Hempfield's Jasmine Jones, Maddie Holmberg have WPIAL championship aspirations
There is no competition between Hempfield junior Jasmine Jones and sophomore Maddie Holmberg, except at practice.
Jones and Holmberg have the same goals: gold medals.
They are a reason why Hempfield was favored to win a WPIAL Class AAA team title for the second consecutive year.
Jones and Holmberg, along with Bridget Guy, Natalie Shiffler, Lauren George, Lexi Masterson and Rachel Fyalkowski are just some of the girls who make up a talented, strong and deep squad.
Jones is one of the top sprinters in the WPIAL, running the 100- and 200-meter dashes and on the 400 and 1,600 relay teams.
Holmberg is one of the WPIAL's top hurdlers in the 100 and 300 and ranks second among WPIAL long jumpers (18 feet, 11 3⁄4 inches).Holmberg teams up with Jones on the 400 relay team.
“We push each other at practice all the time,” Jones said. “Maddie brings out the best in me.”
Jones had an outstanding indoor season, and she's carried it over to the outdoors. A sore hamstring has slowed her, but she said it's getting better.
Jones won the 200 at the Baldwin Invitational on May 3 and placed second in the 100. She and Holmberg teamed up with Guy and George to set a school record in the 400 relay.
Holmberg won the 100 hurdles and placed second in the long jump.
Jones and Holmberg were named MVPs at the Baldwin Invitational.
“They are two great athletes,” Hempfield coach Ron Colland said. “Jasmine is very talented and Maddie is just as talented. They are great teammates and will do anything for the team.
“We're just blessed to have such a talented group of girls. Bridget has come along and Natalie has been solid for four years.”
Holmberg, who also competes in volleyball, didn't run the 300 hurdles at Baldwin, but she smashed the 300 hurdles mark by two seconds at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association meet last month.
“I have some options when it comes to college,” Holmberg said after the WCCA meet. “I just beat a record that a girl had who got a scholarship to Penn State.”
After her performance at Baldwin, Holmberg said: “When I was in junior high, I hoped I could get 18 feet. Now I want 19 feet this year.
“Jasmine and I are friends. We push each to be the best. We go at it at practice.”