ShareThis Page
Hempfield’s Maddie Holmberg takes 3rd in NCAA heptathlon |
Other Local

Hempfield’s Maddie Holmberg takes 3rd in NCAA heptathlon

Paul Schofield
| Saturday, June 9, 2018 9:54 p.m
Hempfield's Maddie Holmberg, who earned a bronze medal in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division I track and field championships, placed ninth in the heptathlon at the USATF championships over the weekend.
Hempfield's Maddie Holmberg poses with Penn State coach Fritz Spence won bronze in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division I track and field championships Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Eugene, Ore.

When the final day of the NCAA Division I track and field championships began Saturday in Eugene, Ore., Penn State redshirt junior and Hempfield product Maddie Holmberg was in sixth place in the heptathlon with three events left.

When she finished, Holmberg earned a bronze medal and all-American honors.

“All season, I was hoping for a top-five finish,” Holmberg said. “But when I went I thought I had a chance to win. I was having hamstring issues this week and couldn’t practice much.

“When you compete in multiples, you have emotions. I went from hoping to stay healthy to winning again. The top two girls separated from the pack, so I concentrated on placing third.”

Holmberg placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 8 inches. She placed ninth in the javelin (134-2) and 800 meters (2 minutes, 19.16 seconds).

Holmberg’s seven-event totals were 5,833 points behind champion Wisconsin senior Georgia Ellenwood (6,146) and Georgia sophomore Louisa Grauvogel (6,074). UCLA senior Kendall Gustafson was fourth (5,800).

On Friday, Holmberg placed second in the shot put, fourth in the 200, 18th in the 100 hurdles and 22nd in the high jump.

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review sports reporter. You can contact Paul by email at or via Twitter .

Categories: Other Local
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.