Campus clippings: Hempfield grad Guy sets UVA pole vault mark
Redshirt junior Bridget Guy felt right at home competing for the Virginia women’s track and field team Friday during the seventh annual Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va.
Guy, a Hempfield graduate, put on a show in the pole vault. She broke the facility, meet and school record when she cleared 14 feet, 7 1⁄2 inches.
“It’s really crazy, and I’m still coming to terms with it,” Guy said in a Virginia athletic interview.
“From here on out, I just want to keep going more and more. Today gave me a lot of courage and determination to do better.”
Guy did not compete in the outdoor season last year but was a second-team all-ACC pick in 2016.
She was awarded the same honor during the indoor season that year.
Women’s track and field
Junior Maddie Holmberg (Hempfield) made sure her first-day lead at the Virginia Challenge held up.
Holmberg closed the event Saturday by winning the heptathlon with a personal-best 5,736 points. The mark ranks second in Penn State history.
She posted a time of 14.33 seconds Friday in the 100-meter hurdles and high-jumped 5-1 1⁄4 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 20-3 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.
Junior Lexi Stevenson broke her school record in the shot put with a throw of 48-2 (14.71 meters) at the Jesse Owens Classic at Ohio State.
At the Otterbein Twilight Invitational, sophomore A’Leisha Clayton won the 100-meter dash (12.31 seconds) and the 400-meter relay of Clayton, and juniors Ameriah Walters (Valley), Katelyn Stebbins and Gabrielle Ravotto finished first in 48.31.
Men’s track and field
Junior Dontay Jacobs broke his school record in the 400 with a time of 47.17 seconds at the Jesse Owens Classic at Ohio State. The mark is the 10th fastest in the country this season in Division II.
At the Otterbein Twilight Invitational, junior DaLon Ryles won the long jump (21-9), senior Derek Diangelis won the pole vault (15-0) and the 400 relay of sophomore Dominic Frisina, Jacobs, junior Cody Kelly and sophomore John Orlando took first in 42.07 seconds.
Penn State Behrend
Freshman Ryan Weaver (Norwin) delivered a two-run double in a 21-6 win over Penn State Altoona.
Washington & Jefferson
Senior first baseman Mark Merlino (Penn-Trafford) is hitting .321 with a team-best 11 doubles and 28 RBIs for the Presidents (21-10-1, 13-1 PAC).
Sophomore Stone Holtzman gave the Bearcats (12-14, 8-6 PAC) a walk-off win in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday. His RBI single lifted SVC to a 3-2 victory.
In the win, junior Bobby Finn hit his conference-leading ninth home run of the season.
Freshman Zach Kokoska (Latrobe) made his first college start for the Hokies on Sunday and had two hits at Notre Dame.
Freshman Alona Sleith (Yough) hit two home runs Sunday in a 10-3 win over Thiel to push her season total to 10 — a new program record for homers hit by a freshman.
She also pitched a complete game in a 6-1 win over Thiel in the first game of the doubleheader.