PHILADELPHIA - A pair of relay teams shined for the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams on the final day of the 121st Penn Relays at Franklin Field.
For the 12th straight year and 15th time in the last 16 years, more than 100,000 poured into Franklin Field. Saturday's announced crowd of 48,920 was the ninth-most in the meet's history, and the three-day total of 110,587 is the eighth-highest attendance total in the 121-year history of the world's oldest and largest relay carnival.
One of Penn's top highlights from the third day of competition came in the Women's 4x800 Championship of America, where the Quakers finished fifth overall with the second-fastest time in school history. The foursome of Taylor Hennig (2:10.22), Candace Taylor (2:08.99), Carey Celata (2:09.73), and Ashley Montgomery (2:11.70) finished just 27-hundreths of a second behind the school record set nine years ago. Their time of 8:40.63topped Connecticut, Indiana, Cornell and Dartmouth.
Junior Thomas Awad topped the best the nation had to offer with the fastest mile split time in the 4xMile Championship of America. One of two runners in school history to break four minutes in the mile, Awad nearly did so for the second straight year at the Penn Relays. He finished his leg of the relay in 4:00.7, and combined with Chris Hatler (4:05.5) and Nick Tuck (4:07.9), the Quakers were in the lead pack in the final leg. Clark Shurtleff (4:10.4) crossed the finish line in sixth place among the 13 schools, which was ahead of all three other Ivy schools, Oklahoma, Indiana and Texas. The team's time of 16:24.57 was two seconds from breaking a 29-year-old school record.
Immediately following that performance,Wyatt David, Brandon Senior, Harrison Scharf and Ben Bowersshaved another three-tenths of their season-best output from Friday. The foursome finished in sixth-place in the IC4A final with a time of 41.59.
Saturday's field events were highlighted by freshman Mike Monroe's fifth-place showing in the high jump. He finished with a height of 2.08 meters (6 feet, 9 3/4 inches), while teammate Thomas Pitt, who posted a season-best performance in the long jump on Friday (7.33m), finished seventh with a height of 2.04 meters (6-08.25 ft.).
On Friday, Penn set several season bests, while on the first day of competition, the Quakers posted four all-time top 10 marks, including the fourth-best time in school history and a seventh-place finish in the Women's Distance Medley Relay Championship of America. And during the heptathlon on Wednesday, sophomoreNoel Jancewiczfinished as the runner-up with the third-highest score in program history (5,051). A full recap ishere.
Penn has one meet remaining before hosting another big meet at Franklin Field. On Friday and Saturday, the Quakers will be at the Princeton Invitational. Then on May 9-10, the Red and Blue will welcome the Ivy League for the 2015 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships at Franklin Field.
Penn Women at the Penn Relays
400H: 40-Dabrowski (1:03.88)
3,000m:8-Hong (9:45.48), 11-Whiting, Cla (9:48.75), 13-Cochrane (9:51.86)
4x100 ECAC: 4-Penn (47.20p, 46.74f)
4x400 ECAC: 7-Penn (3:50.96p, 3:51.93f)
COA DMR:7-Penn (11:31.68)
COA SMR:20-Penn (4:05.51)
COA 4x800: 5-Penn (8:40.63)
Discus: 19-Hojnacki (42.28m), 22 - Hill (39.16m)
Hammer: 30-Graf (45.64m)
Javelin Championship: 5-Hay (46.05m)
Javelin College: 12-Graf (42.72m)
Long Jump:23-Jiang (5.46m), 36-Kobolak (5.30m), 40-Berger (5.23m)
Shot Put:32-Graf (12.68m), 41-Hojnacki (12.10m)
Heptathlon:2-Jancewicz (5,051), 12-Fieldman (3,752)
Triple Jump: 22-Thompson (11.78m)
Penn Men at the Penn Relays
5,000m Championship:12-Shearn (14:16.00), 18-Wilson (14:23.70), 22-Smith (14:27.15), 25-Paez (14:33.60)
5,000m College:8-Luciano (14:30.22), 20-Hally (14:48.59), 26-Naff (14:58.27), 29-Webb (15:09.63)
4x100 IC4A:6-Penn (41.59)
4x400 Heptagonal:2-Penn (3:14.95)
4x400 College: 6-Penn (3:18.82)
COA 4x800:13-Penn (7:43.13)
COA DMR:12-Penn (9:53.81)
COA 4xMile: 6-Penn (16:24.57)
Decathlon: 5-Collins (5,286)
Pole Vault:21-Li (4.50m)
Long Jump:2-Pitt (7.33m)
Discus Throw: 17- Cioffi (49.13m)
Shot Put: 24- Bishop (16.28m)
Triple Jump: 20-Palmer (14.29m), 24-Simpson (14.12m),33-Jett (13.51m)
Javelin: 25-Kaplan (53.51m)
Discus: 4-Mattis (61.80m)
High Jump: 5-Monroe (2.08m), 7-Pitt (2.04m)