PHILADELPHIA, PA. 4/26/2015 – The Villanova men’s team looked to make it a Saturday sweep at the Penn Relays having won the 4 x Mile championship earlier in the day. It looked as thought the Wildcats would get another Championship Wheel as they had the lead going into the anchor leg of the race. However, Georgia Tech made a late charge and won their first ever Penn Relays championship in the 4 x 800. The Yellow Jackets won with a time of 7:18.84. Georgetown finished second covering the distance in 7:18.86. Villanova finished third posting a time of 7:19.35.
The Wildcats held the led for a majority of the race. Lead runner Josh Lampron (1:50.65) passed the baton first to Ben Malone who kept the advantage as he had a time of 1:50.00. Jordy Williamsz (1:49.09) ran the third leg and moved past the Texas A&M runner to get a commanding lead. Anchor runner Dusty Solis stayed in control during the first carry, but on the second turn of the latter carry Georgia Tech and Georgetown made a charge that Solis could not hold off. Solis had a split of 1:49.62. Brandon Lasater ran the distance in 1:47.06 for Tech. Joseph White had a 1:47.37 for the Hoyas.
The University of Pennsylvania competed in the race finishing thirteenth with a time of 7:43.13. Clark Mangini (1:58.04), Jeff Wiseman (1:53.08), Tom Timmons (1:54.46), and Drew Magaha (1:57.56) ran the race for the Red and Blue.
Written By: Glenn Papazian