Omaha - The Nebraska cross country team opened the 2011 season with the Husker women capturing their third straight Creighton/Nebraska-Omaha team title. Ashley Miller raced to an individual crown on the women's side, while Jarren Heng took second on the men's side to help the Huskers place second as a team.
The win in Omaha marked the sixth title for the Husker women in the past seven years. The Husker women were dominant over Creighton and Nebraska-Omaha, as Miller led a 1-2-4-5-6 finish for the Huskers with a time of 19:04.21 in the 5K race. Miller was followed by Erica Hamik, Katie White, Sarah Plambeck and Isabel Andrade.
"The women ran solid as a group," Head Coach Jay Dirksen said. "All the sophomores ran really well, and I was especially impressed with Sarah Larson as she ran really well for her first ever cross country meet."
For the men, the Huskers placed six runners in the top 15. Heng paced the pack with an 8K time of 27:31.24. A sophomore from Norfolk, Neb., Heng was joined in the top 15 by Tommy Brinn (6th), Peter Falcon (11th), Connor Gibson (12th), Dani Dapo (14th) and Alney Tobias (15th).
"We held three of our top five guys out today," Dirksen said. "Jarren Heng ran real comfortably today, the men have a lot of room for improvement but we will be able to tell where we are as a team at the home meet when everybody is out on the course."
The Huskers will practice for the next two weeks before they host their lone home meet of the year, the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational. Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, the women's 6K race is set for 10 a.m., with the men's 8K race to follow at 10:45 a.m. The Husker women won their sixth straight Woody Greeno title last season, while the men fell one point shy of capturing their fifth straight crown. For more information about the meet, check out Huskers.com.