PHILADELPHIA - Once again, the University of Pennsylvania and Franklin Field are set to host the world's oldest and largest relay carnival in the last weekend in April. The Penn men's track and field team welcomes the best high school, collegiate and international athletes in the world for the 119th running of the Penn Relays, April 25-27.
Last year, the three-day attendance totaled 112,416, marking the ninth straight year and the 12th time in the last 13 years in which that mark surpassed 100,000 spectators. Get your tickets for the 2013 Penn Relays here.
Everything starts off for the Red and Blue Thursday night where several Quakers will be competing in the distance events. Friday and Saturday will contain most of the relays, 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, Jake Brenza moved up in the school record book with a personal-best toss of 16.15 meters (53 feet) in the shot put to place him ninth all-time at Penn in the event. In one of Friday's most prestigious races, the Quakers competed in the Distance Medley Championship of America where Penn finished in 10:02.95 to place 14th. In addition, behind Brent Jules, Efayomi Carr, Colin Donnelly and Mason Smith, the Quakers posted their best 4x100-meter relay of the season and improved upon their IC4A qualifying mark.
Last week, in a thrilling 4x100-meter relay to start the day on Saturday, the Quakers (42.00) edged Ivy rival Princeton (42.01) in a photo finish at the Larry Ellis Invitational. The night before, freshman Sam Mattis was victorious in the discus when his top throw landed at 54.02 meters (177 feet, 3 inches).
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.