PHILADELPHIA - Prior to the 118th edition of the world's oldest and largest rela carnival - the
Penn Relays - the University of Pennsylvania men’s outdoor track and
field team will compete in the Larry Ellis Invitational at Weaver
Stadium in Princeton, N.J., this weekend.
This will be the final-tune up for the Quakers before Penn Relays, which is April 26th-28th. The two-day Larry Ellis Invitational kicks off Friday with the hammer throw at 3 p.m., and ends with the 5,000 meters at 9 p.m. Saturday morning, the running events start with the 4x100-meter relay at noon and finish with the 4x400-meter relay at 5:45 p.m. Meanwhile, in the field events, the shot put sets up at noon and the javelin is at 1 p.m.
Last week, senior Ryan Cunningham and sophomore Jake Brenza each found their way into the Penn record books on Saturday at George Mason's Patriot Invitational in Fairfax, Va. Brenza finished second with a career-best toss in the shot put and climbed into the school record books. His final toss of the event was measured at 16.08 meters (52 feet, 8 1/2 inches) - the best toss for any Quaker in the past eight years moved him into 10th place all-time at Penn. Cunningham followed up with one of the best 1,500 meters ever run at Penn. The Brewster, N.Y., native finished in a personal-best time of 3:45.93. That stands as the best mark for any Penn runner in the last six years and now sits in sixth-place in the school record book - the second-fastest recorded at Penn since 1978.
Last year at the Larry Ellis Invitational, freshman Maalik Reynolds won the high jump once again for the Quakers. In all, six Quakers posted top-10 finishes at Weaver Stadium. Reynolds won the meet when he cleared the bar at 2.17 meters (7 feet, 1 1/2 inches) on his second attempt.
A full recap of the meet will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of the meet.