LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Creighton men's and women's cross country teams both finished fourth among NCAA Division I schools at the Woody Greeno Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday. The Jays were part of a competitive field that also included Nebraska, Wyoming and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
The men's team was led by sophomore Chris Culhane. He ran the 8,000-meter course in a time of 26:09, an improvement of more than a minute on his time from the season-opening Creighton/UNO Invitational two weeks ago. Culhane's time was good for a 27th-place finish among 295 total runners from 25 different schools. The individual champion was Jim Walmsley from the Air Force Academy with a time of 24:43.
The Jays' second-best finisher was junior Casey Jergenson who finished 125th with a time of 27:51. Freshman Danny Diaz and junior Evan Daugherty finished less than a second apart, both recording times of 28:28, and rounding out Creighton's scoring was sophomore Mike Hitt who crossed the finish line with a time of 28:38.
Creighton's women were led by three freshman. Slaine Kelly ran her first collegiate 6,000-meter race in 22:57, netting her a 16th-place finish in the 211-runner field. The individual women's champion, with a time of 21:01, was Lara Crofford from Nebraska.
Next up for Creighton was freshman Hannah Krumreich, who finished 25th with a time of 23:11. The last three runners who counted toward the Jays' score were freshman Meagan Wilderson (24:21), sophomore Isabelle Squires (25:14) and freshman Lauren Hintz (25:57).
The Jays are back in action Oct. 2 at the Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem, Ore.