1. The Rules of Eligibility for colleges and universities in the Carnival shall be those of the By-Laws of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.  Exceptions: For all Conferences or specially classified relays, eligibility shall be that of the Conference in which the school competes.

2. Junior Colleges may compete in the College Relay Championship Finals if they meet the rules of eligibility of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

3. Rules of Competition: The rules of competition for this Carnival shall be the 2015 NCAA Track & Field/Cross Country Men’s and Women’s Rules, except where the longtime practices, special facilities, and special written rules of the Carnival may require otherwise.

4. Relay Substitutions: The rules of the IAAF regarding replacement on relays will apply for colleges and high schools.  This allows for two substitutions.  Only four medals or watches will be awarded.

5. Track and Field Surfaces: The track, all jumping surfaces and the javelin runways are synthetic surfaces of 3/8″ thickness.

6. Spikes: Only 1/4″ spikes are allowed. No corkscrew spikes will be allowed.  Spikes will be checked.

7. Checkpoints: Relay  zone and jumping event checkpoints may be marked with standard white trainer’s tape only.  No other items may be used, including chalk, powder, duct tape, masking tape, tacks or safety pins.

8. Starting Blocks will be provided by Penn where the use of blocks is considered essential. This includes heats and finals of all dash and hurdle races and finals of all College relays starting in lanes. No starting blocks other than these provided will be permitted on the field.

9. Ties for Qualifying: Nine teams will qualify for all relay event finals starting in lanes.  Running event ties will be broken by re-reading the photo-timer images to one-thousandth of a second. All field event ties involving the ninth qualifying position will be advanced to the final three attempts.

10. Lane Priority: Turn Races (9 lanes) 6-7-8-9-5-4-3-2-1; Straight Races 5-6-4-7-3-8-2-9-1-10; Shuttle Hurdles 3-4-2-5-1.

11. Verification of Receipt of Entries: The Penn Relays will not accept entries after the deadlines (April 3 for Clubs, April 6 for Colleges.)  Coaches should check the website to verify that the Relays Office has received their entries (www.thepennrelays.com).  In emergencies, coaches may call on Friday, April 3, before the deadline (215-898-6145).  Please do not call for this information on other days.

12. Results will be posted on a bulletin board next to the paddock area and on the Relays Web Site (www.ThePennRelays.com) as soon as possible.  Results will not be supplied to coaches in the Press Area.

13. Winners of College Championship of America Relays: Teams will be escorted to the Press Interview Area near the paddock immediately following the race.

14. Jury of Appeals will be chaired by Joe Lang. A $25.00 fee must accompany an appeal. The Penn Relays has no official video, and no independent video may be used in protests or appeals.

15. Events will not be delayed for those who double.


Standards for college entries:
Relay teams and individuals should be entered only if they are capable of achieving the following performances in the Carnival:

4×100 49.00
4×200 1:50.0
4×400 4:00.0
4×800 9:15.0
4×1500 18:45.0
SpMed 3:55.0
DisMed 11:30.0
ShutHur 60.00
100 12.10
3000 10:00.0
Steeplechase 11:00.0
5000 17:30.0
10,000 36:00.0
100H 14.40
400H 63.50
HJ 1.68 (5-6)
PV 3.50 (11-5 3/4)
LJ 5.90 (19-4 1/4)
TJ 12.00 (39-4 1/2)
SP 13.10 (42-11 3/4)
DT 45.00 (147-8)
HT 50.00 (164-0)
JT 42.00 (137-9)
Hept 4200

Achievement of the above standards does not guarantee acceptance.  Size of fields as listed under event headings are approximate and will be adjusted as circumstances require.  Event starting times may change.

 


COLLEGE RELAY EVENTS – WOMEN – 2015

4x100m Relay. Heats, Thursday, 1:00.  Fastest 24 teams will be seeded into preferred lanes in first six heats.  Nine fastest teams qualify for Championship Invitational final, Friday, 12:50 (prize #1); next nine fastest teams qualify for College final, Friday, 12:55 (prize #3);  remaining nine fastest teams qualify for ECAC final, Friday, 12:57 (prize #2, NCAA may opt to disallow times from this race for NCAA qualifying).  No alternates. Blocks for finals only.  Lane Priority: 6-7-8-9-5-4-3-2-1.

4x200m Relay. Heats, Friday, 1:50.  Fastest 24 teams will be seeded into preferred lanes in first six heats.  Nine fastest teams qualify for Championship Invitational  final, Saturday, 2:25 (prize #1); nine fastest ECAC teams qualify for ECAC final, Saturday, 2:20 (prize #2).  Lanes all the way; blocks for finals only.  Lane Priority: 6-7-8-9-5-4-3-2-1.

4x400m Relay. College Races, Thursday, beginning 6:20; Heptagonal Race, Thursday, 7:05;  Centennial/MAC Race, Thursday, 7:10; Collegiate Track Conference Race, Thursday, 7:15. The fastest 27 teams will be seeded into the first three races. Separate prizes for each heat and league race (prize #3). All races (except for conference races with more than 9 teams entering) will be run with three-turn stagger in lanes.  MAC entries limited to members of the Centennial Conference and Middle Atlantic Conference.  A league race will be cancelled if an insufficient number of teams from that league enter. Junior Colleges are eligible for finals if they meet NCAA Division I eligibility requirements.

Nine fastest teams qualify for Championship Invitational  final, Saturday, 5:55 (prize #1); next nine fastest teams qualify for College final, Saturday, 5:45 (prize #3); remaining nine fastest teams qualify for ECAC final, Saturday, 5:35 (prize #2, NCAA may opt to disallow times from this race for NCAA qualifying). No alternates. Finals to be run with three-turn stagger in lanes with blocks.  Lane Priority: 6-7-8-9-5-4-3-2-1.

4x800m Relay. Championship Invitational, Saturday, 4:10; ten teams (prize #1).  College event, Saturday, 4:20; 40 teams, two sections against time (prize #3);  Seeding for all three sections will be done in the paddock before the Championship race.

4x1500m Relay. Championship Invitational, Friday, 1:10; 15 teams (prize #1).

Sprint Medley Relay (200-200-400-800). Championship Invitational, Friday, 6:00; 40 teams, sections against time (prize #1).  Three-turn stagger in lanes; blocks provided.  Lane Priority: 6-7-8-9-5-4-3-2-1.

Distance Medley Relay (1200-400-800-1600). Championship Invitational, Thursday, 5:25;  15 teams (prize #1). College Race, Thursday, 5:40;  20 teams (prize #3). Seeding for both sections will be done in the paddock before the Championship race.

4x100m Shuttle Hurdles Relay. Championship Invitational, Friday, 3:25; 15 teams; three sections against time (prize #1).  Blocks provided.  Lane Priority: 3-4-2-5-1.


COLLEGE INDIVIDUAL EVENTS – WOMEN

100m Dash. Heats, Friday, 3:40; 27 runners, to be run on relay homestretch.  Qualify nine (first two in each heat and the remainder on time) to Championship Invitational final, Saturday, 3:35 (prize #4; to be run on sprint straight).  Blocks for heats and final.  Lane priority:  5-6-4-7-3-8-2-9-1-10.

3000m Run. Championship Invitational, Thursday, 8:30 (prize #4); 40 runners.  Contestants may not run the Steeplechase, 5000m or 10,000m.

3000m Steeplechase. Championship Invitational, Thursday, 8:00   (prize #4)  (To be run concurrently with Olympic Development race.); College Race, Thursday, 8:15 (prize #5); 40 runners, seeding done at site before Championship race.  Contestants may not run the 3000m, 5000m or 10,000m.

5000m Run. Championship Invitational, Thursday, 8:40; 40 runners (prize #4).  Contestants may not run the 3000m, Steeplechase or 10,000m.

10,000m Run. Championship Invitational, Thursday, 10:15; 45 runners (prize #4). To be run concurrently with Olympic Development race. Contestants may not run the 3000m, Steeplechase or 5000m.

100m Hurdles. Heats, Friday, 4:00; 30 runners.  Qualify nine (first two in each heat and the remainder on time) to Championship Invitational final, Saturday, 3:15 (prize #4).  Blocks for heats and final.  Lane priority:  5-6-4-7-3-8-2-9-1-10.

400m Hurdles. Championship Invitational, Thursday, 10:00 a.m.; 60 runners, sections against time (prize #4).  Best 24 runners will be seeded into preferred lanes in first four sections.  Start at end of sprint straight; blocks provided.  Lane Priority: 6-7-8-9-5-4-3-2-1.

**Field event athletes are not allowed to switch from the championship to the college competition or from the college competition to the championship unless such a change is cleared by the Director before the start of the meet.**

High Jump. Championship Invitational, Friday, 1:45; 12 jumpers (prize #4).  College Events (two pits), Thursday, 10:00 a.m.; 30 jumpers each (prize #5).

Pole Vault. Championship Invitational, Thursday, 4:00; 12 vaulters (prize #4). College event, Thursday, 10:00 a.m.; 30 vaulters (prize #5).

Long Jump. Championship Invitational, Thursday, 12:00 noon; 12 jumpers, 9 advance (prize #4). College Event (two pits; A [infield pit] & B [track-side pit]), Thursday, 4:00; 30 jumpers each, 9 total advance (prize #5).

Triple Jump. Championship Invitational, Friday, 10:00 a.m.; 12 jumpers, 9 advance (prize #4). College Event (two pits; A [infield pit; 34- and 43-foot boards] & B [track-side pit; 30- and 36-foot boards]), Friday, 11:00 a.m.; 30 jumpers each, 9 total advance (prize #5).  NO SWITCHING OF RUNWAYS WILL BE PERMITTED.

Shot Put. Championship Invitational, Thursday, 11:30 a.m.; 12 throwers (prize #4).  College Event (two rings; A & B), Thursday, 12:45; 30 throwers each, 9 total advance (prize #5).

Discus Throw. Championship Invitational, Friday, 11:30 a.m.; 12 throwers (prize #4).  College event, Thursday, 9:00 a.m.; 30 throwers, 9 advance (prize #5).  

Hammer Throw. Championship Invitational, Thursday, 1:15; 12 throwers (prize #4).  College event, Thursday, 2:30; 30 throwers, 9 advance (prize #5).

Javelin Throw. Championship Invitational, Thursday, 6:45; 12 throwers, 9 advance (prize #4).  College event, Friday, 4:45; 30 throwers, 9 advance (prize #5).

Heptathlon. Championship Invitational, Tuesday-Wednesday, April 21-22, (11:30 Tues/10:30 Wed.); 15 heptathletes (prize #4).


PENN RELAYS COLLEGE PROTOCOL

Note that online entry for Colleges must be concluded by Monday, April 6, 2015, 2:00 p.m. (EDT).  You may enter any time until the deadline.

Confirmation of receipt of entry and payment is best verified on the web-site (http://www.ThePennRelays.com).

Acceptances/Rejections will be e-mailed to coaches as soon after the April 6th entry deadline as possible.  The notice of acceptance/rejection will include event number and time for each event your athletes will be contesting.

Appeal of rejected entries will be handled by e-mail only.

As we wish to serve as many colleges as possible and reject as few as possible, we are listing a few items to guide you on your entries:

  1. We will accept almost all 4x100and 4×400 Relays.
  2. We will accept approximately 60 4x200m Relays.
  3. We will accept approximately 50 4×800 Relays.
  4. We will accept approximately 15 4×1500 Relays
  5. We will accept approximately 20 Shuttle Hurdle Teams.
  6. We will accept approximately 40 Sprint Medleys.
  7. We will accept approximately 35 Distance Medleys.
  8. We will run one race for the 3000m.
  9. We will run two races for the 3000m Steeplechase.

NOTES

  • Any person designated by the coach to pick up passes must present such authorization written on school letterhead stationery and signed by both the coach who signed the entry form and by the person picking up the passes.
  • The first leg of the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and Sprint Medley will be allowed to use blocks in the finals only.  Note that in the 4×400 and Sprint Medley we may use all 9 lanes in the final with the inside 4 lanes breaking outward on the backstretch of the second lap.
  • No sweats will be allowed in the paddock.  We urge you to bring a duffel bag so your athletes may put their things in it while on the track.  They should give their bag to you or your manager before entering the paddock.
  • The I.A.A.F. rule regarding two relay substitutions is in effect.
  • For Junior Colleges wishing to qualify for Championship relays: Prior to the Relays, we must have a letter in our hands from your A.D. concerning your meeting NCAA requirements
  • Results will be posted on the bulletin board to the right of the clock and on the Relays web site at www.thepennrelays.com.  Please do not ask for results in the press box.
  • If any of your athletes enter an open event in the Relays, they may be subject to drug testing.
  • If the check for your entry fee has been delayed, please let us know via e-mail to pennrelay@pobox.upenn.edu. Because of time restraints we cannot sign and return Purchase Order requests & invoices unless a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope is provided.
  • Teams have access to an Expedited Entry Gate 30 minutes in advance of their event.
  • The Penn Relays has an extremely large crowd that is difficult to manage regarding security.  While we do our best to provide a safe, secure meet, it is helpful if you watch your belongings carefully, never leaving them unattended, particularly in the stands.