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Men's NCAA Championship History

By NU Athletic Communications

The 1996 Huskers were the most talented team in school history, finishing seventh with a school-best 209 points behind second and third-place finishes from Kenyan standouts Jonah Kiptarus and Cleophas Boor. It was one of two top-10 team finishes for Nebraska as the men also placed eighth in 1989 when Joe Kirby led the Huskers with a 13th-place finish individually. On five occasions the leading Husker at the NCAA Championships has finished in the top-15.

 

Overall, the Husker men have been represented at 22 NCAA Championship meets, with the most recent coming in 2018 when freshman George Kusche and sophomore Marke Freyhof qualified for the meet. Kusche finished 55th overall and Freyhof placed 103rd. They were the first qualifiers since David Adams in 2010.

 

With its national success, nine Husker men's cross country runners have earned All-America honors.

 

Year

Champion (Pts.)

NU Finish (Pts.)

Top NU Finisher

2018 Northern Arizona (83) -- George Kusche, 55th
2017 Northern Arizona (74) -- --
2016 Northern Arizona (125) -- --
2015 Syracuse (82) -- --
2014 Colorado (65) -- --
2013 Colorado (149) -- --
2012 Oklahoma State (72) -- --
2011 Wisconsin (97) -- --
2010 Oklahoma State (73) -- David Adams, 135th
2009 Oklahoma State (127) -- --
2008 Oregon (93) -- --
2007 Oregon (85) -- --
2006 Colorado (94) -- --
2005 Wisconsin (37) -- --
2004 Colorado (90) -- --
2003 Stanford (24) --

--

2002 Stanford (47) --

James Bowler, 84th

2001 Colorado (90) 27th (661) James Bowler, 78th
2000 Arkansas (83) 26th (623) Marcus Witter, 79th

1999

Arkansas (58)

--

--

1998

Arkansas (97)

--

--

1997

Stanford (53)

11th (294)

Cleophas Boor, 6th

1996

Stanford (46)

7th (209)

Jonah Kiptarus, 2nd

1995

Arkansas (100)

--

Brady Bonsall, 87th

1994

Iowa State (65)

--

Kevin Miiller, 71st

1993

Arkansas (31)

--

--

1992

Arkansas (46)

--

David Iteffa, 50th

1991

Arkansas (52)

--

--

1990

Arkansas (68)

--

Joe Kirby, 149th

1989

Iowa State (54)

8th (305)

Joe Kirby, 13th

1988

Wisconsin (105)

11th (270)

Jacques van Rensburg, 14th

1987

Arkansas (87)

13th (311)

Jean Verster, 29th

1986

Arkansas (69)

15th (338)

Jean Verster, 33rd

1985

Wisconsin (67)

--

Jean Verster, 5th

1984

Arkansas (101)

--

Kurt Russell, 26th

1983

Texas-El Paso (108)

--

Wally Duffy, 29th

1982

Wisconsin (59)

--

--

1981

Texas-El Paso (17)

--

--

1980

Texas-El Paso (58)

--

--

1979

Texas-El Paso (86)

--

--

1978

Texas-El Paso (56)

--

NA

1977

Oregon (100)

--

NA

1976

Texas-El Paso (62)

--

NA

1975

Texas-El Paso (88)

--

NA

1974

Oregon (77)

--

--

1973

Oregon (89)

--

--

1972

Tennessee (134)

--

NA

1971

Oregon (83)

--

Bob Unger, 67th

1970

Villanova (85)

--

Greg Carlberg, 22nd

1969

Texas-El Paso (74)

t15th (420)

Pete Brang, 39th

1968

Villanova (78)

--

NA

1967

Villanova (91)

--

--

1966

Villanova (79)

--

--

1965

Western Michigan (81)

--

NA

1964

Western Michigan (86)

--

NA

1963

San Jose State (53)

--

--

1962

San Jose State (58)

--

Ray Stevens, 27th

1961

Oregon State (68)

--

NA

1960

Houston (54)

--

--

1959

Michigan State (44)

--

NA

1958

Michigan State (79)

--

NA

1957

Notre Dame (121)

--

--

1956

Michigan State (28)

--

NA

1955

Michigan State (46)

--

NA

1954

Oklahoma A&M (61)

--

NA

1953

Kansas (70)

--

--

1952

Michigan State (65)

--

NA

1951

Syracuse (80)

--

NA

1950

Penn State (53)

--

--

1949

Michigan State (59)

--

NA

1948

Michigan State (41)

--

NA

1947

Penn State (60)

--

--

1946

Drake (42)

--

NA

1945

Drake (50)

--

NA

1944

Drake (25)

--

NA

1943

No meet held because of WWII

1942

Indiana/Penn State (57)

--

NA

1941

Rhode Island (83)

--

NA

1940

Indiana (65)

--

NA

1939

Michigan State (54)

--

NA

1938

Indiana (51)

--

NA

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