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WINDR T/F: Weekly Rankings

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Once again, Indiana and Penn State appeared as the conference's lone representatives in fourth edition of the women's indoor track and field USTFCCCA national rankings, announced Monday afternoon.  The Nittany Lions voted in at No. 10 while the Hoosiers moved up seven spots to earn a No. 18 ranking in this week's poll.

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WINDR T/F: Weekly Honorees

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The conference office announced on Monday the sixth weekly women's indoor track and field awards for meets through February 8-14. Penn State's Bridget Franek and Minnesota's Alicia Rue posted NCAA automatic qualifying marks last week to earn the weekly laurels.

Franek placed third in the highly-touted 5,000-meter invitational at the Husky Classic, finishing in a personal-best 15:56.76 - just over three seconds off the Penn State school record. Her performance is the fourth fastest in the NCAA this year, and the best mark among Big Ten competitors.

Meanwhile, Rue placed second in the pole vault competition at the Iowa State Classic with a leap of 14 feet, 3.25 inches - her fourth NCAA automatic qualifier on the year. The meet marked her eighth clearance over 14 feet this season.

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WINDR T/F: USTFCCCA National Rankings

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Two Big Ten teams graced the latest edition of the USTFCCCA rankings, announced on Tuesday. Penn State maintained its position inside the nation's top 10, voting in at No. 9. Rounding out this week's poll are the Indiana Hoosiers, who move up seven spots from a week ago to check in at No. 25.

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WINDR T/F: Weekly Award Winners

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The conference office announced on Monday the fifth weekly women's indoor track and field awards for meets through February 1-7. Indiana's Molly Beckwith posted two NCAA marks to earn the nod as Track Athlete of the Week while Purdue's Brianna Neumann collected Field Athlete of the Week laurels on the strength of a record-setting weekend at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational.

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WINDR T/F: Nittany Lions Rank Sixth in USTFCCCA Poll

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Penn State was the lone Big Ten representative in the second weekly update of the NCAA Division I National Team Rankings for indoor track & field, the USTFCCCA announced Tuesday. The Nittany Lions retained their spot in the top-10 for the second straight week, checking in at No. 6 in the national poll.

Texas A&M  continues its reign over the top spot. The Aggie women have not flinched since the beginning of the season.

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The Big Ten featured two of its own in the premier 2010 women's indoor track and field national rankings, released Tuesday by the USTFCCCA. Penn State improved four spots from its preseason standing to earn a sixth-place ranking in this week's poll while Illinois remained inside the top-25, voting in at No. 24.

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WINDR T/F: Weekly Award Winners

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The conference office announced on Monday the third weekly women's indoor track and field honors for meets through January 18-24. Illinois' Melissa Bates took home the weekly track laurel and Minnesota's Alicia Rue collected her second consecutive Field Athlete of the Week award of the season.

A junior sprinter, Bates posted three top-finishes, highlighted by an NCAA  provisional qualifying effort in the 400 meter (54.74). In other completion, Minnesota's Rue continued her assault on the Minnesota record book bettering her own school record and University Fieldhouse record in the pole vault, clearing 14 feet, 4 1/2 inches at the Jack Johnson Classic. The winning effort marked her third straight individual title on the year as she improved her previous standard by half an inch. The height was Rue's third NCAA automatic qualifying performance of the season and her seventh meet clearing over 14 feet.

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WINDR T/F: Weekly Award Winners

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The conference office announced on Monday the second weekly women's indoor track and field awards for meets through January 11-17. Fawn Dorr returned the weekly track laurel to State College, Pa., for the second consecutive week while Minnesota's Alicia Rue earned the Gophers their first weekly field honor of the season.

Dorr turned in two NCAA provisional marks to go along with a pair of personal bests at the Penn State Northeast Challenge on Saturday. The Nittany Lion senior provided an exciting finishing kick in the last 100-meters to win the 400-meters in 53.32 - the second fastest time in the NCAA this year.

Rue captured her second pole vault title of the season, clearing a season-high of 4.31 meters at the Minnesota Open on Saturday. The winning effort marked the second NCAA automatic qualifier of the 2010 campaign for the Gopher senior.

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The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Thursday the 10 female collegiate track & field athletes named to the official preseason watch list for the 2010 awarding of The Bowerman as selected by The Bowerman Women's Watch Committee. Included in the preseason watch list is 2009 NCAA Cross Country Champion Angela Bizzarri of Illinois.

On the track in 2009, Bizzarri was the NCAA champ at 5000 meters and placed third in the event at the USATF Championships. At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Bizzarri accounted for 18 team points as winner of the 5000 meters and as runner-up in the 1500. Indoors, Bizzarri placed fourth at 3000 meters.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the recently-debuted trophy, and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org. Keep up with Bowerman candidates on the USTFCCCA's weekly results page (http://www.ustfccca.org/weekly-results) and by following the organization's twitter feed twitter.com/USTFCCCA.

 

Penn State's Shavon Greaves and Indiana's Faith Sherrill collected their first career weekly awards after opening the 2010 season in convincing fashion at their respective home openers over the weekend.

Greaves made a statement on the NCAA sprint scene at the Penn State Relays last Saturday, posting NCAA-leading marks in the 60- and 200-meters. The Nittany Lion junior opened the day with an NCAA-provisional qualifying 7.33 in the 60-meter preliminaries, and followed up with an impressive 7.30 in the event final. She then sprinted to a speedy personal-best 23.22 in the 200, which was also good for first place and another NCAA-qualifying effort.

Junior Faith Sherrill posted the nation's best mark in the shot put while also breaking a longstanding IU record that stood for 18 years with a heave of 16.70m (54-9.5). The mark is a foot and a half better than the second best in the Big Ten so far this season. READ MORE ...