PHILADELPHIA - Just two meets remain before the 120th running of the Penn Relays and the start of the postseason. In preparation this week, the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams will head to Virginia for the George Mason Invitational on Saturday.
The meet starts at 10 a.m. with the women's hammer and long jump. The track events will start at noon with the women's 100 meters. The distance events will start at 7 p.m. and conclude the meet with the men's 5,000 meters at 9:40 p.m.
Last year at this event, then-sophomore Heather Bong officially became the fastest woman in school history when she set the school record in the 100 meters (11.83). Bong also posted the sixth-best time in school history in the 200 meters and was the lead leg on Penn's winning 4x100-meter relay team. Meanwhile, Tom Timmins not only topped the field in the men's 400-meter hurdles, he did so with a personal best effort and the 10th-fastest time in program history (52.23).
Last week, senior Jimmy Tully, sophomore Sam Mattis and the men's 4x400-meter relay (3:16.74) all posted victories for at the Sam Howell Invitational, while Lydia Ali jumped into the school's all-time top 10 in two events. Mattis became the first man in school history to eclipse 60 meters in the discus and is one of just seven in the nation to top that mark this season with his top toss measuring 60.50 meters (198 feet, 6 inches). Ali is now seventh all-time at Penn in the women's 100-meter hurdles (12.10) and the 200 meters (24.78). Tully won the men's javelin at 62.07 meters (203-08 ft.) -- just outside the school's all-time top 10.
A full recap will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the meet.
In addition, tickets are now on sale for the 120th edition of the Penn Relays -- the world's oldest and largest relay carnival. Get your tickets here.