Courtesy of Black Hills State University athletics

Black Hills State University junior Keith Osowski runs in an NCAA Division II cross country meet in South Dakota.  

While most college athletes sat idle this fall because of the pandemic, Keith Osowski did not. The Kodiak kid was fortunate to compete in a scaled-down cross country season. 

Osowski, a junior at NCAA Division II Black Hills State University, concluded his season on Saturday at the RMAC Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

The former Kodiak state champion finished 44th out of 103 runners with an 8-kilometer time of 26 minutes, 21.6 seconds. 

Although he didn’t obtain his preseason goal of earning first-time RMAC honors, Osowski was glad he had the opportunity to compete in the COVID-19 era. 

“I think a quote from my coach fits well for the performance, ‘at least we can say we had the opportunity to compete because most schools cannot say the same,”’ Osowski wrote in a text message. 

Hindered by shin splints, this was Osowski’s worst RMAC finish — he was 39th as a freshman (26:19.9) and 40th (25:20.8) as a sophomore. However, in Osowski’s first two seasons, he raced a full schedule as opposed to this season when the RMAC Championship was only his second race.  

“It was not exactly what I was wanting, but I can’t be too upset with the circumstances,” Osowski wrote. 

Osowski was Black Hills’ top finisher in leading the Yellow Jackets to a 9th place finish. 

He is now gearing up for the indoor track season that is slated to begin Jan. 16. Osowski is a distance runner who specializes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. 

“As of now, it is looking good. The NCAA has not canceled the national meet yet, so there is something to look forward to this indoor season,” he wrote.  

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