Penn Relays Saturday recap

USA sweeps sprints vs. World, Penn gets mixed results in 4x800

· April 29, 2006, 5:00 am

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The final day of the 2006 Penn Relays has come to an end, and a crowd of 49,771 was on hand to watch the stars of track and field compete in the USA vs. the World races. The United States won every race except the inaugural distance medley relay, won by Kenya in a thrilling finish.

Jamaican star Asafa Powell, the current world-record holder in the 100m sprint, won that event easily today, to the delight of the pro-Jamaica crowd.

Penn's men and women competed in the 4x800 Championship of America races, with the women finishing an impressive fifth and the men coming in 12th after a collision at the first handoff.

In other college action, Louisiana State came away with an impressive haul of plaques. The Tigers women won the 4x200m relay, and the men won the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400m relays. Miami won the women's 4x400m, Arkansas won the men's 4xMile and Texas won the women's 4x800.

There were plenty of high school races as well, and all the Championships of America from Saturday are headed down to Jamaica. Josef Robertson of Wolmers' Boys' won the 400m hurdles, Camperdown won the 4x100m and 4x400m relays, and perennial power Holmwood Tech won the 4x800m relay.

The Saturday crowd took the three-day attendance total at Franklin Field to 114,194, a new Penn Relays record.

For more information on Saturday's events and all the other Penn Relays action, check out the Penn Relays section of the DP's sports weblog, The Buzz.

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