Runners finish 5th at NCAA Nationals
December 5, 2005 —
The SVSU men's cross country team, which already made school history on Saturday, Nov. 5 by making the NCAA Nationals, finished fifth in the nation Saturday, Nov. 19.
The Cardinals surprised many after finishing fourth in the Great Lakes Regional race.
SVSU finished with 218 team points while Western State claimed the national championship with 51 team points. Other GLIAC schools finishing in the top 10 included Grand Valley (fourth) and Wayne State (seventh).
Senior Paul Jozwiak finished 14th with a time of 32:05.2, ahead of all GLIAC runners.
Senior Adam Roach was second across the line for SVSU at 33:32.0 and finished 56th. Junior Greg Schmit finished 58th with a time of 33:36.5 for the race. Sophomore Steve Czymbor finished 61st with a time of 33:40.8 to cross fourth for the Cards. Senior Jerome Recker was the fifth scorer for SVSU, placing 76th with a time of 34:03.8 in his final race.
"We have had tremendous effort all year and I could not be prouder of these guys," head coach Jim Nesbitt said. "What a showing today and what a great representation of our university on a national scale. This is the best finish in school history and these kids believed in themselves and each other to push for that little extra all season long."