Northern Michigan University’s Madi Szymanski, a sophomore, competed in the NCAA Division II Championships in Missouri. She finished 65th out of over 260 runners and completed the six-kilometer course in 21 minutes and 6.2 seconds. Szymanski’s performance was remarkable, given that she moved up from 91st to 73rd position on the field throughout the race.
Throughout the season, Szymanski had an impressive record. She earned All-GLIAC honors and All-Region recognition for her exceptional performance. Her personal record time for a 6K improved three times during the season, with her best finish being a time of 20:55.83 at regionals. NMU cross country coach Jenny Ryan praised Szymanski’s hard work and dedication to achieving success.
In addition to Szymanski’s impressive individual performance, Grand Valley State took home the team title for the seventh time in program history. All of their top five runners finished inside the first 30, demonstrating their exceptional teamwork and skill on the track.