Angela Bizzarri with her national championship trophy at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
June 19, 2009
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Awards and honors continue to accumulate for junior Angela Bizzarri, as she was named a second team Academic All-American by ESPN the Magazine on Friday as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Bizzarri is the first Illinois track and field/cross country athlete to earn ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America honors since Cassie Hunt in 2006.
Bizzarri is one of just five Big Ten women's track and field student-athletes who were named Academic All-Americans, joining Purdue's Kara Patterson (first team), Wisconsin's Gwen Jorgensen (second team), Penn State's Bridget Franek (third team) and Indiana's Vera Neuenswander (third team).
Bizzarri owns a cumulative GPA of 3.55 as a molecular and cellular biology major. The seven-time All-American recently completed the best distance season in Illinois history, capped by winning the national title in the 5,000m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She also won 5,000m titles at the NCAA Mideast Region Championships and Big Ten Outdoor Championships, was named the Midwest Region Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), broke five Illinois school records and earned All-America honors in indoor track and field and cross country in 2008-09. On Wednesday, Bizzarri received the Dike Eddleman Award for the second straight year, which goes to the top athlete at the University of Illinois.
Next up for Bizzarri is running the 5,000m at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday, June 26 in Eugene, Oregon.