MARION, Ind. --- University of St. Francis juniors Sean Smith and Phil Rizzo earned NAIA All-America status after the pair finished among the top seven runners in the 5,000 meter run at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships over the weekend.
Smith (Winnebago H.S./Winnebago, IL) placed fifth in the 16-person field with a time of 15:08.42, while Rizzo (Evergreen Park H.S./Evergreen Park, IL) was seventh finishing in 15:12.85.
Teammate Michael Blaszczyk (Novi H.S./Novi, MI) also competed, but did not advance out of the preliminaries.
USF's other top showing came from senior Josh Barry (Moraine Valley C.C./Tinley Park, IL), who placed 14thin a field of 32 qualifiers in the shot put. Barry's longest measured throw went 156 feet, 4 1/2 inches.
Teammate Eric Davis (Westmont H.S./Westmont, IL) placed 28thwith a throw of 145-1 ½.
Senior Adam Yost, a qualifier in the 1,500 meter run, finished in a time of 4:10.59 to place 30thout of 32 competitors.
Yost (Sparta H.S./Sparta, MI) was also a part of USF's 4x800 meter relay team, which placed 18thout of 19 teams with a time of 7:53.28. He was joined by sophomores Jake Ferris (Plainfield South H.S./Joliet, IL) and Dylan Reyes (Newman Central Catholic H.S./Sterling, IL) and freshman Daniel Bahret (Minooka H.S./Channahon, IL).
USF placed in a tie for 39thout of 63 schools that scored in the meet. The Saints earned six total points.