Angela Bizzarri won the 2009 cross country national title on Monday. (photo by Randy Miyazaka trackandfieldphoto.com)
Nov. 24, 2009
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Senior and eight-time All-American Angela Bizzarri has been named a nominee for the Honda Sports Award for cross country, the Collegiate Women Sports Awards announced Tuesday. Bizzarri earns this nomination a day after her remarkable NCAA Championship victory where she set a school-record 6K time of 19:46.8 to beat out the other 253 runners in the field.
The three other nominees for the award are Washington sophomore Kendra Schaaf, Florida State senior Susan Kuijken and Virginia junior Catherine White. Schaaf, Kuijken and White finished second, third, and fourth, respectively, at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The winner will be announced on Friday, Dec. 4.
Now in its 34th year, the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program recognizes annually the top woman collegiate athlete in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, each of whom receives the Honda Sports Award. To determine the Honda Sports Award winners in each of the 12 sports, ballots are distributed during the year to senior women's sports administrators at all NCAA-member schools. Honda is donating $1,000 to the women's athletic fund of each nominee's university, as well as $5,000 to the program of the winner.
The nominee who wins this award will then become a nominee for the Honda-Broderick Cup award, which is given each year to the nation's most outstanding female college athlete. A press conference announcing the winner of the 2009-2010 Honda-Broderick Cup will be held at the Low Library, Columbia University, New York City June 21, 2010. The Cup will be presented to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Past recipients of the award include Jackie Joyner-Kersee (track and field, 1984-85), Mia Hamm (soccer, 1993-94), and Candace Parker (basketball, 2007-08).