SMC runner to join Francis Marion program

Florence, SC - From Francis Marion University:

FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University cross country coach Mark Bluman has announced that Ryan Woloszyn of Taylors is transferring from Spartanburg Methodist College and will join the Patriot program this fall.

Woloszyn, 5-7, competed for the Pioneers each of the past two seasons.  This past fall, he finished 225th at the NJCAA Division I National Championship Meet as Spartanburg Methodist finished 20th in the team standings.

His best 8,000-meter time (30:20) for the 2009 season came at the Eye-Opener Meet in Spartanburg.  He placed 22nd at the Mercer RunFit Sports Invitational and later finished 171st at the Southeast Cross Country Classic and NJCAA Region X Meet in Louisville, Ken., as SMC captured the Region X team title.  Altogether, SMC registered four Top-5 team finishes in seven events during the 2009 season.

Woloszyn was named to the Dean's List this past semester.  The Pioneers earned NJCAA Academic All-America Team honors in 2008.

He is a product of Eastside High School, where he placed 82nd at the 2007 Class AAA state championship meet.  He also competed on the Eastside track and field squad, including the 1,500-meters, 5,000-meters, and the javelin.

"Ryan has a great passion for running," said Bluman. "He comes from a solid program at SMC and will add immediate college experience to our squad."

Francis Marion loses only one senior from its 2009 men's squad that placed seventh at the Peach Belt Conference Championship Meet and 22nd at the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Meet.  Woloszyn is Bluman's second signee for the 2010 season.