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Huskers Prepare for NCAA Midwest Regional

By NU Athletic Communications

The Nebraska cross country team will make its next stop at the 2016 NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday at the Ashton Cross Country Course in Iowa City, Iowa. The women's race is set to kick off at 11 a.m., and the men's race is slated to begin at Noon.

The men's squad will look to continue to finish out the last stretch of the season strong after scoring their best mark yet at the Big Ten Championships (10th place, 275 points). Sophomore Wyatt McGuire has come in first for the Huskers at the previous two meets, including a 35th-place overall finish and a time of 25:27.0 at the conference race. Following McGuire were seniors Jacob Olson (25:55.7) and Patrick Letz (26:00.7), coming in at 60th and 62nd, respectively. Under the emerging young star in McGuire and senior leaders Olson and Letz, the Huskers hope to make their mark at the regional competition.

The Husker women look to bounce back from a 13th-place finish at the Big Ten Championships as they head into Friday's meet. Junior Anna Peer had a big week at the conference meet, leading the Huskers for the first time since 2014 with a 50th-place finish and a time of 22:32.8. Junior Katrina Santiago continued to impress, coming in after Peer with a 68th-place finish and a time of 22:51.9. Santiago has consistently ranked at or near the top of the women's team all season. Junior Bonnie Smith and sophomore Nicole Colonna are other key runners to watch, having placed in Nebraska's top five at four of the five meets this season.

Check Huskers.com on Friday for a complete recap. A total of 31 teams will compete at the NCAA Championships on November 19 in Terre Haute, Indiana - 18 automatic and 13 at-large qualifiers. Aside from qualifying teams, 38 additional indviduals per gender will be selected to the championship meet. 

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