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PHILADELPHIA - Clearly one of the perks of running for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team is rounding the track in front of a packed Franklin Field just hours after the fastest man in the world electrified a Penn Relays record crowd of 54,310.
A little more than an hour before Usain Bolt ran, freshman Matt Chylak (1:52.28), freshman Kevin Foy (1:53.03), sophomore Brian Fulton (1:52.85) and junior Darryll Oliver (1:50.17) combined to finish 10th in the 4x800 Championship of America race. The senior-less foursome topped track powerhouse schools LSU and Arkansas with their time of 7:28.31.
The 4x400 relay qualified for the IC4A final earlier in the week and finished eighth in the event on Saturday. In one of the final events of the day freshman Tim Carey, senior Jeremy Sinclair, freshman Allante Keels and senior Ben McKean finished in 3:17.68. The Quakers were one of just two Ivy schools to qualify for the final.
Sophomore Efayomi Carr competed in the triple jump and matched his best leap of the season. His final jump was his best as he landed at 14.12 meters (46 feet, 4 inches) to match the mark he hit just a week earlier. The effort placed him 12th in a competitive field of 19.
The biggest crowd in the 116-year history of the Penn Relays packed into Franklin Field, and when the counting was done, 54,310 fans were on hand, nearly 3,500 more than the previous mark set in 2002.
The Relays also drew 117,346 fans over three days, also more than 3,000 better than ever before. The old mark was 114,194 set in 2006.
The record crowd watched the fastest man in the world and Usain Bolt did not disappoint. He ran a 8.79 split in the 4x100 relay to propel Team Jamaica to the win in one of the most anticipated races in the 116-year history of the Penn Relays. Team Jamaica won with a Penn Relays-record time of 37.90. USA Blue was second at 38.33 and USA Red was third at 38.50. Mario Forsythe, Yohan Blake and Marvin Anderson teamed with Bolt for the record-setting performance.The Quakers have a week off to prepare for the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships. The Ivy League championship meet will take place at Princeton's Weaver Stadium starting on Saturday, May 8 and concluding on Sunday, May 9.