EUGENE, Ore. – Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) of the University of New Hampshire men's track and field team placed eighth out of 12 competitors in Saturday's 3,000-meter steeplechase event to earn All-America accolades at the NCAA Championships, which were held at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.
Prizzi finished in a time of 8 minutes, 44.02 seconds to register the second-fastest time in his career and school history; the junior previously set the UNH school record with a time of 8:42.20 at the NCAA Regional Championships (May 31) in Jacksonville, Fla. Prizzi's three fastest races of the season all eclipsed the previous record time (8:50.02) established by Al Bernier in 1997.
The distance runner is the second member of the UNH track and field program to compete in an NCAA Championship this year. Freshman Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) of the women's track and field team earned All-American status with a 15th place finish in the mile event during the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. Prizzi is the first male athlete to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships since Dean Kimball competed in 1981.
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