April 24-26, 2003 at Philadelphia PA

Donna on the Side
the athletes, parents, coaches and fans


DONNA ON THE SIDE AT PENN
Part 1 - the scene
Part 2 - Girls
Part 3 - Boys

The Penn Relays is a very important event with a long history and a distinguished reputation. At the beginning of the 20th century, track and field in the US was centered around the three large eastern cities of Boston, New York and Philadelphia. So, Penn Relays was a draw right from the start.

It was in 1910 that the term "Carnival" was adopted as part of the meet's name. That term came from a festive atomosphere provided by a tent camp used as dressing facilities. Carnival still fits the atmosphere that surrounds the meet, especially along the streets outside of the stadium.

Penn Relays was first held in 1895. Through the 109-year history, it has seen many changes. In 1964, girls participated for the first time in a 440 yard relay. By 1978, a wide spectrum of women's events were competed. In 1964, Jamaican high schools first came to the Penn Relays. In 1976, Penn Relays switched to a metric orientation, and automated timing was first used the following year. In more recent times, the Penn Relays added the USA versus the World series of sprint relays.

Now on to the Meet!

There are lots of buses.

The Nike Track Test
--A place to test your skills in track and field!

Potpourri

On the Job at Penn Relays: Assistant University of Maryland Coach Donald Thomas University of Maryland Distance Coach, Trent Sanderson
Pole Vault officials: Ray Christianson and Michael Marinott (r)
Pole Vault officials keeping the event going despite the weather.

DONNA ON THE SIDE AT PENN
Part 1 - the scene
Part 2 - Girls
Part 3 - Boys

Penn Relays home page

 


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