PHILADELPHIA - In addition to hosting the 121st edition of the world-renown Penn Relays, the University of Pennsylvania will also serve as host to the 2015 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships this year. On Tuesday, the track and field team announced the full men's and women's 2014-15 schedule.
The Lehigh Invitational on Dec. 6 will mark the first track and field meet of the season for the Quakers, but the last of the calendar year. After the New Year, the Quakers begin the indoor season in earnest on Jan. 17 with the Mountain Hawk Challenge followed by the Princeton Invitational on Jan. 25. February is a busy month, as the team will compete in the Sykes Sabock Cup (Feb. 6-7), Rider Invitational (Feb. 14) and Haverford Invitational (Feb. 21).
The February weekend road trips will prepare the team for the Indoor Heptagonal Championships hosted by Harvard (Feb. 28-March 1). The Indoor NCAA Championships are in Fayetteville, March 13-14.
A week after the NCAA meet, Penn will open the outdoor season with the third annual Philadelphia College Classic at historic Franklin Field. After the Classic, the team will travel to College Park for the Maryland Invitational on March 28.
The following week, some Quakers will head to the Stanford Invite and Florida Relays, while others will journey north to Princeton for the Sam Howell Invitational, April 3-4.
Penn will again navigate south, this time to Fairfax, Va., for the George Mason Invitational on April 11, prior to returning to Princeton for the Larry Ellis Invitational on April 18-19.
However, all roads eventually lead to track and field's most anticipated meet of the year: The Penn Relays.
2015 marks Penn's 121st consecutive year of hosting The Relays. Last year, there were 49,103 in attendance at historic Franklin Field on Saturday alone and 108,660 for the entire weekend — eclipsing 100,000 fans for the 11th straight year and 14th time in the last 15 years.
The Relays signify the conclusion of the regular season leading to the Heptagonal Championships at Penn (May 9-10) and ECAC/IC4A Championships the following weekend at Princeton (May 15-16). For those that qualify, the NCAA East Preliminaries are May 28-30 in Jacksonville, Fla., and the NCAA Finals in Eugene, Ore., June 10-13.