College Women’s 4×400 Championship

The final exchange (Photo Kim Spir)

UTech wins for the second year in a row, with a 3:31.54–3:32.34 victory over Oregon. Stephenie McPherson’s 51.06 anchor leg was decisive.

Texas A&M (3:32.86) and Penn State (3:33.06) were third and fourth. Fawn Dorr ran a fantastic third leg in 52.05 for Penn State to give the Nittany Lions the lead at the final exchange.

Full results can be found here.

High School Boys 4×400 Championship

Wolmer's Boys on the lean over Junipero Serra ! (Photo Kim Spir)

Always one of our loudest and most popular races is the high school 4×400 championship.  This year’s edition had arguably the fastest group of seeds of any 4×400 we have ever had – 3:16 didn’t even make the final !  Additionally, we had Cheltenham PA, a local team that ran 3:13 in the trials, qualify for the championship.

Vere Tech and Wolmer’s Boys, with Cheltenham making a move on the third briefly . . . but with fast 3rd and 4th legs, Junipero Serra moved right into mix.  The top three were within 0.5, with Wolmer’s outleaning Junipero Serra at the line.  Although the winning time wasn’t super fast, it was quite good for the colder windy conditions.  Both anchors ran 46 second splits.

Full results here.

USA vs The World Women’s 4×400

Versatile Allyson Felix anchors the USA 4x400 (Photo Kim Spir)

Debbie Dunn opened up a big lead for USA Blue on the first leg, which Lashinda Demus maintained, despite a challenge from Jamaica’s Novlene Williams. Same thing on the third leg: Dee Dee Trotter (USA Blue) held off Kaliese Spencer (Jamaica). USA Blue’s Allyson Felix wrapped things up easily on the anchor 3:26.12.

(Note: Sanya Richards-Ross was scheduled to run for the U.S., but she strained her quadricep while working out yesterday and had to scratch.)

Full results can be found here.

USA vs The World Men’s 4×400

USA Red took the early lead, thanks to LeJerald Betters and Xavier Carter, but Andre Williams ran a killer second leg for the Bahamas to hand off in first. On the third leg Jamaica’s Lancford DAvis briefly took the front—to thunderous applause from the crowd—before Bershawn Jackson brought USA Blue to the lead. Angelo Taylor finished it off with an easy-looking 3:00.60. Bahamas (3:02.55), USA Red (3:02.64) and Jamaica followed.

Full results can be found here.

College Men’s 4×800 Championship

Penn State, Virginia, and Oregon with one lap to go (Photo Kim Spir)

Virginia wins its first Penn Relays men’s Championship of America since 1943 with a 7:15.38 clocking.

On the opening leg, Owen Dawson handed off first for Penn State with everyone still in contention.

Casimir Loxsom kept the Nittany Lions in the lead on the second leg, thanks to the day’s fastest split, 1:46.58. Lance Roller moved Virginia up to second place with Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and LSU following.

Stephen Finley moved Virginia into the lead at the final exchange, with Oregon and Penn State close behind. Continue reading

High School Boys 4×800 Championship

Warwick Valley on the lead (Photo Kristen Holzherr)

We have had a great race in the HSB 4×800.  After the first two legs, it was Warwick Valley (NY), Long Beach Poly (CA), and Kingston College (JA) in a great three team race.  Warwick Valley made a solid move before the last handoff, taking a small lead on Poly.  At the bell, Warwick Valley led, but there were huge moves by Georgetown Prep and Kingston College.  Nevertheless, Warwick Valley held on in 7:41.77.  The top 7 teams were under 7:50.

Full results here.  Off note, the clouds have moved in . . . and its getting a little windy.  Hopefully the rain will hold off !

bigcrowd

54,310!


The biggest crowd in the 116-year history of the Penn Relays packed into Franklin Field today and when the counting was done, 54,310 fans were on hand, nearly 3,500 more than the previous mark set in 2002.

The Relays also drew 117,346 fans over three days, also more than 3,000 better than ever before. The old mark was 114,194 set in 2006.

“It is amazing to hear those [figures],” said Penn Relays Director Dave Johnson. “We do all we can every year to have the best event. And with Bolt bringing in such a large crowd it was a really special event.”

Johnson called the pre-Bolt crowd “as loud as I have ever heard it here.”

Bolt showed his appreciation before he left Franklin Field, signing autographs for fans prior to climbing into his ride.

Saturday Field Event Highlights

Corey Crawford (Indian Hills, Oakland, NJ) was fourth in the boys long jump. Photo by Kristen Holzherr

It’s been another busy day for jumpers and throwers. Here are the championship-division winners:

Olympic Development Men
• Jacob Freeman (NYAC) won the hammer throw with a 229′ 11″ (70.08) toss. That’s his second straight win in the event, and he also won the college division twice (2001, 2002) for Manhattan College. Results.

Olympic Development Women
• Toni Smith (unattached) won the triple jump at 44′ 0-3/4″ (13.43). Results.

• Amy Thayer (Shore AC) won the hammer at 194′ 10″ (59.41). Results.

College Men
• Derek Drouin (Indiana) won the high jump at 7′ 3-1/4″ (2.22). Results.

• Josh Dominguez (LSU) won the pole vault by clearing 17′ 8-1/2″ (5.40) on his first attempt. Results.

• Omar Craddock (Florida) won the triple jump at 53′ 3-1/2″ (16.24). Results.

• Walter Henning (LSU), won the hammer for the second straight year, reaching 237′ 9″ (72.47), the fifth best ever at the Relays. Princeton’s highly touted freshman, Conor McCullough, the 2009 U.S. Junior champion, was second at 215′ 1″ (65.57). Results.

• John Austin (Duke) won the javelin at 220′ 7″ (67.25). Results.

High School Boys
• Oneil Sandiford (Paul Robeson, Brooklyn, NY) won the high jump with a leap of 6′ 11-1/2″ (2.12). Results.

• Jordan Yamoah (Arlington, LaGrangeville, NY) won the pole vault at 15′ 5″ (4.70). Results.

• Kamal Fuller (Wolmer’s Boys, Jamaica) wins the long jump with a leap of 24′ 10″ (7.57), the third best mark ever at Penn. Results.

• • Marquis Dendy (Middletown, DE) won the triple jump at 50′ 10-3/4″ (15.51), the seventh best mark in meet history. Results.

• Chad Wright (Calabar, Jamaica) set a new event record to win the discus. His mark of 191′ 11″ (58.50) improves on the 190-11 (58.20) set in 1999 by Nick Welihozkiy (West Springfield, VA). Results.

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