LINCOLN — The Nebraska men’s and women’s cross country teams will try to continue their improvement on Saturday at the Big Ten championships in West Lafayette, Ind.
The meet will open up with the men’s eight-kilometer race at 10:45 AM, with the women’s 6k to follow.
NU coach Dave Harris hopes that both teams have their best races.
“Our mindset is that we have been challenged to beat some teams, and the only way we can do that is if our team runs their best-best race of the year.” Harris said, “I feel like the men’s team has taken some steps forward this year and is ready to compete at the Big Ten Championships for a better spot than we have been in the past. On the women’s side, I am cautiously optimistic for their chances, I am hoping we can beat a couple teams and have our best races of the year.”
Harris hopes his young team will gain some valuable experience at the meet.
Harris’s goal is to place five men in the top 50, something the Huskers have not done since Harris took the job two years ago.
Sophomore Jacob Olson and freshman Joe Harter showed promise with a first- and second-place finish at the South Dakota Invite two weeks ago.
“If we get five guys in the top 50, I will feel like we have really competed well.” Harris said, “It is not going to be easy for our men’s team to complete this feat, but they are a bunch of young talented athletes, and I believe in them.”