Madi Szymanski, a sophomore at Northern Michigan University, recently competed in the NCAA Division II Championships in Missouri. Representing Northern Michigan University, she finished 65th out of over 260 runners in the six-kilometer course with a time of 21 minutes and 6.2 seconds. Throughout the race, Szymanski moved up in the field, going from 91st at the 1K mark to 73rd at the 5K mark.
Szymanski had an impressive season overall and earned All-GLIAC honors and All-Region recognition. Her personal record for a 6K improved three times throughout the season, with her best finish being a time of 20:55.83 at regionals. Northern Michigan University cross country coach Jenny Ryan praised Szymanski’s hard work and dedication to her sport, saying she was thrilled with her performance at nationals.
The team title went to Grand Valley State for the seventh time in program history, with all five of their top runners finishing inside the first 30.