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'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

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
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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.

Reach Jonathan at or 215-854-2330.

Jonathan Tannenwald
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