PHILADELPHIA - A week from now, historic Franklin Field will be welcoming the first of more than 100,000 spectators for the Penn Relays. But before the Quakers host the world's oldest and largest relay carnival, the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team heads to the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J., on Friday and Saturday.
Friday will feature a few distance races, beginning at 5 p.m. and finishing with the 5,000 meters at 9:15 p.m. Saturday begins with the 4x100-meter relays at noon and will conclude with the 4x400-meter relays at 6 p.m.
Last week, sophomore Heather Bong officially became the fastest Quaker of all-time as she set the school record in the 100 meters at the George Mason Patriot Invitational. Bong broke an eight-year-old record by more than a tenth of a second. Her time of 11.83 unseated Izu Emeagwali as the fastest Quaker of all-time. In between the prelims and finals of the 100 meters, Bong was also a part of Penn's winning 4x100-meter relay team. In the 200 meters, Bong finished just outside the scoring with a career-best time of 24.75.
Last year at the Larry Ellis Invitational, then-junior Morgan Wheeler won the javelin at 43.78 meters (143 feet, 8 inches). Penn's 4x100-meter relay of Gabrielle Piper, Leah Brown, Emily Townsend and Nony Onyeador
Next week marks the 119th edition of the Penn Relays, April 25-27, at Franklin Field. Last year, the three-day attendance totaled 117,346. Get your tickets for the 2013 Penn Relays here.A full recap will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the meet.