NCAA Indoor Women's Day 2 Recap - Favorites & Big Names Shine
Women's 3k Produces Classic Battle Between Lisa Koll And Angela Bizzarri

By LetsRun.com
March 13, 2010

Cream certainly does rise to the top. The big names and top seeds produced strong performances in all of the mid-d and distance events on Saturday at the 2010 NCAA indoor track and field championships. The #1 seed captured the 800, mile and was 2nd in the 3k. And the winner of the 3k was NCAA cross-country champion Angela Bizzarri, who ran a 12-second PR to get the win over Lisa Koll.

Not to be ignored also was a dominant team title by Oregon and an American record in the women's 400.

Women's Mile: Browning Clearly Was Class Of The Field
Florida's Charlotte Browning (via the UK), who was 8th last year in this race, took home the title in the women's mile thanks to a last 400 that she covered in around 65, as she seemed to be in control over the last 400 and earned a relatively easy victory, which wasn't a big surprise since she came into the meet with the best time by 3.74 seconds.

After an opening 800 of 2:22, and 1,200 of 3:30-ish, only four women were in contention. Three were seniors in Browning, Washington's Katie Follett and Florida State's Pilar McShine and one was a freshman - in US high school 1,500-meter record holder Jordan Hasay. Those four would finish one through four, but Hasay was unable to kick with her elders.

Hasay looked a bit tired after her strong 4:32 anchor run on the DMR the night before and it certainly came as no surprise to us that Hasay would later be a DNF in the 3,000 when Oregon had things basically wrapped up, but she still started the race.

Finals                                                                          
  1 Charlotte Browning        SR Florida                4:35.66   10            
  2 Katie Follett             SR Washington             4:36.39    8            
  3 Pilar McShine             SR Florida State          4:37.20    6            
  4 Jordan Hasay              FR Oregon                 4:38.29    5            
  5 Mihaela Susa              JR Oklahoma State         4:38.97    4            
  6 Anne Kesselring           FR Oregon                 4:40.39    3            
  7 Caroline Karunde          JR Texas Tech             4:40.64    2            
  8 Keri Bland                JR West Virginia          4:42.79    1            
  9 Dina Nosenko              SO Wake Forest            4:43.73                 
 10 Heidi Gregson             SO Iona                   4:55.76                         
                                                

Track and Field: 115th Penn Relays
Phoebe Wright

Women's 800: Same Top 2 As Last Year, Just Reverse The Order
Tennessee's Phoebe Wright lived up to the favorite's billing and got some sweet revenge, as she took home her first individual NCAA title thanks to a dominant, wire-to-wire victory in the women's 800. Wright, who finished 2nd last year, came into the 2010 NCAA meet with the top collegiate time in the country this year by more than 1.65 seconds and she looked like the class of the field in the race as she won by more than a second after going through 400 in 59.88 and 600 in 1:31.47.

Coming in 2nd was last year's winner, BYU's Lacey Cramer. The race for 2nd, 3rd and 4th was basically a blanket affair, as the three places were only decided by .06.

Finals                                                                          
  1 Phoebe Wright             SR Tennessee              2:02.55   10            
  2 Lacey Cramer              SO BYU                    2:03.89    8            
  3 LaTavia Thomas            SR LSU                    2:03.90    6            
  4 Chanelle Price            SO Tennessee              2:03.95    5            
  5 Molly Beckwith            SR Indiana                2:04.46    4            
  6 Stephanie Brown           FR Arkansas               2:05.11    3            
  7 Sofie Persson             SO Mississippi            2:05.85    2            
  8 Lea Wallace               JR Sacramento St.         2:13.97    1            
                        

 

A Happy Angela Bizzarri

Women's 3000: Bizzarri Spoils Koll's Desire For Double
The women's 3k was the only close women's mid-d or distance race of the night and it proved to be a great one. National leader Lisa Koll, who captured the 5k in dominant fashion, was looking to get her 2nd title in Arkansas. However, it was clear from the start that this victory was never going to come as easy as the 10-plus second romp in the 5k came for Koll on Friday. For starters, 3k is a little short for Koll, who runs the 10k outdoors. Secondly, Koll was facing much stiffer competition in a fresh Angela Bizzarri, who of course was the NCAA cross-country champion last fall.

The expected duel between Bizarri and Koll more than lived up the billing. Villanova's Sheila Reid also gamely tried to join the fight but fell off before the victory was decided over the last lap.

The pace was hot throughout the race, as Koll didn't want it to come down to a sprint. Clearly, she had right to believe she was the fittest runner in the race and she wanted to slowly grind the will out of her opponents. But Reid and Bizzarri didn't go quietly and with just over 200 to go, Bizzarri went to the lead. Was it over? No. Koll chased after and put on a game fight and tried to come back on Bizzarri after they came off the final turn, but Koll's surge came too late and Bizzarri had completed her own personal triple crown of having won three straight NCAA titles in three straight NCAA meets (5k outdoors 2009, cross-country 2009, indoor 3k).

In the process of winning her first NCAA indoor title, Bizzarri had run a huge PR, as her time of 8:57.40 smashed her previous best of 9:10.16. Koll ran well also, as her 8:57.52 was very close to her 8:56.09 PR and collegiate leader.

Finals                                                                          
  1 Angela Bizzarri           SR Illinois               8:57.40   10            
  2 Lisa Koll                 SR Iowa State             8:57.52    8            
  3 Sheila Reid               JR Villanova              9:01.13    6            
  4 Jackie Areson             SR Tennessee              9:10.09    5            
  5 Nicole Blood              SR Oregon                 9:11.23    4            
  6 Nicole Schappert          SR Villanova              9:12.51    3            
  7 Bridget Franek            SR Penn State             9:12.62    2            
  8 Emily Infeld              SO Georgetown             9:13.22    1            
  9 Marie Lawrence            SO Washington             9:14.53                 
 10 Beverly Ramos             SR Kansas State           9:16.23                 
 11 Jessica O'Connell         SO West Virginia          9:18.78                 
 12 Bogdana Mimic             FR Villanova              9:18.87                 
 13 Janet Jesang              SR Western Kentucky       9:20.60                 
 14 Betzy Jimenez             JR Texas                  9:21.18                 
 15 Alex Becker               SR Tulsa                  9:21.78                 
 16 Alison Smith              JR Villanova              9:25.22                 
 -- Jordan Hasay              FR Oregon                     DNF         
  
                                                

Women's 400m: American Record 50.54 For McCorory!!!!!
Hampton's Francena McCorory certainly showed that her 50.58 at last year's NCAA outdoor champs was no fluke, as she got the win in an American record 50.54. Coming into the meet, McCorory had only the 7th-best indoor time of D1 collegians in 2010 at 52.83.

Yesterday, she ran the fastest qualifying time of 52.14 and then elevated her game another level today after Oregon's Keshia Baker put out a stiff challenge of 51.63 for McCorory in the first heat.

Finals                                                                          
  1 Francena McCorory         SR Hampton                  50.54A  2  10         
  2 Keshia Baker              SR Oregon                   51.63   1   8         
  3 Jessica Beard             JR Texas A&M                52.08   2   6         
  4 Joanna Atkins             JR Auburn                   52.43   2   5         
  5 Fawn Dorr                 SR Penn State               52.58   2   4         
  6 Jernail Hayes             SR Seton Hall               52.66   1   3         
  7 Kristal Juarez            JR TCU                      52.94   1   2         
  8 Shelise Williams          JR Arkansas                 53.23   1   1         
            

Women's 4 x 400/Team Title
Oregon got a convincing win in the 4 x 400 and it was only appropriate, as they were dominant as a team in Arkansas, easily outdistancing 2nd place Florida for the overall team title. Oregon's 61 was 25 more than Florida's 36.

Finals                                                                          
  1 Oregon                                              3:32.97   10            
     1) Jamesha Youngblood JR           2) Keshia Baker SR                      
     3) Michele Williams JR             4) Amber Purvis SO                      
  2 LSU                                                 3:33.79    8            
     1) Cassandra Tate SO               2) Kayann Thompson SR                   
     3) Brittany Hall JR                4) LaTavia Thomas SR                    
  3 Arkansas                                            3:33.83    6            
     1) Edina Brooks JR                 2) Shelise Williams JR                  
     3) Whitney Jones SO                4) Regina George FR                     
  4 South Carolina                                      3:33.91    5            
     1) Brandi Cross SR                 2) Nadonnia Rodrigues SO                
     3) Gabrielle Glenn JR              4) Breehana Jacobs SO                   
  5 Clemson                                             3:33.93    4            
     1) Brittany Pringley FR            2) Brianna Rollins FR                   
     3) Sonni Austin FR                 4) Jasmine Edgerson FR                  
  6 Texas A&M                                           3:34.14    3            
     1) Jeneba Tarmoh SO                2) Andrea Sutherland JR                 
     3) Sandy Wooten SR                 4) Jessica Beard JR                     
  7 Texas                                               3:34.48    2            
     1) Judith Nwosu SO                 2) Stacey-Ann Smith SO                  
     3) Chantel Malone JR               4) Angele Cooper SO                     
  8 Texas Tech                                          3:34.85    1            
     1) Candace Jackson FR              2) Trudeann Clarke SR                   
     3) Erica Alexander SO              4) Taylor Evans SO                      
  9 Penn State                                          3:35.39                 
     1) Doris Anyanwu FR                2) Caitlin DeFusco JR                   
     3) Shavon Greaves JR               4) Fawn Dorr SR                         
 10 Kentucky                                            3:38.15                 
     1) Jenna Martin JR                 2) Brittany Cabbler JR                  
     3) Precious Nwokey SO              4) Jazmyn Shorter JR                    
 11 Georgetown                                          3:44.13                 
     1) London Finley SO                2) Nene Kamate SR                       
     3) Amanda Kimbers FR               4) Abigail Johnson SR                   
 12 Mississippi                                         3:45.45                 
     1) Jasmine Dacus SR                2) Kristin Bridges SO                   
     3) Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen FR        4) Sofie Persson SO                     
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                        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       14) BYU                        16   
   15) Arkansas                    15.50    15) Arizona                    15.50
   17) Villanova                   14       17) Indiana State              14   
   19) South Carolina              12       20) Southern Illinois          11   
   21) Illinois                    10       21) Hampton                    10   
   21) Oklahoma                    10       21) San Diego St.              10   
   21) Louisville                  10       26) Kentucky                    9   
   27) Nebraska                     8.50    28) Indiana                     8   
   28) Hawaii                       8       28) Washington                  8   
   28) Connecticut                  8       28) Maryland                    8   
   28) TCU                          8       34) Texas Tech                  7   
   34) Georgetown                   7       36) Western Michigan            6   
   36) Miami                        6       36) New Mexico                  6   
   39) Akron                        5       39) Minnesota                   5   
   39) Oklahoma State               5       42) Georgia                     4   
   42) Texas                        4       42) Tulsa                       4   
   45) Stanford                     3.50    46) Seton Hall                  3   
   46) Syracuse                     3       46) Dayton                      3   
   46) Kansas                       3       46) Houston                     3   
   46) Idaho                        3       52) Mississippi                 2   
   52) Wisconsin                    2       52) Purdue                      2   
   52) Ohio State                   2       56) Kent State                  1   
   56) North Carolina               1       56) UCLA                        1   
   56) Sacramento St.               1       60) St. Johns                   0.50
   60) Alabama                      0.50                                        
      

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