Western Oregon runner wins national player of the week honor

Luis Ramirez

Salem Statesman Journal

Published 6:00 a.m. PT Feb. 5, 2020


Derek Holdsworth named National Track Athlete of the Week

Derek Holdsworth put forth a record-breaking performance over the weekend for Western Oregon as won the 800-meter race at the University of Washington Invitational with a time of 1:47.74.

Holdsworth won the event in Seattle but also broke the Western Oregon and Great Northwest Athletic Conference record in the race. His time won the race and tied him for the third-fastest among all collegians this year and ninth in the world.

For his efforts, he was named the GNAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week and the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA)  National Division II Men’s Track Athlete of the Week.

Holdsworth becomes the second athlete from Western Oregon to be named National Athlete of the Week in the indoor season.

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