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April 26, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
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).
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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]
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July 18, 1991 | By Jere Longman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 26, 1989 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Writer
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)
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August 11, 1991 | By Frank Bertucci, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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April 23, 1992 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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April 22, 1993 | by Dick Weiss, Daily News Sports Writer
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)
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August 31, 1991 | From Inquirer Wire Services
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.
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April 23, 1998 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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April 25, 2002 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 29, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
While he was sitting out the last two years of competition in the decathlon because of a herniated disk, Vincent Schneider was told by doctors that he probably should be doing something else rather than compete in the grueling multi-event discipline. So, when he finally returned to competition this week at the Penn Relays, Schneider, who attends Queens University of Charlotte, N.C., wanted to demonstrate to himself he still could do it. And he did, winning the carnival decathlon Wednesday at Franklin Field with a score of 6,681 points.
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April 24, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the 1,500-meter run, the final event of the grueling two-day decathlon Wednesday at the Penn Relays, the athletes battled stiff wind, stinging rain that swirled around Franklin Field, and temperatures that fell about 10 degrees in less than a half hour. All of which was fine with Cornell sophomore Austin Jamerson. "It was actually nice," Jamerson said. "It took your mind off the pain that your body was going through, and the rain cooled me down a little bit. " Jamerson finished with a personal-best time of 4 minutes, 47.99 seconds and won the decathlon with a score of 7,015 points, another personal record.
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April 24, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn's Thomas Pitt wasn't sure what to expect in his first decathlon competition and got off to a bit of a rocky start in his first two events Tuesday at the Penn Relays. But Pitt, a sophomore from Malvern Prep, shook off soreness in his right heel and recovered to hold a 53-point lead at the halfway point of the competition at Franklin Field. Pitt, who entered Penn as a high jumper but switched to the decathlon during the offseason, stood at 3,859 points after the first five events.
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August 11, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - Ashton Eaton won the Olympic decathlon gold medal by 198 points on Thursday night, leading a one-two U.S. finish. Eaton set the decathlon world record in the U.S. trials in June and backed it up with an Olympic victory with 8,869 points. Two-time world champion Trey Hardee settled for silver with 8,671 points, and Leonel Suarez of Cuba took the bronze, 346 points behind Eaton, at 8,523. Eaton had a 151-point lead going into the final event, the 1,500 meters, and is a better middle-distance runner than Hardee.
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June 24, 2012 | Associated Press
EUGENE, Ore. - Meter by meter, Ashton Eaton kept swallowing up real estate on a track that has always felt like home. Second by second, the clock to the side of that track ticked away - daring him to cross the finish line in a time that would put his name in the record books. Eaton was every bit as relentless and stubborn as that clock Saturday. He set a personal best in the exhausting 1,500-meter finale and is now the world-record holder in the decathlon - the cream of the crop in the event that determines the world's best athlete.
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April 25, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
With an eye toward the 2012 London Games, eight athletes who have won Olympic gold medals are among the runners entered for the 13th edition of the USA vs. the World events at the Penn Relays, USA Track & Field announced Tuesday. Five gold medalists scheduled to run - Lashawn Merritt, Angelo Taylor, Justin Gatlin, Sanya Richards-Ross, and Allyson Felix - will represent the United States, while three - Nesta Carter, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Sherrone Simpson - will compete for Jamaica.
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April 28, 2011
Marcos Sanchez, of Turabo University in Puerto Rico, captured the decathlon yesterday at the Penn Relays. Sanchez beat Anya Uzoh, of Penn State, 7,178 points to 7,045, after winning three events - the 110-meter hurdles, discus, and javelin. He won three events Tuesday - the 100-meter dash, long jump and shot put. Rounding out the field were Timothy Nickas, Mount St. Mary's, 6,557; Austin Strine, Shippensburg, 5,399; and Fred Boone, St. Paul's College, 5,067.   Curtis wins heptathlon   Springfield College's Kelly Curtis captured the heptathlon without winning a single event in the 2-day competition.
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April 27, 2011 | by the Daily News
What: The 117th Penn Relays Carnival When: Today through Saturday Where: Penn's Franklin Field Tickets: Range from $16 to $48 Website: www.thepennrelays.com Liveblogging: go.philly.com/pretzel Mini schedule: Today: college men's decathlon, college women's hepthatlon. Tomorrow: high schools girls and college women's events and distance races. Friday: high schools boys and girls events, college men and women and Olympic Development. Saturday: colllege men and women events, high schools boys and girls events and USA vs. the World.
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April 22, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom FitzSimons knew he needed to run the 1,500 meters of his life to have any hope of rallying to victory Wednesday in the Penn Relays decathlon. "I did think it was possible, but I knew it was going to be a stretch," the sophomore from Mount St. Mary's said. "I think I needed to beat [the leader] by 23 seconds. " FitzSimons went out like a man possessed, found another gear with 400 meters to go, and crossed the finish line in 4 minutes, 26.94 seconds to surge into first place and the victory with a score of 7,036 points for 10 events.
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