Senior Angela Bizzarri is one of three Illini heading to the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend, March 12-13.
March 11, 2010
2010 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
Friday, March 12 - Saturday, March 13
Arkansas // Fayetteville, Ark. // Randal Tyson Track Center
The Fighting Illini women's track and field team will be represented by three athletes at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., from March 12-13 at Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track Center. Illinois will look to bring home All-America honors in three events, as Angela Bizzarri (3,000m), Aja Evans (shot put) and Tamika Robinson (60m hurdles) all head into the championships ranked in the nation's top 15. Bizzarri and Evans have plenty of championship experience as returning indoor All-Americans from last season, while Robinson heads to NCAAs for the first time in her career. Bizzarri has established herself as one of the top distance runners in the country, as a two-time national champion and an eight-time All-American between cross country and track and field. Evans has also made a name for herself in the shot put by picking up All-America honors at the previous two indoor championships and winning the 2010 Big Ten indoor title. Robinson will be the only Illini competitor on Friday, as she will run in the preliminaries of the 60m hurdles at 5:40 p.m. If she advances, the finals of the 60m hurdles are scheduled for 6:45 p.m. on Saturday. Evans is slated to begin the shot put at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday while Bizzarri will run the 3,000m at 7:45 p.m. later that night.
ESPN360.com will stream the championships live beginning at 8 p.m. CST on Friday, March 12 and 6:10 p.m. CST on Saturday, March 13. NCAA.com and ArkansasRazorbacks.com will stream supplemental coverage as available when ESPN360.com is not live. Live results can be found at ArkansasRazorbacks.com. ESPN2 will air a 90-minute show at 12:30 p.m. CST, Wednesday, March 17.
Illinois Schedule at the NCAA Indoor Championships
Friday, March 12
5:40 p.m. 60m Hurdles Preliminaries (Robinson)
Saturday, March 13
4:30 p.m. Shot Put (Evans)
6:45 p.m. 60m Hurdles Finals (Robinson)
7:45 p.m. 3,000m Final (Bizzarri)
Fighting Illini Competitors
Angela Bizzarri, 3,000m (Sr., Mason, Ohio)
A two-time national champion (cross country and outdoor 5,000m) and an eight-time All-American, she ranks as the best distance runner in Illinois history ... Seeded seventh in the 3,000m field with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 9:10.16 ran at the Big Ten Championships, which reset her own school record in the event and gave her the first Big Ten indoor title of her illustrious career ... Also automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 5,000m when she reset her own school record at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 16:06.88, but opted to focus solely on the 3,000m ... Placed fourth in the 3,000m at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships with a time of 9:15.50 and anchored the distance medley relay to a sixth-place finish and All-America accolades at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships ... Earlier this year, she tied the school record in the mile with a time of 4:40.68 and now holds a total of six school records between track and field and cross country ... Also owns four of the top-five 3,000m times in school history.
Indoor Career Best in 3,000m: 9:10.16
Aja Evans, Shot Put (Sr., Chicago, Ill.)
Has earned All-America accolades at back-to-back NCAA Indoor Championships after placing ninth in 2008 and fifth in 2009 ... Seeded fifth in the shot put after she broke her own school record and set the Big Ten Indoor Championships record with a mark of 56-0 1/2 (17.08m) to automatically qualify ... That record-setting throw gave the senior her first Big Ten indoor title to go along with her two Big Ten outdoor titles in the shot put ... Won the 2009 Big Ten Outdoor shot put title with a mark of 54-4 3/4 and was the 2008 Big Ten outdoor shot put champion, setting a championships, facility and school record with a personal-best 55-10 1/2 (17.03m) ... Placed fifth in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a throw of 53-11 1/4, earning the third All-America honor of her career and her first in the outdoor season ... Competed in the shot put at the 2009 USA Championships ... Represented the U.S. in the shot put at the NACAC Athletic Association Under-23 Championships in 2008 ... Also runs sprints for the Illini.
Indoor Career Best in Shot Put: 56-0 1/2 (17.08m)
Tamika Robinson, 60m Hurdles (Jr., Chicago, Ill.)
Qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships for the first time in her career and is ranked 14th heading into the championships ... Ran a personal-best 8.25 during the preliminaries of the Big Ten Championships and matched that time at last weekend's Iowa State NCAA Qualifier, where she won the 60m-hurdle title ... Won the 60m hurdles title at the Illinois Intercollegiate with a time of 8.44.
Indoor Career Best in 60m hurdles: 8.25