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PHILADELPHIA - Once again, the University of Pennsylvania and Franklin Field are set to host the world's oldest and largest relay carnival in the last weekend in April. The Penn women's track and field team welcomes the best high school, collegiate and international athletes in the world for the 119th running of the Penn Relays, April 25-27.
Last year, the three-day attendance totaled 112,416, marking the ninth straight year and the 12th time in the last 13 years in which that mark surpassed 100,000 spectators. Get your tickets for the 2013 Penn Relays here.
Everything 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, see the link at the top of this release.
Last year at the Penn Relays, Kristen Judge won the Eastern high jump andKersie Jhabvala ran the sixth-fastest 10,000 meters in program history. Fighting some occasional light rain, 12 competitors reached 1.68 meters (5 feet, 6 inches) in the high jump, but Judge was the only flawless jumper to that point and won the tiebreaker to claim the Penn Relays title. Then in the last event of Day One, Jhabvala posted a personal best in the 10,000 meters and moved up in the school record book with a 15th-place finish of 36:56.46.
Last week, junior Chelsea Delaney skyrocketed up the school record book with her performance in the 1,500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational. She registered a time of 4:30.82 to place sixth all-time at Penn. Meanwhile, senior Margaret Diacont improved upon the second-best time in school history in the steeplechase with her time of 10:49.48. One of the many highlights in the field events came from freshman Kaci Jones, who registered the third-best toss in school history. She was the runner-up with her toss of 46.07 meters (151 feet, 2 inches).
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.