PHILADELPHIA – Penn State’s Madeline Holmberg and Queens freshman Vincent Schneider are the leaders of the heptathlon and decathlon at the end of day one in the competition at the 122nd Penn Relays on Tuesday.
Schneider’s lead at the half way mark was well setup by his better performances in the field events, as after collecting 782 points in the first event, the 100m, the Queens rookie went on to take overall first place in the long jump with 6.57m and the shot put with a 12.13m effort.
He finished one day with a total of 3,592 points.
Mount St. Mary’s Christopher Gabor (3,478), Suffolk CC’s Connor Langdon (3,358), Haverford’s Jeff Ainsley (3,260) and Penn’s Luke Knouse (3,215) follow in the four man competition at Franklin Field.
On the women’s side, Holmberg heads the competition with 3,221 points, but has strong company in Connecticut’s Saija Bikanova and Coppin State’s Khemani Roberts who are both hoping to finish at the top of podium at the end of Wednesday’s day two competition.
Holmberg won two of the four events on day one after claiming overall top marks in the first and last events on the day, the 100 meter hurdles and 200 meters sprint.
She enters Wednesday’s second day of competition 104 points ahead of second place Bikanova (3,117) and third place Roberts (3,004) who were the only other athletes to go over the 3,000 point mark.
The athlete competition also sees Penn State’s Tal Ben-Artzi, Essex CC Chelsey Linton, Misericordia’s Reilly Wagner, Michel Krech, Bloomsburg’s Haley Kramer and Krista Snyder of Ursinus entered as well.
Day two action in both events will conclude on Wednesday; follow live here.