NCAA CHAMPIONS HAVE PENN RELAYS CONNECTIONS
The entries are not all in yet, but if recent history holds, the 120th edition of the Penn Relays will be loaded with winners from last weekend's indoor NCAA championship meets.
Heading that list would be Oregon senior Phyllis Francis, who set a collegiate and American indoor record of 50.46 seconds in winning the 400 meters; that also bettered the time which won the event at the recent indoor World Championships. Francis later anchored the Ducks' 4x400 relay to first place in another collegiate indoor record, 3:27.40.
Which should set up a potentially record-setting 4x400 at Franklin Field. Texas also was under the collegiate record in the NCAA race, finishing second in 3:27.42, with three women in the lineup who finished among the top five in the 400, right behind Francis.
Two other winners at the NCAA meet were among the outstanding performers at last year's Relays. Villanova's Emily Lipari, the meet's outstanding college woman relay performer, won the mile in 4:38.82, while San Diego State's Shanieka Thomas, outstanding individual college woman, won her specialty triple jump at 45-10.
Other Division I men's winners who could run at Penn include: Deon Lendore, Texas A&M, 400 (45.21); Brandon McBride, Mississippi State, 800 (1:48.17); Edward Cheserek, Oregon, 3,000 (8:11.59) and 5,000 (13:46.67); LSU's 4x400 relay (3:04.10); and, Ryan Crouser, Texas, shot put (69-7).
Women's winners: Dezerea Bryant, Kentucky, 200 (22.69); Laura Roesler, Oregon, 800 (2:03.85) (also on 4x400); Abbey D'Agostino, Dartmouth, 3,000 (9:14.47) and 5,000 (14:47.62); Arkansas' distance medley relay (11:05.83); Lorraine Ugen, TCU, long jump (22-1); Kaitlin Petrillose, Texas, pole vault (15-1, collegiate indoor record); and, Brea Garrett, Texas A&M, weight throw (72-8).
At the Division II meet, St. Augustine's always-strong men's sprint lineup warmed up for Penn by winning the 4x400 relay in 3:14.10, anchored by Roxroy Cato, who also won the 400 (47.66). And Johnson C. Smith senior Danielle Williams won the D-II women's 60, 60 hurdles and 200, and ran on the victorious 4x400 relay.
The 120th Penn Relays Carnival will be run at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 24-26.
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