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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 University of Pennsylvania men's outdoor track and field team and Franklin Field are set to host the best high school, collegiate and international athletes in the world from April 26-28 at the 118th running of the Penn Relays.
Everything starts off for the Red and Blue Thursday night where several Quakers will be competing in the distance events. Friday and Saturday will contain most of the relays, 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.
Last year at the Penn Relays, then-freshman Maalik Reynolds became the first member of the Penn men's track and field team since 1955 to win the Penn Relays title in the high jump, doing so in front of 48,531 fans at Franklin Field. Reynolds won with a jump of 2.22 meters (7 feet, 3 1/4 inches).
Also at the world's oldest and largest relay carnival in 2011, Penn's 4x800 relay finished third in impressive fashion and sophomore Luke Grau highlighted the first day of competition for the Quakers with Penn's fastest 5,000 meters in six years. The meet's three-day attendance total was 110,087, marking the eighth straight year and the 11th time in the last 12 years in which that mark surpassed 100,000 spectators.
Last week, Penn posted several winners and numerous top 10 finishes at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational and the Widener Invitational. The Quakers won the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays at Widener. The foursome of Colin Donnelly, Robby Harwood, James Killian and Brent Jules combined to finish the 4x400 in a winning time of 3:22.82. The 4x100 team won with a mark of 42.20 as Jules and Donnelly were joined by Seck Barry and Efayomi Carr. Senior Mike Vido won the 10,000 meters at Widener with a time of 32:28.83.
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.