The Nebraska cross country team continued its 2013 season Saturday at the Tim Young Invitational, hosted by South Dakota University in Vermillion, S.D. The Husker men’s team won the three team competition while the women’s team finished second behind South Dakota in their four team race.
The Husker men’s squad used a valiant effort by sophomore Jacob Olson. Olson, a Kearney native passed two USD runners in the last mile to finish first in the competition, propelling the Nebraska men’s team to their third meet championship of the year. Head Coach David Harris was very pleased with Olson’s effort, noting that Jacob has had some great practices coming up to this meet.
“This was Jacob’s best performance as a cross country runner for our team in his sophomore year.” Harris said, “I have been seeing this coming on, he has been right there and probably the most consistent guy on our team. For our team, it was nice to see him win the race today.”
Harris was also excited about how some of the other NU men’s runners performed today, mentioning that true freshman Joe Harter, who finished second with a time of 25:07.25 also competed at a very high level today.
“Joe did extremely well, he finished second overall today and he had a good-good finish. It is nice having a sophomore and a freshman running one and two for us. The future is bright for us.” Harris said.
Once again the NU men’s team showed its depth placing five runners in the top 10 while also placing 10 runners in the top 20. Harris was extremely impressed with this statistic today, noting that the team ran in a solid pack today.
“Our guys beat some good guys from South Dakota in the last mile, they were out on us with two guys and I didn’t know if we were going to catch them.” Harris said, “We had nice pack, we chose today to run along in five minute mile pace and they were almost right on it every single mile split.”
Husker Women Finish Second Behind a Great Race by Anna Peer
The NU women’s team also had a very bright spot today in true freshman Anna Peer’s performance. Peer helped lead the Huskers to a second place finish, even though this meet marked the first meet she has competed in since the season opener at Augustana.
Peer, who has been battling iron deficiencies for almost the entire season posted a blistering time of 18:12.58, placing her third overall in competition. The performance was one of the bright spots of the day Harris mentioned.
“I am very-very pleased that Anna Peer got to run for our team, she has had a rough year with iron deficiencies.” Harris said, “She has only ran the very first race of the year and this race, and she was number one for our team today. She was excited and I definitely was excited to have her race.”
As a whole, the Husker women showed good depth today, placing five runners in the top 10. Outside of Peer, who finished third, Senior Isabel Andrade placed fifth (18:33.85), junior Sarah Larson placed seventh (18:48.75), true freshman Kristi Oslund placed eighth (18:53.29) and last but not least junior Hannah Edwards finished ninth (19:07.23).