As we say goodbye to the 115th Penn Relays, here’s what some of our friends in the media have to say about the meet:
• The Jamaica Observer looks at the disappointing injury of Asafa Powell in the USA vs the World men’s 4×100. National sprint coach Donald Quarrie isn’t concerned about the U.S.’s 37.90 victory: “We ran 37.10 last year and we’ll run 36 seconds in August” at the world championships.
• The Philadelphia Inquirer focuses on Tennessee freshman Chanelle Price — from Easton, PA — who ran on all three of the Lady Vols’ winning relays this weekend. Price also gets attention from the Allentown Morning Call.
• The Inquirer also has a nice story about Jamaican sprint prodigy Nickel Ashmeade of St. Jago H.S. — silver medalist in the 200 at last year’s IAAF World Junior Championships — who bounced back from a baton drop in the 4×100 heats to anchor the winning high school boys 4×400 relay.
• The Newark Star-Ledger talks to shot putter Nick Vena, who was named the Relays’ high school boys outstanding performer for individual events for the second year in a row.
• There’s another Star-Ledger story on what it calls “a race for the ages,” the amazing battle in the boys 4×800 between Albemarle (VA) and Morris Hills (NJ). Both teams smashed the national record in the event on Saturday, with Albemarle winning in 7:30.67.