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Brodowski The Muhlenberg College 2004-05 athletic year closed out in grand style as senior John Brodowski earned All-America honors by finishing fourth in the decathlon at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Wartburg.

Brodowski scored 6,818 points, shattering the school record of 6,411 he set last year. After a third-place finish in the ninth event, the javelin, he moved into second place by 81 points, but the two competitors behind him moved ahead in the 1,500 meters. He wound up 23 points out of third place.

“I’m a little disappointed that I couldn’t get second or third, but I’ll take fourth place,” Brodowski said. “To finally get All-American after all these years feels great.”

Brodowski qualified for nationals each of the last two seasons but finished no higher than 13th. He entered this year’s meet with only the 14th-best qualifying score.

“I was much more comfortable this year,” he said. “I knew most of the competitors [from the previous meets] and I felt like I belonged with them. I wasn’t intimidated like I was in the past.”

Brodowski said the key was staying steady in each event. He finished in the top half of the field, which lost two from its original 16, in seven of the 10 events, with highs of third place in the long jump, discus and javelin.

Brodowski is the second outdoor track All-American in Mule history. Will Elson placed third in the 800 meters in 2003. He also is the second Muhlenberg athlete to finish fourth at an NCAA championship event this school year, joining sophomore wrestler Matt Loesch.

“It’s the ideal situation,” Brodowski concluded. “The last time I compete, to go out at the top – that’s the best way to do it.”

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Last updated May 27, 2005