Wrapping Up the 2017 Penn Relays

The 2017 Penn Relays wrapped up with one more new entry to the record book and a few other strong finishes by several Ivy Leaguers.

Penn will enter another relay squad into the HepsTrack/Ivy League record book. In the College Women 4×800 Championship of America race, the squad that consists of three freshmen and one senior – Maddie Villalba (2:08.74), Mikayla Schneider (2:05.68), Ella Wurth (2:07.67), Nia Akins (2:11.31) – finished seventh overall with a time of 8:33.39. That time is the third fastest in Ivy League history.

The Princeton women won the 4×800 College final shortly after. The quartet of Zoe Sims (2:11.01), Anna Jurew (2:11.60), Madeleine Sumner (2:13.19), and Jackie Berardo (2:13.21) too the early lead in the race and never looked back, crossing the line in 8:49.00. They finished over 4.5 seconds ahead of the next finisher in the event.

Princeton sophomore Adam Kelly was about eight inches away from winning the hammer throw championship. His best toss of 220-03 was done on his fourth attempt and it placed him second in the event. The distance is his second best final result this season.

Penn freshman Sean Clarke tied his collegiate best during the Pole Vault Championship as he finished second overall with a height of 17-00 3/4. He bested three conference competitors in the event – Princeton’s August Kiles (6th – 16-06 3/4), Princeton’s Ben Gaylord (8th – 16-00 3/4), and Harvard’s Ian West (no height).

Penn’s Breanne Bygrave finished seventh in the 100m hurdle final, running 13.80 into a slight headwind. She set a new collegiate best of 13.64 in the preliminary round, which is the fastest wind-legal mark done by an Ivy Leaguer so far this season.

Back on Thursday, Harvard’s Marlena Sabatino won the Pole Vault College final with a height of 12-05 1/2. She cleared the height on her first attempt.

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