LINCOLN — The men’s cross country team won the overall team title and the women finished fourth for the host Huskers at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational on Saturday.
Trevor Vidlak’s second-place finish led 10 Huskers in the top 25 in the university division. Vidlak, a senior from Lincoln Northeast, finished the 8,000-meter course at Pioneers Park in 25:05.
“I thought I had a good race today,” Vidlak said. “I didn’t feel the best and wished I could have run a little faster, but I am really happy with how our team finished today.”
Jacob Olson, a sophomore from Kearney, finished fifth in 25:37. Other Huskers included Jarren Heng (tied for sixth, 25:43), Joe Harter (tied for sixth, 25:43) and Connor Gibson (eighth, 25:51).
Wichita State’s Chris Burnett won the university division in 24:58. The Shockers finished second in the team standings with 37 points to Nebraska’s 28.
Frankline Tonui posted the best time of the day. The freshman from Iowa Central Community College won the small college division in 24:56, beating teammate Tahir Chakisso by less than 10 seconds.
University of Nebraska at Kearney senior Kevin Carder finished fifth (25:25) to lead the Lopers to the small college men’s title. UNK junior Bryan Hill (25:26) finished sixth, and teammate Nick Knudson (26:14) was ninth.
The Loper women also won the small college division team title. Freshman Morgan Benesch (22:46) and senior Marissa Bongers (22:58) finished second and third in the 6,000-meter race.
Freshman Hannah Maina of Iowa Central Community College won the small college division in 21:58.
In the women’s university division, senior Isabel Andrade placed 11th (22:48) to lead NU. Huskers Sarah Larson (22:49) and Hannah Edwards (22:51) finished 12th and 13th.
UMKC’s Courtney Frerichs won the race in 20:57.
Nebraska coach David Harris was pleased with how the women performed, but noted that the team still has not reached its potential.
“I was very proud with how some of our women ran today,” Harris said. “The women are a work in progress, I keep saying that.”