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April 29, 2013
Coverage of high school events at the Penn Relays. Sports, E8-9.
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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.
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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 5, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
NOBODY HAS ever had a better time at the Penn Relays than Frank Bertucci. Officially, Bertucci wrote advance stories and oversaw a staff of young journalism students who compiled results and quotes for use by the media. Unofficially, he held court. Bertucci worked the event for more than 40 years, so if you had questions, he had the answers. Sadly, this year was his last at the track and field carnival. Bertucci, 68, died of a heart attack at his South Philadelphia home on Friday, just one week after the 121st running of the prestigious event.
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May 4, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frank D. Bertucci, 68, a former Inquirer suburban writer and Daily News copy editor who worked in various capacities over more than 40 years of attending the Penn Relays, died of a heart attack Friday night at his home in South Philadelphia. Just over a week ago, Mr. Bertucci had finished another Penn Relays, where he wrote several advance stories, including one spotlighting the common and uncommon names among the thousands of entries. He also supervised a crew of young writers who interviewed winning teams and individuals.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
THIRTEEN-time World Series of Poker champion Phil Hellmuth Jr. headlined a high-stakes celebrity poker showdown at SugarHouse Casino (1001 N. Delaware Ave.) last night. The Fishtown casino hosted its first major cash poker tournament this past weekend, featuring the WSOP Hall of Famer and three local poker fanatics dubbed Philly's "Cheesesteak Kings"- Tony Luke Jr ., from Tony Luke's; Frank Olivieri, from Pat's Steaks; and Geno Vento, from Geno's Steaks. SugarHouse gave all three of them $5,000 to buy in. Hellmuth, who can also be seen on "Poker Night in America," which airs Monday nights on CBS Sports Network, will be available today at the casino for photos and autographs.
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April 27, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
The former Northeast High School track and field teammates who crowded around tables at the Penrose Diner on Thursday ran faster and jumped higher in the old days. In the 1950s, the group of African American athletes raced on cinders, not turf, and represented a then-all-boys school at Eighth and Lehigh that was actually miles from "the Northeast. " And though none of these men ever won the coveted watches or medals that go to the top runners at the Penn Relays, the three-day extravaganza at Penn's Franklin Field still serves as a unifying setting for their annual pilgrimage.
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April 27, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fever pitch from the Americans and the Jamaicans in the crowd at Franklin Field was similar when Porscha Lucas of the United States and Natasha Morrison of Jamaica crossed the line at the same time in the Penn Relays' USA vs. the World women's 4x200-meter relay. Did Lucas win? Certainly Morrison could have been ruled the winner, too. But when officials looked at the photo, they ruled Lucas had won by a fraction of an eyelash, in 0.007 (seven-thousandths) of a second. Naturally, one section of the crowd cheered and the other booed.
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April 27, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the 121-year history of the Penn Relays Carnival, there couldn't have been a stranger race than the one a Franklin Field crowd of 48,920 witnessed Saturday on the anchor leg of the men's 4-by-mile Championship of America. Villanova won the event as Jordy Williamsz outsprinted Oregon's Edward Cheserek to the line, turning the tables on Cheserek's sizzling finish the previous day on the Ducks' winning distance-medley relay. But the pace of the final leg won't be found on a tape of track's greatest hits any time soon.
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April 27, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AS JORDY WILLIAMSZ so accurately put it, Edward Cheserek is "the man at the moment" when it comes to distance running. The Oregon sophomore, a Kenyan who went to high school in Newark, N.J., already has won six NCAA national titles. Yesterday at Franklin Field, he's what Williamsz and Villanova were up against in the closing 1,600-meter leg of the Distance Medley Relay, which the Ducks won last April with Cheserek as their anchor. Hardly the easiest assignment. Especially when you get the baton in fourth place, about 20 meters behind pacesetting Columbia and about half that far in back of the team to beat.
NEWS
April 26, 2015 | By Julie Kayzerman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flying through each leg of their heat, the Rancocas Valley boys' 4x100 meter track quartet crossed the finish line first Friday morning at the Penn Relays. Their time of 42.85 seconds was by far the fastest any South Jersey team ran. But it wasn't quite good enough. The relay, made up of junior JeSean Foster and seniors Dyson Scott, Ellis-Bradley, and Sterling Pierce, was the ninth-fastest of the more than 250 teams that competed Friday at Franklin Field. The top eight qualified for the championship final; Rancocas Valley was .03 seconds behind Bowie, Md. for the final spot.
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April 26, 2015 | By Julie Kayzerman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Luke Petela finished his mile anchor leg in Haddon Township's Distance Medley Championship of America, he caught his breath, and hung around the track to watch the individual Mile Run Championship. He could have been out there running, but instead he chose to run with his team Friday afternoon in the Penn Relays at Franklin Field. "I think track is just as much of a team sport as it is individual," Petela said. "I'd love to come out here and maybe run a fast time, but it's very rare to get a good DMR that can qualify for the Championship of America race, so I said, 'If we have the opportunity, I'm going to take it because I love my team.' " The senior anchored the relay with a 4:14.98 mile, to bring his team home in sixth in a time of 10:19.67.
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April 26, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Justin Gatlin may not have the raw skills of a sprinter that he possessed when he first appeared at the Penn Relays and led Tennessee to two Championship of America titles in 2002. But he's definitely a smarter runner, especially now at 33. Gatlin, who will run in the 4x100-meter relay, and possibly the 4x200, in Saturday's USA vs. The World competition at the Penn Relays, finished the 2014 seasons ranked No. 1 in both the 100 and 200. He posted the fastest times in each event, 9.77 and 19.68 seconds.
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