That means 985 U.S. high schools — between two and three percent of all American high schools — will be ventured to the City of Brotherly Love in a few weeks. The Relays will begin on Thursday, April 26, and conclude before an enormous crowd at Franklin Field on Saturday, April 28. Continue reading
The Relays wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Bill Cosby, who is holding court on the Franklin Field infield this morning, cheering on and chatting with the high school boys running in the heats of the 4×400.
The 117th Penn Relays are underway. The weather forecast is ominous, with rain predicted, but the morning began with sunshine and a breezy 74 degrees. The first event on the track: the college women’s 400-meter hurdles, won by Leslie Njoku of Georgia Tech in 58.11. That was followed by a stunning record in the high school girls’ event. Ristananna Tracey of Edwin Allen (Jamaica) clocked 56.17, to cut the 56.90 record of another Edwin Allen runner, Sherene Pinnock, set in 2006.
Thanks for visiting our blog during this 3 day meet. We had record attendance, record enthusiasm, and some great races. I hope that you enjoyed our coverage, combined with the live feed from flotrack. If you are in the area next year, we would love to see you at historic Franklin Field in person. I can say that everyone here in results/website loves this job, and the view of the finish line is great.
The Penn Relays would like to specifically thank Seton Hall University for its many years of running at our meet and we hope that the 8 Championships of America trophies remain prominently displayed in their athletic department. We may not be seeing the blue uniform of The Hall for a while, but I’m sure they will be back eventually. Both the men’s and women’s 4×400′s won the ECAC and IC4A heats, respectively, and we leave you with the IC4A photo.
The biggest crowd in the 116-year history of the Penn Relays packed into Franklin Field today and when the counting was done, 54,310 fans were on hand, nearly 3,500 more than the previous mark set in 2002.
The Relays also drew 117,346 fans over three days, also more than 3,000 better than ever before. The old mark was 114,194 set in 2006.
“It is amazing to hear those [figures],” said Penn Relays Director Dave Johnson. “We do all we can every year to have the best event. And with Bolt bringing in such a large crowd it was a really special event.”
Johnson called the pre-Bolt crowd “as loud as I have ever heard it here.”
Bolt showed his appreciation before he left Franklin Field, signing autographs for fans prior to climbing into his ride.
An interesting t-shirt with an opinion on the speed of our friend Mr. Bolt.
Usain Bolt has arrived at Franklin Field. He’s warming up on the infield and the crowd is loving it. Speaking of the crowd, check out this photo: The upper deck is filled with fans—many of them sporting the green, gold and black of Jamaica.
We are underway at the track and currently in the midst of almost four hours of heats of the high school boys 4×400. As they aim to qualify for the championship later today, you can track the ranked list here.
The weather forecast is excellent so it’s not too late to get out to Franklin Field. Usain Bolt—perhaps you’ve heard of him?—runs in the USA vs The World 4×100 at 2:30pm. (Tentative line-ups for all of the USA vs The World races can be found here.)
Friday’s attendance is 38,904—the seventh best Friday in Relays history. Combined with Thursday’s 24,132 (6th best Thursday), we’re at 63,036. That means we need 51,159 to break the all-time Carnival three-day record of 114,194 (set in 2006). The Saturday record is 50,827, from ’02.
Bill Cosby, a regular at our meet and a multi-time participant, was in the building today starting the elementary school heats on the grass infield. Cosby starts Event 213 on Saturday in memory of his son Ennis. Hey hey hey.