Madi Szymanski, a sophomore at Northern Michigan University, had a standout performance in the college women’s cross country meet held in Missouri. She represented Northern Michigan University at the NCAA Division II Championships and finished an impressive 65th out of over 260 runners in the field. Szymanski completed the six-kilometer course in just 21 minutes and 6.2 seconds, showcasing her incredible speed and endurance.
Throughout the race, Szymanski moved up in the field, going from 91st at the 1K mark to an impressive 73rd at the 5K mark. Her hard work and dedication paid off as she earned All-GLIAC honors and All-Region recognition for her outstanding season.
Szymanski’s personal record time for a 6K improved three times throughout the season, with her best finish coming at the regionals where she recorded a time of 20:55.83. NMU cross country coach Jenny Ryan was impressed with Szymanski’s incredible season and praised her hard work and determination.
The meet saw Grand Valley State take home the team title for the seventh time in program history, with all of their top five runners finishing inside the first 30. The Wildcats’ success is a testament to their talent, hard work, and dedication to excellence on and off the track.