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Video feature: Jesse Carlin

For being the host institution, Penn doesn't usually make much noise at its namesake Relays.

Video feature: Jesse Carlin

For being the host institution, Penn doesn't usually make much noise at its namesake Relays.

Yes, Max Westman won the Decathlon this year, and there was Brian Chaput in the javelin and Adam Chubb in the high jump a few years back.

But in track events, the only notable name from the school I've heard in recent years was Sam Burley, who won an NCAA title in the 800 meters and ran that distance for a USA DMR team at the 2007 Relays.

So I was surprised to see former Quaker Jesse Carlin, who I covered when she was in college, on the start list for the World All-Stars in the Sprint Medley Relay. That's not to judge her talent in any direction, just a statement about how rare it is for runners from the school to get on a big stage.

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I caught up with Carlin after her race and asked her how she got on the World All-Stars team, as well as what it was like to run as a professional after competing at the Penn Relays in college and high school.

I should note too that the interview I taped with Andre Iguodala turned out to be a bust because my microphone wasn't plugged in right. Darn that technology. The short form is that Iguodala was definitely enjoying himself, and you might not have known that he ran track in high school.

Hey, it's better than nothing.

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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Soft Pretzel Logic is Philly.com'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.

Reach Jonathan at jtannenwald@phillynews.com or 215-854-2330.

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