PHILADELPHIA - For the 120th consecutive year, the University of Pennsylvania will host the Penn Relays at historic Franklin Field. The world's oldest and largest relay carnival is set for Thursday through Saturday and will be nationally televised on NBC Sports on Saturday from 12:30-3 p.m.
Last year, there were 48,871 in attendance at historic Franklin Field on Saturday for a three-day total of 111,284 - eclipsing 110,000 fans for the sixth consecutive year. It was the 10th straight year and the 13th time in the last 14 years with more than 100,000 spectators at the world's oldest and largest relay carnival.
The 120th edition of the Penn Relays 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, click here.
The Quakers are coming off an impressive weekend at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational. Sophomore Sam Mattis broke his own record in the men's discus with the nation's fourth-best toss, while sophomore Brendan Smith is now among the top 25 in the nation in the men's steeplechase. Noah Kennedy-White (men's discus), Amy Darlington (women's steeplechase), Nick Tuck (men's steeplechase), Ashley Montgomery (women's 1,500m), Cleo Whiting (women's 5,000m), Elyssa Gensib (women's 5,000m), Gabrielle Piper (women's 100-meter hurdles), Noel Jancewicz (women's high jump), Serena Graf (women's javelin) and the women's 4x100-meter relay team all joined or moved up the Penn record books as well.
Last year at the 119th running of the Penn Relays, the Penn women set five top-five all-time marks. Two of those were relays as Ariana Tabatabaie, Gabby Cuccia, Pauline Dabrowski and Chelsea Delaney nearly claimed the Penn Relays title and finished with the fourth-best time in program history in the College 4x800-meter relay at 8:50.15. Piper,Rachel Hlatky, Nony Onyeador and Heather Bong finished fifth in the 4x100-meter relay at 46.18 - which is the third-fastest time in program history and just 15-hundreths of a second off the school record. Freshman Elyssa Gensib posted the fifth-best time in school history in the 3,000 meters (9:39.28). On the men's side, the Quakers finished among the top five in the 4x800 relay, distance medley relay, javelin, shot put and discus.
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 here. PennAthletics.com will have an update on the performance of the Quakers after each day of competition.