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Villanova: The Wildcats will be some of the strongest competitors at the Relays. Penn and ‘Nova have shared multiple meets this season, so the Wildcats won’t present as many new faces as some of the other teams. Look for sophomore El Maxwell, one of ‘Nova’s best jumpers, to do damage in the long and triple jump competitions.

Oregon: The No. 4 men and No. 3 women will make a splash quickly, led by junior Mike Berry in the 400-meter dash. He currently leads the nation with a time of 44.75. His teammate, senior Elijah Greer is leading the nation in the 800m with a time of 1:46.05.

Auburn: The Tigers currently boast the No. 7 men’s team. Senior Harry Adams is leading the nation in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and will leave his last Penn Relays with a bang. The men’s 4×100 is the top team in the nation, and the other teams in the top five (LSU, Florida State, Texas A&M, Florida) will all be at the Relays.

Texas A&M: Almost undoubtedly the strongest track program in the nation, Texas A&M boasts the No. 2 men’s team and the No. 1 women’s team in the nation. Junior Prezel Hardy, Jr. is currently running the second-fastest 100m in the nation with a best time of 10.03. Senior Donique’ Flemings is currently second in the nation in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 12.87. The women’s 4×100 team is No. 1 in the nation, and should be an especially exciting race to watch as No. 2 LSU will also be at the Relays.

LSU: Among the No. 10 men, look out for sophomore Aaron Ernest and junior Shermund Allsop, who finished second and seventh, respectively, in the 100m dash at last year’s Relays. And among the No. 4 women, keep an eye out for junior Jasmin Stowers, who won the 100m hurdles last year.

Penn State: Don’t sleep on the Nittany Lions this weekend. The men’s team jumped four spots in the national rankings last week, and sophomore Lauren Kenney is currently No. 3 in the nation in the javelin throw.


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