More than 1,000 high schools are entered to compete at the Penn Relays, including high numbers from both the Caribbean and Africa.
Munro College of Jamaica won its first Penn Relays Championship in the 4×400, with a spectacular 3:11.31, with runner-up Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.) a distant second (3:14.39). Delano Williams anchor leg (46.21) was decisive for Munro.
Certainly it would be tough for the men to duplicate the excitement of the women’s race, but that’s exactly what happened. The Bahamas and the USA red team led at the cut-in, with Grenada hanging tough at the handoff. Bershawn Jackson opened a good lead on the third leg, and Angelo Taylor brought it home [...]
Sanya Richards-Ross may not have had the fastest split, but she proved she still knows how to race. The world champion held off charges from both USA Blue’s Monica Hargrove and Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer to give USA Red the win, in 3:22.92. USA Red had the early lead, but USA Blue’s first two legs, Dee Dee [...]
Similar to last year, the college men’s 4×800 championship was highly anticipated. There were a number of good teams in this race, but perhaps again with no clear favorite, although defending champion Virginia was returning with their speedy anchor, Robby Andrews. The first exchange had Arkansas, followed by Penn State and Virginia. Arkansas opened up [...]
Kenya’s Glibert Kipchoge took the lead early on the opening leg, with Bernard Lagat (USA Red) and Ryan Gregson (Australia) right behind. Lagat moved into the lead just past 800, with Mohammed Moustaoui (Morocco) pulling even to hand off nearly even (Lagat was technically first, with a 2:48.30 split.) David Torrence of USA Blue and Australia’s Ryan [...]
**Long Beach Poly run #3 All-Time USA Boys 4×800** The High School 4×800 featured a number of good teams, including Holmwood Tech of Jamaica, the indoor US national champion (Abington), and Long Beach Poly. High schools in the Mid-Atlantic have a long tradition of success in the 4×800, including the national record that was set [...]
The U.S. women showed their sprint depth in the 4×100 with a 1-2 finish in the USA vs the World race. Lauryn Williams, Allyson Felix, Marshevet Myers, Carmelita Jeter (aka USA Red) got the baton around the track first and fastest, in a meet record 42.28. (The previous mark, 42.33, was set by a U.S. team [...]
Our third distance championship for women was the 4×800. We had Georgetown in the DMR and Boston College in the 4×1500, with anyone’s guess in this race. The leadoff leg came through in 2:06. We had many teams in contention (BYU, Georgetown, UConn, Tennessee, Duke) at this point. BYU took the lead with Duke at [...]
Kenia Sinclair did it again, anchoring Jamaica to victory in the USA vs The World women’s sprint medley for the fourth year in a row. Tennessee grad Phoebe Wright gave good chase for USA Red, but couldn’t close the gap on Sinclair, who was clearly energized by the hearty Jamaican presence in the crowd. Jamaica’s [...]
In what was shaping up to be a preview of the upcoming NCAA championship final, LSU blasted to the second fastest time in Penn Relays history, 38.77, for an easy win. Florida (40.00) and Texas Christian (40.15) were a distant second and third. Two-time defending champ Texas A&M dropped the baton on the final exchange. [...]
**Princeton wins first championship since 1940** Our first championship of the program this Saturday was the 4xMile, a race that is always full of surprises. While there was perhaps no clear favorite in 2011, there were at least 5-8 teams that had a shot. Indiana opened up a nice lead after the first leg, with [...]
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.
LSU won the women’s sprint medley relay for the fifth year in a row and seventh time overall. Their time of 3:48.45 easily outdistanced runner-up Florida (3:50.50). In the men’s race, Ryan Foster gritted out the final homestretch for Penn State’s first Penn Relays title in this event since 1942. His split of 1:48.78 gave [...]
The high school boys distance medley relay turned into a two-way duel between Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, NJ) and Central Bucks South (Warrington, Pa). CBA’s Mike Mazzaccaro sprinted away in the final stretch to get the win, in 10:13.04, with Central Bucks South second at 10:15.46. CBA’s splits: George Kelly (3:06.72), Theo Foster (50.12), Dan Mykityshyn (1:58.91), Mike [...]
Prep superstar Nick Vena of Morristown, NJ, won the boy’s high school shot put for the fourth consecutive time! No other schoolboy has won more than two titles. To top it off, he broke his own Penn Relays record, hitting 72′ 9-1/4″ (22.18). That improves the 72′ 2-1/5″ (22.01) he set in 2009.
Long Beach Poly Wins the 4×100 (Photo by Jay Gorodetzer) This is the first win in this event by a high school girls team from the U.S. since 2003.
Just as Georgetown was the spoiler in Thursday’s college women’s distance medley relay championship, so Boston College dashed the Hoyas hopes of a distance double in Friday’s 4×1500. Thanks to a thrilling sprint from anchor Caroline King, the Eagles scored their first ever women’s Championship of America at the Penn Relays. Richmond took the lead [...]
Ristanna Tracey is a little tired after anchoring in 2:03 (Photo Kim Spir) **Edwin Allen runs under 8:40 – #2 All-Time** Our second championship of the meet for girls is our first championship of Friday, the girls 4×800 championship. The top qualifier was Edwin Allen of Jamaica. Edwin Allen had a good lead at the [...]
We had a huge record in the high school boys discus championship from Calabar’s Travis Smikle. There’s plenty of other field event action today. Here are the championship winners (this list will be updated throughout the day): • Melissa Ogbourne of LSU won the college women’s triple jump championship with a wind-aided hop, step and [...]
Travis Smikle of Calabar (Jamaica) annihilated the meet record in the high school boys discus championship this morning with a toss of 228′ 2″ (69.55 meters). The old record was 191-11 (58.50), set last year by Chad Wright, also of Calabar. Only two American schoolboys have ever thrown the high school implement farther. Smikle’s impressive [...]
Haley Pierce (#2) was our individual high school female athlete of the meet, having won the 3000 meters last night in 9:16.35. This was the 2nd fastest all time, only 2nd to Olympian Cathy Schiro O’Brien.
The high school girls distance races provided a series of fast-paced thrills. For the second year in a row, we had a Penn Relays record in the girls distance medley relay. In an upstate/downstate New York battle, Fayetteville-Manlius held on against a late charge from North Shore to win in 11:34.46. That eclipses the 11:38.69 [...]
Emily Infeld brings it home for the Hoyas (Photo Kim Spir) As is custom for our schedule, the first championship of the meet is the College Women’s DMR. The race started approximately 100 minutes late due to the thunderstorm delay, but by race time winds were calm and temps were ideal with perhaps a slightly [...]