It's the Saturday of Penn Relays - one of my favorite days of the year. It's the day where I wish I was Jamaican ... well, there are a lot of days that I wish I was Jamaican, but this is definitely the day where I wish it the most. We've got a lot going on here at Franklin Field today and even though there are a couple of clouds in the sky, the sun is finally shining down on the spectators. Hoya Saxa - let's root for a solid day on the track for the Blue & Gray and we even get a showcase of some of the best track athletes in the world as today will also have the famed "USA vs. the World" races!
6:01 p.m. FINAL UPDATE!
It's about that time for me to leave Franklin Field. As usual, I'm a little more tan, a little more humbled that I will never be as talented as the athletes and a little sad that I am leaving. Until next year - I bid you farewell, Penn Relays. I'll catch all you Hoya fans next weekend though as I blog from nearby Jumbo Elliott Track at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships!
5:51 p.m. UPDATE!
Georgetown takes second! 3:40.49 with Emily Menges running a great anchor split!
5:47 p.m. UPDATE!
London Finley runs first leg of women's 4x400 with the Hoyas leading along the outside through the first exchange.
5:43 p.m. UPDATE!
As we await the beginning of the ECAC women's 4x400 ... I find it important to give you some of the tidbits that people in my profession look for. Emily Infeld and Renee Tomlin were two of just three athletes who competed in all three distance relays over the last three days. Infeld ran the 1,600 in the DMR and then 1,500 yesterday and 800 today. Tomlin ran the 1,200 on Thursday's Championships DMR team and then the 1,500 yesterday and 800 today. The fact that the women's distance program was as successful as it was, finishing first, second and second in the trio of relays is a true testament to just how talented this team is.
5:37 p.m. UPDATE!
One more race for the Hoyas! Women's 4x400 coming up. It's almost done here at Franklin Field. I'm going to miss this place and atmosphere - definitely my favorite sporting event! Thanks to all the staff here at Penn who have been so helpful - especially Mike Mahoney and Chas Dorman (a Hoya circa 1999-2003) who have done all that they can to make every SID's and member of the media's life a little easier this whole week.
4:59 p.m. UPDATE!
Former Hoya All-American Monica Hargrove just anchored USA Blue in the ODW 4x400 USA vs. the World, a second place showing while USA Red just won the event. Jamaica was third and even though the chants are for U-S-A right now ... I still wish they were yelling JA-MAI-CA! I can't help it.
4:55 p.m. UPDATE!
Lots of internet issues. We were down for a while but I think we're back up and running now.
3:10 p.m. UPDATE!
Liam Boylan-Pett, a former Hoya All-American, takes third in the men's Olympic Development Mile with a time of 4:03.51. He is running for the NJ/NY Track Club. Sorry if there are fewer updates. The influx of media today has made the internet a little shotty. Meanwhile, Jamie Breslin is enjoying his first Penn Relays. I've tried to convince him to try and find someone to trade some gear with ... there has to be a Jamaican out there who is willing to give up their yellow and green shirt for a Georgetown rain jacket.
2:45 p.m. UPDATE!
Next event up for the Hoyas is the men's 110-meter hurdles finals with Chris Kinney competing!
2:13 p.m. UPDATE!
Tough race for the Hoyas with the Hoyas running an 8:26.47 to take second place behind Duke. Valiant effort from the four Hoyas in the race - narrowly edged out by the Blue Devils.
2:11 p.m. UPDATE!
Renee Tomlin takes over anchor leg after Chelsea Cox ran a tough second leg. Duke's third leg had a bit more steam at the end but Renee Tomlin is putting the chase on Duke!
2:07 p.m. UPDATE!
Emily Infeld puts Georgetown in the lead through the first exchange! Two-time All-American Rachel Schneider takes over the second leg. Here we go - it's going to be a good race. Rachel gets passed on back straight but we've got plenty of race left!
2:05 p.m. UPDATE!
And we're off. Six-time All-American Emily Infeld has the baton for the first leg of the women's 4x8 Championship of America. Nearly 800 meters in and we've made up the stagger. Here we go!
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The women's 4x800-meter relay is the first race on the docket for the Hoyas. The 4x8 is the last of the trio of distance relays with the Hoyas winning the first (women's DMR on Thursday) and narrowly getting edged out in the women's 4x1,500 yesterday with BC's anchor Caroline King running an amazing anchor split. Coach Miltenberg has a slew of athletes who are talented in the 800 to choose form and we will wait to see who steps on the track donning the blue and gray.
Get hyped for an exciting day of track from historic Franklin Field! It's the 117th Running of the Penn Relay Carnival and I've got my seat on press row with Jamie Breslin right next to me and I'm ready to let you in on all of the happenings here today. Sit back and enjoy!