April 26, 2001 |
The first two medals of the Penn Relays were awarded yesterday to Mike Yoder, of Cincinnati, in the decathlon (6,765 points) and Puerto Rico's Damaris Diana in the heptathlon (4,916 points).
April 23, 2009
Senior Max Westman became the first member of the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team to win the Penn Relays decathlon since 1932. Westman's win marked the first for a Penn athlete in the event since George A. Munger did so 77 years ago. The event has been a part of the Relays 49 times, starting in 1915, but was not held from 1933-1978. "I just feel really proud that, after all the hard work, something goes right," Westman said. "This year, finally being able to [compete]
July 18, 1991 |
As a kid in Missoula, Mont., Dave Johnson began training in the throwing, jumping and running that would lead him to a possible Olympic medal in the decathlon. Throwing rocks at cars. Jumping out of windows and over fences. Running from the police. The usual stuff. His top event, at which he may very well still be the American record holder, was the beer toss. One day, Johnson lifted a set of keys from a neighbor's car. Turns out, the keys opened the door to a local beer distributorship.
April 26, 1989 |
Penn State's Barry Walsh holds a slim lead over Henry Elliot, of Liberty University, and Mark Ivanov, of Bentley College, after the first day of the Penn Relays men's decathlon competition at Franklin Field. Walsh, an Irish Olympian and 1988 IC4A decathlon champion, has 3,785 points after five events. Elliot is second with 3,770 and Ivanov third with 3,764. Ivanov finished third in last year's competition. Walsh won the shot put with a heave of 48 feet, 9 1/2 inches, and tied Ivanov and Rutgers's Steve Theobold in the high jump with a leap of 6-8. Elliot won the 100 meters (11.17 seconds)
August 11, 1991 |
The oldest competitor in the field set a world record in the decathlon yesterday at the Keystone State Games, an event generally regarded as a youth competition. Barry Kline Sr., a 51-year-old resident of Washington, Pa., who grew up in Narberth and graduated from Lower Merion High, totaled 3,323 points in the two-day decathlon - more than anyone his age had managed before. "I wanted 5,000 (points), but I was hurt three times this year," he said. "I wanted to be the first person over 50 to hit 5,000.
April 23, 1992 |
Kanon Vanderhoff wasn't really thinking about winning the Penn Relays decathlon. At least not after "bombing out" in the first five events Tuesday. "It was a disaster," said the Louisiana State sophomore, who was in second place at the halfway mark, 159 points behind Indiana's Terry Simpson. "Every single event. So I just wanted to come out (yesterday) and do some good stuff, use it as a training day. "Winning's always in the back of your mind, but I just wanted to do a good, solid job in each event.
April 22, 1993 |
The temperatures in Williams Lake, British Columbia, during the winter drop as low as minus 40 degrees. And the snow stays on the ground there for so long, the track team at Columneetza High runs on the frozen tundra in boots. Villanova's junior decathlete David Cook grew up in that arctic environment. He had a much more favorable climate to work with yesterday as he set a school record with 7,520 points to win the Penn Relays decathlon. The best decathlete in Villanova history had personal bests in the 400 meters (51.84 seconds)
August 31, 1991 |
Dan O'Brien won America's first world championship in the decathlon with a meet- and American-record 8,812 points, the third-best decathlon ever and just 35 points below the world record. If he hadn't slipped up in the high jump, usually one of his best events, he might have had a world record. "I don't know if there are Greek gods, but maybe you're not supposed to do awesome in every event," he said yesterday. "I think I'm capable of breaking the world record, and I would have done so if I'd had a decent high jump.
April 23, 1998 |
If not for a midafternoon weather change in which the temperature dropped about 15 degress in less than an hour, Western Michigan's Phil McMullen probably would have owned the Penn Relays decathlon record. But in the pole vault, the third of yesterday's five events at Franklin Field, the suddenly swirling breezes conspired against him. The best the fifth-year senior could do was clear 14 feet, 9 inches, more than a foot less than his personal best. While it didn't come close to costing him the overall victory, it just about scuttled his hopes of breaking the 13-year-old meet mark held by William Motti, of Mount St. Mary's.
April 25, 2002 |
Both Chris Boyles and Se'verine Tanic wanted to score a bit higher in the multi-event competitions in the Penn Relays yesterday. Chad Levitt was happy just to post a score. There were plenty of smiles in the sunshine at Franklin Field. Boyles, a senior from Messiah College, won the decathlon with a total of 6,946 points. Tanic, a junior from France who attends Morgan State, took the heptathlon with 4,953 points. Each athlete established personal-best totals in their victories but wanted to get a few dozen more points to reach the next plateau - 7,000 for Boyles; 5,000 for Tanic.