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PHILADELPHIA-Sophomore Noel Jancewiczopened the 121st edition of the Penn Relays with the third-best heptathlon score in school history and finished as runner-up on Wednesday at Franklin Field. In all, three Quakers competed in the opening events of the oldest and largest relay carnival in the world.
Jancewicz, who was the defending champion in the event, finished second to Latesha Bigby of Northern Illinois. Bigby topped the field with 5,146 points, while Jancewicz's 5,051 points surpassed her previous personal-best of 5,035 -- which she set in her win at the Penn Relays last year. That is the highest score for a Penn woman since Shani Boston set the school standard at 5,152 en route to the 2007 Outdoor Heptagonal championship.
On the first day of competition, Jancewicz was tops in the high jump as she matched a personal-best and the fifth-best mark in school history at 1.70 meters (5 feet, 7 inches) for 855 points. That effort placedher fourth overall heading into the second day -- just 107 points behind the leader. Jancewicz chipped that deficit down to 91 points entering the final event and finished second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:18.86. But it wasn't enough to catch Bigby.
Junior Ariel Fieldman also competed in the heptathlon for the Quakers and finished 12th with 3,752 points. Meanwhile, freshman Sean Collinsfinished fifth in his first career decathlon with 5,286 points.
The Penn Relays, which run from April 23-25, continue for the Red and Blue with several relays on Thursday, while several Quakers will be competing in Thursday night's distance events. Friday and Saturday will contain most of the relays, including some Championship of America races. The first field events for Penn will be on Friday morning and continue into Saturday. For a complete schedule of the events in which the Quakers will be participating,click here.
The largest track meet in the world, the Penn Relays, is also home to the nation's most extensive results page. For all of your Penn Relays needs, see the link to the Penn Relays results pagehere. PennAthletics.com will have an update on the performance of the Quakers after each day of competition.
Last year, 49,103 fans roared at legendary Franklin Field on Saturday, and made up a three-day total attendance of 108,660. That marked the 11th straight year and the 14th time in the last 15 years with more than 100,000 spectators at the world's oldest and largest relay carnival.
Tickets to this year's Penn Relays are availablehere.