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(Philadelphia, Pa.) Following his NAIA National Runner-Up finish to the Indoor T&F season, Cody Risch accepted the invitation to compete in the 10,000 meter race walk at the prestigious Penn Relays at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
Through the first 5,000 meters, Cody and 2011 NAIA All-American, Josh Wiseman worked together, thirty meters behind the lead pack. Two laps later, Wiseman received his third form violation and was disqualified and Risch's hip began to tighten. "Cody is a good job of adjusting in the second half," said coach Rod Wortley. "He slowed enough to get through the second half, keep his form legal and hold his spot.
Former NAIA National Champion, Michael Mannozzi, used a great kick in the final lap to get the win in 44:38.27. Risch placed fourth in 46.35.72.