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    Illini senior Perdita Felicien has decided to skip her final season of indoors and turn professional.
    Illini senior Perdita Felicien has decided to skip her final season of indoors and turn professional.
     
     

    Sept. 25, 2003

    Illinois track standout Perdita Felicien has announced that she will forego her final season of indoor eligibility and turn professional. The decision comes on the heels of Felicien's gold medal performance in the 100-meter hurdles in August at the World Championships in Paris, France. With that victory Felicien became the first female track and field athlete in Illinois to claim a gold medal at the World Championships.

    "I'd like to thank the community for all the support they've given me since I arrived on campus four years ago. It's been a wonderful experience and this was not an easy decision, but after consulting with my family and (coach) Gary (Winckler) I decided that it was time to take my career to the next level," Felicien said. "I feel that I've done all that I could do on the NCAA level and that this is the best decision for me. I will remain in school and will graduate in May. I'm still going to remain involved with the team and Gary is going to continue to be my coach, so I'll be staying and training in the community."

    Felicien leaves Illinois as one of the most decorated athletes in Illinois track and field history. The Pickering, Ontario native is a 10-time All-American, three-time NCAA Champion, a four-time Big Ten Champion, a three-time Most Outstanding Female Athlete at the Drake Relays, a six time Drake Relays Champion, a world record holder as a member of the 2001 shuttle hurdle relay team at the Drake Relays, 2001 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Female Athlete of the Year, 2001 and 2003 National Outdoor Track and Field Female Athlete of the Year, the Illinois and Big Ten record holder in the 100 meter hurdles (12.68 seconds). In addition, her time of 12.53 seconds in 100-meter finals at the 2003 World Championships set a new Canadian national record.

     

     

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