NU, NWU cross country teams both finish second at Greeno/Dirksen Invite

NU, NWU cross country teams both finish second at Greeno/Dirksen Invite


Both Nebraska cross country teams raced to second-place team finishes in the Woody Greeno/Jay Dirksen Invitational on Saturday at Pioneers Park.

The meet was co-hosted by the Huskers and Nebraska Wesleyan. Both Prairie Wolves teams also finished second in the Gold Class. The Huskers raced in the Red Class with fellow Division I schools South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas State, Nebraska-Omaha and Creighton.

Iowa (29 points) won the men's Red Class and South Dakota (22) was the women's champ. The Husker men had 51 points, led by Austin Post's third-place finish in 25 minutes, 46.7 seconds. Mark Freyhof was fifth and Eric Karl (10th) and Jordan De Spong (11th) added top-15 finishes.

The Husker women finished with 55 points behind three top-15 finishes. 

Bonnie Smith was seventh overall with a time of 22:20, Rachel Brush was ninth and Lillian Markusch was 12th.

"I think we ran really solid today," NU coach David Harris said. "Coming off of some hard weeks of practice, we still showed up here. We didn't have fresh legs, but we competed hard. I was happy that we had some very good D-I schools here; it was nice to have good competition."

Ellie Beiermann and Hannah Awtry finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to lead the NWU women. Jordan Wheeler was seventh for the NWU men.


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