Walt Murphy's Penn Relays Preview
April, 24, 2012
By Walt Murphy | ESPN.com
John Nepolitan/ESPNHSThe girls relay battles between Jamaican schools and U.S. powers like Poly should again be outstanding.
2012 Penn Relays Preview
118th Running April 26-28
It IS the Penn Relays!
by Bob Hersh
(Bob Hersh, the IAAF’s Senior Vice-President, has been coming to the Relays since the mid-1950s and has only missed a handful since then. His tribute to Penn first appeared in E.T. a number of years ago and it seemed the right time to reprint it.)
It IS The Penn Relays
IT IS the middle of spring, when the morning's chill slowly yields to the sun, which gives warmth but never heat.
IT IS the camaraderie of friendship, renewed annually in the seats, in the restaurants, at the parties, and even on the telephone and the internet, in the anticipation leading up to it and in its reliving after the fact.
IT IS the magical moment on Friday afternoon, when the young men of Arkansas, Georgetown, Villanova, Michigan, and of other schools that dare to challenge tradition, walk from the paddock to the starting line to begin the distance medley relay, the most perfect race in the most perfect meet in the most perfect sport on earth.
IT IS the exuberance of youth on Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning, the unrestrained outpouring of the energy of thousands of boys and girls, propelled by excitement and fear, as their adrenaline level peaks and they strive to reach the limit of their potential as they run a lap on a track that they will never forget.
IT IS the passion, the rhythm, and the soul of the island of Jamaica, pulsating throughout the hallowed stadium, embracing everyone and relaxing its grip only when, as darkness descends on Saturday evening, the surrounding streets are finally clear.
IT IS, to those who truly understand it and feel it, a defining experience that can transform a sporting event into a quasi-religious ritual, which nourishes our intellect, stirs our emotions, and provides an incentive to live and rejoice in life by confirming our capacity for exhilaration.
IT IS the Penn Relays.
Penn Relays Preview
by Walt Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Penn Relays--Franklin Field--Philadelphia,Pa
Host Site: http://thepennrelays.com/. Click on “2012 schedule” for daily event lineups
Live Video Coverage(for a fee): http://tinyurl.com/3gdmzgq
My thanks to Penn Relays Director Dave Johnson, Tim Hickey, Jack Pfeifer, Jim Spier, and Dyestat.com for their help in putting together this preview. An updated version that will incorporate this weekend’s results will be sent out early next week. Please send any corrections or suggestions.
Texas A&M and LSU have dominated the men’s 4x100 in recent years, but they’ll be challenged this year by an Auburn team that ran a lightning-fast 38.30 at the Texas Relays
Bernard Lagat, Allyson Felix, and Sanya Richards-Ross are among the U.S. and international stars expected to be on hand for the 13th edition of the USA vs. the World series.
Villanova senior Sheila Reid will be looking to win her first Relays watch, while Tennessee’s Chanelle Price hopes to add her total of five watches (The record for women is seven). NBC will provide live coverage from 1-3pmET on Saturday.
Following is an event-by-event look at the 118th running of the Penn Relays. Bib numbers/letters are listed where available, as well as 2012 bests. Be sure to buy the Penn Relays program--it’s the best in the sport.
Tuesday/Wednesday April 24,25
College Men Decathlon 11:00am/10:00am
Cornell’s Nick Huber(1) has a best of 7593 and won the heptathlon at this year’s IC4A Indoor Championships.
Christopher Newport’s Richard Roethel(2) is the 2012 NCAA Division III champion in the heptathlon and has a best of 6989 points.
College Women Heptathlon 11:30am/10:30am
Springfield’s Kelly Curtis won last year with a score of 4738 points.
Ithaca’s Emma Dewart(2) finished 2nd at last year’s NCAA Division III Championships with a PR of 5015 points.
Buffalo’s Emma Siuciak(3), a freshman from Canada, just turned 19 earlier this month. She was the 2011 Canadian Junior champion.
Thursday April 26
101-College Women’s 400-meter hurdles 10:00am
Pennsylvania native Ryann Krais(1-Kansas State/Methacton,Pa), one of the leading American heptathletes, finished 3rd in the 400-hurdles at last year’s NCAA Championships. She has a best of 55.89 and has run 58.23 this year. She won the H.S. event here in 2007 and 2008.
Her main competition could come from Illinois’ Latoya Griffith(2), who ran a personal best of 57.42 earlier this month.
102-High School Girls 400-Meter Hurdles 10:20am
St. Elizabeth Tech’s Adriana Brown(1) was the winner at the Jamaican Championships(58.97).
Senior Alexis Franklin(2-Old Mill,Md) finished 2nd here last year with a personal best of 59.07.
Another to watch is 17-year old senior Autumne Franklin(3-The McDonough School, Md.) who ran 59.63 last year.
High School Girls 4x800 Relay Heats
The 12 fastest teams from the four heats advance to the Championship Final on Friday (Event #337-12:55pm). Recent qualifying cutoffs: 9:21.54(11), 9:17.70(10), 9:32.73(09), 9:14.53(08), 9:23.03(07), 9:23.30(06), 9:25.46(05) and 9:23.86(04)
103-”Small” Schools 4x800 10:30am
Holmwood Tech(AA-JAM), the winner of this event a record 8 times(the last in 2010), has run 9:05.12 this season.
Other potential finalists: Bronxville, NY(AB-9:19.67i) and Notre Dame, Pa(AC-9:21.24i)
104-”Small” Schools 4x800 10:40am
Possible finalists: Strath Haven, Pa(BA-9:10.59/seed time), Holy Names, NY(BB-9:12.02i), Spalding, JAM(BC-9:21.89--featuring Simoya Campbell, who won the girls 800 at the Jamaican Champs in a quick 2:05.22), Henderson, Pa(BD-9:23.18.
105-”Large” Schools 4x800 10:50am
Edwin Allen, JAM(CA), last year’s runaway winner, has run 8:56.45 this year. They lost Ristananna Tracey to graduation, but they return the other 3 members of last year’s winning team (Desreen Montague, Carla Thompson, Marleena Eubanks) . EA also won in 2009, 2004, and 2003.
Other potential finalists include: Port Richmond, NY(CB-9:15.07), Green Hope, NC(CC-9:18.20i), West Springfield, Va. (CD-9:19.89i, Downington East, Pa. (CE-9:21.23i)), Garnet Valley, Pa. (CF-9:25.10i), Pennsbury, Pa. (CG-9:25.62i).
106-”Large” Schools 4x800 11:00am
Fayetteville-Manlius, NY (DA) ran a U.S. leading 8:58.18 while winning at the New Balance Indoor Nationals last month.
Other potential finalists: Cosby, Va. (DB-9:14.92i), West Potomac, Va. (DC-9:19.37i), Columbia, NJ (DD-9:19.55i), Lake Braddock, Va. (DE-9:22.10i), Pennridge, Pa. (DF-9:22.15i).
107-108-High School Girls 4x100 Heats 11:10am
The eight fastest teams from the “small” and “large” school heats advance to the Championship Final on Friday(Event #349- 2:40pm). Heats are run in alphabetical order (by school).
Recent qualifying cutoffs: 47.21(11), 47.11(10), 47.59(09), 47.23(08), 47.64(07), 47.48(2006), 47.76(2005-cool), and 47.30(2004)
45.00 OM Edwin Allen/JAM--winner at the Jamaican Champs...winner here in ‘07 & ‘08, 5th in ‘11
45.61 HK Herbert Morrison/JAM
45.63 ND Vere Tech/JAM-has won this event a record 15 times at Penn. (last time in 2009)
45.70 EX Holmwood Tech/JAM--Winners in 2010
45.89 ZS Wolmer’s Girls/JAM
46.04 TN Long Beach Poly, CA--defending champion--also won at Penn in 1995 and 2003...DNF in 2010...only U.S. winner since 1982!
46.32 KQ St.Elizabeth Tech/JAM
46.34 KS St.Jago/JAM
46.59 LK Junipero Serra,CA
46.75 BR Camperdown/JAM
46.93 XB St.Andrew/JAM
46.96 WM The Queen’s School/JAM--4th in 2010, winner of the Large School Consolation race in 2011
NT ZH Western Branch, Va--4th last year., 5th in 2010....1:38.96i
NT YS Wakefield, NC--8th in 2011...led the U.S. in the 4x200 indoors--1:36.35.
NT DE Medgar Evers, NY--1:38.71i
47.09 UR Mt.Vernon, NY
110-College Women 4x100 Heats 1:00pm
The 8 fastest teams advance to the Championship Final on Friday (Event #338-1:05pm). Recent qualifying cutoffs: 45.20(11), 44.69(10), 45.60(09), 44.66(08), 45.42(07), 45.44(06), 45.46(05), and 45.32(04).
LSU beat Texas A&M at the Texas Relays (42.99-43.21)
42.99 AB LSU--2nd to A&M the last two years...winner of this event at Penn a record 12 times.
43.21 AA Texas A&M--3-time defending champions..
43.35 AC Central Florida--3rd last year...added hot frosh Octavious Freeman
43.88 AE Ohio State
44.01 AF Texas Tech
44.09 AG Houston...5th last year
44.14 AI Auburn--4th the last two years...2nd in 2009...last win at Penn in this event was in 1993
44.29 AK Oregon....anchor English Gardner is the 2012 NCAA Indoor champ in the 60.
44.29 AJ Illinois
44.31 AD UTech/JAM
44.44 AH Tennessee--8th last year
44.90 AM Pittsburgh
44.96 AN Miami
45.28 AS Kentucky
45.33 AW Virginia Tech
111-157/High School Girls 4x400 Heats
The 8 fastest teams advance to the Championship Final on Friday (Event #379-6:20pm).
Recent qualifying cutoffs: 3:48.10(11), 3:46.41(10), 3:51.20(09), 3:42.77(08), 3:51.35(07), 3:50.80(06), 3:53.90(05), and 3:49.51(04)
Races With leading Teams/Individuals (and 2012 bests--mostly indoors)
113-HSG 4x400 Relay 1:35pm
Kiah Seymour, a senior at Archbishop Carroll, DC(CQ), ran 54.77 for 400-meters indoors.
139---HSG 4x400 Relay 3:45pm
Alexis Franklin, a senior at Old Mill, Md. (CE), is scheduled to run the 400-hurdles earlier in the day. She ran 53.82 for 400-meters last year.
141-HSG 4x400 Relay 3:55pm
St.Jago/JAM (EE) 3:42.02--beat Edwin Allen at the UTech Classic on April 14.
Wakefield,NC(EC) was a winner at the New Balance Indoor Nationals with the U.S.-leading time of 3:43.01i. They’re coached by the husband-and-wife team of Trevor and Ann Graham, and their daughter Aria ran 53.95 for 400-meters indoors.
Junipero Serra, Ca. (EI-5th last year) 3:47.18, Long Beach Poly,Ca. (EL-4th last year, top U.S. team in ‘11) 3:51.47 (haven’t run their best team yet). St. John Villa, NY (EB) 3:53.18, Wooton, Md. (EJ) 3:53.72; Pope John XXIII,NJ (EG) 3:54.64i.
142--HSG 4x400 Relay 4:00pm
Vere Tech/JAM (FB) ran 3:38.91 to win at the Jamaican Champs. Yanique McNeil and Olivia James return from last year’s Penn champions. That increased their Penn record for wins in this event to 10.
Garden City, NY (FF) 3:47.49i; Sophomore Olivia Baker(54.61i) is the #1 runner for Columbia, NJ (FJ).
143--HSG 4x400 Relay 4:05pm.
Holmwood Tech/JAM (GJ) ran 3:38.50 at the Gibson Relays in February (beat Vere Tech-3:38.52). Second here last year. 5-time winner of this event at Penn (last in 2010).
Medgar Evers, NY (GL) 3:49.25i; McDonough, Md. (GG)3:52.85i
144-HSG 4x400 Relay 4:10pm
Edwin Allen(HB) 3:44.51, Herbert Morrison/JAM (HE) 3:48.18, St. Elizabeth Tech/JAM (HI) 3:48.43, Cardozo, NYC (HL) 3:52.37i, Cosby, Va. (HC) 3:52.67; Bethel Va. (HG) 3:52.72; Port Richmond, NY (HJ) 3:54.31;
157-HSG 4x400 Relay--Philadelphia Public 5:15pm
Swenson Arts & Tech (UB) 3:51.07i
158-College Women’s Distance Medley 5:20pm
Georgetown (AA) returns Amanda Kimbers (400), Chelsea Cox (800), and anchor Emily Infeld (1600), this year’s NCAA Indoor Champion at 3000 meters, from last year’s winning team.
Villanova(AB), with Sheila Reid on the anchor, is hoping for redemption after finishing a disappointing 13th last year. The Wildcat women haven’t been victorious at Penn since 2006, when they won this event. And Reid, the winner of 4 NCAA individual titles, has never won a coveted Relays watch at Penn.
Other contenders include Connecticut(AC), Tennessee(AD, the winner of this event in 2007, 2009, and 2010), and Oregon(AE), which finished 2nd at last month’s NCAA Indoor Championships. Jordan Hasay wasn’t listed on Oregon’s entry form, but she has indicated that she might compete at Penn. She ran 4:15.00 for 1500 meters in her season opener last Friday at the Oregon Relays.
Even if Hasay is a no-show (which is now likely), the Ducks, who have never won a women’s title at Penn, can present a strong lineup of Megan Patrignelli (4:43.38/mile) Amber Purvis(52.80), Claudia Francis(2:06.90), and Alex Kosinski (4:38.21/mile).
160-College Women’s 4x400 Relay-Heats 5:45pm
The 8 fastest teams from events 159-162 advance to the Championship Final on Saturday (Event #496-5:45pm).
Recent qualifying cutoffs: 3:39.77(11), 3:37.10(10), 3:43.71(09), 3:35.38(08), 3:41.24(07-9 teams), 3:35.98(06), 3:42.40(05-cool), and 3:37.17(04).
3:30.42 AA LSU--2nd last year...winner of this event in 1987 and 1993...2012 NCAA Indoor Champions
3:31.54i AB Texas A&M(3:35.33)--A dropped baton last year likely kept the Aggies from winning this event at Penn for the first time(wound up 3rd).
3:32.36 AD Texas Tech
3:33.15 AF Illinois
3:33.70i AC Oregon (3:35.04)
3:34.13i AE Tennessee--6th this year’s NCAA Indoor Champs
3:35.43i AG Penn State(3:36.07)--5th last year
3:35.84 AI South Carolina--6-time winner of this event--last time in 2007
3:36.00i AH Pittsburgh
3:37.59 AJ TCU--4th last year
3:38.57 AM Mississippi State--7th last year
3:38.86 AN Virginia Tech
161-Heptagonal Women’s 4x400 Relay-6:30pm
John Nepolitan/ESPNHSHaley Pierce, last year's 3k champ, will this year try and lead her Tatnall team to DMR glory.
Columbia(FA) is the defending champion, while Cornell(FC) has the fastest time this year--3:43.23.
164-High School Girls Distance Medley 6:45pm
This could be a classic battle between North Shore, NY(A) and Tatnall, Del. (B), which had the two fastest times in the East during the indoor season(11:43.23-11:44.02).
North Shore has a potent 1-2 punch in Brianna Nerud and Samantha Nadel. Nerud set a Relays record with her opening 1200 leg of 3:31.7 last year, while Nadel brought her team from far back to finish 2nd with her great anchor 1600 of 4:45.8, the 3rd-fastest ever run at Penn.
Tatnall will counter on the anchor with Haley Pierce, the winner of that classic 3000 at last year’s Relays.
Here are the lineups and splits for both teams from their best indoor performances
North Shore(11:43.23) Tatnall(11:44.02)
1200 3:31.9 Brianna Nerud 3:40.8 Rebecca Slater
400 64.1 Lea Farrell 59.5 Lindsay Voltz
800 2:20.0 Eliz. Caldwell 2:14.8 Reagan Anderson
1600 4:47.2 Samantha Nadel 4:48.9 Haley Pierce
Based on these splits, Tatnall will be playing catch-up on the 400 and 800 legs, trying to keep Pierce within striking distance of Nadel.
Cardozo,NY(Q) could be a factor if anchor Alexis Panisse(4:48.36) gets the baton near the lead.
165-High School Girls Mile 7:00pm
John Nepolitan/ESPNHSLast year, Ajee Wilson ran on her school's 4x800 relay; this year, she's part of a fantastic mile field.
Angel Piccirillo (1-Homer Center, Pa.) is looking for her 3rd win in a row in this event. She ran 4:45.85 this past indoor season. (Sally Glynn was a 3-time winner [1994-1996] when the event was contested at 1500-meters)
The Villanova-bound senior will face a strong field that includes sophomore Mary Cain(2-Bronxville,NY), who has a best of 4:46.91 (also 4:17.84 outdoors in 2011 for 1,500). Cain broke Nicole Blood’s national sophomore record in the 1500-meters this past indoor season when she ran 4:24.25. The national soph mile record is 4:40.24. She just ran 2:05.90 for 800-meters at the NY Relays over the weekend.
Other contenders include Kelsey Margey (5-Friends Academy, NY, 4:43.91[‘10]), last year’s runnerup, and 800 star Ajee’ Wilson(4-Neptune,NJ), who ran 2:05.28 for 800-meters last Friday at Princeton. Wilson has run the equivalent of 4:45 for the mile. Margey will join Piccirillo at Villanova in the fall.
165-High School Girls 3000m 7:30pm
This appears to be a wide-open race. The leading entries are Sophie Chase(Lake Braddock, Va./10:29.66-3200), Megan Lacy(2-Cherokee,NJ/10:31.06-3200), Hannah Christen(3-Lake Braddock, Va./10:36.40-2m), and Colette Richter(4-Mountain Lakes, NJ/ 10:38.87-2m).
Haley Pierce, the winner of last year’s classic battle against Aisling Cuffe and Waverly Neer, will try to lead her Tatnall team to victory in the distance medley this year.
THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE RACES--2012 Qualifying Standards
(No standards for NCAA Div. I)
MEN IC4A NCAA II(Auto/Prov.) NCAA (II(Auto/Prov.) U.S.Trials(A/B) Olympics(A/B)
Steeplechase 9:15.00 8:56.00/9:20.00 9:07.0/9:24.0 ? 8:32.00/8:45.00 8:23.10/8:32.00
5000 14:36.00 14:00.30/14:35.00 14:25.0/14:45.0 ? 13:33.00/13:50.00 13:20.00/13:27.00
10,000 31:08.00 29:21.20/30.40.00 30:10.00/31:13.00 ? 28:15.00/29:00.00 27:45.00/28:06.00
WOMEN ECAC NCAA II(Auto/Prov.) NCAA III(Auto/Prov.) U.S. Trials(A/B.) Olympics(A/B)
3000 9:56.24 x x x
Steeplechase 10:50.24 10:35.00/11:10.0 10:39.00/11:13.00 ? 9:55.00/10:15.00 9:443.00/9:48.00
5000 17:16.24 16:20.00/17:20.00 16:55.00/17:35.0 ? 15:35.00/15:50.0 15:15.00/15:25.00
10,000 37:40.24 34:58.20/36.40.00 35:48.0/37:24.0 ? 32.45.00/34.00.00 31:45.00/32:10.00
201-College Men’s Steeplechase 7:30pm
Houston’s Wesley Ruttoh(1) finished 2nd last year, while Lehigh’s Evans Kosgei(2), who might run the 5000, was 6th.
203-Olympic Development Men’s Steeple 7:50pm
Former Arkansas Razorback Scott MacPherson(1) won the College event in 2009. Best is 8:38.87, has run 8:54.79 this year.
205-College Women’s Steeplechase 8:00pm
Providence junior Shelby Greany set the American Junior Record of 10:00.88 in 2010. She won the U.S. Junior title that year and finished 6th at the NCAA Championships.
207-College Women’s 3000-meters 8:30pm
Texas A&M’s Natosha Rogers(1) was only 10th here last year, but she’s having a breakthrough season in 2012. She has set PRs in the 1500(4:17.06), mile(4:45.84i), 3000(9:12.83i), and 5000(15:45.80).
Penn State’s Kara Millhouse was 6th in the 5000 at last year’s Relays. She’s run 9:17.48 for 3000-meters. (also entered in the 10,000).
208-College Women’s 5000-meters 8:40pm
Top seed is Oregon’ s Bronwyn Crossman(1), who has run 15:56.35 this year.
210-College Men’s 5000-meters 9:20pm
Indiana’s Andrew Poore(2-13:47.05), Oregon’s Chris Kwiatkowski (6-13:51.96), Central Michigan’s Tecumseh Adams(3-13:53.08i), Indiana’s Zachary Mayhew(7-13:54.95), Villanova’s Ryan Sheridan(15-13:56.43), and Texas A&M’s Kevin Burnett(1-13:56.47) have all run under 14-minutes this year.
212-Olympic Development Men’s 5000 10:00pm
There is an outside chance that Moroccan youngster Mohammed Abid, who just turned 17 on March 18, might arrive in the U.S. in time to compete at Penn.
Abid, who ran 3:42.32(1500) and 7;57.45(3000) last year, is planning to train in New York for 3-4 weeks with veteran coach Mike Barnow of the Westchester Track Club.
213-College Women’s 10,000-meters 10:15pm
Iona’s Hollie Rowland(1), a junior from Great Britain, has run 16:19.69 for 5000-meters, but this is believed to be her debut in the 10,000 on the track.
Penn State’s Kara Millhouse(2) was 6th in the 5000 at last year’s Relays. She’s run 33:31.93 for 10,000-meters. (also entered in the 3,000).
215-Men’s College 10,000 meters 10:55pm
American International’s Glarius Rop(29:15.07) has finished 2nd here at Penn the last two years.
THURSDAY FIELD EVENTS
604-College Women’s Hammer Throw 10:00am
Penn State’s Melissa Kurzdorfer(1), a transfer from Kent State, has thrown 206-4 this season, while LSU’s Brieanna Kennedy(2) has a best of 203-0.
605-High School Girls Shot Put 11:00am
Senior Theresa Picciallo(1-Immaculate Heart, NJ) was 2nd last year. She threw a personal best of 48-3/4 while finishing 2nd at the New Balance Indoor Nationals.
507=College Women’s Long Jump Noon
TCU’s Whitney Gipson(1) tied the collegiate record of 22-8 while winning at this year’s NCAA Indoor Championships. She’s the defending Penn champion. The Relays Record of 21-10 was set in 2003 by Auburn’s Elva Goulbourne.
Purdue’s Leah Eber(2) was second here last year and was third at last month’s Indoor NCs.
608-High School Girls Javelin Noon
Junior Christine Streisel(1-Tamaqua, Pa.) finished second here last year. She threw a personal best of 160-11 earlier this year.
Megan Glasman(2-Park City, Utah) is the daughter of 1988 NCAA javelin champion Nikki Nye (Texas). Glasman threw 145-0 last year.
609-High School Girls Pole Vault 1:00pm
Larissa Debich(1), 4th a year ago, jumped 12-6 indoors., as did Chelsea Vaughan (2-Southern Regional, NJ).
610-College Women’s Shot Put 1:00pm
Maryland-Eastern Shore’s Vanessa Henry(1) is the top returnee from 2011(3rd) and has a best of 54-1 3/4 this year.
Duke junior Michelle Anumba(3), the 2012 ACC Indoor Champion, has the best mark in the field this year(55-9 3/4i).
Purdue’s Dani Bunch(3) has thrown 54-7 1/2 this year.
611-High School Girls Long Jump 1:45pm
Chanice Porter (2-Manchester,JAM) was a winner at the Jamaican Champs with a leap of 21-4 3/4. She also cleared an impressive 6-1 1/4 to win the high jump (Can only compete in one event here at Penn)
Top American seed is Sha’Keela Saunders (1-Nansemond River, Va.), who jumped 20-1/2 last December.
612-High School Girls Triple Jump 1:45pm
Heavy favorite is Shandia Lawrence(1-Vere Tech/JAM), who has a best of 41-3 3/4 this year.
Could be quite a battle for the top American finish between junior Bryanna Grant(2-Cranford, NJ), who was a winner at the Eastern States Indoor Championships with a jump of 39-9, and seniors Melodee Riley(3-Riverhead, NY, 40-4), Molly Shapiro(4-Emma Willard, NY, 39-8 1/4i), Carina Peter(5-Herndon, Va., 39-7 3/4i, and Adefunke Sonaike(6-Montgomery Township, NJ, 39-7 3/4i).
613-High School Girls Discus 2:00pm
It’s not unusual for Jamaicans to dominate an event like the 4x100, where they often place 5 or 6 teams(or more) in the final, but the girls’ discus?
The top 5 seeds in this event are all from Jamaica, led by Tara-Sue Barnett(1-Edwin Allen/JAM, 166-6), the winner at the Schoolgirl Champs at the end of March.
Backing up Barnett are Edwin Allen teammates Danniel Thomas(2, 165-5) and Sasha-Gay Marston(3, 158-1), Fayon Gonzalez(4-St.Jago), 152-9), and Devene Brown(5-St.Hugh’s, 149-1).
Top U.S. seed is junior Jess Woodard(6-Cherokee,NJ, 149-10 from last year).
614-College Women’s Javelin 2:00pm
Duke’s Andrea Hopkins(1, 147-0) finished 2nd last year, but the favorite is Penn State sophomore Laura Loht(2), who has thrown 169-9 this year. Loht, 3rd here last year, won the Penn H.S. event in 2010.
Other contenders include Duke’s Shannon Sullivan(7, 158-10) and Penn State’s Lauren Kenney(5, 155-7).
617-High School Girls High Jump 2:30pm
Kimberly Williamson(1-Edwin Allen/JAM) won last year with a leap of 5-11 1/2, the 2nd-best performance ever at Penn.
Williamson has a best of 6-2 and has cleared 6-1/2 this season. The Relays Record of 6-1/2, held by Tanya Hughes(Great Mills, Md.), has stood since 1990!
618-College Women’s Pole Vault 3:00pm
Arkansas’ Tina Sutej(1), a senior from Slovenia, set the Relays Record of 14-7 1/4 last year. She’s also the indoor(14-11) and outdoor(15-1 1/2) Collegiate Record holder.
Teammate Tara Diebold(4) cleared 14-4 during the indoor season.
Also in the field is LSU’s Rachel Laurent(2, 14-1 1/4), the 2010 Penn winner.
Friday April 27
301-College Men’s 400-meter hurdles 9:00am
Texas Tech’s Jemele Mason(1), a senior from Puerto Rico, has a best of 49.30 and has run 49.85 this season. A 2-time NCAA finalist(7th-2010, 5th-2011), he finished 5th overall at the 2009 Relays(won his section) and also competed at last year’s World Championships(1st round).
Other contenders include Mississippi State’s Emanuel Mayers(2-50.32), Pittsburgh’s Jermaine Lowery(4-50.86)., and Coppin State’s Jibri Victorian(3-50.98).
High School Boys 4x800 Relay Heats
The 12 fastest teams from the four heats advance to the Championship Final on Saturday (Event #486-4:00pm). Recent qualifying cutoffs: 7:55.50(11), 7:54.43(10), 7:55.38(09), 7:54.97(08), 8:01.69(07--weather delays), 7:58.62(06), 7:57.79(05), and 7:55.90(04).
Unless otherwise noted [o], all times for U.S. teams are from the indoor season.
No less than 14 teams have run under 7:52 this year, with 9 of them breaking 7:48!
Christian Brothers Academy(CBA), NJ, which ran 7:41.53 indoors, is concentrating on the distance medley. Same with The Gilman School(Md.), which has 7:49.90 this spring.
302-”Small” Schools Boys 4x800 Relay 9:20am
Holmwood Tech, JAM(AA), a 2-time winner of this event(2002, 2006), has run 7:43.01 this season.
Pearl River, NY(AB) 7:51.13, St.Jago, JAM(AC) 7:51.70, Souhegan, NH (AD) 7:56.11.
303-”Small” Schools Boys 4x800 Relay 9:30am
Pope John XXIII,NJ(BA) 7:44.07, Collegiate, NY(BB) 7:50.52, Strath Haven, Pa. (BC) 7:54.31, (BD) Penncrest, Pa. 7:55.57
304-”Large” Schools Boys 4x800 Relay 9:40am
Boys & Girls, NY(CA) ran a U.S.-leading 7:41.10 while winning at the New Balance Indoor Nationals. They were winners of this event in 1998 and 1967, the year that current coach, James Jackson, ran the anchor leg on the winning team. B&G is led by senior Robert Rhodes and freshman Richard Rose.
Westfield, Va.(CB) 7:45.51, Pennridge, Pa.(CC) 7:45.93, Cabell Midland, WV(CD) 7:51.89(o), St. John the Baptist, NY(CE) 7:52.94, Colonie Central, NY (CF) 7:55.58
305-”Large” Schools Boys 4x800 Relay 9:50am
Cherokee, NJ(DA) 7:43.64--could become the first team from New Jersey to win this event since Willingboro finished 1st 29-years ago(1983).
Kingston College, JAM(DB) 7:43.84, Warwick Valley, NY(DC) 7:47.04, Chariho, RI(DD) 7:50:25, Oakton, Va.(DE) 7:54.51, Cornwall College, JAM(DF) 7:54.56, Mt. Tabor, NC (DG) 7:56.08.
326-327-H.S. Boys 4x100 Relay Heats 10:40am
The eight fastest teams from the “small” and “large” school heats advance to the Championship Final on Saturday(Event #467-1:57pm). Heats are run in alphabetical order (by school).
Recent qualifying cutoffs: 41.94(11), 41.99(10), 42.17(09), 42.19(08), 42.06(07), 42.29(06), 42.58(05), 42.51(04).
40.17 TB Kingston College/JAM--3rd last year...ran 40.17 to win at the Jamaican Champs...won the first of its 6 Penn titles in this event back in 1964(last time in 1990)---first team from Jamaica to win any relay at Penn.
40.21 ZS Wolmer’s/JAM--2-time defending champions...set the Relays Record of 39.78 in 2010...2nd to Kingston College at this year’s Jamaican Champs.
40.41 HX Munro College/JAM--r2nd last year...3rd at the Jamaican Champs...anchor Delano Williams won the 100 and 200 at the Champs and has run 10.34 and 20.53 this year.
40.44 KN St. Elizabeth Tech/JAM--5th last year
40.50 EL Green Island/JAM--beat Kingston College at the Milo Western Relays in February
40.55 HS Herbert Morrison/JAM
40.65 SR Jamaica College/JAM--4th last year
41.32 KO St. Jago/JAM
41.34 XA St. George’s/JAM--6th last year, 3rd in 2010
41.43 BJ Calabar/JAM--5-time winner at Penn(last time in 2009)..4th lin 2010
41.63 TP Long Beach Poly, CA
41.75 LJ Junipero Serra, CA
42.03 BY Chaminade, CA
NT HO Moore’s Island/BAH--7th last year
NT XZ Suitland, Md.--ran a U.S.-leading 1:28.21 in the 4x200 indoors
NT YK Trenton Central, NJ--1:28.46i
NT ZC West Orange, NJ--1:28.85i
NT VC Penn Wood, PA--1:28.96i
NT TD Knightdale, NC--8th last year(top U.S. team)
335-Mixed Masters 4x100 60 and older 12:37
Bill Collins, one of the best Masters sprinters in history, is a member of the Houston Elite TC(A).
336-College Men’s 4x100 relay Heats 12:40pm
The 8 fastest teams advance to the Championship Final on Saturday (Event #459-1:25pm). Recent qualifying cutoffs: 40.29(11), 40.44(10), 40.34(09), 40.16(08), 40.69(07), 40.73(06), 40.65(05), and 40.38(04),
Florida State, which ran 39.08 at the ACC Championships, had entered, but has decided to stay at home.
38.30 AB Auburn--ran a great 38.30 at the Texas Relays...Tigers have never won this event at Penn....the Relays Record of 38.68 was set by TCU in 2001
38.84 AC Texas A&M--7th last year after a bad final pass...winner in 2009 & 2010
38.90 AD Univ. Technology(UTech)/JAM--2nd in 2010..no team from Jamaica has ever won this event at Penn.
39.17 AE Mississippi State--6th last year
39.23 AF Texas Tech
39.54 AA LSU--won for a record-tying (with TCU) 9th time here last year
39.59 AG TCU--3rd last year...tied with LSU for the most wins in this event(9) at Penn(last time in 2004)
39.61 AH Texas--finalist in 2011, but DQ’d
39.77 AI Illinois--winner of this event in 1946 & 1947
39.92 AL South Carolina--4th last year
39.95 AV Virginia Tech
40.09 AQ Tennessee
40.13 AW North Carolina A&T
40.17 AJ Indiana--5th last year
40.22 AM G.C. Foster/JAM
337-H.S. Girls 4x800 Championship 12:55pm
See events 103-106
338-College Women 4x100 Championship 1:05pm
See event 110
343-College Women 4x1500 Championship 1:30pm
Boston College returns the King sisters, Caroline(4:12.2 split last year) and Jillian, from last year’s winning team.
The Eagles might not be as strong this year, leaving the door open for a new winner this year.
Among the contenders are a strong team from Oregon(B); Villanova(C), which returns all 4 runners (including Sheila Reid) from last year’s 3rd-place team; Connecticut(E); and Georgetown(G), last year’s runner-up.
Here are the leading lineups, with their 2012 bests/PRs. These are not necessarily the running order that each team will use.
The Collegiate and Relays Record of 17:08.34(a 4:17 average) was set by Tennessee in 2009.
Erin McKenna 2:09.98(‘11)
Madeline Wallace 2:52.99/1000m(‘09)
Jillian King 4:19.74
Caroline King 4:20.25/4:17.48(‘11)
Alex Kosinski 4:15.67(‘10)
Becca Friday 4:20.21/4:15.17(‘11)
Megan Patrignelli 4:23.61
Anne Kesselring 4:16.75/4:16.25(‘10)
Jordan Hasay 4:15.00/4:10.28(‘11)
Emily Lipari 4:24.41/4:20.79”11)
Bogdana Mimic 4:23.03/4:18.24(‘11)
Ariann Neutts 4:23.70
Sheila Reid 4:20.78/4:11.85(‘11)
Kirsten Kaaper 4:24.34
Madeline Chambers 4:23.37/4:20.00
Rachel Schneider 4:18.52(‘11)
Emily Infeld 4:08.96(‘11)...2012 NCAA 3k Champ
Lindsay Crevoiserat 4:24.59
Meghan Cunningham 4:22.42(‘11)
Brigitte Mania 4:22.72
Heather Wilson 4:22.23
344-College Men 4x200 Relay Heats 1:50pm
The 8 fastest teams advance to the Championship Final on Saturday (Event #474-2:45pm). Recent qualifying cutoffs: 1:23.99(11), 1:24.18(10), 1:24.17(09), 1:24.93(08), 1:24.45(07), 1:24.45(06), 1:25.54(05), and 1:24.69(04)
Best 4x100 time is listed for teams that haven’t run a 4x200 this year
1:22.44 AA LSU--defending champions...5-time winner at Penn
1:21.21 AB Texas A&M--2nd last year..2009 winners
(38.40) AC Auburn
(38.90) AD UTech/JAM--winner in 2003
(39.17) AE Mississippi State--return 3 of 4 runners from last year’s winning team
1:22.76 AG South Carolina--4th last year, 3rd in 2010
(39.59) AS TCU--6-time winner(last time in 2001)
(39.61) AY Texas
(40.17) AF Indiana--6th last year
1:23.65 AI St.Augustine’s
1:23.66 AH North Carolina A&T
1:23.78 AJ Pittsburgh
(40.09) AR Tennessee--6-time winner(last time in 2008)
1:24.05 AN Savannah State
344-College Women 4x200 Relay Heats 2:10pm
The 8 fastest teams advance to the Championship Final on Saturday (Event #472-2:25pm). Recent qualifying cutoffs: 1:35.97(11), 1:34.73(10), 1:35.39(09), 1:35.77(08), 1:36.75(07), 1:35.20(06), 1:38.74(05-cool), and 1:34.88(04).
Best 4x100 time is listed for teams that haven’t run a 4x200 this year.
Texas A&M ran 1:31.00, the fastest heat time ever at Penn, in 2010
1:30.01 AB LSU--Winner of this event at Penn a record 11 times.(last time in 2006)...didn’t run this event in 2011 and might not be a contender this year...none of its top sprinters were entered in this event.
1:31.28 AA Texas A&M--4-time defending champion...set the Relays and Collegiate Record of 1:29.42 in 2010
(43.45) AE Clemson--3rd last year
(44.01) AG Texas Tech
(44.09) AI Houston
(44.18) AF Auburn--2nd to A&M in 009 and 2010, didn’t finish in last year’s final
1:33.83 AC Central Florida--4th last year...stronger this year with the addition of frosh Octavious Freeman
South Carolina--3-time winner at Penn(last time in 2007)
Mississippi State--fastest non-qualifier last year
(44.31) AH Univ. Technology(UTech)/JAM
1:34.21 AD Pittsburgh--5th last year
(44.44) AO Tennessee--6th last year
349-H.S. Girls 4x100 Championships 2:40pm
See Events 107-108.
350-College Men Shuttle Hurdles (4x120y) 2:55pm
55.38 A Clemson--winners in 2010...ran 55.38 at the Florida Relays...led by Spencer Adams, who finished 2nd in the 110-hurdles at the ACC Championships--ran a PR 13.39
NT B Texas--won this event in 1994 & 1995...team features Keiron Stewart(13.34/’11) and decathlete Isaac Murphy(14.42)
NT C Michigan--3-time winner of this event, last time in 1980
57.36 D St. Augustine’s--returns 3 men from the team that finished 3rd last year
NT E Mississippi State--led by Michael Hancock(13.58/’11), Nathan Arnett(13.98/’11), and 400-hurdler Emanuel Mayers
2-time defending champion Texas A&M didn’t enter this event this year.
351-College Women Shuttle H. (4x100m) 3:15pm
52.87 A Clemson--3rd last year....Brianna Rollins(12.78) was the 2011 NCAA Indoor Champion(60mh). She was 2nd this year. Teammate Bridgette Owens(12.88) was 3rd at the NCs.
NT B LSU--8-time winner of this event...Jasmin Stowers won the 100-hurdles at last year’s Relays
NT C Mississippi State--Keisha Wallace(12.97w) leads the team.
NT D Johnson C. Smith--4th last year
NT E Winston-Salem--school once dominated the men’s event, winning 5-times from 1957-1962.
NT F Kansas State
NT G Tennessee
353-College Men’s 110-meter Hurdles Heats 3:40pm
First two from each of three heats, plus the next 3 fastest finishers(9 in all) advance to Saturday’s final (event #479-3:20pm).
LEADING ENTRANTS (With 2012 bests/PRs)
1 Barrett Nugent LSU 13.37w/13.35
2010 winner...2nd last year
2 Jarret Eaton Syracuse 13.75/13.63
2012 NCAA Indoor Champion(60mh)...won the Olympic Development race here last year.
6 Andrew Riley Illinois 13.28/13.28
2011 NCAA Indoor Champion...semi-finalist at last year’s World Outdoor Championships… ran a personal best of 13.28 this past weekend
3 Duece Carter West Indies/JAM 14.34/13.72
was 3rd here last year.
4 Devon Hill Miami 13.35/13.35
2nd to Eaton at the NCAA Indoor Championships
Won the ACC title with a PR of 13.5
5 Hansle Parchment UWI/Jam 13.71/13.24
2011 World Student Games Champion
7 Wayne Davis II Texas A&M 13.70w/13.54
8th at the NCAA Indoor Champs..
8 Keiron Stewart Texas 13.46w/13.44
9 Aramis Massenburg Norfolk State 13.64/13.64
10 Tre Lathan Oklahoma 13.89/13.89
353-College Women’s 100m Hurdles Heats 3:50pm
First two from each of three heats, plus the next 3 fastest finishers(9 in all) advance to Saturday’s final (event #478-3:15pm).
LEADING ENTRANTS (with 2012 bests/PRs)
1 Jasmin Stowers LSU 13.03w/12.88
2 Christina Manning Ohio State 12.68/12.68
2012 NCAA Indoor Champion(60mh)...also entered in the 100...Penn Relays debut
3 Jackie Coward Central Florida 13.05/12.87
5th last year
4 Donique’ Flemings Texas A&M 12.88w/13.17
Winner at the Texas Relays
5 Indira Spence Adams State/JAM NT/12.93
2011 Jamaican National champion
6 Keisha Wallace Mississippi St./JAM 12.97w/13.20
Eliminated in the heats here the last two years
7 Shericka Ward Villanova 13.16/13.12
2012 ECAC Indoor champion
8 Katie Grimes Texas Tech 12.99w/13.23
9 Raven Clay Findlay 13.36/13.26
2012 NCAA Division Two Indoor Champion
10 Breeana Coleman Illinois 13.48/13.48
Runnerup at this year’s Big-10 Indoor Championships
359-Masters Men’s 100-meters 60+ 3:06pm
Penn wouldn’t be the same without the presence of Bill Collins(1), now 61-years young.
Collins who won the 60, 200, and 400 in his age-group at the recent World Masters Indoor Championships, first ran at Penn during his high school days at Mt.Vernon H.S. in the late 1960s.
He was an All-American at TCU and ran the lead-off leg on the U.S. team that set a world record in the 4x100 relay at the 1977 World Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany.
He has made a remarkable recovery after being diagnosed last year with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a debilitating disease that attacks the nervous system.
“Ten months ago I couldn’t even walk,” Collins said at last month’s U.S. Master Championships. “It’s just so great being back among my masters family. This is truly a blessing.”
361-Masters Men’s 100-meters 70+ 3:10pm
70-year old Edwin Roberts(1), a long-time marshall at the Relays, was once one of the best sprinters in the world.
Representing his native Trinidad & Tobago, he won bronze medals in the 200 and the 4x400 at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, and has bests of 10.45, 20.34, and 46.04 during his career.
He also competed at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, and was ranked among the world’s top-10 in the 200 by Track and Field News 8 years in a row(1964-1971).
363-College Men’s 100-Meters Heats 3:20pm
First two from each of three heats, plus the next 3 fastest finishers(9 in all) advance to Saturday’s final (event #484-3:45pm).
LEADING ENTRANTS (With 2012 bests and PRs)
1 Charles Silmon TCU 10.18/10.18
2nd at last year’s Relays
2 Prezel Hardy, Jr. Texas A&M 10.15w/10.13
2009 World Youth and U.S. Junior champion. 8th at last year’s NCAA Championships
3 Reggie Dixon Hampton 10.26/10.21
2012 IC4A Champion at 60 and 200 meters. 9th here last year
4 Aaron Ernst LSU 10.15w/10.30
2nd at the Texas Relays (beat Hardy)
5 Ameer Webb Texas A&M 10.05w/10.37
2012 NCAA Indoor champion at 200-meters
6 Winston Barnes UTech/JAM 10.50/10.16
7 D’Angelo Cherry Mississippi St. 10.32/10.04
8 Kind Butler Indiana 10.40/10.23
6th last year
9 Keith Ricks Virginia Tech 10.22w/10.33
7th here in 2010
10 Michael Bryan Texas A&M 10.37/10.37
364-College Women’s 100-Meters Heats 3:30pm
First two from each of three heats, plus the next 3 fastest finishers(9 in all) advance to Saturday’s final (event #482-3:35pm).
LEADING ENTRANTS (with 2011 bests/PRs)
1 Kimberlyn Duncan LSU 10.94w/11.09
Disqualified for a false start in her heat last year. 2nd at the 2011 NCAA Championships...2011 NCAA Champion at 200-meters
2 Christina Manning Ohio State 11.43/11.29
2012 NCAA Indoor champion in the 60-meter hurdles. 2011 Big-10 Champion in the 100
3 Semoy Hackett LSU/Trinidad&Tobago 11.16w/11.17
3rd last year
4 Kai Selvon Auburn 12.07/12.07
7th in the 60 at this year’s NCAA Indoor Championships
5 Terra Evans Texas Tech 11.19w/11.28
8th here in 2009
6 Keilah Tyson Kentucky 11.52/11.39
7 Tarika Williams Miami/Jamaica 11.56/11.56
8 Cierra White Texas Tech 11.57/11.57
9 V’alonee Robinson Auburn/Bahamas 11.63/11.57
11 Takiea Pinckney LSU 11.57/11.26
364-College Men’s Distance Medley Champ. 4:00pm
To many longtime Penn fans, this is the signature event of the Relays.
Villanova(AA) returns its first three legs from last year’s winning team (Brian Tetreault, Calrton Bowers, Samuel Ellison), with Sam McEntee, who ran a 3:57.86 mile this past indoor season, taking over the anchor role from Matthew Gibney.
That win increased the Wildcats’ record of victories in this event to 24, but they’ll receive stiff competition as they go after #25.
Indiana(AB), which finished 4th last year, also returns its first 3 legs, and this year the Hoosiers are likely to have Andrew Bayer on the anchor leg. Bayer, a redshirt last spring, has a mile best of 3:57.75 and led Indiana to a 2nd-place finish at this year’s NCAA Indoor Championships. The Hoosiers last won this event in 1942(also won in 1937). Their last win at Penn came in the 4-mile relay in 1954.
Other contenders include Texas A&M; Oklahoma(AD), with Maine-transfer Riley Masters(3:58.17) on the anchor; Oregon(AE), which won this event in 2010; Princeton(AF), Penn State(AI-in the program as AH), which might have freshman star Robby Creese(3:58.94i) on the anchor; and Duke(AM), with decathlete Curtis Beach expected to run the 800 leg.
Beach ran 1:47.99 at the Duke Inv., covering his middle 400(200m-600m) in 49.8! He might be a little leg-weary after finishing 2nd in the decathlon at this past weekend’s ACC Championships(7764)
Erik Van Ingen, who ran 3:56.37 for the mile indoors, is expected to run the anchor leg for Binghamton(AL).
368-College Men’s 4x400 Relay Heats 4:40pm
The 8 fastest teams advance to the Championship Final on Saturday (Event #500-6:00pm).
Recent qualifying cutoffs: 3:09.63(11), 3:09.28(10), 3:08.29(09), 3:07.17(08), 3:10.51(07), 3:08.08(06), 3:10.91(05-cool), and 3:08.61(04)
Could be a great final if Mississippi State(3:03.12), LSU,(3:03.16) and Texas A&M(3:03.20) hook up.
3:03.16 AA Texas A&M --defending champion, but they’ll have an all-new lineup this year...2nd in 2010 after bobbling the final exchange. 19-year old Deon Lendore, a freshman from Trinidad & Tobago, ran 45,56 on April 14.
3:03.12 AD Mississippi State--Tavaris Tate and Emanuel Mayers return from the 2010 winning team. High jumper James Harris(7-5 1/4) ran 45.58 earlier this month, while Tate tops the NCAA list with a time of 45.45.
3:03.20 AB LSU--2nd last year...3-time winner at Penn(last time in 2007)
3:05.22i AC Penn State(3:06.50)
3:05.35i AG Pittsburgh(3:08.22)--led by Bryce Spratling (45.82i), who was 2nd in the 400 at the NCAA Indoor Championships
3:06.87 AH Norfolk State
3:07.01 AK George Mason--7th last year
3:07.18 AW Houston
3:07.54 AI Delaware State
3:07.66 AL St. Augustine’s
3:07.75i AN Michigan
3:07.80 AM Oklahoma
3:08.41 AU Hampton
3:08.71 AX North Carolina A&T
3:08.86i AE Texas Tech--3rd the last two years
3:08.90 AF Univ. Techology/JAM(UTech--4th the last two years.
John Nepolitan/ESPNHSDefending DMR champ CBA will likely have its own cheering section again.
3:10.39 BF Johnson C. Smith--5th last year
NT AJ G.C. Foster/JAM
369-College Men’s 4x400 Relay Heps 5:15pm
Top seed is Cornell(EA), which ran 3:12.74 indoors.
376-H.S. Boys Distance Medley Champ. 5:50pm
What a race this could be!
Christian Brothers Academy(CBA),NJ(A) is the defending champion and had the fastest time during the indoor season(10:08.80).
But the favorite is St. Benedict’s Prep, NJ(B), which will have the amazing Edward Cheserek on the anchor leg. The junior from Kenya ran a 4:05.8 anchor last year to bring his team from far back to finish 5th, but he has a stronger supporting cast this year. Running a 4:07.4 anchor(with a 54.6 opening 400!), Cheserek led St. Benedict’s(10:10.08) to victory at the New Balance Indoor Nationals last month.
Finishing a close 2nd(10:10.63) in that race was Piscataway,NJ(C), as Tim Ball’s 4:09.9 anchor just missed catching Cheserek. There’s plenty of depth behind the top 3 seeds, including Stuyvesant, NY(D-10:12.24), Arlington(E-10:12.48), and Monsignor Farrell(F-10:12.50).
Should CBA win, they would become the first .U.S. repeat champion since Bishop Loughlin won four in a row from 1949-1952.
375-High School Boys Mile 6:00pm
Third in 2011, 17-year old junior Jacob Burcham (1-Cabell Midland, WV) is the top returnee from last year’s race. He had a best of 4:07.66 in 2011. He finished 7th in the 1500-meters at last year’s World Youth Championships.
John Nepolitan/ESPNHSAfter placing third as a soph, Jacob Burcham is the top returnee in the boys' mile as a junior.
He’ll face a strong field that includes Craig Engels(2-Ronald Reagan,NC/4:13.70i); Ben Malone(3-Pascack Valley,NJ/4:13), who led the U.S in the 800 indoors(1:49.94); Sean McGorty(4-Chantilly,Va/4:13.81i); Millrose winner Zavon Watkins(5-Liverpool,NY/4:13.83), who ran 1:50.11 for 800-meters indoors; and Ahmed Bile(6-Annadale,Va/4:11).
Bile’s father, Abdi Bile, the 1987 World Champion at 1500-meters, anchored George Mason to victory in the College Sprint medley at the 1984 Penn Relays.
If the early pace is fast, the Relays Record of 4:08.07 could be challenged.
378-High School Boys 3000 meters 6:10pm
Times listed are for 2-miles
Adam Visokay(1-Albemarle,Va) finished 2nd(9:00.06) to Edward Cheserek in the 2-mile at last month’s New Balance Indoor Nationals.
Other contenders include: Sam Parsons(3-Tatnall,De/9:04-’11), Tom Awad(4-Chaminade,NY/9:06.18, Eric Holt(5-Carmel,NY/ 9:07.08), Kris Moran(6-North Babylon,NY/9:08.02), and Connor Rog(7-Fairfield Prep,Ct/9:08.82.
379-H.S. Girls 4x400 Relay Championship 6:20pm
See events 111-157
380-College Women Sprint Medley Champ. 6:25pm
LSU(AA) is favored to become the first women’s team to win the same event at Penn six years in a row. The Tigers have entered a potent lineup of Kimberlyn Duncan, the 2011 NCAA 200 Champion, Semoy Hackett, Rebecca Alexander(52.52), and Charlene Lipsey(2:02.79). With Cassandra Tate running the 400 leg, LSU set a school record of 3:43.79 at the Texas Relays. Hackett returns from last year’s winning team, as does Duncan, who was also part of the 2010 team.
Among those hoping to end LSU’s streak are Clemson(AB), Maryland-Eastern Shore(AC), Mississippi State(AD), Auburn(AE), and Tennessee(AG), with Chanelle Price on the anchor. Now a senior, Price has won a total of five Relays watches during her collegiate career.
381-College Men Sprint Medley Champ. 6:50pm
Penn State(AA) junior Cas Loxsom ran the 400 leg on last year’s winning team, but will probably run the anchor 800 this year.
Texas A&M(AB), 3rd last year, will field a strong team that includes freshman Deon Lendore(45.56) and Oscar Ramirez(1:48.21). Others to watch include St. Augustine’s(AC), Delaware State(AD), and LSU(AE).
FRIDAY FIELD EVENTS
704-College Women’s Triple Jump 10:00am
Top seed is Georgia Tech’s Julienne McKee(1, 42-9 3/4)
705-College Men’s Shot Put 10:00am
Texas has a formidable trio in defending champion Hayden Baillio(1, 64-6 1/2i), Jacob Thormaehlen(2, 67-3 1/4), and freshman Ryan Crouser(4, 66-7).
Hoping to breakup a Longhorn sweep is Penn State’s Joe Kovacs(3, 66-1)
706-High School Boys Discus 10:00am
Favored is senior Sam Mattis(1-East Brunswick,NJ) bettered the Relays Record with his toss of 207-2 last year, but he had to settle for 2nd place behind Jamaica’s Traves Smikle, who threw an amazing 228-2. Smikle does not return, but Jamaican World Youth champ Fedrick Dacres does.
Kyle Long(2-Hempfield,Pa) was 3rd last year and had a best of 202-10 in 2011.
711-College Women’s Discus 12:00pm
LSU’s Samia Stokes(1), 3rd last year, has a best of 173-0 this year. 4th in 2011 was Virginia’s Erin Wykoff(2), who has thrown 171-1 this season.
712-College Men’s Discus 1:30pm
Nebraska sophomore Chad Wright(1), 2nd last year, has a best of 198-5 this year. He won the Relays H.S. event in 2010.
Texas freshman Ryan Crouser(2) set the U.S. high school record of 237-6 last year and was named T&F News’ male H.S. Athlete of the Year. He’s thrown 195-6 with the international implement this year.
713-College Women’s High Jump 1:45pm
UConn’s Natasha McLaren(1) is the 2012 New England and ECAC Champion and has a best of 6-1 1/4 this year. She was also 3rd at the NCAA Championships.
LSU’s Ann Dudley(2) was 6th at the Indoor NCs and has jumped 6-0 this year.
714-College Men’s Long Jump 2:15pm
Texas junior Marquise Goodwin(1) won last year with a wind-aided jump of 26-3 1/2. He was also the 2011 U.S. Champion and competed at the World Championships in Daegu, Korea. His best this year is 26-7i. His status for Penn is unknown after suffering an apparent knee injury at the Texas Relays.
LSU’s Damar Forbes(2) was 2nd at this year’s NCAA Indoor Championships and has a best of 26-7 3/4i. He also competed at last year’s World Championships, representing his native Jamaica.
715--High School Boys Javelin 2:00pm
Billy Stanley(1-South Park,Pa), 2nd a year ago, has thrown 212-3 this season, while Mike Shuey(2-Johnsonburg,Pa) has a best of 212-2.
716--High School Shot Put 2:30pm
One thing’s for certain--Nick Vena won’t win this year. Vena, now a freshman at Virginia, was a 4-time winner of this event from 2008-2011.
Junior Braheme Days(1, Bridgeton, NJ) appears to be a worthy successor, leading the U.S. indoors with a best of 70-9.
Saturday April 28
401-408 Racewalks Men-7:00am, Women-8:00am
409-High School Boys 400-meter Hurdles 9:00am
Javan Gallimore(1-Jamaica College, JAM) won at the Jamaican Champs with a personal best of 51.04.
Senior Eric Futch(2-Penn Wood,Pa) had the fastest prep time in the U.S. in 2011--51.67. South Africa’s Tsegofatso Mathopa(2) has entered with a seed time of 51.30, which can’t be confirmed at this time. Ronald Levy(4-St.Elizabeth Tech,JAM) ran 51.85 last month.
410-Olympic Dev. Men’s 400-Hurdles 9:05am
Olympic hopeful Roxroy was 3rd at last year’s Jamaican Championships. He ran his personal best of 49.45 in 2010, but hasn’t yet met the Olympic “A” standard of 49.50. Alie Beauvais(2-Haiti) ws 3rd in last year’s College race while competing for Albany. He’s run 51.48 this year.
High School Boys 4x400 Relay Heats
The 8 fastest teams advance to the Championship Final later in the day (Event #494-5:30pm).
Recent qualifying cutoffs: 3:18.60(11), 3:15.53(10), 3:15.77(09), 3:17.58(08), 3:18.19(07), 3:16.42(06), 3:18.22(05), and 3:18.29(04).
All U.S. times are from the indoor season(unless otherwise noted)
412 HSB 4x400 9:14am
Early-bird fans will get a look at Najee Glass, a senior at St. Peters, NJ(BA), who ran 46.06 for 400 meters on Seattle’s big track in February.
425 HSB 4x400 10:06am
436 HSB 4x400 10:50am
Ben Malone of Pascack Valley, NJ(ZM) led U.S. preps in the 800 indoors(1:49.94).
442 HSB 4x400 11:20am
Defending champion Munro College, JAM(FG) has run 3:12.32 this season. Jamaica College, JAM(FL) was 3rd at the Jamaican Champs (3:13.12). Suitland, Md.(FB) 3:17.96, (Junipero Serra, Ca. (FE) 3:20.79
443 HSB 4x400 11:25am
Boys & Girls, NY(GF) set an Eastern Indoor Record of 3:15.12 while winning at the New Balance Collegiate Inv. at the Armory. They are 5-time winners of this event, last back in 1972.
Trenton Central, NJ(GC) 3:17.80(o), St. Elizabeth Tech, JAM(GG) 3:17.87; Long Beach Poly, Ca.(GL) 3:18.55(o), Newburgh Free Academy, NY(GI) 3:19.10, CBA,NJ (GA) 3:19.40
444 HSB 4x400 11:30am
Kingston College, JAM(HG) 3:12.64, Mt. Vernon, NY(HA) 3:18.98
445 HSB 4x400 11:35am
Calabar, JAM(JL) was the winner at the Jamaican Champs in 3:10.19..
Wolmer’s Boys, JAM(JJ) 3:13.56, Manchester, JAM (JK) 3:14.08, Laurel, Md.(JG) 3:15.65(o), Knightdale, NC(JI) 3:20.64
446 USA-World Women’s Sprint Medley 11:45am
The Jamaican flags will be flying high as this race kicks off the six-event USA vs the World series
Jamaica won for the 4th year in a row in 2011 to take a 4-3 lead over Team USA in this event.
Lineups for the USA-World series haven’t been confirmed yet, but it’s likely that Jamaica will have former Seton Hall All-American Kenia Sinclair on the anchor.800 leg for the 5th year in a row. Sinclair has run splits of 1:57.4(‘09), 1:57.5(‘10), and a record 1:57.1(11) the last three years.
Teams from Great Britain and Russia are also expected to compete in this event.
451 HSB Suburban 4x400 12:05pm
Penn Wood,Pa(OU) 3:17.06
460-USA vs The World Men’s 4x100 Relay 12:55pm
There will be two sections of this event, the 2nd of which will feature the latest battle between Jamaica and Team USA and will be the first event show live on NBC’s coverage(1-3pmET).
Jamaica has won this event three of the last 4 years. The U.S. still has a 9-3 edge in the series.
461-USA vs The World Women’s 4x100 12:55pm
A USA lineup of Lauryn Williams, Allyson Felix, Marshevet Hooker, and Carmelita Jeter set the Relays Record of 42.28 last year. The U.S. has won 10 of the 12 years the event has been contested.
462--College Men 4xmile Relay 1:25pm
Donn Cabral is the only returnee from last year’s winning team, but Princeton is still one of the leading contenders in this event.
Here are the leading lineups(next page), with their 2012 bests/PRs (800/3k time listed if no 1500/mile is available). On paper, all five have the talent to challenge the magical 16-minute barrier, but that’s easier said than done.
These are not necessarily the running order that each team will use.
Trevor Van Ackeren 3:44.26m
Joe Stillin 3:59.98
Donn Cabral 4:00.30
Peter Callahan 3:58.76
INDIANA(B)...4-time winner, last in 1954
Andy Weatherford 4:02.80(‘11)
De’Sean Turner 3:59.81
Andrew Poore 4:03.96
Andrew Bayer 3:58.23/3:57.75(‘11)
George Alex 3:58.76
Bill Kogel 7:56.04/3:47.72(‘11)
Patrick Casey 3:43.17m/3:59.76(‘11)
Riley Masters 4:00.54/3:58.17(‘11)
David McCarthy 3:55.75
Julian Matthews 3:59.34/3:58.57(‘11)
Dominic Channon 4:02.21/4:00.30(‘11)
Shane Quinn 4:05.68
Daniel Everett 3:43.80m
Adam Behnke 4:02.65
Mark Feigen 3:45.01m/3:43.24(‘11)
Kyle Merber 3:59.44/3:58.52(‘11)
Oregon(J)’s Trevor Dunbar(3:43.13), Travis Stanford(3:46.97), and freshmen Colby Alexander(3:47.13) and Chad Noelle(3:47.15) all ran well at 1500-meters this past Friday at the Oregon Relays.
465-College Men’s 4x100 Championship 1:25pm
See event 336
467-H.S. Boys 4x100 Championship 1:35pm
See events 326-327
470-USA vs The World Men’s Distance Medley 2:05pm
Last year’s race was a thrilling (and fast) affair, as Morocco(9:17.48) beat Australia(9:17.56), USA Red(9:18.09), and USA Blue(9:20.24).
The U.S. has yet to win this event since it was added to the series in 2006. Kenya has been a winner 4 times.
Along with Morocco, Australia, and two U.S. teams, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Canada are also expected to compete.
472-College Women 4x200 Championship 2:25pm
See event 345
473-USA vs The World Men’s 4x400 Relay 2:30pm
The only time the U.S. has lost this event was in 2005, when Tyree Washington fell on the 2nd leg, opening the door for Jamaica to win.
So many countries wanted to compete this year, there will be two sections, both of which will make air. Some will be trying to enhance their chances of qualifying for the Olympics.
Here is the official Olympic qualifying protocol:
There shall be a maximum of 16 qualified teams in each relay event, based on the aggregate of the two fastest times achieved by national teams in the qualification period of 1 January 2011 to 2 July 2012.
Australia and Grenada are currently 17th and 18th, respectively, in the (unofficial) standings. The cutoff right now is 6:07.36(average-3:03.48). Australia has a best time of 3:01.56 and Grenada’s best is 3:04.27.
Jamaica(3), Belgium(5), Germany(7), Bahamas(8), Kenya(10), Trinidad&Tobago(11), Dominican Republic(12), Venezuela(14), Australia(17), Grenada (18, with 400 World Champion Kirani Janes), Saudi Arabia(3:05.65 best), Nigeria(20), and are expected to compete, along with two U.S.(1) teams.
Unofficial Olympic ranking position in ( )
474-College Men 4x200 Championship 2:45pm
See event 344
476-USA--World Women’s 4x400 Relay 2:52pm
The U.S. has finished first in all 12 pervious races, but the 2001 team that included Marion Jones was stripped of its title, leaving Jamaica as the winner.
Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards-Ross have been regulars in this series and there’s no reason to think they won’t be back this year.
In addition to two U.S. teams, there should also be lineups from Jamaica, Great Britain, Bahamas, Nigeria, and Canada.
477-Olympic Dev. Men’s Women Mile 3:00pm
Good matchup between the last two winners of this event, both of whom were All-Americans. Former Georgetown Hoya Maggie Infeld(1) ran 4:36.40 in 2010, while ex-Stanford star Lauren Centrowitz(2) ran 4:37.12 last year.
478-College Women’s 100m-hurdles Champ. 3:15pm
See event 354
479-College Men’s 110m-Hurdles Champ. 3:20pm
See event 353
480-Olympic Dev. Men’s 110m-hurdles 3:25pm
You never know who’s actually going to show up in the Olympic Development events, but this could be a great race if both David Oliver(1), the American Record holder, and Jason Richardson(2), the 2011 World Champion, go to the starting line.
481--Olympic Dev. Men’s 100-meters 3:25pm
Top entries are Mike Rodgers(1), Ahmad Rashad(2), the former USC Trojan who was 2nd at the 2010 NCAA Championships, and Gabriel Mvumvure(3), the former LSU star who won the College 100 last year The native of Zimbabwe also anchored the winning 4x100 and 4x200 for the Tigers last year.
Rodgers, 3rd at last year’s U.S. Championships, is just coming off a 9-month ban for testing positive for a banned substance that was contained in a supplement he was taking.
482-College Women’s 100-meters Champ. 3:35pm
See event 364
483-Masters Men’s 100-meters 75 and older 3:40pm
This race always brings a smile to everyone’s face. Even the elite athletes here for the USA vs. the World races stop what they’re doing to watch.
Back to defend his title is 76-year old Bobby Whilden(1), who anchored the University of Texas to victories in the 440- and 880-yard relays at the 1957 Penn Relays! Whilden ran a wind-aided 13.64 last year.
Also entered(with their ages) are William Bittner(2-75), Roosevelt “Dr.Speed” Weaver(3-?), Dick Camp(4-75), Ed Cox(5-84), who was 3rd last year, and Wilton Gordon(6-82).
484-College Men’s 100-meters Championship 3:45pm
See event 363
485-Olympic Development Men’s Mile 3:55pm
Four members of Frank Gagliano’s New Jersey-New York TC are in the field(2012 bests): Brian Gagnon(1-3:57.91), Liam Boylan-Pett(4-3:59.40), Christian Gonzalez(5-3:59.98), and Mike Rutt(11) who was 6th in the 800 at this year’s World Indoor Championships.
Others to watch include Ryan Foster(2) and Rob Novak(3).
Also in the field is former Providence star Mark Carroll(8), who just turned 40 in January. Carroll, the distance coach at Auburn, had bests of 3:50.62, 7:30.36(NR), and 13:03.93 during his elite career.
It had been rumored a year ago that Carroll was hoping to become the 2nd 40-year old to break 4-minutes for the mile. Fellow Irishman Eamonn Coghlan, 41 at the time, ran 3:58.17 at Harvard in 1994.
It might be unrealistic to expect Carroll to break 4-minutes at Penn(the winning time in the event has been above 4 the last 9 years).. Carroll agrees, telling E.T., “Not sure where I am at really. Have not raced in 3 years, but running 1500m (tonight) here in Auburn. I would be happy with 3:45 to 3:47 and that would equate to 4:03 to 4:04. May need more races and time to be in sub 4 shape!”
486-H.S. Boys 4x800 Championships 4:00pm
John Nepolitan/ESPNHSCoveted above all: The giant Penn Relays "wheel" medallion.
See events 302-305
487-College Women’s 4x800 Champ. 4:10pm
This appears to be a wide-open race, although Tennessee and Oregon might rate as slight favorites. The Vols’ Chanelle Price and Brittany Sheffey ran on the team that won here in 2010. Price also ran on the 2009 winners that set the Collegiate and Relays Record of 8:17.91. Now a senior, Price has won five Relays watches(the record is 7).
Here are the leading lineups(next page), with their 2012 bests/PRs These are not necessarily the running order that each team will use.
Hannah Neczypor 4:24.42
Chelsea Cox 2:05.78i
Rachel Schneider 2:06.73i
Emily Infeld 2:06.40i
Becca Friday 2:05.78i
Anne Kesselring 2:04.52/2:02.15...2011 NCAA 800 Champ
Laura Roesler 2:05.07/2:03.08(‘08)
Claudia Francis 2:09.16i/2:05.47(‘09)
Nijgia Snapp 2:05.49
Kianna Ruff 2:06.32
Brittany Sheffey 2:06.86(‘10)
Chanelle Price 2:03.36/2:01.61(‘08)
Ariann Neutts 2:07.18(‘11)
Emily Lipari 2:05r/2:09.10(‘11)
Nicky Akande 2:09.15
Sheila Reid 2:07.65/2:06.38(‘10)
Other teams to watch include Cornell(AB) and Princeton(AD).
489-College Men’s 4x800 Championship 4:40pm
2-time defending champion Virginia lost anchor Robby Andrews to the pro ranks and did not enter this event. Penn State(AA) and Texas A&M(AB) finished 2-3 in 2011 and could battle for the win this year.
The Aggies ran 7:15.99 at the Texas Relays to break a 25-year old meet record. If their foursome can match their 2012 bests, they would run 7:11.04, which would break another 27-year old mark--the Relays Record of 7:11.17 was set by Penn State way back in 1985.
Here are the potential lineups and 2012 bests/PRs for the two favorites.
Owen Dawson 1:48.97/1:47.77i(‘10)
Robby Creese 1:48.64
Connor Manley 1:50.54
Cas Loxsom 1:47.89/1:45.28(‘11)
James Bonn 1:49.26
Joey Roberts 1:47.14i/1:46.89
Oscar Ramirez 1:48.21
Michael Preble 1:46.43
Potential challengers include Oregon(AC), Cornell(AD), and Villanova(AE).
494-H.S. Boys 4x400 Championship 5:30pm
John Nepolitan/ESPNHSSaturday relay action with a full house in the bright sunshine.
See events 442-445
498-College Women’s 4x400 Championship 5:45pm
See event 160-163
500College Men’s 4x400 Championship 6:00pm
See events 369-373
SATURDAY FIELD EVENTS
803-High School Boys High Jump 10:00am
Jamaican Champ Christoff Bryan(1-Wolmer’s Boys) has cleared 7-2 1/2 this year.
Junior Rashaan Jones (2-South Lakes,Va) cleared 7’ indoors.
804- High School Boys Pole Vault 10:00am
Senior Patrick Anderson(1-Kane,Pa) cleared 16-2 last month. Second in the same meet was senior Ryan Steinbugl(2-Altoona Area,Pa), who jumped 15-10.
805-College Men’s Hammer Throw 11:00am
LSU senior Mike Lauro(1), who has a best of 212-2 this year, finished 6th in 2009, 3rd in 2010, and 2nd last year to teammate Walter Henning. It would be nice if he could finally move up to 1st this year, but he’ll have tough competition from Manhattan’s Anastas Papazov, a freshman from Bulgaria, who has thrown 211-6 this year.
806-College Men’s Javelin 11:00am
Virginia senior Andy Fahringer(1), 3rd last year, has thrown 236-6 this year, but the #1 seed is Kentucky’s Raymond Dykstra(3), a freshman from Canada, who threw a personal best of 247-5 at the Texas Relays.
807-High School Boys Long Jump Noon
Top seed is 17-year old Clive Pullen, who jumped a wind-aided 24-9 3/4 in February. Tatenda Tsumba has entered with a mark of 24-7 1/4 and could give Zimbabwe its first win ever at Penn.
808-High School Boys Triple Jump Noon
Zimbabwe’s Dume Dube(1) and Tawanda Washaya(2) top the entry list with unconfirmed marks of 49-3/4 and 48-10 3/4.
Senior Imani Brown(3-Reading,Pa) jumped 48-10 3/4 indoors and has won two national titles, in and out.
812-College Men’s High Jump 1:30pm
Penn’s own Maalik Reynolds(1) is the defending champion. He jumped 7-3 3/4 during the indoor season.
Mississippi State sophomore James Harris(2) is having quite a year. He high-jumped a PR of 7-5 1/4 indoors, and got another PR in the 400 when he ran 45.58 earlier this month. Duke’s sophomore duo of Michael Krone(12, 7-3 3/4) and Tanner Anderson(10, 7-2 1/2) finished 1-2 at the ACC Championships.
Indiana’s Derek Drouin(3) was on a roll starting in 2010. In addition to winning at Penn, he also won NCAA Indoor and Outdoor titles. He won a 2nd NCAA Indoor title in 2011, but then suffered a foot injury that required surgery. He jumped 7-7 3/4 in 2011, but his best this year is only 7-2 1/2.
813-College Men’s Pole Vault 2:00pm
South Carolina’s Marvin Reitz, 4th here last year, was 2nd at this year’s NCAA Indoor Championships with a personal best clearance of 18-1/2.
Texas senior Maston Wallace(2), the 2008 NCAA Champion, was 2nd at the 2009 Penn Relays. He has a best of 17-8 1/2 this year.
814-College Men’s Triple Jump 2:00pm
Virginia Tech’s Hasheem Halim(1) was 3rd at last month’s NCAA Indoor Championships. He jumped a personal best of 53-6 1/2 indoors.
Virginia’s Marcus Robinson(2) has the top mark in the field this year, 54-6 3/4.
817-Olympic Dev. Women’s Triple Jump 4:00pm
38-year old Tiombe Hurd(1) won this event three years in a row(1999-2001).and also won the College event in 1995 while competing for James Madison. She jumped 4--8 indoors.
Mark your calendar for next year’s Relays
April 25-27, 2013