Marissa Kuik continues to grab the headlines after breaking her own six-kilometer record at Saturday’s 56th Les Duke Invite in Grinnell, Iowa.
The sophomore from Coon Rapids, Minn. broke her own 6K record by over three minutes. Once Kuik went past the finish line, she discovered that her final time was 23:20.
Her original 6K record was 26 minutes, 59.4 seconds, which she set on Sept. 10, 2016 at the Roy Griak Invitational. She finished in 14th place at the Les Duke Invitational, a race that featured ranked runners from NCAA Division III. Kuik helped lead her Warriors team to 10th place overall at the meet.
Kuik’s 14th place finish was a humongous improvement from her first race of the year, where she finished in 240th place out of 310 runners at the Augustana Twilight on Sept. 1. During that invitational, Kuik ran in a 5K race, and her final time was 22:14.85.
Kuik, who ran at Legacy Christian Academy for her prep career, joined University of Jamestown’s Matthew Young as North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Cross Country Runners-of-the-Week. Young finished in ninth place at the Fred Dahnke 6K race, and he was the first National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) runner to cross the finish line; his final time was 19:02.
Kuik and her teammates will compete in the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 23 at Falcon Heights, Minn.