May 1, 2016 |
Sanya Richards-Ross made her first trip to the Penn Relays in 2003 when, as a freshman, she anchored Texas' 4x400-meter relay team to victory. She has enjoyed a terrific career since then: three Olympic appearances, four gold medals, six outdoor 400-meter championships, and six championships in the USA vs. the World relays at the carnival. She's had so much fun at Franklin Field, it's almost as if she's reluctant to announce her retirement. During the USA vs. the World news conference Friday, she twice said this was "probably" her last year before she absolutely cleared the air. "This is really my final season," she said.
April 27, 2001 |
Erin Donohue quickly stuffed her sweat pants into her backpack and ran to the pre-race paddock just before her only event yesterday at the 107th Penn Relays at Franklin Field. The Haddonfield senior distance runner might have been the last runner to make it to the staging area, but when it counted, Donohue was first in a big way. Donohue ran a blistering final lap yesterday to pass the two girls ahead of her and win the mile race in 4 minutes, 54.15 seconds. The victory earned Donohue her first Penn Relays championship.
March 13, 1995 |
Craig Erb, coach of the West Chester East boys' swimming team, couldn't figure out what distance ace Drew Smith was waiting for in the 500 freestyle at the PIAA swimming championships at Penn State Saturday. "I was waiting to see what everybody else was doing," explained Smith after his sprint over the last lap had given him the gold medal. "He was giving me," said Erb, rapidly tapping his heart with his hand. Cumberland Valley's Scott Budde had gone out quickly in the race and led for a good portion.
June 6, 2015 |
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - Luke Petela's final race was so dramatically correct there was no need for an encore. Shortly after running a remarkable final lap to win the 3,200 meters at the Meet of Champions on Wednesday night, Petela announced that his high school career was finished. "I was thinking about going to nationals," Petela said. "But not after this. This is it. I want to do some other things before college. " Petela was unofficially clocked at 62.5 seconds in the final 400 meters - a furious pace for the eighth lap of a grueling race - and surged across the finish line to win in 8 minutes, 58.32 seconds during the competition at Frank Jost Field.
April 28, 1995 |
The field included 26 of the best girls' distance runners from seven states. But when the high school girls' 3,000-meter run was finished at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field yesterday, two of the top five places were held by athletes from the Suburban One League National Conference. Norristown senior Donna Fidler blazed in her final lap to place second in 9 minutes, 42.80 seconds. Only Mary Cobb of Pittsfield, Mass., was faster, with a 9:37.51 clocking. Meanwhile, North Penn senior Jenae Strader also turned in an inspired performance, placing fifth in 10:11.
June 24, 2013 |
SONOMA, Calif. - The post-race party was a blur after Martin Truex Jr.'s first win in 2007. The celebratory cool-down lap, the burnouts, the drive to Victory Lane all happened so fast. So he planned to savor every minute of his next win. He just didn't think it would take 6 years. Truex snapped a 218-race winless streak yesterday with an easy victory on the road course at Sonoma Raceway. It was only the second win of Truex' career, but it put Michael Waltrip Racing in Victory Lane for the second year in a row after Clint Bowyer won here last season.
June 24, 2013 |
SONOMA, Calif. - Martin Truex Jr. snapped a 218-race winless streak with an easy victory Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. It was just the second win of Truex's career, his first since Dover in 2007. It put Michael Waltrip Racing in Victory Lane for the second year in a row after Clint Bowyer won here last season. Truex worked his way to the front and then pulled away after the final restart to built a healthy lead of more than six seconds over Juan Pablo Montoya, who was running second until he ran out of gas on the final lap. Jeff Gordon finished second a week after a crash six laps into the race at Michigan.
February 10, 1992 |
Even though she is one of the elite milers in the country, Sun Valley senior Kim Fisher has a bad case of the butterflies before the start of every race. Friday night, Fisher was really nervous as she warmed up before more than 15,000 fans at the prestigious Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New York. She was competing against eight of the country's best runners in the High School Invitational Mile Run. "I was more nervous than I've ever been at any meet in my life," Fisher said.
April 27, 1987 |
Three days before the race, Paul Vandegrift said he would do it. And he did. Vandegrift, a senior distance runner for Archbishop Kennedy, was intent on breaking the high school meet record in the 1,500-meter run at the Penn Relays on Friday. And he did. The defending champion in the event, he also said he wanted to break the 3-minute, 50-second mark. And he did. He said he wanted to win in style. And he did. "I knew I could run like this," Vandegrift said after he won the 1,500 in a meet-record time of 3:49.
April 27, 1992 |
Lower Merion's Garry Kelly made some mistakes at the Penn Relays on Friday, but somehow things did not turn out too bad. In the invitational 3,000-meter run, Kelly ran a blazing final lap to move all the way up from sixth to second and finished inches behind Monsignor Bonner's Brendan Benner. Benner was clocked in 8 minutes and 38.44 seconds, with Kelly a tick behind in 8:38.56. "If the race was 10 yards longer, I would have beat him," Kelly said. After the finish, Kelly wrapped his arm around Benner, and the two friends embraced.