PHILADELPHIA - Several thrilling Championship of America races from the high school to the collegiate level led to another exciting day for the 38,806 in attendance at Franklin Field during Day Two of the 117th Penn Relays Friday. In the field events, Nick Vena broke several of his own high school records.
Just as Georgetown was the spoiler in Thursday’s college women’s
distance medley relay championship, so Boston College dashed the Hoyas
hopes of a distance double in Friday’s 4×1500. Thanks to a thrilling
sprint from anchor Caroline King, the Eagles their first ever women’s
Championship of America at the Penn Relays. Boston College hit the tape in 17:25.19, with Georgetown (17:25.65) and
Nova (17:28.12) following.
Prep superstar Nick Vena of Morristown, N.J., won the boy’s high school shot put for the fourth consecutive time. No other schoolboy has won more than two titles. To top it off, he broke his own Penn Relays record, hitting 72′ 9-1/4″ (22.18). That improves the 72′ 2-1/5″ (22.01) he set in 2009.
Haley Pierce was the individual high school female athlete of the
meet. She won the 3,000 meters Thursday night in 9:16.35. This was the second fastest all time, only second to Olympian Cathy Schiro O’Brien.
Villanova won the DMR for the 24th time in Relays history. Villanova clocked 9:37.93 off these splits: Brian Tetreault (2:57.86),
Carlton Bowers (46.89), Samuel Ellison (1:51.03), Matthew Gibney
Rich Sands highlights Friday's field events on the Relays offical blog.
Day Three begins at 7 a.m. with the race walk. For complete results and recaps from throughout
each day, click on the links atop this release.
Tickets are still available for Saturday's races, but
fans must buy them at the Franklin Field box office. (Click here for directions). The two-day attendance total is now at 61,556.