Penn State's Holmberg takes heptathlon at Virginia Challenge
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 1⁄4 inch to open the event, before tossing the shot put 44-8 1⁄4 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.