PHILADELPHIA - One of track and field's most unique traditions will continue this summer as the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams head to Great Britain for the Transatlantic Series.
A bienniel tradition that dates back more than half a century joins Ivy rivals Penn and Cornell in a meet against the storied English universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The school's alternate as hosts with the meet being held at Cambridge this year. The Quakers will also compete at England's U-20 and U-23 Championships and spend time touring the country. In all, the Penn track and field teams will be overseas from June 16-July 1.
The Quakers will spend the first few days practicing at the university in Birmingham and then compete at the U-20 and U-23 Championships, June 20-22. The team will have some time to spend in London before they arrive in Oxford to practice at the world famous Iffley Road Track where Roger Bannister became the first man to break four minutes in the mile in 1954.
The team's then arrive in Cambridge for the last leg of the trip and the 2014 edition of the Transatlantic Series which is set for June 30. Following traditional British scoring, each event winner earns one point for their team.
PennAthletics.com will have full coverage of the team's trip.
In the lastest matchup between Penn/Cornell and Oxford/Cambridge, the Big Red served as hosts in Ithaca. Following the British scoring system, the American men topped the British, 14-5, while the American women remained unbeaten in the Transatlantic Series with a 15-4 victory.
The last time the Transatlantic Series brought Penn oversees, the Quakers and Big Red toured Great Britain and then topped the foreign duo in Oxford at the historic Roger Bannister Running Track. The Penn and Cornell women combined to win all but one of the 19 events. The men had similar success, getting off to a fast start with victories by Penn athletes in four of the first five events, and in all, Cornell and Penn won 16 of the 19 event titles.
Penn will host the next edition of the Transatlantic Series with Cornell and Oxford/Cambridge at historic Franklin Field.