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Track: WPIAL stars excel at national championships

Written by Brad Everett on .

A few of the WPIAL's top track and field performers proved to be among the best in the country this past weekend.

Led by by an outstanding effort from Hempfield's Max Adams, a handful of WPIAL standouts placed and earned All-American honors at the New Balance Outdoor National Championships at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C.

No WPIAL athlete earned a gold medal in any event, but Adams came very close. The WPIAL and PIAA champion in the discus, Adams placed second in the event at Greensboro. His throw of 187 feet, 7 inches earned him a silver medal and one last final high school achievement before he heads to Wake Forest this fall.

There were several other terrific performances put forth by WPIAL athletes. North Allegheny's Madeliene Davison finished third in the mile with a time of 4:47.07. Elizabeth Forward's Matt Bernandowski placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles. Those two gained All-American accolades, as did Hempfield's 400 relay team of Bridget Guy, Maddie Holmberg, Gabby Holmberg and Jasmine Jones, who finished sixth.

Maddie Holmberg also placed eighth in the long jump with a leap of  19-2 1/2. This spring, Holmberg recorded the top jump in WPIAL history (20-1).

California's Kailyn Clancy was seventh in the shot put, while Bethel Park's Alexandra Stevenson placed second in the discus in the "Emerging Elite" division.