Illinois and Penn State Share Weekly Big Ten Honors

May 1, 2007

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Carlene Robinson, Illinois
Sr., Manchester, Jamaica/Manchester
Robinson earns her first career outdoor award after qualifying for NCAA Regionals in three events last weekend. The senior clocked the second-best time in the conference this season in the 400-meter hurdles (57.88) and also ran a leg of the winning 4x100-meter relay that posted a time of 44.63, which is the best time in the Big Ten this year. Robinson set a personal-best time of 54.16 in the 400-meter dash, marking the fourth-fastest time in the conference this outdoor season.

Last ILL AOW: Yvonne Mensah (4/18/06)

Bridget Franek, Penn State
Fr., Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood
Franek receives her first career weekly award after setting a new school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Penn Relays over the weekend. The freshman's time of 9:59.21 is the best in the Big Ten this season and the third-fastest in NCAA Division I. Franek was also part of the 4x1500-meter team that clocked a school-best time of 17:57.28.

Last PSU AOW: Aleesha Barber (T) (4/24/07)

Gayle Hunter, Penn State
So., Riverside, Calif./J.W. North

Hunter takes home the first weekly award of her career after qualifying automatically for the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon with a score of 5,606 at the Penn Relays. The sophomore's total is the second-highest in the Big Ten this season and the seventh-best in the nation. Hunter also ran a leg on the Nittany Lions' 4x400-meter relay squad that clocked in with a regionally qualifying time of 3:42.48.

Last PSU AOW: Aleesha Barber (T) (4/24/07)