Talk about a Hall of Fame event. The Penn Relays are being inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 10 with the likes of Bill Bergey, Dawn Staley, Ed & Steve Sabol, Joe McCarthy, Moses Malone and Mark Howe.
The Penn Relays will join another Penn institution — The Palestra — as a special enshrinement in the Hall.
First held in 1895, the Relays have hosted hundreds of Olympic gold medalists and millions of fans over the years. For about the last 15 years, the Relays have drawn more the 100,000 spectators for the three-day spectacular and a record 54,319 fans filled Franklin Field to watch charismatic world recordholder Usian Bolt anchor Jamaica to the championship in the men’s 4×100 in the USA vs. The World series.
Also receiving entry to the Hall is Penn alumni Ted Meredith, who at the age of 19, won the 800-meter competition at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. The top four finishers in that race all ran under the world record. During a two-week span of the 1916 season, he set two more world records in the 880-yard race and the 440-yard mark as well. A member of the National Track Hall of Fame, Meredith won five All-America distinctions, three times for the 440-yard competition and two for the 800.