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PHILADELPHIA - It's the world's largest and oldest relay carnival and its held on Penn's home track every year. The 116th running of the Penn Relays begins this week and the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team has a full schedule.
The meet begins on Tuesday with the start of the decathlon and the event ends on Wednesday. Sophomore Jeff Seddon is competing for the Quakers. The track events begin on Thursday with several Quakers competing in the distance events later that night. There will also be many members of the Red and Blue participating Friday and Saturday, including some Championship of America races. For a complete schedule of the events in which Penn will be participating, see the link at the top of this release.
Last year at this event, the Quakers had a historical showing. Decathlete Max Westman became the first Quaker to win the decathlon since 1932. On Friday, the Quakers claimed their second Penn Relays title of the weekend when Anthony Abitante won the Eastern Pole Vault Championship. As for the relays, the 4x400 team finished second in the heptagonal race, the 4x100 team posted its top two times of the year and the 4x800 team ran in the Championship of America.
Penn is just a few days removed from the Larry Ellis Invitational. The Quakers faced the worst conditions of the year and many were pulled from their events to avoid injury. Despite that, there were several impressive performances with freshman Tim Carey winning the 400-meter hurdles. Sophomores Robert Dugger (1,500 meters) and Brian Fulton (800 meters) each finished third.
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.