Illinois’ Angela Bizzarri is Division I XC Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

March 1, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – Angela Bizzarri of Illinois has been named as Division I’s female cross country Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2009 season as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday. Bizzarri is also among 104 given All-Academic status for the previous cross country season for their efforts in the classroom and on nation’s cross country courses.

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Bizzarri, a senior from Mason, Ohio, has a 3.62 cumulative GPA in the field of Molecular and Cellular Biology. The Scholar-Athlete of the Year award goes to the highest individual finisher from the previous year’s NCAA Cross Country Championship among those given USTFCCCA All-Academic status.

In November, Bizzarri, the USTFCCCA National Cross Country Athlete of the Year, became the first women from Illinois to win the NCAA Division I cross country national title. Bizzarri set a new personal best on the LaVern Gibson national-championship course running 13 seconds better than she did at the 2008 championships. Bizzarri, also the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Athlete of the Year in 2009 earned her first regional title after finishing as the runner-up the previous three seasons at the Midwest Region meet.

Bizzarri is joined by teammates Elizabeth Boyle and Kristin Sutherland as All-Academic honorees.

The award honors those student-athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically. To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average and must finish among the top 15 finishers (or top 10 percent) of the field at their respective NCAA regional meet.

The 104 USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees represent 57 schools around the country. Nine were reported to have 4.0 cumulative GPAs at the end of the 2009 fall semester, including: Courtney Calka of Eastern Michigan, Jessica Parry of Florida State, Anna Holm-Joergensen of Iona, Terry Phillips of Missouri State, Veronica Phil of Northern Arizona, Katherine Niehaus of Stanford, Winrose Karunde of Texas Tech, Kaitie Vanatta of Missouri, and Jordan Hasay of Oregon.

The list also includes seven regional champions and three who finished in the nation’s top 10 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Syracuse and SMU both placed five on the All-Academic list with West Virginia and Villanova have the next most with four.

The Big Ten, Big 12, and BIG EAST Conferences each had 15 representatives claim the honor.

The male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in Division I is Northern Arizona’s David McNeill. Those institutions given All-Academic Team status will be named on Wednesday, March 3 (women) and Friday, March 5 (men).

USTFCCCA 2009 Division I Cross Country All-Academic Honorees, WOMEN

* Reported having a 4.0 cumulative GPA
^ Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Brittney Caudle Art Appalachian State University
Erin Bedell Health Science Baylor University
Danielle Bradley Health Science Baylor University
Cate Westenhover Journalism Baylor University
Brittany Thune Belmont University
Jillian King Pre-Med Boston College
Ariel Wright Engineering Brown University
Kim Ruck Health Science Clemson University
Emily Anderson Kinesiology College of William and Mary
Kristen Hemphill Nutrition and Food Science Colorado State University
Ellen Rastall Human Development/Family Studies Colorado State University
Jackie Drouin Political Science Columbia University
Stephanie Pancoast Engineering Cornell University
Juliet Bottorff Undeclared Duke University
Kayla Hale Undeclared Duke University
Courtney Calka* Exercise Science Eastern Michigan University
Jennifer Dunn Exercise Science Florida State University
Jessica Parry* Physics Florida State University
Amanda Winslow Sports Management Florida State University
Natasha LaBeaud Professional Studies Georgetown University
Kailyn Kuzmuk undecided Harvard University
Claire Rcihardson Neurobiology Harvard University
Chelsea Blanchard Education Indiana University, Bloomington
Sarah Pease Exercise Science Indiana University, Bloomington
Wendi Robinson Exercise Physiology Indiana University, Bloomington
Anna Holm-Joergensen* Public Relations Iona College
Marion Joly-Testault Undeclared Iona College
Lisa Koll Veterinary Medicine Iowa State University
Sydney Messick Dietetics & Kinesiology Kansas State University
BeverlyRamos Morales Chemical Science Kansas State University
Alexandra Lizarribar Pre Med Kent State University
Carlie Green Psychology Michigan State University
Terry Phillips* Biochemistry Missouri State University
Emily Pritt Communications Media North Carolina State University
Brittany Tinsley Education-General Studies North Carolina State University
Veronica Pohl* Education Northern Arizona University
Lia Jones Undecided Oakland University
Bridget Franek Kinesiology Pennsylvania State University
Nicole Lord Communications Pennsylvania State University
Alex Banfich Undeclared Princeton University
Sarah Cummings Economics Princeton University
Stephanie Wilson English Santa Clara University
Veronika Blom Applied Physiology Southern Methodist University
Kristine Eikrem-Engeset Sports Management Southern Methodist University
Silje Fjortoft Applied Physiology Southern Methodist University
Sara Sjokvist Business Southern Methodist University
Alexandra Dunne Undeclared Stanford University
Stephanie Marcy Ancient History Stanford University
Katherine Niehaus* Biomechanical Engineering Stanford University
Laura Huet Business Management Stony Brook University
Holly Van Dalen English/Sociology Stony Brook University
Lucy Van Dalen Sociology Stony Brook University
Natalie Busby Biology Syracuse University
Catherine Desarle Chemistry Syracuse University
Katie Hursey Physical Education Syracuse University
Maegan Krifchin Health/Exercise Science Syracuse University
Lauren Penny History Syracuse University
Purity Biwott Human and Family Studies Texas Tech University
Caroline Karunde Human and Family Studies Texas Tech University
Winrose Karunde* Human and Family Studies Texas Tech University
Ellen Birmingham Alli Med The Ohio State University
Jordan Jennewine Alli Med The Ohio State University
Miranda Walker Psychology University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Deborah Maier Undeclared University of California, Berkeley
Jennifer Barringer Political Science University of Colorado, Boulder
Laura Tremblay Chem. and Bio. Engineering University of Colorado, Boulder
Genevieve LaCaze Applied Physiology and Kinesiology University of Florida
Rebecca Lowe Management University of Florida
Julie Northrup Business Administration University of Florida
Kristie Krueger Biological Engineering University of Georgia
Bridget Lyons Biology University of Georgia
Angela Bizzarri^ Molecular and Cellular Biology University of Illinois, Champaign
Elizabeth Boyle English University of Illinois, Champaign
Kristin Sutherland Business University of Illinois, Champaign
Brooke Eilers Speech & Hearing Sciences University of Iowa
Lauren Bonds Political Science University of Kansas
Tarah McKay Exercise Science University of Louisville
Conner Corey Nursing University of Maine, Orono
Heather Dorniden Kinesiology University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Megan Duwell Business University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Amy Laskowske Global Studies University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Kaitie Vanatta* Education University of Missouri, Columbia
Lara Crofford Nutrition Science & Dietetics University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Nicole Blood Journalism University of Oregon
Jordan Hasay* Human Physiology University of Oregon
Alexandra Kosinski Sociology University of Oregon
Jackie Areson Ecology & Evolutionary Biology University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Katie Van Horn Statistics University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Mia Behm Liberal Arts University of Texas at Austin
Morgane Gay undeclared University of Virginia
Catherine White Biology University of Virginia
Christine Babcock Pre Health Sciences University of Washington
Kailey Campbell Biology University of Washington
Bogdana Mimic Chemical Engineering Villanova University
Nicole Schappert Marketing Villanova University
Ali Smith Communications Villanova University
Kaitlyn Tallman Human Services Villanova University
Ganna Nosenko Political Science Wake Forest University
Lisa Egami Communication Washington State University
Marie Louise Asselin Biochemistry West Virginia University
Keri Bland Mathematics West Virginia University
Clara Grandt Exercise Physiology West Virginia University
Kate Harrison Exercise Physiology West Virginia University
Tonya Nero Biology Wichita State University