Madi Szymanski, a sophomore at Northern Michigan University, represented her school at the NCAA Division II Championships in Missouri and finished an impressive 65th out of over 260 runners. She ran the six-kilometer course in 21 minutes and 6.2 seconds, moving up significantly in the field throughout the race. From 91st at the one-kilometer mark to 73rd at the five-kilometer mark, Szymanski demonstrated exceptional skills and determination.
Throughout her season, Szymanski had an incredible performance that earned her All-GLIAC honors and All-Region recognition. Her personal record time for a six-kilometer race improved by three times throughout the season, with a time of 20:55.83 being her best finish at regionals. NMU cross country coach Jenny Ryan praised Szymanski’s outstanding season and hard work, acknowledging her dedication to improving every day.
The Grand Valley State team won the championship for the seventh time in program history, with all of their top five runners finishing inside the first 30. This remarkable achievement is a testament to their talent and training efforts throughout the year.