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April 26, 2013
Coverage of high school events at the Penn Relays. Sports, C7.
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April 24, 2009 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
The wind was behind Rachel Laurent, and so was the crowd. The freshman from Louisiana State was hoping her first visit to the Penn Relays would be something special. The weather and her own rapidly expanding cheering section made certain of it. "It's pretty awesome to come here for the first time and end up with my name in the record book," Laurent said yesterday after setting a meet record in winning the women's college pole vault with a 13-foot, 101/2-inch effort at Franklin Field.
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April 24, 2008 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's more track and field over a three-day period than most people will see in a lifetime. It's thousands of athletes ranging in age from 9 to 75-plus running around and around Franklin Field before a crowd that is guaranteed to yell "wooooo" every five minutes or so. It's the 114th edition of what the folks around here modestly call the nation's oldest, largest and best track and field meet. Of course, it's the Penn Relays. Here are some notable things to know: Duel renewed.
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April 24, 1991 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
As a sports fan, you have been to Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Flyers and Big 5 games. But your sporting life is not complete: You never have been to the Penn Relays. Tip: Do it. You will leave Franklin Field late Saturday afternoon smiling after watching the quality competition and the enthusiasm of the athletes and fans. If you can, bring a stopwatch. Talk about "splits" and you'll be an official track fan. Here is a guide on how to enjoy yourself. HOW TO GET THERE Fans are urged to take public transportation.
NEWS
April 25, 1986
Do the moral hypocrites who govern intercollegiate athletics think they really did something good when they refused to permit the Penn Relays to give high school participants any kind of awards this year? Or are they just plain stupid? Probably both. They have insisted on stretching the letter of a new National Collegiate Athletic Association rule to a point of absurdity, and it's hard to believe that they could be so stiff-necked. The rule is aimed at preventing a university from gaining any unfair advantage in recruiting high school athletes through an athletic event.
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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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May 9, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
John-Paul Dean wasn't supposed to compete in the April 19 meet to clinch a ChesMont League American Division track and field championship for Kennett High School unless he absolutely had to. The day before, the 18-year-old senior had struggled to get through practice following three days of chemotherapy at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. His doctors wanted him to rest whenever possible. That was a bitter pill for John-Paul, a team captain. Kennett hadn't won the championship in a quarter century, but had gotten close for three years running.
NEWS
May 5, 2016
ISSUE | PENN RELAYS Penn's upset win was front-page news On Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania men's track team earned its first win in a Penn Relays event since 1974 ("Penn men's 4-by-mile epic upset," Sunday). I couldn't wait to get my Inquirer on Sunday to see this relay team on the front page, as the Villanova women's 4-by-1,500-meter team was on Saturday's front page for its win. No Penn men's team on the front page? OK, at least the photo would be on the front page of the Sports section.
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May 2, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, STAFF WRITER
The Penn Relays is the place for athletes to bring their best. But what happens if their bodies betray them the day before the competition? Delsea senior Jarrod Brovero found himself in such a predicament before the pole vault championship Saturday at Franklin Field. Despite a balky right knee, the Rutgers-bound vaulter finished third with a height of 13 feet, 111/4 inches. "It was the oddest thing," he said. "It was like a sharp pain when I was walking. I was kind of confused, like: 'Where did this come from?
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May 2, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, STAFF WRITER
The sights and sounds at the Penn Relays can befuddle, fluster, and overwhelm competitors' senses. If harnessed properly, however, the ebullient ambience can also help athletes reach record-setting heights. In front of more than 44,000 fans Saturday afternoon, La Salle High's 4x100-meter relay team of Chris Della Donna, Winston Eubanks, Kyle Johnson, and Charles Headen rode the wave to second place and a school record in the large- schools relay. "Coming out here was awesome and an experience I'll never forget," said Johnson, competing for the first time at the Penn Relays.
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May 2, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Thomas Awad admitted he "wasn't feeling too hot" running the anchor leg during the men's 4-by-mile relay championship Saturday at the Penn Relays and wondered whether he'd have enough in the tank to overtake the leaders and challenge at the end. But this was the Penn Relays, and Awad runs for Penn, and the Quakers hadn't won a relay race of any kind at their home carnival since 1974, or in this event since 1950. So Awad, a senior who finished third in last month's NCAA indoor championships, found that extra burst of energy and put it into overdrive to pass Indiana and Georgetown with 50 meters to go to claim the upset and end the Quakers' drought at Franklin Field.
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May 2, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
The members of Team USA, many of whom were making their outdoor season debut in a year in which they hope to end up in Rio de Janeiro performing at the Olympics, came through Saturday with five wins out of six races in the Penn Relays' USA vs. the World competition at Franklin Field. Fair or not, most of the attention on the 17th annual program featuring the world's top professional sprinters focused on the race the United States did not win - the men's 4x100 meters, where No. 3 runner Tyson Gay and anchor Isiah Young could not get together on the race's final baton exchange.
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May 2, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Among the thousands of athletes who competed at the 122nd Penn Relays, none received the attention and adulation of 100-year-old Ida Keeling, all 4-feet, 6-inches of her. The crowd of 44,469 was on its feet Saturday during all 1 minute and 17.33 seconds that Keeling ran - or more accurately, power-walked - the 100 meters. All her fellow competitors stood just beyond the finish to watch her after they completed the race. And when it was over, the New York resident did a few push-ups and leg lifts to prove she is a fitness devotee.
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May 1, 2016 | By Vince DeBlasio, Staff Writer
Even if Haddonfield High School was having itself a day, the Penn Relays reminded the team how great the competition can be. Third through fifth place - Concord-Carlisle (Mass.), River Dell Regional, and Haddonfield - in the distance medley Championship of America race was decided by fractions of a second - 10 minutes, 10.33 seconds, 10:10.36 and 10:10.62. It was even closer for winner Loudon Valley (Va.), in 10:00.003, and runner-up La Salle Academy (R.I.), in 10:00.004. The difference between those two groups was much larger.
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May 1, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, Staff Writer
Before shining in cross-country and track and field, Phoebe Clowser was a hardworking defender in ice hockey. She honed her skills with the West Chester-based Quakers and played two seasons at North Penn. "It was so much fun," Clowser said. "I really loved it. And the boys at North Penn treated me and my older sister [Dara] very well. They were so nice and supportive. " The 17-year-old opted to hang up her stick for good and concentrate on running after her sophomore year. On Friday afternoon at the 122nd annual Penn Relays, Clowser's second-leg effort helped spark North Penn to a satisfying fourth-place showing in the girls' 4x800 Championship of America relay.
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May 1, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
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.
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