"This is like a nationals atmosphere," Days said. "Honestly, I prefer this. I've never been to a meet as important and as dear to my heart as the Penn Relays."
The meet means so much to Days that when colleges came to recruit him, there was one pressing question he wanted answered.
"Will you send me to the Penn Relays every year? One said no, and I was like, 'click,' " Days recalled Friday, hanging up an imaginary phone.
Fortunately for both him and his local fans, UCLA said yes.
Practically everyone wanted a piece of the effervescent champion after the competition. Red-hatted officials greeted him as an old friend while they waited to pose for pictures. Four of his six younger siblings swung from his thick legs.
"These guys really respond well to the throws," Days said. "The people that come here have such an understanding, a passion, and just a love for throwing."
Awotunde draws a crowd. Josh Awotunde was easy to spot in the crowd after the boys' discus championship. His entourage included not only his Delsea track teammates, but also a fleet of men in South Carolina gear.
Awotunde's future college coaches were on hand to see him finish fifth for the second straight year. Battling a gusty left-to-right wind, he threw 184-3, his best effort of the season and an improvement of 14 feet from his mark here last spring.
"I wanted to be the No. 1 American thrower and get the gold watch," Awotunde said. "I'm not super happy, but I'm not ashamed."
Fedrick Dacres of Calabar in Kingston, Jamaica, won with a throw of 222-5. The top American hurled 192-11.
Awotunde's training has him scheduled to peak later in the spring for the state championships. He said he improved 16 feet from his mark at the Penn Relays last year to the end of the season.
If he can make the same leap, "that will be solid gold," Awotunde said.
He'll be back. Curtis Thompson called it "a beautiful day to throw the javelin." He should have many more of those ahead.
The Florence junior entered the javelin championship as the No. 1 seed. He finished fifth in a compact field with a throw of 200 feet. Less than six feet separated the top five finishers.
"For being a junior, for him being his second time here, it was a great meet," Florence throwing coach Rod Roberson said. "His best last year was just in the 180s, so to be up in the 200s now is where he needs to be."
Manheim Township's Cole Proffitt took the title with a heave of 205-11.
Revenge for Winslow. The Winslow Township girls' runners had barely caught their breath Thursday when they found out they were disqualified in the 4x400-meter South Jersey large-school relay.
Three of the four runners returned Friday to win the 4x100 consolation large-school relay. DeAnn Cross, Cidae'a Woods, Torie Robinson, and Christine Oguledo combined to run the race in 47.54 seconds, edging Pennridge by a hundredth of a second.
Seeing double. Sparked by fast legs from twins Isaac and Jacob Clark, Pleasantville qualified for Saturday's 4x800 Championship of America.
Pleasantville won its heat in 7 minutes, 47.85 seconds to earn the third seed in the final. Chaminade of Long Island claimed the top seed by running a 7:47.08.
Isaac Clark ran the second leg in 1:50.5, and Jacob Clark completed an anchor leg of 1:51.0.
Dagoberto Arias led off, and Radcliffe Narinensingh handled the third leg.
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