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Penn State's Holmberg takes heptathlon at Virginia Challenge

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9:19 p.m.
Penn State's Maddie Holmberg competes in the heptathlon 100-meter hurdles during Day 1 of the Big Ten Track and Field Championships on May 12 at Penn State.
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Penn State's Maddie Holmberg competes in the heptathlon 100-meter hurdles during Day 1 of the Big Ten Track and Field Championships on May 12 at Penn State.

Penn State junior track and field standout Maddie Holmberg made sure her first-day lead at the Virginia Challenge held up.

Holmberg, a Hempfield graduate, closed out the event Saturday by winning the heptathlon with a personal-best 5,736 points.

The mark ranks second in Penn State program history.

She posted a time of 14.33 seconds Friday in the 100-meter hurdles and high-jumped 5 feet, 1 14 inch to open the event, before tossing the shot put 44-8 14 and running the 200 in a personal-best 24.08 seconds.

On Saturday, she moved closer to Gayle Hunter's all-time record of 5,797 points in 2009 as she leapt 20 feet, 3 inches in the long jump for 902 points. She added 642 points with a javelin-throw of 127 feet before a personal-best run of 2:19.62 in the 800 that gave her 829 points.

Holmberg won the pentathlon and garnered All-America honors earlier this season at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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