LINCOLN, Neb. – Senior Sean Gildea claimed the individual crown at Nebraska's Woody Greeno Invitational on Saturday, steering the Colorado School of Mines men's cross country team to its first team title of the season, while the women took fourth out of the 32-team field.
Gildea, a two-time All-American for Mines, completed the 8K course at Pioneer Park in a time of 24:45.0, edging out second place by nearly three seconds and besting 307 runners for his third career individual title. Sophomore Phil Schneider turned in a career-best time of 24:55.0 for fourth position.
The Orediggers locked down the overall trophy shortly thereafter, outdistancing themselves from runner-up Air Force (41-to-58) as sophomore Derek Alcorn (25:27.9), freshman Marty Andrie (25:32.0), senior Adam Bodnar (25:32.9) and junior Andrew Epperson (25:33.2) came home in 11th through 14th position, respectively.
Senior Tyler Curtis and junior Frank Socha each posted top-20 finishes with Curtis taking 17th in a time of 25:49.4 and Socha crossing the line in 25:51.2 for 18th.
On the women's side, senior Hannah Schuster once again paced Mines, running the 6K distance in 22:26.1 for 12th place overall, matching her finish at the season-opening Colorado State Open in Fort Collins.
With a new career-best of 22:31.6, sophomore Chloe Gustafson clinched 17th position, while Marie Patton came home in 22:45.2, good for 20th out of 289 runners. Bettered by only three Division I squads in the overall classification, the Orediggers finished as the top Division II team with 149 points, 43 clear of the host Cornhuskers in fifth.
The cross country teams are back in action Saturday, September 29 at the Cowboy Jamboree, hosted by Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma.