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April 24, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Year after year, the Penn Relays and the Drake Relays are conducted on the same late April weekend, one in a huge Eastern metropolis, the other in a relatively quiet Midwestern burg, two cities about 1,000 miles apart. Track aficionados annually check out the results from both Penn and Drake to compare times and to check which meet has the most star athletes. Many like to think that the two meets compete for teams, athletes, and attention. However, if you listen to the directors of the two meets, they only want to see track and field thrive.
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April 24, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
Berwyn's Jay Sigel finished with a flourish for a 67 to earn a share of the first-round lead with Kermit Zarley and Bob Dickson in the Home Depot Invitational in Charlotte. Sigel, third in the tournament last year, was only 1-under through 15. He eagled the par-5 16th hole and birdied Nos. 17 and 18 to finish at 5-under. "I was a little grumpy coming into the 16th," Sigel said. "I had played a lot better than I'd scored. It's funny how things can turn around in a half-hour.
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January 29, 1991 | By Gwen Knapp, Inquirer Staff Writer
A local television marketing company has signed an agreement to produce and sell coverage of the Penn Relays, one of the oldest track-and-field meets in the country. Global Television Sports Inc., a four-year-old Philadelphia company, expects to announce a deal with a TV station or network about two weeks from now, according to Doug Zerb, the company's executive vice president. Zerb said yesterday that Global Sports was negotiating with cable and broadcast companies. It's possible, Zerb said, that the Relays will be televised nationally and locally.
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April 25, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
Cross country All-America Abdi Abdirahman outran Oregon's Greg James in the final 600 meters to give Arizona its second straight victory in the 6,400-meter race - the meet's longest - at the Drake Relays yesterday in Des Moines, Iowa. The Arizona victory came after it was revealed that one of the meet's headline performers, Mary Slaney, withdrew because of a hamstring injury. Slaney, a four-time Olympian and holder of four American distance records, suffered a cramp in her left hamstring at the end of a workout on the University of Oregon track Wednesday.
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April 27, 1987 | By Larry Borska, Special to The Inquirer
The Penn Relays are important to Bob Burdette. So important, in fact, that the only time Burdette has missed the April track and field extravaganza in 34 years was 1984, when he suffered a heart attack on his way to the meet. "I was hurting, but I was almost more upset about missing the Penn Relays. It means a lot to me," said Burdette, who was honored at a dinner Friday after being selected by meet director Jim Tuppeny as the honorary referee of the relays' high school section.
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April 19, 2001 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Among all the traditions that have made the Penn Relays so legendary for so long, one of the more recent has been the multiple trips of Arkansas men's relay teams to the awards stand to pick up yet more Championship of America plaques and Razorbacks accepting watches for individual titles. But the Razorbacks, winners of an astonishing 48 relay and individual titles at the carnival from 1983 through last year, are ending that tradition, at least for this year. Instead of making the trip next week to Franklin Field, the Hogs will be taking their act to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Relays, which are held on the same dates as the Penn Relays.
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April 28, 2011 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Ryann Krais, the Penn Relays were the ultimate experience in competition, something she did all through her high school career at Methacton and her freshman year at UCLA. "There is no way to describe how big a deal Penn Relays is to me," she said. After not competing a year ago, Krais is returning to action during the Penn Relays weekend for her new school, Kansas State. Only she won't be at Penn. She'll be at Drake - the Drake Relays, the meet in Des Moines, Iowa, that competes with the ancient Franklin Field carnival for great teams and individuals.
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April 26, 1996 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Think of Villanova at the Penn Relays and you think track, of the athletes who have won 109 Championship of America relay events over the last 100-plus years on the storied Franklin Field track before thousands and thousands of screaming fans. But yesterday, in front of a few dozen fans at River Field, across the SEPTA railroad tracks from the stadium, Jen Pastore gave the Wildcats their first-ever women's individual field-event winner at the carnival, setting a meet record in the javelin with a throw of 184 feet, 3 inches.
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January 10, 1987 | By Frank Dolson, Inquirer Sports Editor
High school track and field athletes will once again be permitted to receive prizes at the Penn Relays when the 93d annual meet is held in April. The NCAA overwhelmingly passed legislation yesterday to make allowable a tradition that the organization - under a ruling designed to prevent host colleges from gaining a recruiting edge - declared illegal in 1986, threatening Penn with sanctions if it failed to comply. Among those who spoke in favor of the legislation on the floor of the 81st NCAA convention were Jack Reardon, Harvard's athletic director; Dick Roberts, president of the Division I Track and Field Coaches Association, and Jim Tuppeny, director of the Penn Relays.
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April 26, 2002 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sean Macmillan always seems to find good fortune at the Penn Relays. Two years after posting a qualifying time for the U.S. Olympic trials in the 3,000-meter steeplechase while running for Penn, he returned to the carnival as a postgraduate contestant last night, captured the Olympic development steeplechase, and qualified for the U.S. Track and Field championships. Even better for Macmillan, whose time of 8 minutes, 44.36 seconds on a cool breezy night beat the U.S. standard by 0.14 of a second, he picked up his first Penn Relays watch in 10 years of competing at the high school, college and Olympic development levels at Franklin Field.
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April 24, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Year after year, the Penn Relays and the Drake Relays are conducted on the same late April weekend, one in a huge Eastern metropolis, the other in a relatively quiet Midwestern burg, two cities about 1,000 miles apart. Track aficionados annually check out the results from both Penn and Drake to compare times and to check which meet has the most star athletes. Many like to think that the two meets compete for teams, athletes, and attention. However, if you listen to the directors of the two meets, they only want to see track and field thrive.
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April 24, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Penn Relays again will receive worldwide attention with the 14th annual "USA vs. the World" competition, renewing the passionate rivalry between the United States and Jamaica and, this year, involving athletes who won gold medals in the 2012 London Olympics. However, the Drake Relays, always held on the same weekend in Des Moines, Iowa, are striving to get noticed in the same circles thanks to an assist from Hy-Vee, a local supermarket chain that is helping Drake put up almost $500,000 in prize money for events featuring Olympic medalists from last year.
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April 22, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Penn Relays is known as the "world's oldest and largest relay carnival. " True devotees of the meet like to add "the best" to the phrase, and it's usually difficult to argue with them. There will be a little more stress than normal at Franklin Field starting Thursday, when the Penn Relays are conducted for the 119th time. The bombings last week in Boston have put university officials and police on high alert, and spectators, coaches, and athletes alike will be searched more thoroughly than ever before when entering the stadium area.
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April 28, 2011 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Ryann Krais, the Penn Relays were the ultimate experience in competition, something she did all through her high school career at Methacton and her freshman year at UCLA. "There is no way to describe how big a deal Penn Relays is to me," she said. After not competing a year ago, Krais is returning to action during the Penn Relays weekend for her new school, Kansas State. Only she won't be at Penn. She'll be at Drake - the Drake Relays, the meet in Des Moines, Iowa, that competes with the ancient Franklin Field carnival for great teams and individuals.
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April 27, 2006 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends - the Penn Relays. The 112th annual carnival involves 335 events over three days and more than 35 hours of competition, ranging from early in the morning (racewalks at 7 a.m. Saturday) to late at night (men's 10,000 meters at 10:40 tonight). But the Penn Relays is more than competition. It is an annual reunion of friends from all over the country, a loud and colorful spectacle in the stands, a place where old-timers sit in the same seats every year, and where fans in the northeast corner yell "woooooo" when runners blaze around the turn to the final straightaway.
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April 26, 2002 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sean Macmillan always seems to find good fortune at the Penn Relays. Two years after posting a qualifying time for the U.S. Olympic trials in the 3,000-meter steeplechase while running for Penn, he returned to the carnival as a postgraduate contestant last night, captured the Olympic development steeplechase, and qualified for the U.S. Track and Field championships. Even better for Macmillan, whose time of 8 minutes, 44.36 seconds on a cool breezy night beat the U.S. standard by 0.14 of a second, he picked up his first Penn Relays watch in 10 years of competing at the high school, college and Olympic development levels at Franklin Field.
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April 25, 2002 | By Ron Reid INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Penn Relay track and field carnival, that glorious rite of spring in Philadelphia, will continue its 108th renewal today at Franklin Field, with thrills a cinch for everyone. During three days of competition in 334 events, fans will marvel at the Olympian talent of Marion Jones, Maurice Greene, Jon Drummond and Antonio Pettigrew, as the United States takes on world-class teams from Russia, Poland and Jamaica. Spectators also are sure to applaud distance-running showdowns between the men of Arkansas and Stanford, along with Villanova's threat to upstage both rivals.
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April 28, 2001 | by Mike Kern Daily News Sports Writer
Can't say Marcus O'Sullivan didn't warn us. He said it was merely a matter of when. Yesterday at Franklin Field, the timetable became now. His Villanova team won the Penn Relays distance medley relay, an event the Wildcats once owned, for the first time since 1981, the year longtime coach Jumbo Elliott died. O'Sullivan, then a freshman, ran the opening leg. Sydney Maree anchored. That was their 16th consecutive DMR victory at the Penn Relays. Lately, they haven't even been competitive.
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April 27, 2001 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As a hurdler turned distance runner, Lilli Kleinmann had a fascination with the steeplechase, that unique combination of stamina, hurdling, and the ability to withstand a few jarring dunks into a water pit without breaking stride. So when the steeplechase was introduced in track and field last year as an exhibition event in the U.S. Olympic trials, Kleinmann was a willing participant. When the event made its debut last night in the Penn Relays, the Arkansas sophomore from Germany came within a few strides of a national collegiate record.
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April 27, 2001 | By Ron Reid INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The 107th Penn Relays can be expected to serve up repeated occasions of close competition today at Franklin Field, where collegiate athletes will pursue seven major relay titles and high school runners four others. The day's only sure bet? The high schoolers will win the loudest applause. Fans who dote on speed and hand-eye coordination should pay particular attention to the women's 4x100-meter relay. It figures to be a battle joined by Texas, Louisiana State, South Carolina and Texas Christian, none of whom can afford a moment's hesitation in exchanging the baton within the passing zone.
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