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    Bizzarri, Langley Earn Dike Eddleman Awards
    Senior Angela Bizzarri is a three-time recipient of the Dike Eddleman Award, joining sprinter and hurdler Perdita Felicien with that distinction.

    Senior Angela Bizzarri is a three-time recipient of the Dike Eddleman Award, joining sprinter and hurdler Perdita Felicien with that distinction.

    June 16, 2010

    Champaign, Ill. - A pair of NCAA champions have been named the 2009-10 Dike Eddelman Award winners given to the top male and female athletes at the University of Illinois during the school year. The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics named NCAA golf champion Scott Langley and NCAA cross country and indoor 3,000 meter champion Angela Bizzarri as the Eddleman winners from this year. The DIA also named D.J. Richardson from basketball and softball's Pepper Gay as the Newcomers of the Year.

    Bizzarri becomes a three-time recipient of the award, joining sprinter and hurdler Perdita Felicien, who claimed the honor from 2001-2003, with that distinction. In fact track & field has had a stranglehold on the award of late, claiming the award nine of the last 10 years and 14 times since 1992. Langley, meanwhile, becomes the first men's golfer to claim the honor in the 70 years of the award. Current Illinois women's coach Renee (Heiken) Slone was the only golfer male or female to garner the accolade, having won it in 1991 and 1992.

    Junior Scott Langley becomes the first men's golfer to claim the Dike Eddleman laurel in the 70 years of the award.


    Langley became the first Illini ever to win the NCAA golf championship. He fired a 10-under par 206 for 54 holes to win the championship by two strokes at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was named a First Team All-American and earned the Arnold Palmer Award presented by Callaway to the NCAA golf champion. Langley was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Year after posting eight top-10 finishes in 14 tournaments. He set the University of Illinois single-season stroke average with a 71.37 mark this season and is on pace to break Steve Stricker's career scoring record by an Illini. Langley has been named to the United States Palmer Cup team and will begin play Thursday at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

    Bizzarri won the NCAA cross country title in November at Terre Haute, Ind., with a school-record 6K time of 19:46.8 and was named the Cross Country Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). In track, she captured her third national title in the 3,000 meters where she edged Iowa State's Lisa Koll down the stretch. In track, Bizzarri, who was named the Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, won four conference titles this year, taking home the 3,000 and 5,000 meters indoors and the 1,500 and 5,000 meters outdoors. Bizzarri is a nine-time All-American and owns seven school records in total. She tied the mark in the mile and reset her own record in the 3,000m and 5,000m during the 2010 indoor season and was part of the school-record distance medley relay in 2008. She also boasts the top spot in the outdoor 1,500m and 5,000m and set the 6K cross country record during the 2009 season.

    Richardson was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the league's coaches and to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. His 35 starts were the most by a freshman in school history, and he scored in double figures in 22 of those games. The second-leading freshman scorer in the Big Ten, Richardson averaged 10.5 points per game, while making 69 three-pointers (second most a freshman in UI history). He also averaged 2.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.

    Gay was one of the anchors of the Illinois pitching staff, posting a 16-1 record and a 1.46 ERA with 113 strikeouts. She ranked third in the Big Ten in ERA while opposing batters hit just .217 against her. Gay recorded three of Illinois' five victories while posting a 1.11 ERA en route to helping the Illini to the NFCA Leadoff Classic title in late February and was a big reason the Illini won 16 of their last 17 regular season games. Illinois posted a 45-8 record, placed second in the Big Ten and advanced to its second straight NCAA Tournament.

    The University of Illinois Athlete of the Year was first awarded in 1940. The award was given annually until it was discontinued in 1973. Since 1982, the University of Illinois has recognized both a Male and Female Athlete of the Year. In 1993, the awards were named in honor of the 11-time UI letterman and former Olympian, Dwight "Dike" Eddleman. The Newcomer and Spirit Awards have been presented each year since 1990.

    The other major awards were named on May 3 at the Scholar-Athlete reception. Bizzarri and football's Jon Asamoah earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Juice Williams from football and Luke Stannard from gymnastics shared the Male Spirit Award with tennis' Megan Fudge earning the Female Spirit Award.

    All-Time Illinois Athletes of the Year

    1940	William J. Hapac, basketball & baseball
    1941 	John Drish, basketball & baseball
    1942	Andy Phillip, basketball & baseball
    1943	Andy Phillip, basketball & baseball
    1944	Buddy Young, football & track
    1945	Walton "Junior" Kirk, basketball
    1946	Herbert McKenley, track
    1947	Alex Agase, football & wrestling
    1948	Dwight "Dike" Eddleman, football, basketball & track
    1949	Dwight "Dike" Eddleman, football, basketball & track
    1950	Russell Steger, football & baseball
    1951	Don Sunderlage, basketball
    1952	Charles Boerio, football
    1953	Clive Follmer, basketball & baseball
    1954	J.C. Caroline, football
    1955	Paul Judson, basketball
    1956	Em Lindbeck, football & baseball
    1957	Abe Woodson, football & track
    1958	Bob Mitchell, football & track
    1959	Abe Grossfeld, gymnastics
    1960	Bill Burrell, football
    1961	Bill Brown, football & track
    1962	Doug Mills, football, basketball & baseball
    1963	Harold Holmes, gymnastics
    1964	Dick Butkus, football
    1965	Dick Butkus, football
    1966	Jim Grabowski, football
    1967	Jim Dawson, basketball
    1968	Dave Scholz, basketball
    1969	Dave Scholz, basketball
    1970	Mike Price, basketball
    1971	Lee LaBadie, track/cross country
    1972	Rick Gross, track/cross country
    1973-81 Award not given
    1982	Tony Eason, football
    1983	Tony Eason, football
            Marianne Dickerson, track/cross country
    1984    Don Thorp, football
            Karen Brems, gymnastics
    1985	Charles Lake, gymnastics
            Kelly McNee, track/cross country
    1986	David Williams, football
            Jonelle Polk, basketball
    1987	Darrin Fletcher, baseball
            Mary Eggers, volleyball
    1988	Tim Simon, track
            Mary Eggers, volleyball
    1989	David Zeddies, gymnastics
            Mary Eggers, volleyball
    1990	Kendall Gill, basketball
            Laura Bush, volleyball
    1991	Jon Llewellyn, wrestling
            Sarah Sharp, basketball
            Renee Heiken, golf
    1992	Tim Simpson, football
            Len Sitko, track/cross country
            Renee Heiken, golf
            Tonja Buford, track
    1993	Marko Koers, track
            Tonja Buford, track
    1994	Anthony Jones, track
            Tina Rogers, volleyball
    1995	Dana Howard, football
            Steve Marianetti, wrestling
            Tonya Williams, track
    1996	Kevin Hardy, football
            Tonya Williams, track
    1997	Ernest Benion, wrestling
            Ashley Berggren, basketball
    1998	Eric Siebert, wrestling
            Ashley Berggren, basketball
            Yvonne Harrison, track & field
    1999	Oliver Freelove, tennis
           	Cristy Chapman, volleyball
    2000	Jason Anderson, baseball
            Jessica Aveyard, swimming
    2001	Adam Tirapelle, wrestling
            Perdita Felicien, track & field
    2002	Kurt Kittner, football
            Perdita Felicien, track & field
    2003	Amer Delic, tennis
            Matt Lackey, wrestling
            Perdita Felicien, track & field
    2004	Justin Spring, gymnastics
            Leisha Alcia, soccer
    2005	Deron Williams, basketball
            Cassie Hunt, track & field/cross country
    2006	Justin Spring, gymnastics
           	Cassie Hunt, track & field/cross country
    2007	Kevin Anderson, tennis
    	Yvonne Mensah, track & field
    2008	J Leman, football
    	Angela Bizzarri, track & field/cross country
    2009	Paul Ruggeri, gymnastics
    	Angela Bizzarri, track & field/cross country
    2010	Scott Langley, golf
    	Angela Bizzarri, track & field/cross country
    

    All-Time Illinois Newcomers of the Year

    1990	Steve Bridges, track & field/cross country
    	Peggy Pullman, gymnastics
    1991	Deon Thomas, basketball
    	Mandy Cunningham, basketball
    1992	Marko Koers, track & field
    	Becky Biehl, golf
    1993	Simeon Rice, football
    	Kirsten Gleis, volleyball
    1994	Jerry Turek, tennis
    	Nicole "Punti" Viernes, gymnastics
    1995	Robert Holcombe, football
    	Erin Borske, volleyball
    1996	Karl Roesler, wrestling
    	Kim Berres, gymnastics
    1997	Chris Jones, track & field
    	Cary Franklin, tennis
    	Tisha Ponder, track & field
    1998	Adam Tirapelle, wrestling
    	Aleisha Latimer, track & field
    1999	Cory Bradford, basketball
    	Jason Van Swol, track & field
    	Allison Curtin, basketball
    2000	Brandon Lloyd, football
    	Shavonna Hunter, basketball
    2001	Amer Delic, tennis
    	Phil Stolt, tennis
    	Jennifer McGaffigan, tennis
    	Susanna Kallur, track & field
    2002	Drew Davidson, baseball
    	Ashley Williams, gymnastics
    2003	Alex Tirapelle, wrestling
    	Rajeev Ram, tennis
    	Rachelle Coriddi, softball
    2004	E.B. Halsey, football
    	Cassie Hunt, track & field/cross country
    2005	Kevin Anderson, tennis
    	Macall Harkins, tennis
    2006	Kyle Hudson, football/baseball
    	Julie Crall, gymnastics
    2007	Gakologelwang Masheto, track & field
    	Angela Bizzarri, track & field/cross country
    2008	Arrelious Benn, football
    	Allison Buckley, gymnastics
    2009	Andrew Riley, track & field
    	Michelle Bartsch, volleyball
    2010	D.J. Richardson, basketball
    	Pepper Gay, softball
    

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