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Penn Relays

Something's missing

Thursday, April 23, 2009, 11:25 AM
And it's pretty consequential. I noticed walking over to Franklin Field this morning that the sidewalks on the 3300 block of Walnut street were totally empty. Usually they're full of people buying fried fish, jerk chicken and all kinds of other street food from a cluster of Jamaican vendors. But... Read more

Good morning

Thursday, April 23, 2009, 10:32 AM
And here we are, trackside at Franklin Field on a chilly but wonderfully sunny morning. I had hoped to start writing a bit earlier in the day, but I was chasing athletes after literally the morning's first race. UCLA's Ryann Krais and Nicole Leach ran in the college women's 400-meter hurdles, which... Read more

On your marks

Thursday, April 23, 2009, 12:04 AM
Welcome to my third annual Penn Relays live-blogging adventure. I have said for a long time now that the Relays are without question the most fun event I go to each year, and even after this last crazy college basketball season that's still the case. In this city that seems perpetually high-strung... Read more

'I love Penn, but I hate Penn'

Monday, April 20, 2009, 10:29 PM
I thought that headline might get some attention. Unfortunately for a few of you, though, those words weren't spoken by anyone associated with the Quakers. They came from Villanova track coach Marcus O'Sullivan at this afternoon's Penn Relays media luncheon. O'Sullivan was one of six coaches who... Read more

Penn Relays coming, Les Keiter going

Thursday, April 16, 2009, 2:48 AM
Though it may be hard to believe given the miserable weather we've had lately, the Penn Relays start a week from today. The formal countdown to the start of the 115th running started yesterday in a conference room adjacent to Franklin Field, where the first of two media sessions with a range of Relays... Read more

A lightning Bolt strikes New York City

Saturday, May 31, 2008, 11:53 PM
For all the thunderstorms that slammed New York City's Icahn Stadium this evening, the fans that did stick around until late tonight were richly rewarded. Though I wasn't watching the TV telecast, it just crossed the AP wires that Jamaican star (and Penn Relays veteran) Usain Bolt has set a new world... Read more

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
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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.

Jonathan Tannenwald
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