Alexis Holmes, track and field

The Penn State University men's and women's track and field team compete at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Birmingham, AL March 9, 2019. Photo courtesy of Penn State Athletics. 

On Tuesday, the Big Ten conference announced it’s postseason indoor track and field awards. Alexis Holmes was the lone Nittany Lion to be compensated, as she picked up the freshman of the year award.

Holmes, hailing from Hamden, Connecticut, had an impressive first season as a Nittany Lion, as she notably claimed first place in the 400m run at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, setting a Penn State record with a time of 52.14.

Alexis Holmes, track and field

The Penn State University men's and women's track and field team compete at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Birmingham, AL March 9, 2019. Photo courtesy of Penn State Athletics. 

She also finished fourth in the 400-meter at the NCAA Indoor Championships, which was the top performance among freshmen at the event.

Holmes follows in the footsteps of Danae Rivers, Shavon Greaves, and Donna Fiddler, who won the same award in 2017, 2008, and 1996, respectively.

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