We haveour first watch winner of the 2014 Penn Relays.
Penn freshman Noel Jancewicz won the College Women Heptathlon that started off the Penn Relays festivities. She won the multi-event with a new personal best of 5,035 points, which is among the top 15 in conference history. Jancewicz had the lead at the end of Day 1, running the hurdles in 15.30, clearing 5-07/1.70m in the high jump, throwing 35-09.5/10.91m in the shot put, and running a 25.47 200m into a headwind. Today, she claimed the title after going 5.22m (wind-aided) in the long jump, winning the javelin with a 104-05/31.83m throw, and winning the 800m section in 2:20.67. Jancewicz’s teammate Ariel Fieldman finished in 6th place with 3,650 points.
Jancewicz only started competing in the heptathlon near the end of her junior year in high school, according to a Daily Pennsylvanian feature piece on her earlier this month. Right now, she’s within 150 points of two of Penn’s great multi-eventers: former Heps champion Shani Boston (5,152 points in 2007) and three-time Heps champion Angie Jimenez (5,123 points in 1996). Jancewicz is also the 3rd Penn athlete to win this event, behind Boston (2004) and Frances Childs (1988).
UPDATE: Cornell went 3-4 in the College Men Decathlon. Cornell junior Mike Rabbitt finished in 3rd place with 6,627 points, with his highest scoring events being the 400m (50.78), 110m (11.39), and 110 hurdles (15.61). Freshman Austin Jamerson completed his first collegiate decathlon with 6,557 points, good enough for 4th place. His best event was the 110 hurdles (15.20). Southern Connecticut junior Nick Lebron won the event with a 7,160 point score. Penn sophomore Thomas Pitt led the decathlon competition after Day 1 stayed in the competition until the end of the 9th event, the javelin.