Penn Relays

Wheels, Watches, Records, and More

Wheels, Watches, Records, and More

The 122th edition of the Penn Relays concluded yesterday with a wheel, two watches, and a new Ivy League record. The Saturday headliner for HepsNation came from the College Men 4xMile Championship of America race, where the hosting Penn Quakers surprised and delighted the crowd by winning their first Championship of America event since 1974. […]


Continuing to Unlock Franklin Field’s Magic

Continuing to Unlock Franklin Field's Magic

Cool, cloudy, and rainy conditions continued in Philadelphia, but they did not hamper HepsNation performances too much at Franklin Field.  Three of yesterday’s performances were good enough to break into the conference top-10 all-time lists. In the College Women 4×100 Championship of America final, Cornell proved to be the fastest Ivy team.  The Big Red […]


Four Relays Advance and One Watch Won

Four Relays Advance and One Watch Won

The first part of the Penn Relays action is in the books.  While the weather was cooler and wetter than ideal for the majority of the sprinting heats that took place on the day, Ivy Leaguers still had some stellar results. Harvard’s throwing queen Nikki Okwelogu walked away on Thursday morning with her first Relays […]


It Relays Time!

It Relays Time!

Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it’s Relays time. HepsNation returns to Franklin Field for the 122th running of the Penn Relays.  The formal event begins tomorrow morning, but Ivy action has already started in the men’s decathlon where Penn’s Luke Knouse is the lone Heps representative in the two-day event.  The […]


Franklin Field’s New Look

Franklin Field's New Look

Franklin Field is going to look a little bit different the next time you visit the historic stadium for a Penn track meet or the Penn Relays next spring.  That is because the facility has just finished a $3 million facelift that has converted the track, horizontal jumps, and pole vault layout to be more […]


Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

It’s fun to read through social media after a big event and find little stories that you initially missed. I was scrolling through facebook last night, trying to find an appropriate photo for the “Everywhere Else But Philly” recap entry.  One of my usual resources has been the Patty Morgan Photography page, as Patty Morgan […]


Wrapping Up the Relays

Wrapping Up the Relays

Yesterday was the final day of the 121st edition of the Penn Relays, and with more sun and less wind, the Ivies made the most of the best weather of the competition week. The top Ivy finishes of the day occurred out in the field events.  Cornell’s Rudy Winkler finished in second place in the […]


A Watch AND A Record

A Watch AND A Record

Brown’s Josie Natrasevschi had quite a Penn Relays collegiate debut.  On Friday, she competed in the College Women Discus Throw Championship where she was the only Ivy representative.  On her final throw of the competition, she unleashed a toss of 183-08 that jumped her into the champion position, but also reset the conference record.  She is […]


Dominating the Distances

Dominating the Distances

Ok, now that my fingers have defrosted, time to finish sharing what happened on the first day of the Penn Relays. To wrap up the Thursday afternoon action, FIVE 4×400 squads qualified for the championship races that will be held on Saturday afternoon, including TWO teams that made it into the Championship of America final […]


Ivy Women Getting It Done at Penn

Ivy Women Getting It Done at Penn

We’re not even close to being done at the first official day of the Penn Relays, and the Ivy women are getting it done. In the first event of the day, Cornell’s Emily Woodford managed to get a new personal best in the College Women 400m Hurdle Championships in the cold, windy conditions.  Her new […]


A Watch for the Big Red

A Watch for the Big Red

The Ivies reign at the top of the Penn Relays multi-event portion for the second year in a row.  Cornell’s Austin Jamerson (shown here getting interviewed by the local Fox affiliate) earned his first Relays watch today by winning the decathlon.  He led the field at the end of Day 1, and held on in […]


Sharing Relays With Next Generation

Sharing Relays With Next Generation

Our final Penn Relay story comes from Laurenmaria “Nell” Smith.  Nell fell in love with the Relays back in 2007, when she first raced there as a senior in high school.  She’s been able to return to the meet through her collegiate years at Wheaton College, and now as a coach for her alma mater, […]


Not Quite As Seen on TV

Not Quite As Seen on TV

Columbia alumna Susan Rodriguez (2013) got the opportunity in her competitive lifetime to compete at two prestigious relay events: the Drake Relays throughout high school (as she grew up in Iowa), and the Penn Relays in college.  Her Penn Relays experiences were not quite what she had expected.  She could still get a sense of how special the […]


Remember – You ARE a Relays Champ

Remember - You ARE a Relays Champ

This week, Hepstrack will be sharing some of their favorite stories or most meaning memories about their time participating at the Penn Relays.  First up, we have Cornell graduate and conference steeplechase record holder Rachel Sorna.  She competed at the 2013 and 2014 Penn Relays in the College Women 3,000m Championships.  Her time from the […]


Just Keep Coming Back

Just Keep Coming Back

Our next story comes from a former Quaker sprinter who has gotten the chance to see the Relays from all sorts of perspectives.  L. Kelsey Armstrong  was an All-Ivy sprinter for Penn who graduated in 1995.  Even though he currently runs his own podiatry and sports health practice in North Carolina, he keeps coming back […]


Rookie Relay Running

Rookie Relay Running

Next up in our Penn Relays Memories is from Jenny DeSouchet.  Jenny got the chance to compete at the 2012 Penn Relays as a Columbia freshman as a relay anchorwoman.  She has since transferred to the University of Colorado – Boulder, where she is an 800m/1500m runner for Colorado’s track team and a scoring member […]


Describing the Relays’ Energy

Describing the Relays' Energy

As we kick off our Penn Relays’ week, I need to admit something to the general reader.  I am a bit envious of the other website writers contributing this week – they all had the chance to compete in the Penn Relays, unlike me, I’ve always been an observer of sorts. The stars never really […]


Relays Week

Relays Week

My second favorite week of the spring is coming up – Relays Week (want to take a guess on what #1 is? Click this link for a hint and let us know if you agree).  Once again, all eight of the Ivy schools will be heading to the legendary Franklin Field to participate in the […]


Bringing NCAAs Back to Philly

Bringing NCAAs Back to Philly

HepsTrack.com has learned that the University of Pennsylvania is interested in bringing the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships back to the long-forgotten East Coast.  In its application to host the Championships for the third time, Penn spells out some surprising configuration changes to the 120-year-old Franklin Field. The initiative is tied to a renewed […]


Recognizing Our Own, Brett Hoover

Recognizing Our Own, Brett Hoover

One last Penn Relays post. Every year, the Penn Relays takes a moment during its busy Saturday schedule to recognize some people who have volunteering their time to help make the Relays as successful and as seamless as possible over the course of 25 or 50 years. On Saturday, between some of the Championship of […]


Wrapping Up the Relays

Wrapping Up the Relays

With the Penn Relays now complete, we can do a proper recap of the final day of competition. We shared the story about the Penn double win last night.  But in the rush of getting the story out, there has some extra history behind each of those wins that we did not get the time […]


Double Win, Double Penn Pride

Double Win, Double Penn Pride

Just a quick newsflash before a detailed recap tomorrow, as we need a reason to celebrate tonight. Penn got multiple champions at their Penn Relays today, with senior Maalik Reynolds claiming his second title in the College Men High Jump Championship and sophomore Thomas Awad broke the 4 minute/mile barrier en route to winning the […]


Continued Success on Relays Friday

Continued Success on Relays Friday

Two Cornell and one Harvard athlete scored event wins on Friday at the Penn Relays, while other Ivy teams placed well within some of the most competitive events of the day. Cornell won the CM High Jump Eastern and CM Pole Vault Eastern competitions.  Tommy Butler won the high jump in 6-09 3/4, besting the […]


Three More Watches to the Haul

Three More Watches to the Haul

With the completion of Thursday activities at the Penn Relays, three more Ivy athletes won events that earned themselves some coveted Penn Relay champion watches. Princeton’s Julia Ratcliffe continues her hammer dominance on the East Coast by winning the College Women Hammer Throw Championships with a throw of 216-02. The throw bested the competition by […]