Rosholt’s top-runner, Adam Rzenkowski, will be making strides at the Division I level next year.
The cross country star signed his letter of intent to Central Michigan University, becoming the first athlete in Rosholt High School history to have multiple offers from Division I programs.
“It was a hard thing to decide between, but I just had to go with a gut feeling about this,” Rzentkowski said.
The final decision on where to take his talents was not the toughest part; it was the endless hours of training.
“Even in bad weather, rain, snow, cold–he was always out there running, running, running,” Duane said. “He would go out for a two mile run…before you knew it, two turned into six.”
Rzentkowksi narrowed it down to two schools: Central Michigan University and Kent State University.
Making a commitment was no easy task. For months, Rzentkowski received 3-plus phone calls a night from recruiters–providing less and less clarity.
“Everywhere from California, to Texas, to Florida was reaching out. It almost started to get old,” Rzentkowski’s dad Duane said.
Major universities were a big pill to swallow for Rzentkowski who comes from the village of Rosholt–population of 488, but Central Michigan felt like home.
“I just think I’ll really belong there,” Adam said. “I got to stay in the dorms with the guys and I thought the guys were awesome and it’s close to family… that really influenced my decision.”
Central Michigan University is just an 8-hour drive from his support system.
“I’d like to see just how far and how fast he’ll ever end up to be.” Duane said.
Rzentkowski will head to CMU in August.