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.
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.
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.