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June 3, 2004 | By Josh Egerman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Reuben McCoy left the crowd breathless with a historic performance. Then he left the crowd holding its breath. McCoy, the dynamic Winslow Township senior track star, became the first athlete in state history to win three individual events in the 35-year history of the NJSIAA Track and Field Meet of Champions last night at Frank Jost Field. But after winning the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, the 400 meters and the 200, McCoy's night ended in near disaster on the anchor leg of the 4x400 relay.
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April 25, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Emily Lipari departed Villanova after last season having won six Penn Relays watches, she was believed to have left a hole on the anchor leg too big for the Wildcats to fill while competing against some of the best runners in the country. But as senior Stephanie Schappert expressed with her terrific anchor leg Thursday in the women's distance-medley relay: no Lipari, no problem. Schappert outkicked Stanford's Elise Cranny in the final 150 meters of the 1,600-meter anchor leg to lift the Wildcats to their fourth consecutive victory in the DMR on a cold and blustery day at Franklin Field.
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April 27, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the 121-year history of the Penn Relays Carnival, there couldn't have been a stranger race than the one a Franklin Field crowd of 48,920 witnessed Saturday on the anchor leg of the men's 4-by-mile Championship of America. Villanova won the event as Jordy Williamsz outsprinted Oregon's Edward Cheserek to the line, turning the tables on Cheserek's sizzling finish the previous day on the Ducks' winning distance-medley relay. But the pace of the final leg won't be found on a tape of track's greatest hits any time soon.
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April 25, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
It was Villanova senior Stephanie Schappert's first time on the anchor leg, her first time running the 1,600 meters at the end of the distance-medley relay at the Penn Relays. She ran 1,610. "I didn't even know where the finish line was," Schappert said. "I wasn't going to stop. I just kept going. " Schappert's ignorance was bliss in another way, too. She also was happily unaware that teammates Michaela Wilkins and Siofra Cleirigh Buttner bobbled their handoff between the 400-meter and 800-meter legs, nearly re-creating the disaster that disqualified the Wildcats in the distance-medley relay at the NCAA indoor championships in March in Fayetteville, Ark. "I didn't realize that happened," Schappert said.
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May 1, 1994 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The tone was set early, when Jose Parrilla electrified the record Penn Relays crowd of 43,830 with an anchor-leg surge that gave Tennessee a meet- record victory in the sprint medley relay. And for the next 5 1/2 hours, yesterday's 100th running of the Relays lived up to its history and then some, as a blockbuster show left spectators at Franklin Field delighted and awe-struck, and the athletes happy to have been part of it all, no matter where they finished. By the time the 1,600-meter relays were over, and the frenzied throng had cheered itself hoarse yet again, one suspected that this venerable track and field carnival had to be good for another 100 runnings, should the planet somehow endure that long.
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April 20, 1992 | By Steve Wartenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Haverford High's Samantha Bates was not too thrilled with the unseasonably cold weather at Saturday's 17th annual Father Judge Relays. "I don't like this at all," the junior said. "I like it really hot. " The foursome of Michelle Teti, Shayne Wille, Emily Deriel and Bates finished seventh in both the 3,200-meter relay (10 minutes and 9.20 seconds) and the distance medley relay. Bates is the defending PIAA AAA state champion in the 800 meters, but she broke a bone in her ankle in the fall that cut short her cross-country season.
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March 29, 1988 | By Steve Wartenberg, Special to The Inquirer
While everyone else was going all out to win, Archbishop Ryan's Shawn Schneider was only trying to get in a good workout. Despite his novel approach, Schneider won the 1,600 at the fourth annual Pennsylvania Track Classic at Villanova Saturday in 4:26.1 and anchored the Raiders to a second-place finish in the distance-medley relay. "This Saturday, we'll be running at the Colonial Relays (at the College of William and Mary in Virginia)," Schneider said. "That's one of the main schools I want to go to, and I want to run well and impress the coach.
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April 27, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fever pitch from the Americans and the Jamaicans in the crowd at Franklin Field was similar when Porscha Lucas of the United States and Natasha Morrison of Jamaica crossed the line at the same time in the Penn Relays' USA vs. the World women's 4x200-meter relay. Did Lucas win? Certainly Morrison could have been ruled the winner, too. But when officials looked at the photo, they ruled Lucas had won by a fraction of an eyelash, in 0.007 (seven-thousandths) of a second. Naturally, one section of the crowd cheered and the other booed.
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August 3, 1996 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After five days of rumor, innuendo, carping, harping, backbiting, backstabbing, lobbying, campaigning, there is still no answer to the Olympic question that seems to have been burning longer than the Olympic flame: Will Carl Lewis run for the United States tonight in the men's 4x100 relay? Maybe NBC can answer that. Maybe Nike can answer that. But no U.S. coach can answer it, no runner, no official, nobody. Everybody was being coy yesterday. There would be an answer by evening, U.S. men's team coach Erv Hunt said.
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April 27, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fever pitch from the Americans and the Jamaicans in the crowd at Franklin Field was similar when Porscha Lucas of the United States and Natasha Morrison of Jamaica crossed the line at the same time in the Penn Relays' USA vs. the World women's 4x200-meter relay. Did Lucas win? Certainly Morrison could have been ruled the winner, too. But when officials looked at the photo, they ruled Lucas had won by a fraction of an eyelash, in 0.007 (seven-thousandths) of a second. Naturally, one section of the crowd cheered and the other booed.
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April 27, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the 121-year history of the Penn Relays Carnival, there couldn't have been a stranger race than the one a Franklin Field crowd of 48,920 witnessed Saturday on the anchor leg of the men's 4-by-mile Championship of America. Villanova won the event as Jordy Williamsz outsprinted Oregon's Edward Cheserek to the line, turning the tables on Cheserek's sizzling finish the previous day on the Ducks' winning distance-medley relay. But the pace of the final leg won't be found on a tape of track's greatest hits any time soon.
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April 27, 2015 | By Evan Cross, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christian Brissett and Kyle Davis aren't used to running from behind. Cheltenham's team of Cordell Richardson, Brissett, Davis, and John Lewis won the Penn Relays Suburban American 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3 minutes, 15.86 seconds, winning by more than six seconds. In a race with 44 runners, the Panthers had four of the top seven splits. That win qualified them for the 4x400 Championship of America, in which they finished fifth (out of seven teams) and ran a 3:15.39, a record for the team.
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April 25, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Emily Lipari departed Villanova after last season having won six Penn Relays watches, she was believed to have left a hole on the anchor leg too big for the Wildcats to fill while competing against some of the best runners in the country. But as senior Stephanie Schappert expressed with her terrific anchor leg Thursday in the women's distance-medley relay: no Lipari, no problem. Schappert outkicked Stanford's Elise Cranny in the final 150 meters of the 1,600-meter anchor leg to lift the Wildcats to their fourth consecutive victory in the DMR on a cold and blustery day at Franklin Field.
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April 25, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Track isn't necessarily Marissa Topolski's best sport. In fact, this is only the Lenape High senior's second season of track and field, and she was called upon Thursday to run an anchor leg at the Penn Relays. Perhaps that's why Topolski, also a soccer star, couldn't quite keep still before the 4x400-meter relay in the South Jersey Large Schools race. "I jump up and down a lot," she said, smiling. "I stretch, I crack my knuckles and I talk a lot, and really fast. " "Lots of stretching," said teammate Shannon Storms, laughing.
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April 25, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
It was Villanova senior Stephanie Schappert's first time on the anchor leg, her first time running the 1,600 meters at the end of the distance-medley relay at the Penn Relays. She ran 1,610. "I didn't even know where the finish line was," Schappert said. "I wasn't going to stop. I just kept going. " Schappert's ignorance was bliss in another way, too. She also was happily unaware that teammates Michaela Wilkins and Siofra Cleirigh Buttner bobbled their handoff between the 400-meter and 800-meter legs, nearly re-creating the disaster that disqualified the Wildcats in the distance-medley relay at the NCAA indoor championships in March in Fayetteville, Ark. "I didn't realize that happened," Schappert said.
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March 23, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
The last event of the winter heralded what could be a remarkable spring for the Haddonfield girls' track team. With freshman Briana Gess running an eye-opening split on the anchor leg, four Haddonfield girls produced the second-fastest time in the distance medley relay in New Jersey indoor track history. They did it March 14 at the New Balance Nationals at the Armory in New York. "Every single girl ran their best," Haddonfield coach Jason Russo said. "That's so rare in a relay. " Gess, running in the first high school track event of her career and just days removed from the end of the basketball season, brought Haddonfield home with a stunning split of 4 minutes, 48.64 seconds on her 1,600-meter leg. Senior Shelby Cain opened the race for Haddonfield with a 3:38.99 split for the 1,200.
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April 29, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Emily Lipari ignored the fatigue and heavy legs that resulted from running her third anchor leg in as many days for Villanova at the Penn Relays. She also ignored the fact that the Oregon runner she was chasing down the stretch is one of the top women in the country at 800 meters. This wasn't about just pure skill but about guts and the ability to will oneself beyond the pain. Lipari did just that in the college women's 4x800-meter relay, overtaking the Ducks' Laura Roesler in the final 80 meters to lead the Wildcats to victory in collegiate record time at Franklin Field on Saturday.
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July 31, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
LONDON - To put it as nicely as possible, Ryan Lochte denied rival Michael Phelps a gold medal for the second night in a row. Unfortunately, this time Lochte also cost himself and two other teammates a victory. Swimming the anchor leg in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay, Lochte hit the water with a 0.55-second lead over France. He touched the wall 0.45 seconds after French anchor Yannick Agnel. On the opening night of the meet Saturday, Lochte demolished Phelps in their keenly anticipated 400 individual medley relay.
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