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Penn State’s Rivers, Holmberg pick up track & field hardware

Bill Beckner
| Wednesday, March 6, 2019 1:30 a.m
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Penn State pulled a sweep in the women’s regional track & field awards.

Nittany Lions Danae Rivers (track) and Maddie Holmberg (field) were named U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association athletes of the year in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Both women will compete in the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships this week in Birmingham, Ala.

A third-time recipient of the award, Rivers won her third straight 800-meter title last week at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and broke the conference meet record with a time of 2 minutes, 3.45 seconds. The junior set the NCAA record in the 1,000-meter distance race in 2:38.58.

Holmberg, a senior and a Hempfield graduate, took seventh in the pentathlon last season at the national meet, currently is ranked sixth in the event with 4,219 points.

She was an All-American last season.

Holmberg is the first Nittany Lion to win the field award since since Rachel Fatherly in 2016.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at bbeckner@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

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