Women's Cross Country

Angela Bizzarri
Angela Bizzarri


Mason, Ohio

High School:
Mason HS




Maestas, Spencer Claim Illinois Newcomers of the Year

Pair of national champions earn athletic department honor.


2008 Cross Country - Junior: Made season debut at the Pre-Nationals meet, finishing second for Illinois and 13th overall with a 6K time of 20:47...Earned first-team All-Big Ten honors when she placed second for Illinois and seventh overall at the Big Ten Championships...Took second place overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships with a 6K time of 20:39...Garnered All-America honors for the third season in a row at the NCAA Championships placing sixth overall with a personal best 6K time of 19:59.

2008 Outdoor Track and Field - Sophomore: Competed in the 5,000m at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Ore., running a personal-best and Illinois school-record time of 15:45.78 in prelims to become one of just two collegiate athletes to qualify for the event final ... Finished 13th in the 5,000m final at the U.S. Olympic Trials (16:03.99) ... NCAA Outdoor Championships runner-up in the 5,000m to earn All-America honors for the fourth time in her career (15:46.08) ... NCAA Mideast Regional champion in the 5,000m ... Runner-up in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championships, also scoring team points in the 1,500m by taking fifth. Indoor:Earned All-America honors by running the 1,600m leg of the Illini distance medley relay that took sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championships (11:12.33) ... Also ran on distance medley relay that set school record at the Alex Wilson Invitational (11:09.09) ... Took fifth in both the mile (4:47.76) and 3,000m (9:23.02) at the Big Ten Indoor Championships.

2007 Cross Country - Sophomore: Earned All-America honors for the second-straight season after placing 14th at the NCAA Championships with a 6K time of 20:35 to lead the Illini to a sixth place team finish...Garnered the Dike Eddleman Award as Illinois' female Athlete of the Year ... Finished runner-up at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, earning All-Region honors with a 6K time of 20:03 that carried the Illini to a second place team finish ... Named to the All-Big Ten First Team after placing third at the conference championships with a 6K personal-best time of 19:59 that broke the school record ... Ran a personal best 5K time of 16:43 at the Notre Dame Invitational to place first for the Illini and second overall...Placed first for the Illini in each race ran ... Named Academic All-Big Ten.

2007 Outdoor Track and Field - Freshman:Competed in the NCAA Championships in the 1,500m ... Ran career-best 4:20.96 in the 1,500m prelims at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships ... Ran the 3,000m at the USA Junior meet. Indoor: Placed third at the Big Ten Championships in the mile run.

2006 - Freshman: Garnered All-America honors after placing 24th at the NCAA Championships, the fourth freshman to cross the finish line with a time of 21:18 ... Earned Illinois Female Newcomer of the Year award for all sports ... Named Big Ten Runner of the Week (Sept. 25) after placing first in her collegiate debut at the Brissman-Lundeen Invite with a time of 20:54 ... Earned All-Midwest Region accolades ... Shattered the 5K freshman record at the Notre Dame Invite by 22 seconds, finishing in 16:56 ... Clocked a 6K personal-best time of 20:26 at Pre-Nationals and crushed the 6K freshman record by almost 25 seconds ... Was the second true freshman to cross the finish line at Big Tens with a time of 20:49 ... Led the Fighting Illini to its first NCAA Midwest Regional title with a second-place finish and a time of 20:47 ... Placed first for the Illini in each race ran.

Was the Ohio D1 State Champion for Cross Country in 2002 and 2004 ... Ohio D1 Track and Field state champion in the 3,200m from 2003-2005 ... Took third in the 1600m at the state meet in 2004 ... Helped her team to the Ohio Division 1 state title in 2004 ... Took third at the Ohio state cross country championships in 2004 and 2005 ... Four-time letterwinner in both cross country and track.

Daughter of Paul and Diane Bizzarri ... Born Feb. 15, 1988 ... Her biggest thril in sports was winning the Ohio State Track and Field team title ... Her high school coaches, Jeff Branhan and Kelly Affatato, most influenced her athletic career ... Majoring in molecular and cellular biology.

Personal Bests:

Cross Country
5K - 16:43
6K - 19:59

5,000m - 15:33.02
1,500m - 4:16.95