19) did not advance.

Yinka Bello flashed his speed in the trials of the 200. The junior ran 21.80, which was the fourth quickest of the prelims. Bryan Sears ran 22.34 in the trials.

Bello and Jackson also advanced to the semifinals of the 60. Bello was the 10th fastest in the prelims being clocked at 6.92, while Jackson was 14th with a finish of 6.98. Sears just missed moving on with a time of 7.04.

UTEP women’s hammer throwers Kaisa Kiintonen, Nina Schvedoff and Alina Joaca-Bine took 12th, 13th and 17th, respectively. Kiintonen and Schvedoff each improved on their season bests with distances of 53-0 (16.15) and 51-10 1/4 (16.11). Joaca-Bine threw 50-10 3/4 (15.51).

Briana Houston missed the 60-meter hurdles semifinals by one spot with the 17th-fastest time of the evening. She crossed in 9.12.

El Paso native Alisha Leverett ran 25.54 in the prelims of the 200, while Cheryl Jacob (57.06) and Bukky Hassan (57.06) competed in the prelims of the 400.

UTEP’s distance runners are expected to highlight Saturday’s competition. The meet resumes with the field events beginning at 9 a.m. MST, followed by the running events at 11 a.m. MST.


Women’s Results
60-meter hurdles Prelims
--, Briana Houston, UTEP, 9.12.
200-meter dash Prelims
--, Alisha Leverett, UTEP, 25.54.
400-meter dash Prelims
--, Cheryl Jacob, UTEP, 57.06; --, Bukky Hassan, UTEP, 57.46.
20-lb Weight Throw FINAL
1, Laci Helelr, KSU, 19.20 (63-0); 12, Kaisa Kiintonen, UTEP, 16.15 (53-0); 13, Nina Schvedoff, UTEP, 16.11 (52-10 1/4); 17, Alina Joaca-Bine, UTEP, 15.51 (50-10 3/4).

Men’s Results
60-meter hurdles Prelims
--, William Dodd, UTEP, 8.78.
60-meter dash Prelims
--, Yina Bello, UTEP, 6.92; --, Howard Jackson, UTEP, 6.98; --, Bryan Sears, UTEP, 7.04.
200-meter dash Prelims
--, Yinka Bello, UTEP, 21.80; --, Bryan Sears, UTEP, 22.34.
400-meter dash Prelims
--, Daniel Ward, UTEP, 48.14; --, John Alipio, UTEP, 49.52; --, Obi Oguh, UTEP, 50.19.
Long Jump FINAL
1, Arturs Abolins, Neb., 7.59 (24-11); 4, Howard Jackson, UTEP, 7.17 (23-6 1/4); 9, Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jr., UTEP, 6.81 (22-4 1/4); --, Mickeal Hanany, UTEP, Foul.



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