Men's Track & Field Kicks Off 119th Penn Relays

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PHILADELPHIA - Several Quakers participated in the distance classic on the first night of the 2013 Penn Relays to kick off the 119th edition of the world's oldest and largest relay carnival for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team.

There were 23,310 in attendance on Thursday - the first day of the 119th edition of the world's largest and oldest relay carnival.

The first man on the track for the Quakers, senior Michael Kiley, finished just a second shy of his personal best in the steeplechase. He placed ninth overall with a time of 9:18.56.

In the 5,000 meters, freshman Brendon Smith nearly reached Penn's all-time top 10. He was just seven seconds shy with a sixth-place time of 14:26.55. Classmate Clark Shurtleff was 10th at 14:34.83.

Friday and Saturday will contain several more relays for the Quakers, including some Championship of America races. The first field events for Penn will be on Friday morning and continue into Saturday. For a complete schedule of the events in which the Quakers will be participating, see the link at the top of this release.

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. will have an update on the performance of the Quakers after each day of competition.

Penn at The Penn Relays:
Steeplechase:9-Kiley (9:18.56)
5,000 Meters: 6-Smith (14:26.55); 10-Shurtleff (14:34.83), 18-Foy (14:46.67)