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In a preview of sorts for the Big Ten Championships, the Nebraska men placed third and the Husker women ninth at the Greeno/Dirksen Invitational cross country meet Saturday at Mahoney Golf Course.

Mahoney will be the site of the Big Ten meet in October.

The Husker men placed two runners in the top five, with George Kusche second in 24 minutes, 41.4 seconds, and Mark Freyhof fourth in 24:48.0, a personal best for the 8-kilometer race.

"The meet was a good preview for the Big Ten Championships," Husker coach David Harris said. "We have some kinks to work out and we are going to do that here in the next month. Letting the teams see the course was the main thing. This is a really good course for the Big Ten Championships.”

Myles Fleming, in 19th place, was also in the top 20 for the Huskers, who finished with 71 points.

Erika Freyhof paced the NU women's team with a 12th-place finish in 21:51.9 in the 6K race. Judi Jones placed 18th.

"I am really pleased with Freyhof and Jones,” Harris said of the Husker women. “They both finished in the top 20 and they are front runners for us. We need that and we will need to call on them to be in the front of every race.”

The Husker women had 209 points.

Next up for the Huskers is the Loyola Lakefront Invite on Sept. 29 in Chicago.

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