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PHILADELPHIA- Several of the relay teams for the University of Pennsylvania women's outdoor track and field team entered the school record books Friday at the 116th Penn Relays at historic Franklin Field. There were 38,904 fans to witness the second day of competition at the world's oldest and largest relay carnival.
The 4x100 relay team that claimed the second-fastest time in school history on Thursday nearly duplicated that feat in the ECAC final on Friday. The team once again broke the 47-second barrier. Prior to this year, that feat had only been accomplished by two other teams in school history and the foursome of Renee McDougall, Kali Strother, Paige Madison and Leah Brown have done it three times this year. Against some of the ECAC's top teams, they were eighth at 46.56.
In one of the prestigious Championship of America races, the sprint medley relay posted the third-best time in Penn history and topped many of the best teams in the country with an impressive fifth-place finish. Halloran Cope, Leah Brown, Kali Strother and Anna Aagenes ran to a finish of 3:56.90. They topped some well-known teams from some of the best conferences in America - the Big East, ACC, Big 12, Big 10 and SEC.
Penn's 4x200 relay made it into the school records. The team of Nony Onyeador, Kelly Allred, Cope and Catherine Okoukoni are now fourth all-time at Penn with their time of 1:41.40. Against the best teams in the nation, the Quakers finished in the middle of the pack, placing 39th out of 62 teams.
Senior Kathryn Gevitz was 13th in the triple jump, finishing at 11.79 meters (38 feet, 8 1/4 inches). In a field of 26, Okoukoni was 18th at 11.48 meters (37-08 ft.).
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).