Penn State Captures First Big Ten Championship Title

Penn State's Bridget Franek was crowned individual champion.

Penn State's Bridget Franek was crowned individual champion.

Nov. 1, 2009


The Penn State women's cross country team captured its first Big Ten Championship title in front of a home crowd on Sunday, amassing 71 team points to edge Illinois (77) by a narrow six-point margin. Nittany Lion senior Bridget Franek claimed top honors in the event, crossing the finish line in a time of 20:03 - the second fastest six-kilometer mark ever recorded by an individual titlist in Big Ten Championships history. Franek earns All-Big Ten first team honors for her performance.

Illinois senior Angela Bizzarri raced her way to a second-place finish, trailing just seven seconds behind the Big Ten frontrunner with a time of 20:10 to earn her fourth top-10 finish in as many conference championship appearances. Joining Bizzarri on the All-Big Ten first team was fellow Illini Kristen Sutherland, who bested her previous showing from 2008 by 12 spots, finishing in seventh place to boost the Orange and Blue to the runner-up position in the final team standings.

For the second consecutive year, Minnesota's Megan Duwell paced the Golden Gophers, becoming the third senior to collect hardware on the day with a sub-20:30 mark. Her bronze-medal winning performance propelled Minnesota to a third-place finish with 80 team points and also earned her a place on the All-Big Ten first team.

Rounding out the top five teams was Michigan and Michigan State, who tallied 122 and 137 team points, respectively.

Below is a list of the first and second All-Big Ten teams along with a recap of the event courtesy of host and team champion Penn State.

Complete Results

Recap

Big Ten Championship Central


First Team All-Big Ten
Angela Bizzarri, Illinois
Kristin Sutherland, Illinois
Wendi Robinson, Indiana
Kaitlyn Peale, Michigan
Emily Macleod, Michigan State
Megan Duwell, Minnesota
Bridget Franek, Penn State


Second Team All-Big Ten
Elizabeth Boyle, Illinois
Chantelle Groenewoud, Illinois
Sarah Pease, Indiana
Jordan Jennewine, Ohio State
Kayla Wagner, Minnesota
Nicole Lord, Penn State
Caitlin Comfort, Wisconsin