T’wolves earn historic berth in NCAA Championship

A few years ago, Northwood cross country coach Jeremy Wilk was concerned primarily with just getting enough runners together to field a team. His job responsibilities have changed a bit.

Lately, Wilk is keeping busy preparing for big meets and updating the school recordbook – and having a hard time believing what he is seeing.

“I felt good about where we were when the season began, but, to be honest, I didn’t believe that we could do this as a team at Northwood,” Wilk said of his men’s team, which has qualified for the NCAA Division II Championship for the first time in program history. “This is my seventh year here, and in my first year we had five men and five women, which is the minimum number you need to have a team.

“We’ve been trying to build (our programs) quickly, and I knew we could be good, but we didn’t want to talk about nationals as a goal. We just wanted to focus on being the best we could be,” he added. “We didn’t talk about (long-term goals). We just wanted to get better and let the chips fall wherever. I didn’t expect or think that this would be possible here, so to have it happen is very special.”

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