This blog has developed over the years as the combination of Karmarush and Flash Results have automated the results process. There are six main bloggers as well as team of contributors.
Dipen Shah is the owner of Karmarush. A 2000 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Shah joined the results team as an undergraduate student and quickly took over the process simply because he knows more about computer stuff than the rest of us combined. Shah oversees the entry process as well as the results, the interface with Flash Results and development. His favorite Penn Relays’ moment? Finding a bug in his programming that ended a four-hour drought of results being released to the media. And he loves it when the Jamaican crowd gets particularly fired up for the high school boys’ 4x400m championship.
Brett Hoover is the former Associate Director of the Ivy League who has since moved South. A graduate of the University of Dayton, his alma mater appeared just once at the Penn Relays when former LSU sprint star D’Andre Hill headed the program. This will be Hoover’s 21st Relays as he was more of a keystroking entry mule before Shah came along and freed him from the keyboard. Hoover oversees the record sections of the program and blog as well as the officials and media programs. He has been around long enough to think he is in charge. His favorite Penn Relays’ moment? When his company 4x100m team — Hoover Graphics — smashed the event record in the since-discontinued media race. That squad nearly lapped the Daily Pennsylvanian.
Rich Sands is a bigwig at TV Guide. A former distance runner at Colgate University, he loves Thursday night at the Relays. This will be Sands’ 19th Relays, many of which included nothing but matching up bib numbers with times on different little slips of paper. He often pulls double duty, which includes writing Relays’ wrapup pieces for Track & Field News. Sands’ main responsibility is to stay up on the track and field world so he can blog quickly and accurately. His favorite Penn Relays’ moments? Watching former teammate Ray Appenheimer win the college 10K in 1994 and being introduced to Jamaican beef patties.
Josh Seeherman is a civil engineer up in Boston. A former 400m runner for the host Penn Quakers and still an active runner for the Greater Boston Track Club, Seeherman brings an enthusiasm that is either infectious or annoying, depending on individual taste. Despite being three or four decades younger than the rest of the Relays’ serious track historians, he thinks he can discuss the 400m semifinals of the Melbourne Olympics of 1952 with the best of them, even though he can’t. Seeherman, along with Sands, are the main event bloggers. His favorite moment at the Penn Relays was watching his high school alma mater (Newton North, Mass.) win the DMR in 2005, especially cool since his high school coach had been part of a winning college 4×400 for Villanova in 1959.
Alex Searle is a Public Information Coordinator at the Ivy League and won’t be with us because of the Ivy Golf Championships somewhere around Atlantic City. A proud graduate of the University of Florida, Searle typically oversees the on-field entries, including serving as the liaison with Frank Bertucci’s band of interview takers as well as the point person for the online photographs. His favorite Penn Relays’ moment? The 3:09.89 “upset” in the 4×400 high school final by Long Beach Poly in 2007 — courtesy of the brilliant third leg and monster anchor leg. Least favorite? Falling ill from the Jamaican beef patties. He rebounded and down some patties last year.
Simon Bowen is another former runner who has become an engineer. Bowen ran for St. Catherine’s in Jamaica before becoming a four-time All-American on a very strong George Mason squad in the mid-1990s. A former Olympics qualifier for the Jamaican National Team, this is Bowen’s second Relays as a blogger and he hopes to provide some perspective on the journey of the Jamaicans to the Relays. His favorite Penn Relays’ moment came in 1993, when he anchored his Patriots to the Championship of America in the Sprint Medley Relay, beating Tennessee’s Tony Parrilla to the finish line.
Special shout to Eric Kloiber, who was an integral member of our crew but passed away far too young back in 2003. In honor of Eric, we still repeat “Turabo” every time it is announced over the address system, just like he always did. And we can’t eat a Jamaican beef patty without being reminded of him (because he ate about 10 of them during the Relays each year).