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Bierbaum, Infante Given Honda Awards

December 13, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) _ Columbia cross-country runner Caroline Bierbaum and Maryland field hockey star Paula Infante were honored Tuesday as the nation’s outstanding athletes in their sports.

They will receive the Honda Award, given annually to the top female athletes in 12 NCAA sports. The national balloting among 1,000 NCAA schools is part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program.

Bierbaum and Infante become automatic nominees for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year award along with the top athletes in basketball, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming-diving, tennis, volleyball and track and field.

The Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year will be determined by separate balloting involving all NCAA schools. The winner will receive the Honda-Broderick Cup in New York in June.

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