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Men's and women's track and field take on the Penn Relays this weekend

Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams are competing at the 123rd annual Penn Relays on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

Senior Julia Ratcliffe kicked off the meet for the women’s team in the hammer throw. Sophomore Steven Sum, freshman Viraj Deokar, junior Rob Stone, junior Kenan Farmer, and freshman Perrin Hagge ran the 5K at 9:25 p.m. to begin the tournament on the men’s side.


Senior Alexandra Markovich, sophomore Allie Klimkiewicz, and junior Melissa Reed competed in the women’s 3K, and senior William Bertrand, Sum, and Stone competed in the men’s 10K to wrap up Thursday night.

Senior Jared Bell, junior Mitchel Charles, and senior Christopher Cook are scheduled for the men’s discus for Friday’s first event. Sophomore Andrew Diehl and Cook will compete after that in the men’s high jump championship and men’s shot put college, while Bell and Charles will return to the field at 1:15 p.m. for the men’s shot put college event. Freshman Joey Daniels will be the last Princeton competitor of the day, running in the men’s 110m hurdles heats.

The last day of competition is going to be an eventful one for the Tigers. Senior Xavier Bledsoe will compete for the men’s high jump championship, while sophomore Adam Kelly will look to take the men’s hammer throw title. Seniors August Kiles and Ben Gaylord will both be competing in the men’s pole vault championship, and junior Gabe Arcaro and senior Vic Youn will finish off the tournament in the men’s hammer throw college event.

The men’s team will also be competing in the Lions Invitational at The College of New Jersey on Friday and Saturday in Ewing.

This exciting weekend has come one week after the Princeton Multi-Event Meet and the Larry Ellis Invitational. The Multi-Event Meet was cancelled for the women, but the men had an impressive run with freshman Harry Lord’s decathlon win with 6,504 points and freshman Justice Dixon’s second-place finish. Bledsoe won the high jump in the Larry Ellis Invitational, while junior Spencer Long won the 400 hurdles with a personal record of 52.61 seconds.

On the women’s side, senior Allison Harris took first place in the pole vault and junior Christina Walter won the 200m race at the event.


The Tigers will look to continue this momentum through the rest of the Penn Relays and into the TCNJ Invitational this weekend before heading to the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships next week.

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