— The Nebraska cross country teams put on an impressive show for the home crowd at Pioneers Park on Saturday morning for the 20 Annual Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational. The Huskers swept the university division team crowns, while junior Lara Crofford and sophomore David Adams won the individual titles.
The team wins marked the fourth straight year that the Huskers have swept the team titles and the ninth time overall in the meet’s 20-year history that the Huskers have pulled off the clean sweep. Individually, it was the third time that the Huskers have won both titles, as Fran ten Bensel and Joe Kirby pulled off the sweep in 1990 and ten Bensel and David Iteffa repeated the feat in 1991.
Crofford became the first Husker to win the individual crown since Ari Goldstein won it as a sophomore in 2006. A native of Newville, Pa., Crofford became the sixth Husker woman to win the individual crown, joining Goldstein (2006), Anne Shadle (2003) and ten Bensel (1990-92).
For Adams, he is the fifth Husker on the men’s side to win the individual crown and the first since James Bowler in 2002. The York, Neb., native’s time of 24:29.4 is the sixth-best time ever run on the 8K course and the second-best time ever by a Husker, trailing Cleophas Boor’s time of 24:05.3 in 1996, which ranks third overall. Adams joins former Husker winners Bowler (2002), Boor (1996), Iteffa (1991) and Kirby (1990).
Overall for the women, Crofford led a 1-2 Husker finish with senior Rachel Carrizales placing second. The Huskers placed three more in the top 15, with sophomore Jessica Furlan finishing seventh, Goldstein coming in 10th and Ashley Miller finished 12th. The team win was the Huskers fifth straight, their second longest streak at the meet, as they won nine straight from 1990-98.
The team win for the men was their fourth straight, setting their longest run at the meet after also winning three straight from 1995-97. Powered by Adams’ meet title, the Huskers placed two more in the top-25 out of 341 runners. Brad Doering joined Adams in the top 10 with a tenth-place time of 25:31.2, while Todd Gulizia finished 22nd.
The Huskers will now be off for two weeks before they travel to Madison, Wisc., for the Wisconsin Inter-Regional Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 3. The men’s 8K race will kick off the meet at 11 a.m., and will be followed by the women’s 5K race a roughly 11:40 a.m. Check back with Huskers.com during race week for more information.