Beautiful Pioneer's Park holds a challenging 5,000-meter course that rolls over the tree-covered hills in the 900-acre park. The Huskers co-host the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational each September, featuring more than 30 teams and 600 competitors. The event began in 1990 when Nebraska Wesleyan combined its meet – the Woody Greeno Invitational – with Nebraska’s meet – the Nebraska Invitational – to form what is now the largest cross country event in the state. Although both university and college competitors run in the same race, divisional champions are determined by each team’s finish within its own division. In the 2001 meet the Husker men and women ran unattached following a ruling from the Big 12 after the Sept. 11 national tragedy.
In all, Nebraska has captured eight men’s titles and 11 women’s titles. Most recently, the women and men won the 2006 title, sweeping the field for the sixth time. In addition, seven Husker athletes have captured nine individual titles, including Fran ten Bensel, who won three consecutive titles as a Husker in the early 1990s, Anne Shadle, the 2003 winner, and in 2006, Ari Goldstein. Shadle also won the 2005 individual championship while running for Reebok. The former Husker standout’s winning time of 20:51.0 ranks as the second-fastest 6K performance in the history of the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational.