Penn Relays on Tap for Conclusion of Track and Field’s Regular Season

Penn Relays on Tap for Conclusion of Track and Field’s Regular Season

Alexander Moore and the Crimson ready for the 121st running of the Penn Relays (Brian Panoff).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard track and field travels to Philadelphia this weekend to compete in the 121st Penn Relays at Franklin Field. Competition this year will run from Thursday, April 23 through Saturday, April 15, with FloTrack providing a live stream of the event.

The Penn Relays is the oldest and largest relay carnival in the world, with the first running of the event occurring April 21, 1895. Franklin Field has been the continuous home of the Penn Relays since its construction in 1895, although it was rebuilt in 1922 to its current two-tiered stadium structure.

Links to follow the Crimson student-athletes all weekend can be found HERE. Harvard's first competitors, Ann Giebelhaus and Allison Morrison, will be in the women's college high jump at 10 a.m. Thursday. Action picks back up at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday for Harvard. Friday begins with Jarvis Harris in the 400 meter hurdle championship and Saturday sees Efe Uwaifo begin the day's competition for Harvard in the men's college triple jump. Uwaifo took fifth in last year's triple jump.

Another male jumper with a standout performance last season was Elliot Safo, who claimed first in the eastern long jump with a leap of 24-6.25 (7.47 meters).

At last year's Penn Relays, the women's 4x400 meter relay team set a new school record of 3:36.83. The record, which still stands today, was set by Autumne Franklin, Jade Miller, Jackie Modesett and Gabrielle Scott. The Crimson's distance medley squad of Sarah Gillespie, Olivia Abbate, Erika Veidis and Molly Renfer, also broke the program record with a clocked time of 11:18.59. Morgan Kelly '14 also set a new school record in the 3,000 meter, completing the race in 9:21.42.

Harvard is coming off a spectacular weekend at the UVA Challenge, highlighted by sophomore Nikki Okwelogu setting the Ivy League record in the shot put with a throw of 55-0.75 (16.78 meters). The Crimson women also posted a number of all-time performances on the track. Danielle Barbian and Christi Scott moved into the top-five on the all-time performance list in the 200 meter dash, Jackie Modesett had top-10 showings in both the 100 and 400 meter hurdles. Additionally, Molly Renfer and Whitney Thornburg registered the fifth- and sixth-fastest times in the 5,000 meter.

The 1,500 meter races for both the men and women saw additions to the all-time performance list. Sarah Gillespie moved into second all-time with a mark of 4:21.04, while Thomas Purnell ran the eighth-fastest time at 3:47.99.

Harvard will also send select competitors to the Brown Springtime Invitational in Providence Sunday, April 26. The Crimson has the following weekend off to gear up for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, hosted by Penn, May 9-10.