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Track and Field

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A look back at Harold Osborne and the 1924 Olympics

Buford-Bailey earns international spot

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois women’s track and field coach Tonja Buford-Bailey will serve as an assistant coach for Team USA at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships next month in Germany.
Buford-Bailey will assist head coach Chandra Cheeseborough as the sprints/hurdles coach at the championships, scheduled Aug. 15-23.

Bizzarri claims another honor

CHAMPAIGN — A week after winning the NCAA championship in the 5,000-meter run, Illinois junior Angela Bizzarri was named a second-team Academic All-American by ESPN the Magazine.
The Mason, Ohio, native holds a 3.55 grade-point average in molecular and cellular biology. She is the first Illinois track and field or cross-country athlete to be recognized by ESPN the Magazine since Cassie Hunt in 2006.

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NCAA champions Angela Bizzarri and Paul Ruggeri have been named Dike Eddleman Award winners for 2008-09.

In her words: Female Athlete of the Year Angela Bizzarri

In her words

We asked women's Athlete of the Year Angela Bizzarri to describe why her time at Illinois is so special:

Riley finishes on high note

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Andrew Riley capped an impressive freshman season at Illinois with another All-America honor.

Bizzarri runs away in 5,000

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – She was the top seed entering the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 5,000 meters, so winning a national championship wasn't out of the question for Illini junior Angela Bizzarri.

Evans fifth in shot put; Riley advances

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Illinois freshman Andrew Riley advanced to the 110-meter hurdles semifinals, clocking 13.88 seconds and finishing seventh overall Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

In the women’s shot put final, Illinois’ Aja Evans placed fifth with a toss of 53 feet, 111/4 inches. Florida’s Mariam Kevkhishvili won with a mark of 58-41/2.

Evans makes shot put finals

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Illinois’ Aja Evans finished fourth in the shot put preliminaries, going 54 feet, 103/4 inches Wednesday, to earn a spot in the finals at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Two Illini earn regional track honors

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s track and field team has received two major honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association. Tonja Buford-Bailey was named Head Coach of the Year for the Midwest Region, while junior distance runner Angela Bizzarri was selected Midwest Region Track Athlete of the Year.