Jan. 29, 2002
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois hurdler Perdita Felicien earned Big Ten Track and Field Female Athlete of the Week honors the conference office announced earlier today. Felicien won the 60m hurdle title at the Illinois Women's Invitational over the weekend with a time of 8.04 seconds.
That time by the sophomore is the fastest time in the country this year and the second fastest 60m hurdle time in the world in 2002. In addition, the 8.04 clocking established a new Armory Track record and secured Felicien an automatic birth at the NCAA Indoor National Championships. Felicien also finished second in the 60m dash with a personal-best time of 7.43. That time moved her into fourth on the all-time 60m dash chart.
Felicien's honor comes on the heels of one of the biggest wins in school history as the No. 9 Illinois women's team picked up victories over three top-20 opponents. In addition to defeating the defending national champion UCLA Bruins, Illinois defeated No. 12 Miami (Fla.) and No. 22 BYU.
Felicien and the rest of the Illinois women's team will be in action this weekend at the Adidas Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. The two-day event runs Friday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, Feb. 2.
For more information on Felicien and the rest of the Illinois track and field team, please visit our website at www.fightingillini.com.