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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 University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team and Franklin Field are set to host the best collegiate and international athletes in the world on April 28-30 at the 117th running of the Penn Relays.
Everything starts off for the Red and Blue Thursday night where several Quakers will be competing in the distance events. Friday and Saturday will be when most of the relays will take place, 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, see the link at the top of this release.
Last year at the Penn Relays, in front of a packed Franklin Field just hours after the fastest man in the world electrified a Penn Relays crowd of 54,310 - the biggest crowd in the 116-year history of the Penn Relays - The Red and Blue qualified for the finals of the 4x400 ECAC final and placed seventh. Sophomore Paige Madison ran the first leg and handed to junior Kali Strother who in turn handed to sophomore Leah Brown. Sophomore Victoria Strickland ran the anchor leg, stopping the clock of 3:45.64. It was the second best time of the year, only topped by Penn's 4x400 relay on Thursday when the Quakres finished with the fifth-best time in school history.
Penn was also 14th in the 4x800 Championship of America race. The Quakers were one of just two Ivy League teams to participate in the prestigious event. Running for the Quakers just moments before Usain Bolt was senior Anna Aagenes (2:12.48), sophomore Veronica Salcido (2:15.86), and freshmen Megan Powell (2:18.85) and Michelle Johnson (2:20.20). The group finished in 9:07.37.
The 2010 Relays also drew 117,346 fans over three days, also more than 3,000 better than ever before. The old mark was 114,194 set in 2006.
Last week, sophomore Leslie Kovach won the 3,000 meters for the Quakers with the second-best time of her career, and in all, the Quakers posted 12 top-10 finishes at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational at Weaver Stadium.
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.