Saturday at the 2022 Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA, PA 4/30/2022 –

Saturday at the Penn Relays on a comfortable, sun splashed day. Let’s review how the Philly Division 1 schools performed today, and a little something extra.

Let’s start with that something extra. In this year’s relay carnival an elite division of Olympians ran. This took the place of the USA vs. the World races.

Sydney McLaughlin at the Post-Race Press Conference

Running in the Elite Women’s 100 Meters Hurdles was dual Olympic Gold Medalist Sydney McLaughlin. She set the event record running a time of 12.75. McLaughlin, who has set records previously, rlowered the previous fastest time of 13.17. McLaughlin has run in the Penn Relays before as a high school athlete from New Jersey. The race represented a chance to come back east and have her parents in attendance. Miriam Abdul-Rashid of Canada was second with a time of 13.17.

Devon Allen from Oregon ran in his first Penn Relay Carnival. A signee of the Philadelphia Eagles is getting to know the city, and has been welcomed in the area. He treated his new fans to a event record time in the Men’s Elite 100 Meters Hurdles of 13.11. Omar McLeod of Jamaica took second posting a 13.22 time.

In another of the Elite events that featured a dual Olympic Gold Medalist, Athing Mu from Trenton easily won the Women’s Elite 600 Meter race. She posted a time of 1:22.74. Natoya Goule of Jamaica placed second running a 1:24.09. Former Penn runner Nia Akins took third place with a time of 1:25.14.

To the college events for the Philly Division 1 athletes.

College Men’s 4 x Mile Relay Championship of America

In a tightly contested race where the top-five teams finished within one second of one another, it was Texas who brought home the Wheel with a time of 16:17.45. Villanova finished fifth crossing the finish line in 16:18.38. Penn was just behind covering the distance in 16:18.93. Virginia (16:17.89) placed second, Providence (16:17.92) was third, and Georgetown (16:18.04) got fourth.

For Villanova Josh Phillips led off running a 4:08.77 split. He handed the baton to Charlie O’Donovan turned in the third best split of the race running a 4:00.83 mile. He grabbed the lead at one point in the race. Sean Donoghue ran the third leg turning in a time of 4:03.91. Sean Dolan ran the anchor in 4:05.11.

Penn was on the heels of Villanova finishing behind by just over a half of a second. James Lee started running a 4:08.77. Justin Cornetta was the second runner and turned in a fast 4:00.72 split. Michael Keehan took the baton and 4:04.40 later handed the baton to anchor runner Ray Sellaro who ran a time of 4:04.96.

The champions team was comprised of Cruz Gomez, Crayton Carrozza, Yusuf Bizimana, and Yaseen Abdallah.

College Women’s 100 Meters Hurdles Championship

Naomi Tyler of Houston won the championship in 13.01. Jane Livingston of Villanova placed 7th with a time of 13:57.

College Women’s 4 x 800 Meters Championship of America

The Wheel goes to the Penn State Nittany Lions who won the Sprint Medley Championship of America the day before. Penn State ran a time of 8:24.49 holding off Big Ten rival Ohio State who hit the finish line in 8:25.04. The time for the Lions set a program record in the event.

Villanova placed fourth with a time of 8:30.63. Lydia Olivere led off for the Wildcats running a 2:11.20 split. Madison Martinez (2:07.12) ran second. Maya Dorer was the third runner and handed the baton to anchor McKenna Keegan 2:08.25 later. Keegan, a graduate student running in her last Penn Relays, got up to fourth place with a 2:04.07 split.

Victoria Vanriele, Rachel Gearing, Madeline Ullom, and Victoria Tachinski made up the Penn State team.

College Men’s 4 x 800 Meters Championship of America

Ole Miss came to Philadelphia and took home a championship. The Rebels won with a time of 7:13.71. Cade Bethmann (1:51.71) led off. Baylor Franklin (1:46.76) ran second while John Rivera (1:47.34) was the third leg. Mario Garcia Romo anchored turning in a time of 1:47.91.

Penn took tenth place with a time of 7:35.17. Titus Bretzke (1:53.41), Edwin Klanke (1:46.76), Tim Dolan (1:53.95), and Anton Idhammar (1:55.63) ran for the Quakers.

College Women’s 4 x 400 Meters Championship of America

The University of Pennsylvania competed in the event finishing in 9th place with a time of 3:45.50. Haley Rizek, Jocelyn Niemiec, Isabella Whitaker, and Skyla Wilson ran for Penn.

The championship went to South Carolina running a 3:26.53. The team was comprised of Stephanie Davis, Makenzie Dunmore, Angel Frank, and Jahnile Registre.

College Men’s 4 x 100 Meters Eastern

The Saint Joseph’s Hawks took first place in this race. The team of Ginika Nkwonta, Sydney Rose, Judith Walker, Jaclyn Harding covered the distance in 46.77.

College Women’s 4 x 800 Meters College

The University of Pennsylvania finished on top in the event with a time 8:44.81. Brownyn Patterson ran the anchor leg in 2:07.20 in coming from second place to hit the finish line first. Olivia Babski (2:12.72), Chloe Hassman (2:11.70), Caroline O’Sullivan (2:13.21) ran the first three legs for the Red and Blue.

Saint Joseph’s participated in the event finishing in 12th place running a time of 9:17.09.

College Men’s 4 x 800 Meters College

The Hawks of Saint Joseph’s placed 10th in the event. The team of Michael Szwed (1:55.47), Owen Moelter (1:52.30), Gavin Campbell (1:52.64), and Jayden Greene (1:57.78) covered the distance in 7:38.17.

Navy won the event posting a time of 7:24.92. The team was made up of Sean Casey, Ian Bartlett, Ashwin Briggs, and Alexander Rizzo.

College Women’s 4 x 400 Meters College

The Temple Owls competed and took third place in the race running a time of 3:43.92. Michelle Joyce, Marissa White, Kwanda Knight, and Christal Pommells ran for the Owls.

UMBC finished first hitting the finish line in 3:39.51.

College Women’s High Jump Championship

Sanaa Barnes of Villanova got third place in the event with a jump of 1.81 meters. Rachel Glenn of South Carolina won the event clearing 1.84 meters. Abigail Kwarteng competing for Middle Tennessee State University also had a height of 1.84 meters but also had more misses giving the win to Glenn.

College Men’s Pole Vault Championship

Penn had two vaulters place in the event. James Rhoads tied for fourth clearing 5.12 meters. Benedikt Sachta finished in 8th place with a height of 4.82 meters

UConn pole vaulter Travis Snyder won the event outright going over the bar at 5.32 meters.

College Women’s Javelin Throw Championship

Penn had a thrower in the event, and Villanova had two compete. Kristin West of Penn placed 7th with a throw of 46.91 meters. Villanova’s Taryn Ashby had a distance of 46.43 to place 8th. Fellow Wildcat Olivia Morgan was in the 10th spot with a 43.84 effort.

Madison Wiltrout of North Carolina won the Javelin with a distance of 54.96 meters which she got on her second throw of the event.

College Men’s High Jump Championship

Dennis Manyeah of La Salle competed in the event finishing tied for 7th place with a jump of 2.09 meters.

Romaine Beckford was the winner jumping 2.23 meters. He won the high jump over Shaun Miller, Jr. of Ohio State on fewer misses.

College Women’s Pole Vault Championship

Villanova Wildcat Ashley Preston placed sixth in the event clearing the bar at 3.73 meters.

Rutgers vaulter Chloe Timberg won the pole vault on fewer misses over Abigail Kuhn of Ohio State. Each vaulted a height of 4.13 meters.

College Women’s Triple Jump Championship

The locals had two triple jumpers compete. Tannekee Strachan of Temple got third place with a best of 12.87 meters. Tamara Grahovac from Penn had a distance of 12.24 meters for 8th place.

Jaimie Robinson of The Ohio State University won the event with an effort of 13.44 meters.

College Men’s Triple Jump Championship

Malik Cunningham of Villanova posted a jump of 16.61 meters on his last jump. He was looking at a potential championship, but Owayne Owens from Virginia won it with his last jump of 16.61 meters.

College Men’s Javelin Championship

The University of Pennsylvania crowned a champion when Marc Minichello threw an event-best 77.42 meters. He did that on his second throw of the meet. His best was just under six and a half meters better than any other participants.

Written By: Glenn Papazian


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