Boston Wins Heptathlon at Wake Forest Open


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--Senior Shani Boston scored 5076 points--a personal best and an NCAA provisional regional mark--to win the heptathlon Friday at the Wake Forest Open. Other members of the Penn women's track and field team competed as well.

Boston began the day with 2,972 points after the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m events. On Friday she leaped to 5.66m in the long jump and threw the javelin 40.32m to take first in both events. She added a time of 2:30.68 (fourth place) in the 800m run.

Her point total (5,076) was a 27-point improvement from her previous best set in 2004. She also made the cut for the NCAA Regional with a provisional mark, beating the 5,050-point standard.

Stephanie Guy took 22nd in the javelin throw with a mark of 31.12m. In the triple jump, Camille Richard led the Quakers jumping a distance of 11.71m which was the seventh-best mark in Penn history. In the event, she tied for seventh while Megan VanBuskirk and Kathryn Gevitz came in 15th (11.25m) and 17th (11.18m), respectively.

Rounding out the field events, Penn’s Iman Johnson and Guy competed for the Quakers. Johnson marked a distance of 12.65m for a 21st-place finish followed by Guy with at 11.10m in 29th. Johnson’s throw was the eighth-best mark in the Penn record books.

Freshman Hannah Cope and senior Leslie Wilson ran the 100m hurdles preliminary race with times of 16.72 and 17.18, respectively. Their 32nd and 34th-place finishes did not make the cut for Saturday’s final.

In the 400m dash, Jesse Carlin was clocked at 56.27 for an 11th-place finish. Jamie Massarelli and Lauren Blake also ran with times of 58.21 (24th) and 59.56 (34th), respectively.

Penn ran five in the 100m preliminary race—Shaunee Morgan (12.23), Laura McDaniel (12.43), Kelly Allred (12.92), Kathryn Gevitz (13.70) and Whitney Tagliavini (13.84). With 66 competitors in the field, none of the Quakers made the 12.12 cut off for Saturday’s final.

Penn’s final event of the day, the 800m run, featured six Quakers. Newcomer Kimberly Shooshan led the group with a time of 2:16.95 and finished in 33rd place. Madeleine Evans was exactly one second behind with a time of 2:17.95 (35th). Anna Aagenes and Charlotte Lawson were right on her heels in 36th (2:18.16) and 37th (2:18.20) places, respectively. Caroline Pearsall came in at 2:23.12 (60th) while Kara Kopp crossed the line at 2:26.65 (74th).

Penn will wrap up the meet Saturday with the hammer throw, long jump, high jump and discus in the field events while the track will feature the 200m dash, 400m hurdles, 1500m run, 3000m run, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay as well as the finals of the 100m dash and 100m hurdles.