PHILADELPHIA - It's the world's largest and oldest relay carnival and its held on Penn's home track every year. The University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team and Franklin Field are set to host the best collegiate and international athletes in the world on April 28-30 at the 117th running of the Penn Relays.
Everything starts off for the Red and Blue Thursday night where several Quakers will be competing in the distance events. Friday and Saturday will be when most of the relays will take place, including some Championship of America races. The first field events for Penn will be on Friday morning and continue into Saturday. For a complete schedule of the events in which the Quakers will be participating, see the link at the top of this release.
Last year at the Penn Relays, in front of a packed Franklin Field just hours after the fastest man in the world electrified a Penn Relays crowd of 54,310 - the biggest crowd in the 116-year history of the Penn Relays - the Quakers' 4x400 relay eighth. In one of the final events of the day, freshman Tim Carey, senior Jeremy Sinclair, freshman Allante Keels and senior Ben McKean finished in 3:17.68. The Quakers were one of just two Ivy schools to qualify for the final. A little more than an hour before Usain Bolt ran, freshman Matt Chylak (1:52.28), freshman Kevin Foy (1:53.03), sophomore Brian Fulton (1:52.85) and junior Darryll Oliver (1:50.17) combined to finish 10th in the 4x800 Championship of America race. The senior-less foursome topped track powerhouse schools LSU and Arkansas with their time of 7:28.31.
The 2010 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.
Last week, freshman Maalik Reynolds won the high jump once again for the Quakers, and in all, six Quakers posted top-10 finishes at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational at Weaver Stadium.
For the largest track meet in the world, the Penn Relays is home to the nation's most extensive results page. For all of your Penn Relays needs, see the link to the Penn Relays results page at the top of this release. PennAthletics.com will have an update on the performance of the Quakers after each day of competition.