Penn Relays 2016
Even after 122 years, the Penn Relays never get old. Despite chilly, cloudy and sometimes rainy conditions, this year’s athletes turned in sizzling performances on Franklin Field’s newly resurfaced track.

Athletes from nearly 1,100 high schools and more than 200 colleges competed. For the Quaker contingent, it was a year for the record books. The men’s 4xMile relay, with seniors Thomas Awad of East Norwich, N.Y., and Keaton Naff, of Philadelphia and juniors Chris Hatler of Sparta, N.J., and Nick Tuck, of Burke, Va., won the first relay title for Penn since 1974. The Quakers also posted strong performances in the throws and distance events.

During the three-day event, more than 103,000 fans turned out to cheer on the college, high school and professional athletes from around the world, the thirteenth straight year the event has logged more than 100,000 attendees.

Text by Katherine Unger Baillie

Photographs by Rebecca Elias Abboud & Steven Minicola, University Communications
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