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 men'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 Tom Timmins won the 400-meter hurdles at George Mason's Patriot Invitational in Fairfax, Va., while sophomore Mato Bekelja also ran into the Penn record books in the 800 meters. Timmins not only topped the field, he did so with a personal best effort and the 10th-fastest time in program history. He won his heat by more than a second and stopped the clock at 52.23. Bekelja was 10th overall, but sixth among collegians with a time of 1:49.62. That stands as 10th-best all-time at Penn, supplanting Bryan Scotland's effort in 2006 by 14-hundreths of a second.
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.