PHILADELPHIA- Freshman Noel Jancewicz earned the first Penn Relays title of 2014 on Wednesday. Representing the host Quakers at the world's oldest and largest annual track & field meet, Jancewicz captured the heptathlon title with 5,035 points.
Jancewicz became the third woman in Penn history to win the Penn Relays heptathlon, joining Shani Boston (2004) and Frances Childs (1988). The Robbinsville, N.J., native is just the fourth in school history to surpass 5,000 points in the event and now stands third all-time in the Penn record book.
Jancewicz held a very slim 14-point lead after Day One with 3,090 points. She matched a career-best when she was just one of two competitors to clear 1.70 meters (5-07 ft.) for 855 points in the high jump. She was also tops in the shot put with 589 points after a toss of 10.91 meters (35-09.50 ft.). In the final event on Tuesday, she pulled ahead with the fastest 200 meters of the day at 25.47 to garner 844 more points.
On the final day of competition, Jancewicz fell behind after the long jump, but closed an 81-point gap down to 31 points with the furthest toss in the javelin -- 31.83 meters (104-05 ft.) for 511 points. Trailing heading into the final event, Jancewicz easily won the 800 meters with a time of 2:20.67. Only one other competitor was within 19 seconds of that finish and it earned her 814 points to clinch the Penn Relays title.
Freshman Tom Pitt competed in the decathlon for the first time in his young career and led after the first day of competition. However, he was injured during day two and did not compete in the 1,500 meters. Prior to his exit, he matched the eighth-best high jump in school history as the only competitor to clear the bar at 2.10 meters (6-10.75 ft.). That garnered him an impressive 896 points and added to his win in the shot put with a toss of 13.09 meters (42-11.50 ft.) for another 673 points. Pitt was also tops in the discus with a toss of 39.21 meters (128-08 ft.) worth 649 points.
The 120th edition of the Penn Relays continues Thursday night where several Quakers will be competing in the 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.
Last year, there were 48,871 in attendance at historic Franklin Field on Saturday for a three-day total of 111,284 - eclipsing 110,000 fans for the sixth consecutive year. It was the 10th straight year and the 13th time in the last 14 years with more than 100,000 spectators at the world's oldest and largest relay carnival.
For the largest track meet in the world, the Penn Relays is home to the nation's most extensive results page. For all of your Penn Relays needs, see the link to the Penn Relays results page here. PennAthletics.com will have an update on the performance of the Quakers after each day of competition.