Lincoln - The Nebraska women's cross country team captured its 17th title at the 22nd annual Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational Saturday at Pioneers Park. The women's university division victory marked their seventh consecutive Woody Greeno title, while the Husker men added a third-place finish.
Jessica Furlan led the Huskers with a third-place individual finish in a time of 21:32.08, which placed her 11th on the all-time Pioneers Park performance list. The Huskers placed three more in the top 15, including senior Erica Hamik's fifth-place showing and Katie White's sixth-place effort. Ashley Miller added a 12th-place performance.
Sophomore Sarah Plambeck just missed a top-15 showing with her 16th-place showing in a time of 22:25.08.
Trevor Vidlak led the Nebraska men with a fourth-place finish in a time of 24:46.22. Vidlak's time was more than 2:30 faster than his time at the Woody Greeno a year ago. Jim Walmsley of Air Force claiming the individual title. Walmsley claimed his second straight Greeno title in the sixth-fastest time (24:15.3) in Pioneers Park history. Wyoming's Greg Miller took second and Air Force's Jeremy Drenckhahn finished third.
Nebraska's Brad Doering added a top-10 finish by placing ninth, while Jesse Adams took 19th. Jarren Heng finished 22nd, and Connor Gibson placed 33rd.
The Huskers ended the 22nd annual Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational on a bittersweet note, by paying tribute to Head Coach Jay Dirksen. A major contributor to the historic success of the annual meet, Dirksen led the way in helping the Huskers host nearly 60 teams and more than 700 student-athletes on an annual basis. Dirksen was also honored by Nebraska Wesleyan's Head Coach Ted Bulling, with a plaque commemorating all the hard work Dirksen has done for Nebraska's cross country program and for the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational.
The Huskers will be off for two weeks before they travel to Brookings, S.D., for the South Dakota State Classic on Saturday, Oct. 1. The men's 8K race will kick off the meet at 9:25 a.m., and will be followed by the women's 5K race at 10 a.m. Check back to Huskers.com during race week for more information.