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PHILADELPHIA - In front of 38,904 fans at historic Franklin Field, the University of Pennsylvania men's outdoor track and field team got off to an ominous start when its first relay event on day two of the 116th Penn Relays didn't make it through the first handoff. But the Quakers bounced back, excelling in the 4x400 and distance medley relay on Friday afternoon.

The 4x400 relay team of Tim Carey, Jeremy Sinclair, Darryll Oliver and Ben McKean sprinted into the IC4A final with a second-place finish in the heptagonal race. The foursome combined for the best time of the season for the Quakers at 3:13.11. Princeton won the event, but the Quakers caught and passed Cornell to edge the Big Red's finish of 3:13.15. The effort qualified Penn for the finals of the IC4A race Saturday afternoon.

The distance medley relay was equally impressive, placing seventh in a competitive field of 27 teams. Michael Cunningham ran the first leg, Brian Rosenthal handled the 400-meter leg, Oliver ran the 800 meters and Jeff Weinstein ran the 1,600-meter anchor leg to total finish of 9:52.57. Yale was the only Ivy to top the Quakers, finishing two seconds ahead.

In a unique event at the Penn Relays each year, the Quakers were sixth in the shuttle hurdle relay. Penn's hurdlers of Sinclair, Carey, Tyler Danna and Jeff Seddon finished in 59.55, losing only to Clemson of the ACC and Nebraska of the Big 12 in their heat.

Daythree begins at7 a.m. with the racewalk competitions. The high school boy's 400-meter hurdles championshipwill kick startone of the most exciting days in track and field each year.The field events begin at the same time with the men's college triple jump. Usain Bolt, the fastest man of all-time, will run as the anchor in the 4x100 relay which is scheduled for 2:50 p.m. ESPN2 will broadcast the USA vs. The World events on tape delay from 8-10 p.m.

Tickets are still available for Saturday's races, but fans must buy them at the Franklin Field box office. (Click here for directions.)