NCAA Indoor Championships Review

March 14, 2010

Penn State led all Big Ten teams as competition came to a close at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships at Randal Tyson Tracak Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas on Saturday. The Nittany Lions tallied 17 team points to finish in 13th place, marking their third-consecutive top-15 finish at the national event. Rounding out the Big Ten contingent was Illinois (10) and Indiana (8) in 21st and 28th place, respectively. Oregon earned the NCAA team crown with 61 points, followed by Tennessee with 36, LSU with 35, Florida with 33, and Texas A&M with 31.

Illinois senior Angela Bizzarri  claimed top honors  in the 3,000-meter run. The Mason, Ohio native smashed her own school record in the event by 13 seconds with a time of 8:57.40 and edged top-seeded Lisa Koll (8:57.52) of Iowa State by just over a tenth of a second.

Following closely behind BIzzarri was Penn State senior Bridget Franek, who claimed seventh overall after crossing the finish line in 9:12.62. With her second-career All-America finish in the 3,000, Franek upped her overall total to nine All-America finishes. Later in the afternoon, Penn State added one more to its All-America count as senior Fawn Dorr sprinted to a fifth-place effort in the 400-meters in a time of 52.58 - just off her lifetime-best 52.53. Dorr's standing is also the second highest by a Nittany Lion in the indoor quarter mile.

Hoosier senior Molly Beckwith posted four points for IU after taking fifth in the 800-meter run for her first career All-America certificate. The Worthington, Ohio, native bettered her previous best by .04 seconds to improve on her own IU record with a time of 2:04.46.

The Big Ten saw four additional athletes achieve All-America status on Saturday with seventh-place finishes in their respective events, including Wisconsin's Dorcas Akinniyi (pentathlon), Ohio State’s Christina Manning (60-meter hurdles), Minnesota’s Samantha Sonnenberg (pole vault) and Purdue’s Stacey Wannemacher (shot put).

Full Recap

Complete Results

Women - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored
1) Oregon 61
2) Tennessee 36
3) LSU 35
4) Florida 33
5) Texas A&M 31
6) Auburn 28
7) Clemson 20
7) Florida State 20
7) UTEP 20
10) West Virginia 18
10) Virginia Tech 18
10) Iowa State 18

13) Penn State 17
21) Illinois 10
39) Minnesota 5
52) Mississippi 2
52) Wisconsin 2
52) Purdue 2
52) Ohio State 2