Lincoln - Senior co-captain Trevor Vidlak took runner-up honors to lead the Nebraska men's cross country team to the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational at Pioneers Park Saturday morning. The Husker women added a fourth-place finish.
Ten Husker runners finished in the top 25, led by Vidlak's second-place showing in a time of 25:05.20.
“I thought I had a good race today, I didn’t feel the best and wished I could have run a little faster, but I am really happy with how our team finished today.” Vidlak said. “It was a tough meet, I didn’t know there was going to be so many great runners competing out there today.”
Husker Men Show their Depth
Not only did the NU men win the competition, they showed their depth in the process.
Sophomore Jacob Olson placed fifth with a time of 25:37.30. Fellow sophomore Matt Bloch placed 11th with a time of 25:55.00, while Jonah Heng and Matt Gilbert finished 13th and 14th, respectively.
Freshman Joe Harter continued to perform at a high level as well, placing seventh overall, marking his second consecutive top-10 finish this season. Harter ran a 25:43.60 in his first race at Pioneers Park since high school.
Andrade, Larson and Edwards Lead the Women
The Nebraska women’s cross country team finished eighth overall in the 6k competition, placing fourth in the university division. The Huskers placed three runners in the top 20.
Leading the way for the Huskers was senior co-captain Isabel Andrade. Andrade finished 11th overall, running a time of 22:48.50. Juniors Sarah Larson and Hannah Edwards placed 12th and 13th, respectively. Larson ran a time of 22:49.40 and Edwards ran a 22:51.80.
Freshman Kristi Oslund performed at a high level in her first race at PioneersPark in Lincoln, placing 26th overall with a time of 23:28.90. Oslund placed fourth overall on the team, showing that she very well could be the leader of the future for the women’s team.
Head Coach David Harris was very pleased with how the women performed, but noted that the team still has some work to do before they can reach their full potential.
“I was very proud with how some of our women ran today. The women are a work in progress, I keep saying that.” Harris said.
Junior California native Hannah Edwards really impressed Harris today, as he put it, running the best race of her career.
“I have to say this about Hannah Edwards, this was by far her best race of her career. She helped our women compete today which is one of the first times in her career that she really made a major impact in a race. It was good to see.” Harris said.
Heng and Gibson Make their Return
Returning for the Husker men’s team today was senior co-captain Jarren Heng and junior Connor Gibson. Both Heng and Gibson missed most of last season battling injuries and made their 2013 debuts at the Woody Greeno.
Heng mentioned that it was great getting back on the course, thanking the fans that came out and supported the Husker cross country team.
“It felt really good," Heng said. "A lot of people came out here and supported us which was good to see. Coming back and being able to run in front of all these people was a great feeling, it felt great to run with the team as well.”
Vidlak also made notice that Heng and Gibson made their return, noting that it was great finally seeing them out racing again after a long time off.
“I have been running with Jarren and Connor for a long time and anytime you see them racing again it is great," Vidlak said. "They really ran well today, and they also ran really close which was good.”