VANCOUVER, Wash. — Justin Roosma, now a freshman with Pacific Union College after starring in high school cross country and track while at Walla Walla Valley Academy, completed the the NAIA Division II national championship race in 16th place out of 335 men here on Friday.
A state champion in the track and field 1,600 this past spring while with WWVA — and a basketball standout during the winter — Roosma was the highest-placing freshman here, finishing the eight-kilometer course in 25 minutes and 15.4 seconds.
Meanwhile, Walla Walla University had senior Spencer Glubay place 48th with a time of 25:52.8.
For Glubay, this was the last event of his collegiate career, and one that Walla Walla University will never forget. He was the first-ever Wolves runner to compete at the national final.
For Roosma, this was just the beginning of what promises to be a storied career.
Three weeks ago, Roosma became the first freshman to win the California Pacific Conference Cross Country Championships — doing so in a new record time.
His 16th-place finish here at nationals was 14 higher than the next-best freshman. Only one sophomore placed higher.
With eight of the top-15 finishers this year being seniors, Roosma’s outlook for next season seems positively gleaming at this point.