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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 high school, collegiate and international athletes in the world from April 26-28 at the 118th 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 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, sophomore Leslie Kovach set a school record in the 5,000 meters. Against some of the best competition in the nation, Kovach made school history with her fourth-place finish of 16:11.59. Penn also finished fourth in the ECAC 4x100-meter relay with the fifth-fastest time in school history. The record book took another hit on the final day when the 4x800-meter relay team posted the program's third-best time of 8:53.21.
The meet's three-day attendance total was 110,087, marking the eighth straight year and the 11th time in the last 12 years in which that mark surpassed 100,000 spectators.
Last week, junior Morgan Wheeler won the javelin at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational on Saturday. The 4x100-meter relay also posted the second-fastest time in school history and senior Emily Townsend had the third-best 100 meters all-time at Penn.
Wheeler posted a victory among the 22 competitors in the event Saturday and had two throws that were good enough to win the meet, led by her toss of 43.78 meters (143 feet, 8 inches). Penn's 4x100-meter relay of sophomore Gabrielle Piper, senior captain Leah Brown, Townsend and junior Nony Onyeador finished just one-tenth shy of breaking the school record in the event. They were second overall at the meet with their time of 46.12. Townsend also finished in 12.01 in the 100 meters to place in a tie for sixth. But more importantly, that effort ranks third all-time at Penn.
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.