AMES, Iowa — The Nebraska men were ninth and the women 20th at the NCAA Midwest Regionals on Friday.
“The men had a very very good performance today, finishing ninth in a very talented field. We had a very solid effort from our top runner down through our sixth runner,” NU coach David Harris said. “I am very pleased with how this team finished the season on a high note, we really needed this.”
Leading the way was senior co-captain Jarren Heng, who ran a blistering 31:13.7 to place 35th. A native of Norfolk, Neb., Heng was expected to be one of the Huskers top runners in 2013, but has battled through some minor injuries.
Heng was very happy with his last race as a Husker cross country runner.
“Today’s race was great, the whole team got together the day before and we set ourselves some goals for what we wanted to do.” Heng said, “We wanted to place in the top 10 and gain some respect back for the Nebraska cross country program, we all went out and ran with guts… and we succeeded.”
Harris was also impressed with how the women’s team competed, noting that even though the women’s team did not meet their goal of placing in the top 15, they still had a great race.
“We beat some teams that we have not beat before, so it was really good to see that.” Harris said, “While we didn’t get ranked in the top 15, it was still a really good way to end the season.”
Freshman Anna Peer and senior Isabel Andrade led the way. Peer finished 69th with a time of 21:50.0. Andrade placed 70th with a time of 21:51.0.
Neither team advanced to the NCAA championships next Saturday.