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PHILADELPHIA - It's the world's largest and oldest relay carnival and its held on Penn's home track every year. The 116th running of the Penn Relays begins this week and the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team has a full schedule.

The meet begins on Tuesday with the start of the heptathlon and the event ends on Wednesday. Freshman Morgan Wheeler is competing for the Quakers. The track events begin on Thursday as do the field events. The Red and Blue will be well represented in each, including some of the Championship of America races. For a complete schedule of the events in which Penn will be participating, see the link at the top of this release.

Penn returned just a few days ago from a rare dual meet where the Quakers matched up with Ivy rival Cornell on a torrid day in Ithaca, N.Y. Facing the worst weather conditions of the year, Penn had four event winners with Jamie Massarelli (800 meters), Kristen Judge (high jump), Kathryn Gevitz (long jump) and Leslie Kovach (5,000 meters) posting first-place finishes. Meanwhile, in addition to Massarelli, Amy Donovan, Charlotte Pope and Wheeler all climbed up in the school record books.

Penn had a very successful relays last year. The Quakers set two school records and had two other relays finish within the top-three all-time in the Quaker record book.The 4x1500-meter relay team finished fifth overall in the Championship of America race with a school-record finish of 18:11.87. It shaved more than two seconds off the previous Penn mark of 18:14.44, set in 2007. Penn was also a medalist in its record-setting sprint medley relay. The team won its heat of the Championship of America and placed sixth overall with a finish of 3:54.50.

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 at the top of this release. PennAthletics.com will have an update on the performance of the Quakers after each day of competition.