Photo 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
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
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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