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Klimek endures hard run at nationals

Contact: Erik Snyder (360) 867-6537
snydere@evergreen.edu
Sports Information Director
The Evergreen State College

November 19, 2005

Louisville, KY-For the second year in a row, Evergreen's Josh Klimek endured a difficult and disappointing race at the NAIA National Championships. Racing against a deep field, the senior was poised for a strong performance with a good build up in his last couple of races and the experience of last year's trip to nationals under his belt.

Klimek opened the race with a strong first mile, posting a 5:04 that put him on pace to finish in the top 100, the goal he and coach Craig Dickson had targeted. But by the third mile Klimek had slowed significantly.

"His form just didn't look right," said Dickson. "After the race Josh said his lower back was very stiff which may explains his stressed looking form. He never complains about anything so I knew it must have bothered him."

Klimek rallied in the last mile and a half but was only able to muster a time of 27:37-a full 70 seconds off the time he recorded at the Region I Championships.

Klimek finished in 220 th place, well below his goal, but 21 places ahead of his result in the same meet last season. His time also bested his performance from a year ago by over a minute.

Said Dickson, "We are proud of the way he ran and we know that he always races his hardest on any given day."

Virginia Intermont repeated as team champions while Soimo Kiplagat of Lindenwood won the individual title.

The Geoducks came away from the national championships with two awards of their own as Klimek repeated as a Scholar Athlete All-America and Rachel Williams was also bestowed with the honor.

For meet results go to: http://naia.collegesports.com/sports/m-xc/stats/2005-2006/mensoverall.html