2000 - TRACK & FIELD
After bowling a 285 game in
tournament competition while a high school junior in 1988, Dana Holston
thought bowling might provide her the best opportunity for a college
scholarship. She was also a better than average basketball and
volleyball player, but her ultimate athletic skill came in the throwing
events in track and field.
At Trinity High School, Dana was the WPIAL Champion in the javelin. Her
throw of 155 feet, six inches placed her second in USA TODAY rankings.
In the summer of 1989, she was a high school All-American and
participated in the Junior Elite Throwing Camp at the Olympic Sports
Center in Colorado Springs, CO. In her senior year, 1990, she won third
place in the javelin and fifth place in the discus at the PIAA Track and
Field Championships. In the Washington County Coaches Meet that year,
she won the shot put, javelin and discus and was named Field MVP. She
captained both the track and volleyball teams in her senior year,
winning MVP honors in volleyball in Section 7.
Continuing her bowling career at Alpine Lanes, she was a state champion
in 1989 and again in 1990. As a Penn State track and field athlete, Dana
twice qualified for the NCAA championships, finishing 10th and 11th and
missing All-American honors by one spot both seasons. Her best javelin
throw of 164 feet, one inch, good for third place in the Big Ten
Championships, is the sixth best in Penn State women's track history.
Team captain in her senior year, Dana was named to the All-East Track
and Field Team, received the Penn State Academic Achievement Award and
All Big 10 Academic honors. She was on the Dean's List for five
Now in her fourth year of coaching at her alma mater, Holston is
responsible for javelin, shot put, discus, hammer and 20 pound weight
throwers, as well as the pole vaulters. Penn State's third place finish
in the Big Ten championships last year was the school's best ever.
Dana continues to be a student at Penn State, now pursuing her master's
degree in kinesiology.