Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Team Captain (2013)
- Nebraska Most Valuable Runner (2012)
- Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2013, 2014)
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012; Spring 2014)
The Nebraska women’s cross country team’s Most Valuable Runner of 2012, junior Lincoln native Sarah Larson added on to her already stellar career with NU in 2013. The Lincoln Northeast graduate was a top-three runner on the team throughout the season.
Voted captain by her teammates prior to seasons start, Larson opened up her junior campaign by finishing third at the Augustana Twilight, running a time of 17:19.89. Then at NU’s lone home meet of the season, the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational, Larson added a 12th place finish, running an impressive 22:49.40 at the Pioneers Park course.
Larson added another top 10 finish at the Tim Young Invitational, where she finished seventh, running a time of 18:48.75.
At the Big Ten Championships, Larson finished 80th with a time of 22:55.3, and then at the NCAA Midwest Regional she placed 156th (22:58) in a talent rich field.
A leader on and off the course, Larson earned a spot on the inaugural Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2014, while also earning the Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2013 and 2014.
Sarah also excelled in the classroom, as she was honored with a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll at the end of the spring 2014 semester.
Larson became a leader for Nebraska in just her second season as a cross country runner. Larson, who did not compete in cross country because of her softball commitments at Lincoln Northeast High School, regularly placed in the top three for the Huskers as a sophomore and by the end of the season had captured NU’s Most Valuable Runner award.
Larson was Nebraska’s top finisher at the 2012 Big Ten Championships in East Lansing, Mich., completing the course in 22:20 to finish 75th overall. She also claimed the top spot among the Huskers at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational, placing 13th individually in a time of 22:26.08. She also took 46th (22:23.70) to lead the Huskers at the KU Rim Rock Farm Classic in Lawrence, Kan.
Larson was also a leader off the course, claiming a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2013. She also earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2012.
Larson competed in three meets as a true freshman on her way to her first cross country letter. Although Larson did not compete in cross country in high school, her experience as a distance runner in track and field helped ease the transition to the longer distances of collegiate cross country.
Larson opened her freshman campaign with a top-10 finish at the UNO/Creighton Invitational. She placed 10th (20:14.72) in Omaha and was one of six NU runners who finished in the top 10, helping the Huskers win the team title. After the strong performance in her first cross country meet, Larson placed 41st (23:06.4) at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational. She added a 23rd-place effort (19:00.0) at the SDSU Classic in Brookings, S.D.
Competing in her first postseason as a Husker, Larson placed 96th at the Big Ten Championships. Closing out her freshman campaign, Larson finished 137th (23:40.91) at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet in DeKalb, Ill.
In the classroom, Larson earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2011.
High School (Lincoln Northeast)
Larson did not compete in cross country during her high school career, but she was a multi-sport standout at Lincoln Northeast.
Larson captured the Nebraska Class A state 3,200-meter championship as a junior in 2010. Larson claimed her first state title in a personal-best time of 11:23.67. She added a third-place showing in the 1,600 with a personal-best time of 5:20.42 for Coach John Snoozy.
She added a fifth-place finish in the 3,200 (11:36.001) as a senior. She also ran the opening leg of the Rockets’ sixth-place 3,200-meter relay team.
She made her first appearance at the state track and field meet as a freshman, when she ran a leg on the Rockets’ sixth-place 3,200-meter relay team.
Larson earned her first individual medal at the Class A state track meet as a sophomore in 2009, as she finished seventh in the 3,200 (11:59.32). She also competed in the 1,600.
In addition to her success on the track, Larson was an accomplished softball player at Lincoln Northeast. The Rockets’ ace in the circle, she also played shortstop and third base when she was not pitching. She was Northeast’s top pitcher and hitter during her junior season in 2009-10, and was a Class A honorable-mention all-state selection as a senior in 2010-11.
Sarah is the daughter of Mike and Traci Larson. Sarah was born Feb. 28, 1993. She is majoring in business administration at Nebraska and earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2011 and 2012 and the spring semester of 2014. She also claimed a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2013 and 2014, while earning a spot on the inaugural Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2014.