Kusche, Freyhof Compete at National Championship
Freshman George Kusche and sophomore Mark Freyhof wrapped up their cross country seasons on Saturday at the NCAA National Championships in Madison, Wisconsin. It was the first appearance for both runners at the National Championship and the first time Nebraska had two male individuals qualify since 1997. Saturday also marked the first time since 2010 Nebraska had a runner in the meet.
Kusche finished 55th at the National Championships with a PR time of 30:12.0 in the 10K, while Freyhof placed 103rd and clocked a time of 30:37.6. Kusche’s 55th-place finish was the best finish by a Husker at the National Championships since 2008 and the best finish by a Nebraska male runner since 1997. Lara Crofford placed 45th in 2008 and Cleophas Boor finished sixth in 1997.
"Both guys ran well in their first time at the championship," said Harris. "This weekend fueled the desire to be back in future years."
Kusche punched his ticket to the National Championships at the NCAA Midwest Regional on November 9. He automatically qualified for the championships by finishing in fourth place of the 10K and his finish was the best finish by a Nebraska male runner since Jeroen Broekzitter won the Midwest Regional in 1997.
Freyhof learned he would be joining Kusche in the National Championships one day later. He finished 10th at the Midwest Regional, which gave him a shot at snagging an at-large bid as an individual. During Selection Saturday (November 10), the NCAA announced Freyhof would be appearing at the National Championships as an at-large selection from the Midwest Region.