Kijowski finishes strong at NAIA National Championships in Vancouver, Wash.

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Larissa Kijowski runningPhoto by Robert Cifone


VANCOUVER, Wash. --- Carlow University junior cross country runner Larissa Kijowski (Dayton, Pa.) finished with a time of 20:38.6 at the 2019 NAIA National Championships in Vancouver, Wash. Friday.

Kijowski placed 256 of 341 runners in the 5k race, which was held at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Over 50 percent of runners in the competitive field finished in under 20 minutes. Thirty-seven teams and 89 individuals made up the 341-person field.

Kijowski's time of 20:08 at the River States Conference Championship earned her sixth place and a bid to the national championship.

Junior Hannah Stoffel from Huntington (Ind.) University won the individual title, finishing in 17:18. Madonna (Mich.) University took home the team title with a score of 111 and an average finish of 18:35.

The NAIA meet record for the 5k is 16:24.28 set by Aminat Olowora of Oklahoma City in 2016.

Kijowski made history for the Celtics as the first cross country runner to make a national appearance in recent history.

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