HANOVER, N.H. - Sophomore Thomas Awad and freshman Noel Jancewicz each scored for the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams during the first day of competition at the 2014 Indoor Heptagonal Championships at Dartmouth's Leverone Field House on Saturday.
Championship Sunday begins with the men's triple jump and women's high jump at 11 a.m., and the track events start with the mile at noon. At Heps, the top eight advance past the preliminaries and the top-six finishers will score in the finals of each event on Sunday. Most event finals will take place on Sunday.
Awad earned the first points of the meet for the men's team with a third-place finish in the 3,000 meters. He was tops among his section and finished in 8:24.75 to score at the indoor Heps for the second straight year.
Jancewicz was third in the pentathlon with the third-most points in school history. Her total of 3,706 marked the most for a Quaker since Shani Boston had just two more points in 2007. Her top event was the high jump where she finished first and earned 855 points when she matched a career-best clearance of 1.70 meters (5 feet, 7 inches). She also won the 800 meters and garnered 822 points with a finish of 2:20.09, and earned another 867 points in the 60-meter hurdles (9.21).
In the women's 60-meter hurdles, senior Gabrielle Piper had the top time of the trials with a season-best finish of 8.61. She'll compete for her second Heps title in the event at 12:35 p.m. on Sunday.
Sophomore Heather Bong reached the finals of the 60 meters with a career-best finish of 7.66. That also moved her up a spot in the record book and into fifth-place all-time at Penn.
Sophomores Drew Magaha and Tim Hamlett each advanced in the men's 500 meters. Magaha matched Tom Timmins with the eighth-fastest finish in school history at 1:04.13, while Hamlett was three spots behind his teammate in the qualifying with a fifth-place finish of 1:05.19.
Other Quakers moving on to Championship Sunday include junior James Killian in the men's 400 meters (49.86), junior Lydia Ali in the women's 200 meters (25.29) and freshman Ashley Montgomery in the women's mile (4:55.35).
Three of the top four shot putters in men's program history are now current Quakers. Sophomore Sam Mattis finished just outside the scoring, but surpassed teammate Jake Brenza in the school record book. Mattis' second toss landed at 16.89 meters (55-05 ft.) which is second all-time at Penn - eclipsing a mark set by Brenza last week. It is the best toss for a Quaker since Ed Bogdanovich set the program record in 1981. Meanwhile, in the same round, sophomore Marcus LaRoche matched the fourth-best toss in Penn history at 16.66 meters (54-08 ft.).
The Ivy League boasts some of the nation's top distance runners and the women's 5,000 meters was proof. Whiting finished outside the scoring, but did post the second-fastest time in school history at 16:47.20. Only Leslie Kovach's time of 16:38.93 in 2011 has been better. In addition, Kersie Jhabvala's time of 16:56.47 now ranks sixth all-time at Penn. Prior to Saturday, only six Quakers had ever broken 17 minutes in the event.
After the first day of competition, the men were in sixth-place and the women were eighth. Both teams had six points with the pair of third-place finishes.
A full recap of the 2014 Indoor Heptagonal Championships will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of Sunday's events.