US Versus World showdowns highlight Penn Relays

The Penn Relays is one of the oldest and largest track and field events in the United States.

Bullis's team of Masai Russell, Ashley Seymour, Alexis Postell and Leah Phillips took care of business in their 4x100 small school heat, burning a 45.87 to qualify for Friday's Championship of America race. The freshman has already made a name for himself this spring, ranking second in the PSAC and 13th in NCAA Division II with a top throw of 64.14 meters. The junior finished ninth in the 5K at the 2017 PSAC Indoor Championships in February with a time of 18:03.72. Senior Devon Jones finished 30th in the long jump, clearing 6.49m.

On Friday, the Noles will have a busy schedule at two locations. They will run at 12:40 p.m.

The Tigers will look to continue this momentum through the rest of the Penn Relays and into the TCNJ Invitational this weekend before heading to the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships next week. Senior Chad DaCosta and redshirt sophomore Fred Jones are slated to compete in the college sections of the shot put and discus, respectively.

"We're up to it", he said, following a news conference on Monday afternoon at The Shops at Liberty Place talking up the city's "Blockbuster Sports" events. "We go in the tournament to run fast, jump high, jump far and throw far". He said he wishes he could have brought more people together but needed to do what was best for each individual group. The 4x100 is absolutely critical.

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The Tom Jones Memorial starts at 11 a.m. with the hammer throw; track events are slated for 1 p.m. with the 100m hurdle prelims.

The first race of the day saw the foursome of Wilson, Nick Sullivan (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto), Daniel Anderson (Ozark, Mo./Ozark) and Nathaniel Gordon (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg) compete in the men's 4x400-meter heats, vying for a spot in Saturday's finals.

If you're looking to participate in the second event taking over the city, tickets for the Penn Relays are still available.

Natasha Hastings, who won her second 4x400 Olympic gold at Rio, ran the anchor leg for a triumphant USA women's 4x400 World Relays squad last weekend at Nassau and leads the Americans in her specialty.

Braman called the men's 800 a matter of "urgent business", with grad student Jaap Vellinga joining Matt Magee, Matt Butler and Burton chasing quality marks. "We all had a great day so that's what matters most". "We have a lot of work to get done in the 800". More importantly, there's potential for Penn to make a splash (hopefully, for the Quakers, not literally) in the event, as both the men's and women's fields will feature some strong Red and Blue talent. But where Villa finished wasn't the most important thing; rather, it was that they got the chance to run the race, qualifying for it just last week. "There's work to be done for sure, because we go for three consecutive weeks, theoretically".

  • Myrtle Hill