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Archive: April, 2008

And when it's done

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 8:56 PM
So this wraps up another year of live Penn Relays coverage here on the blog. It was, just like last year, a real privilege to be able to do this. For any number of reasons, the Penn Relays is one of those events that just keep drawing you back year after year. A number of people I know in the local... Read more

Saturday infield photo gallery

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 7:48 PM
The two hours after the USA vs. the World competition ends are the classic example of a dénouement. Sure, there are plenty of races, and a lot of the fans stick around for them. They even get pretty excited for the high school boy's 4x400-meter Championship of America. But it's pretty clear... Read more

Men's masters 75+ 100-meter dash

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 6:00 PM
It is always one of the most popular Saturday events with the fans: the 100-meter dash for competitors age 75 and up. Here was the order of finish, including the runners' ages: 1. Joe Summerlin, 76, Dallas Masters: 14.92 2. Bill Melville, 80, Midwest Masters: 15.41 3. Edward Cox, 80, Syracuse Chargers:... Read more

USA wins both 4x400s

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 4:08 PM
USA Blue rolled to a commanding victory in the women's 4x400-meter relay, its 3:22.16 beating Jamaica by a whopping 5.80 seconds. Allyson Felix ran the decisive second leg in 50.0 seconds, with Sanya Richards anchoring in 50.3 seconds. Jamaica was in third most of the time, but Kaliese Spencer ran... Read more

Crawfish and cheesesteaks

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 2:58 PM
West Catholic grad LaTavia Thomas just anchored LSU to victory in the college women's 4x800-meter Championship of America. She had a nice battle going with Tennessee star Sarah Bowman going into the last turn, but Thomas pulled away in the end for a comfortable victory. The Tigers' time was 8:30... Read more

LSU finally loses

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 2:29 PM
With a breathtaking burst of speed coming out of the final handoff, Texas A&M anchor Porscha Lucas raced away from LSU's Kelly Anne Baptiste to win the college women's 4x200-meter Championship of America. The Aggies' final time was 1:31.21, to 1:31.77 for the Tigers. I guess you can't win them... Read more

Jamaica wins the 4x100 relay

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 2:27 PM
It's not much of a stretch to say that this was the one race the Jamaican fans craved victory in the most. Today, they finally got it. The United States carried an 8-0 record into the men's 4x100-meter relay, and it looked for a while like they might stay undefeated. Then Jamaica took over in the... Read more

Editing history

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 2:14 PM
Joe Juliano just pointed out something very interesting to me, which he had overheard just a few minutes before. On page R38 of the program book, which is where all the women's USA vs. the World results are through the years, all of Marion Jones' wins have been voided. For both the 4x100 and 4x200... Read more

So much for so little

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 2:02 PM
We spend two and a half days building up to the climax of the Relays, and then it's all over 40 seconds. It's time for one of the true marquee Saturday events, the USA vs. the World women's 4x100-meter relay. ESPN2's telecast has just hit the air, and figure that this will be the first race of the... Read more

Calabar takes boys' 4x100-meter relay

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 1:57 PM
St. Jago had the talent and the backing of the Jamaican fans, and a good lead heading into the final handoff. But Ackeem Smith collided with anchor Ryker Hilton during the baton exchange, and their title dreams went crashing to the ground -- literally. Calabar seized the opportunity first, as Oshaine... Read more
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Soft Pretzel Logic is's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

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