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NCAA'S: Widzgowski, Joseph Earn All-America Honors

NCAA'S: Widzgowski, Joseph Earn All-America Honors

LACROSEE, Wis. -- Keene State College junior Ryan Widzgowski (Camden, Maine) and University of Massachusetts Boston sophomore Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass) each earned All-America honors this afternoon at the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.  Widzgowski placed third overall in the 1,500-meter run, while Joseph finished seventh in the high jump.

Widzgowski registered a personal-best time in the 1,500-meter event, when he crossed the finish line at three minutes, 48.59 seconds.  The junior from Camden, Maine earned a spot on the All-America podium for the second time this year after placing second in the mile at the 2013 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships.  

Sitting in fifth position during the early portion of the race, Widzgowski made his move, advancing to third with 300-meters to go.  Staying on the back of the leaders as they accelerated down the back stretch, Widzgowski was able to hold on to his position as he crossed the finish line.

Widzgowski becomes the 32nd Keene State men's track athlete to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.  The Owls have produced a combined 49 men's and women's outdoor track All-Americas.

Dan Sullivan, a junior from Wisconsin-Stevens Point, won the 1,500 race with a Roger Harring Stadium record time of three minutes, 46.19 seconds, while Jordan Schilit, a senior from Haverford (Pa.) College, placed second with a time of 3:47. 16.

Joseph became only third Beacon to be honored as a two-time All-American.  The sophomore high jumper from Brockton, Mass. cleared 6-08.00 feet to become the program's first two-time All-American high jumper.  The last time UMass Boston had a two-time All-American in a field event was Rob Grieco who finished in second place at the 1997 Outdoor Championship, before winning the program's first individual indoor national championship in 1998.

(Keene State sports information office; UMass Boston sports information office)