Thursday, July 30, 2015

Live Blog: Penn Relays, Day 2

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(AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
(AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

2:45 p.m. – Running the anchor leg for Villanova, Jordan Williamsz made a move in the final 200 meters to secure the Wildcats’ second-place finish in the men’s distance medley Championship of America.

Villanova finished in 9:28.93. Williamsz passed the anchors of Stanford and Kentucky but not could keep pace with Oregon’s Edward Cheserek. The freshman from Newark, N.J. blazed away from the pack and the Ducks finished in 9:25.40. – Matt Breen

2:30 p.m. – Edwin Allen’s Monique Spencer crossed the Franklin Field finish line all by herself. And that was bad news for Cheltenham. The Panthers finished the 4x100 Championship of America in seventh place with a time of 47.11 seconds. Edwin Allen of Clarendon, Jamacia finished in 44.70. – Matt Breen

1:36 p.m. – For the second-straight day, Villanova’s Emily Lipari was trailing Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe with less than 100 meters left in the race. And for the second-straight day, Lipari broke Cuffe’s spirit with a late charge.

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The Wildcats captured the women’s 4x1500 Championship of America with a time of 17:16.52. Stanford finished in 17:16.74. On Thursday, Lipari clinched Villanova’s win in the distance medley relay. – Matt Breen

12:41 p.m. – Cheltenham missed out on qualifying for the boys’ 4x100 Championship of America by just 21-hundreths of a second.

The Panthers finished in 42.21 seconds and were ninth among the 530 schools that finished the race. The top eight teams qualified for Saturday’s final. T.C. Williams was eighth in 42.07 seconds. – Matt Breen

11:06 a.m. – A day after the girls’ 4x100 team qualified for the Championship of America, it appears the Cheltenham boys’ team has done the same.

The Panthers finished their morning heat in 42.21 seconds and are atop the small-school rankings. The eight fastest teams from the combined small school and large school races qualify for Saturday’s final.

Christian Brissett ran the anchor leg. He was joined by Issac Lewis, Saahir Bethea and Jalen Coriano-Nix. – Matt Breen

9:40 a.m. – Pennridge blazed to a fourth-place finish in its 4x800 heat and have qualified for the 4x800 boys’ Championship of America. Alex Masgai, Dan Williams, Matt Schulberger and Joey Logue finished in 7 minutes, 50.43 seconds.

The twelve fastest teams from the combined four heats qualified for Saturday’s final. Pennridge is the lone local team. Malvern Prep finished 18th, Downingtown East finished 20th and Penncrest pulled up in 23rd place. - Matt Breen

9:33 a.m. – The brisk winds that greeted runners Thursday morning have dissipated at Franklin Field. Better running conditions are predicted for Friday’s second day of the Penn Relays, which is heavy on boys’ and men’s events.

 Penn State’s Byron Robinson opened the morning with a third-place finish (51.70 seconds) in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. Malvern Prep’s 4x800 relay team finished in 7:58.23 and may have positioned itself into Saturday’s Championship of America. – Matt Breen

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