Track and Field
CHAMPAIGN – Angela Bizzarri and J Leman today were named Dike Eddleman Award winners as Illinois Athletes of the Year.
Bizzarri starred in both cross-country and track. She earned All-America status for the second consecutive year with a 14th-place finish at the NCAA cross-country meet, leading the Illini to sixth in the nation. At last weekend's NCAA Championships, she was second in the 5,000 meters.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Illinois' Angela Bizzarri saved her best for last.
Bizzarri finished second in the 5,000 meters Friday night at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium, setting a school record and earning All-America honors for the third time as a sophomore.
SULLIVAN – Theatergoers Jean Jones and Janice Catolano of Springfield didn't realize until they arrived at the Little Theatre on the Square on Wednesday that television star Doug Wilson would be on stage in "Guys and Dolls" as Sky Masterson.
"We couldn't be more pleased," Catolano said during intermission. "We were just thrilled that he's here."
DES MOINES, Iowa – Illinois' LaNeisha Waller finished third in her 100-meter hurdles heat Thursday at Drake Stadium and qualified for the semifinals.
Waller clocked 13.24 seconds to advance.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Illinois junior Gakologelwang Masheto is on track to earn his third All-America accolade.
Masheto advanced in the 400 meters Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium, clocking 46.70 seconds and placing third in his heat.
Staff writer Paul Klee might be the fastest text messager in the Midwest. FWIW, each Wednesday we'll utilize his GR8 skill to interview a text-savvy personality. THX to Illini pole vault star Andrew Zollner, who answered our ?'s via text after he cleared 17 feet, 1 inch to qualify for the NCAA Championships, which begin today in Des Moines:
CHAMPAIGN – When Angela Bizzarri reported to practice one day last week with a large Band-Aid on her right hand, the Illinois sophomore had to expect some questions.
The answer was uncomplicated. She'd cut the hand during a careless moment while doing the dishes.
CHAMPAIGN – Two members of the Illinois women's track and field team were added to the field for the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Tuesday as at-large selections.
Senior Briana Cunningham and sophomore Aja Evans will join four teammates at the national meet June 11-14 at Des Moines, Iowa.
CHAMPAIGN – When Briana Cunningham took up the hurdles in middle school, the Illinois senior quickly realized she had found her track niche. Her track passion, too.
Years later, the enthusiasm remains apparent whenever the topic of conversation is her signature event.
CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois men's track and field team hoped its home turf would bring success to a season of little triumph. But the Illinois Soccer & Track Stadium provided little relief, as howling winds and injuries hampered the Illini at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
Illinois finished ninth with 59 points on Sunday, 70 points behind winner Michigan.