All 16 Ivy teams will be heading to 33rd & Spruce streets in Philadelphia this week as the 118th Penn Relays takes shape.
The Relays officially began Sunday with the annual Distance Classic 5k and 20k races, but the formal festivities begin on Tuesday with the college decathlon and heptathlon and continue through Saturday. An expected 110,000 people are expected to be in the Franklin Field stadium over the course of the entire week, with the highest numbers coming in on Saturday.
HepsTrack.com is already in University City, preparing and delivering content for the Relays themselves. Wanna know who’s competing from the Ivy League? We got you right here. The photo above comes from our offices at Relays’ West at 7 am Tuesday.
Last year the Ivies won three event titles., led by Princeton’s 4xMile squad of Chris Bendtsen, Donn Cabral, Kyle Soloff and Mark Amirault won the Championship of America wheel, becoming the first Ivy Leaguers since 1931 to win the event.
Additionally, the host school’s Maalik Reynolds won the high jump, a first for a hosting Quaker in 56 years. Reynolds hopes to defend his title this week. Princeton alumnus Emma Ruggiero won the college hammer throw championships under very windy conditions.
This year’s top contenders that we will be watching include Princeton’s title defense in the 4xMile as well as the Lions of Columbia, who could give the Tigers a run for the money. Of course, there will be Indiana, Oregon, Oklahoma, Providence and Penn State to contend with as well.
Cornell will be going hard in both the men’s and women’s 4×800-meter Championships. Among the men, the Big Red will need to get by Penn State, Texas A&M, Oregon, Villanova, Indiana, Oklahoma, Columbia and Princeton. The women will run against Georgetown, Oregon, Princeton, Tennessee, Villanova, Indiana and Penn State among others.
And then there is the Dartmouth 4×1500-meter team which will load up with Alexi Pappas and Abbey D’Agostino. Standing in between the Big Green and the League’s first women’s Championship of America will be Boston College, Oregon (without Jordan Hasay), Villanova, Princeton, UConn, Georgetown, Columbia and Tennessee.
In addition to Reynolds, the other Ivies competing among the favorites in championship sections of individual events include Columbia’s Kyra Caldwell (400 hurdles), Nadia Eke (triple jump), Waverly Neer (5k) and Uju Ofoche (long jump); Cornell’s Montez Blair (high jump), Victoria Imbesi (javelin), Katie Kellner (3k) and Stephen Mozia (shot put); Harvard’s Dean Sullivan (javelin) and Shannon Watt (discus); and Princeton’s Damon McLean (triple jump), Chukwunonso Okwelogu (discus), David Slovenski (pole vault) and Tory Worthen (pole vault).