Last week members of the boys and girls track teams took part in the Penn Relays, the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. More than 22,000 athletes competed in the event, with half of those athletes being high school students.
The meet is the premier east coast college meet before the national championships begin, and in addition to high schools and colleges, national teams filled with Olympians compete in the fabled event as well.
The girls track and field team competed in the 4 x 100-meter relay and the 4 x 400-meter relay in the Independent Prep School Division on Thursday, April 26, against seven other independent schools that included familiar foes like the Hopkins School and Deerfield Academy.
In the 4 x 100 relay, the team of junior Maia Paige, sophomore Amaia Ince, junior Tiara Lewis-Falloon, and junior Marleigh Giliberto placed third. Their time of 51.21 ranked them 180th out of the 640 participating schools in all divisions from all over the world.
In the 4 x 400 relay, the team of Lewis-Falloon (1:02.35), sophomore Emma Tishler (1:01.16), junior Avery Rebello (1:04.73), and junior Marleigh Giliberto (1:00.50) ran well, earning silver medals as the second-place team in the division. Their time of 4:08.73 ranked them as the 160th team out of the 611 high school teams that competed throughout the day.
The boys track and field team also competed in the 4 x 100 and the 4 x 400 relays in the Independent Prep School Division on Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28.
In the 4 x 100 relay, the team of junior Denny Williams, and seniors Ross Kennedy, Robert Allen, and Shayne Simpson won their division. Their time of 43.75 ranked them 61st out of the 513 participating schools, including many international teams.
In the 4 x 400 relay, the boys placed first once again, when the team of seniors Ryan Heskin (54.44), Allen (51.55), Simpson (53.12), and Kennedy (49.60) raced to a time of 3:28.69. Their first-place finish among the Independent Prep School division earned them a ranking of 178th out of the 536 teams that competed in the event in all high school divisions.
By winning their division in both the 4 x 100 m and the 4 x 400 m relays, the boys team brought home two Penn Relays plaques to hang in the Athletic Center.
Both boys and girls track teams are back in action this Wednesday, May 2, when they take part in a tri-meet with Choate and Hopkins at 2:30 p.m. at Choate in Wallingford, Conn.