Meredith, Penn Relays to Be Inducted into Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame


Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame

PHILADELPHIA - All-time Penn track great James Edwin "Ted" Meredith and The Penn Relays will be a part of the 8th Inductee Class of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 10 as announced at the Hall of Fame press conference on Thursday.

The rest of the induction class includes: Al Meltzer, Bill Bergey, Biz Mackey, Curt Simmons, Dawn Staley, Ed & Steve Sabol, Jimmy Dykes, Joe McCarthy, Moses Malone, Mark Howe, Ora Washington, Speedy Morris and Wilbert Montgomery.

The Class VIII Induction Ceremony and Reception is Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Society Hill Sheraton. For more information and reservation information, click here.

The Penn Relays will join fellow Penn institution The Palestra as a special enshrinement in the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. The "Cathedral of Basketball" was enshrined as a venue enshrinement in 2006 as part of the third class of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame and is the only Philadelphia sports venue currently in the Hall of Fame. Likewise, the Penn Relays will become the first Philly sports institution to join the Hall when the class is formally inducted in November.

The Penn Relays, which was first held in 1895 and recently completed its 117th running, annually host over 20,000 athletes from around the world and continuously host over 100,000 spectators at Franklin Field over the three days of the Carnival. In 2010, 54,319 track and field fans filled Franklin Field to watch world record-holder Usian Bolt anchor Jamaica Gold to the championship in the men's 4x100 in the USA vs. The World series. Bolt is one of the numerous Olympic gold medalists to compete at The Penn Relays as the Relays have had at least one gold medalist at every Summer Olympics except the 1980 U.S.-boycotted games.

Meredith was at Mercersberg Academy when he began his assault on the track world. He earned his fame when he broke the interscholastic 440-yard record twice, once at a meet in Princeton, N.J., and once at Franklin Field. In 1912, at the age of 19, Meredith won the 800-meter competition at the Stockholm Olympics - a race where the top four finishers all ran under the world record. He won a second gold medal running a leg of the 4x400 relay as well.

Meredith enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, and during a two-week span of the 1916 season, he set two more world records in the 880-yard race and the 440-yard mark as well. He would lower his 440-yard time in IC4A competition that same year. Overall, Meredith won four combined IC4A championships in the 880 and 440-yard runs.

Prior to his record-setting season, Meredith was the U.S. national champion in the 440-yard run in 1914 and 1915. He won five All-America distinctions, three times for the 440-yard competition and two for the 800.

Meredith is a member of the National Track Hall of Fame and the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame.