BISMARCK, N.D. - To say Ida Narbuvoll's cross country season has been outstanding so far is understating just how good it's been. The University of Mary senior already has the conference and region titles with the national meet this weekend.
Narbuvoll has had a unique journey to this point one that starts a long ways away from Bismarck, N.D.
"It all started in Norway where I am from, and my senior year of high school, and I didn't know what I was going to do. But, then I was recruited by a coach in Pennsylvania, and I ended up taking that chance. Because, it isn't every day where you get a chance to move across the world really and start a new adventure so I was excited to do that," said U-Mary Senior Ida Narbuvoll.
After spending a year at a college in Pennsylvania, Narbuvoll decided to transfer schools, enter University of Mary head coach Dennis Newell.
"We didn't really seek her out and I don't think she sought us out by any means but conversations started through the transfer process and I think we just kind of hit it off and I think our goals lined up to a certain degree," said Newell.
The Norway native was successful her first year with the Marauders, earning All-American honors and a 12th place finish at Nationals then disaster struck.
"Then, unfortunately, I got an injury that winter and that set me out almost two full years and five seasons of competition," said Narbuvoll.
A bone spur in Narbuvoll's Achilles would put doubt on whether she would ever return to running.
"We thought her career might be over!" said Newell.
"Am I going to be able to come back from this? Am I going to go back to Norway? What am I going to do because I didn't run for nine months," said Narbuvoll.
After deciding to return to the sport she loves Narbuvoll began the long recovery process.
"I almost had to learn how to walk again and when it came to running it doesn't come easy after a setback like that," said Narbuvoll.
Her return saw her back to all American form a season ago and after a full year of training Narbuvoll is back and better than ever.
"I think I am stronger than I ever have been before and I am fitter than I was before the injury for sure and it’s a really good feeling," said Narbuvoll.
This fall has seen Narbuvoll go undefeated winning races across the county with one more still to go the National Championships.
"I have won every race up until now and I am going to keep that goal as well," said Narbuvoll.
Narbuvoll will look to continue her journey this season on the track and has her eyes on the Marathon in the future.