April 9, 2010
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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. The Nittany Lions tallied 17 team points to finish in 13th place, marking their third-consecutive top-15 finish at the national event. 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 finished with 10 team points while Indiana notched eight tallies to earn 21st and 28th place, respectively. Rounding out the Big Ten contingent was Minnesota (5) in 39th place and Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin tied in the 52nd spot with two points apiece.
Overall, 12 Big Ten student-athltetes earned All-America honors by virtue of their top-eight finishes at the national meet. Highlighting the list was 3,000-meter national champion Angela Bizzarri of Illinois. The Illini senior secured a spot atop the winners podium after smashing her own school record in the event by 13 seconds with a time of 8:57.40 to edge top-seeded Lisa Koll (8:57.52) of Iowa State by just over a tenth of a second.
In one of the final tuneups before the NCAA Championships, Penn State excited a home crowd by capturing its second-ever Big Ten title at its own Horace Ashenfelter Track. The Championships host posted four Big Ten titles and two runner-up finishes on the final day of competition to total 111 points for its first team title since 2004.
Ohio State placed second with 88 points, followed by Indiana (83) and Minnesota (83) in third and fourth place, respectively. Wisconsin improved upon its seventh-place finish from last year’s meet, rounding out the top-five spots with 72 tallies.
Penn State junior Shavon Greaves was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Minnesota senior Alicia Rue earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Year. Michigan’s Jillian Smith was tabbed Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches while Nittany Lion head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year by her peers. In addition, Nittany Lion senior Bridget Franek was tabbed Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships while seniors Aja Evans of Illinois and Faith Sherrill of Indiana took home Field Co-Athletes of the Championships laurels for their outstanding performances at the conference meet.