Champaign, Ill. - The Nebraska cross country team traveled to Urbana, Illinois for the Big Ten Championships hosted at the University of Illinois Arboretum. Katie White's 22nd-place finish (in 20:53) led the Husker women to a seventh-place finish in a 6K race, and Trevor Vidlak's 35th-place finish (in 24:37) paced the men in an 8K race, as they finished last in the conference as a team.
Wisconsin won its 13th consecutive and 45th overall Big Ten Men's Cross Country Championship, placing five runners in the top six. Wisconsin posted a team score of 17, tying the second-lowest score in championships history. The Huskers placed two runners in the top 50. Vidlak was joined in the top 50 by senior Brad Doering, who finished 42nd with a time of 24:42. Vidlak and Doering ran their fastest times ever, competing against some of the most talented runners in the country. Jesse Adams (59th), Jarren Heng (67th) and Tommy Brinn (74th) finished in the top 75, respectively. The Huskers faced tough competition with second ranked Wisconsin leading the field followed by seventh ranked Indiana. As a team, the Huskers finished last in their first appearance at the Big Ten Championship.
Michigan State won its second straight Big Ten Women's Cross Country Championship, placing three runners in the top 10 to earn its fourth consecutive title all-time. As a team, the Husker women posted a seventh place finish in their first showing at the Big Ten Championships. Overall, the Huskers put two runners in the top 30. White was following by senior co-captains Jessica Furlan who finished 29th with a time of 21:01, and Ashley Miller finished eight seconds behind Furlan placing 35th overall. White ran her best race ever, as she helped the women beat Indiana and Northwestern who beat them at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational. Erica Hamik and Isabel Andrade finished 46th and 70th, respectively.
The Huskers will now have a two-week break before they head to Illinois for the NCAA Midwest Regional, hosted by Northern Illinois in DeKalb. A top-two finish at the meet guarantees a trip to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday, Nov. 21. There are also at-large selections to the national meet.