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Penn State track & field earn five USTFCCCA awards

Penn State’s Bryce Williams, a State College grad, competes in the long jump at the Nittany Lion Challenge indoor track and field meet Jan. 14.
Penn State’s Bryce Williams, a State College grad, competes in the long jump at the Nittany Lion Challenge indoor track and field meet Jan. 14.

Penn State track & field earned five regional awards, tied with Arkansas for the most in the nation, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Monday.

Danae Rivers earned Mid-Atlantic Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, while Bryce Williams captured Mid-Atlantic Men’s Field Athlete of the Year honors.

Rivers, just a freshman, will run the mile and participate in the distance medley relay at the upcoming NCAA Indoor Championships. She holds three individual school records in the 600, 800 and mile.

Williams, a State College graduate, wrapped up his season by earning a silver medal in the triple jump at the Big Ten Indoor Championships.

John Gondak was named the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Head Coach of the Year after leading the women’s track & field team to its fourth Big Ten indoor title in program history.

Second-year associate head coach Erin Tucker and assistant coach Angela Reckart were recognized, too, earning Mid-Atlantic Men’s and Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year honors, respectively.

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