Huskers Finish at NCAA Regionals
The Nebraska cross country team competed in its last meet of the season at the NCAA Midwest Regional Friday in Springfield, Mo. The men's team finished 27th out of 30 teams, while the women's team finished 23rd out of 31 teams total.
Head Coach David Harris was impressed with the performance the women's team provided today.
"Our women got out in the beginning of the race better than they have all year," Harris said. "They tested themselves and it paid off with our best race of the year."
Junior co-captain Isabel Andrade led the team with a 74th place finish, running a time of 22:25.72. Sophomore Sarah Larson continued to add to her stellar season by finishing second on the team, 98th overall (22:44.44).
On the men's side Harris believes the young group have a long way to go, but have been showing promise all year long.
"It hurt our that Jarren (Heng) did not run due to injury, but we cannot use that as an excuse," Harris said. "We did run four freshmen so the future is very bright, but we need to compete better in the future."
Freshman Matt Bloch led the way for the men's team, finishing 107th overall, running a time of 32:59.98 in the 10k race. Junior Anthony Pittman finished second on the team, with a 114th place finish (33:06.70).
With the results of the races, both the men's team and the women's team will not be competing at the NCAA Championships next Saturday. Harris believes this season has been a great experience for the young Huskers. With no seniors in competition this year, the future is very bright for the Nebraska cross country team.