Track and Field High Jumper Jenna Rogers is DN Freshman Athlete of the Week | Sports


The last full week of February was another exciting one for Husker Athletics as the freshman class continued to strive. However, for this week’s winner, not only did they continue to build on their success, but they also won an individual conference title in the meantime.

This week’s winner is female high jumper Jenna Rogers.

The Nebraska track team competed in the Big Ten Indoor Championships Feb. 25-26. The men’s team finished third while the women’s team finished seventh. In total, the Huskers won six gold medals, four for the men and two for the women.

Freshman Jenna Rogers was one of those six Huskers, as she won gold in the women’s high jump.

Rogers won the title by clearing 5 feet 11 1/4 inches (1.81 meters) without a single scrape. The Rutherford, New Jersey native jumped the first two heights of 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 meters) and 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 meters).

Rogers began her trek into the event at 5 feet 8 3/4 inches (1.75 meters), where she competed against seven other high jumpers. After clearing the bar on his first attempt, Rogers cleared 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 meters) on his first attempt to advance to the final three. Then Rogers cleared the bar again on her first jump, and because she was the only one to clear it, she won the title.

This conference title sums up Rogers’ season. In addition to the three individual titles Rogers has won throughout the indoor season, she is currently class No. 10 in the country with a jump of 6 feet 3/4 inches (1.85 meters).

First Honorable Mention: Men’s Basketball Goaltender Bryce McGowens

The Nebraska men’s basketball team played three games during the week. The Huskers lost to Northwestern 77-65, fell to Iowa 88-78, then beat Penn State 93-70.

First-year goaltender Bryce McGowens capped off another week with another standout performance. McGowens finished the week with 53 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block.

In the loss to Northwestern, McGowens led the team with 15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and one block. Then in the loss to Iowa, McGowens finished the game with 13 points, three rebounds and two assists.

McGowens then had his best performance in the win over Penn State, as he led the team with his 10th 20-point game of the season, racking up 25 points. The Pendleton, South Carolina native also finished the game with six rebounds, a steal and an assist.

Over the course of the season, McGowens continues to lead the team in points, averaging 16.9 points per game.

Second Honorable Mention: Women’s Basketball Center Alexis Markowski

The Nebraska women’s basketball team played its last two games of the regular season. The Huskers defeated Wisconsin 80-70 and beat Northwestern 73-59.

Freshman center Alexis Markowski ended his first collegiate regular season with some solid games, finishing the week with 27 points, 21 rebounds, three assists and three rebounds.

In the win over Wisconsin, the hometown native finished the game with 11 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one block.

Then in the regular season finale, Markowski finished the game with 16 points and 12 rebounds to make it his sixth double-double of the season. She also finished the match with two blocks and an assist.

In the regular season, Markowski finished as the team’s top scorer and rebounder, averaging 13 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

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