What to Watch: Friday at The Penn Relays

Western Branch

Western Branch, Va. looks to keep the High School Girls 4x800-meter Relay Championship of America wheel in the United States for the third year straight.

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Friday, April 24 marks Day 2 of an action-packed weekend of track and field at The Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field. Detailed below are all high school individual championship events and relay Championship of America events for Friday, April 24.

12:45 PM High School Boys' Discus Throw Championship

David Lucas (Warwick, PA) returns as last year's fourth-place finisher; he has a season-best of U.S. No. 7 190-6. Trevor Detillion (Unioto, OH) will challenge with a season-best of 189-4.

1:20 PM High School Girls' 4x800m Championship of America

Jamaican squads have won this event for 25 of the past 29 years - though Americans took home the wheel the last two years. New Balance Nationals Indoor champions Western Branch (VA) advanced with the fastest time of the day in 9:09.43, as Alexis Thomas (2:11.11) clocked the fastest split of the day. They ran 9:02.27 indoors. Seven-time event champion Vere Tech (JAM) won the Small Schools section and advanced with the second-fastest time of the day at 9:10.31. The only other schools racing under 9:20 were Cornwall (NY) at 9:17.28 and Unionville (PA) at 9:18.57.


AWestern Branch (Chesapeake, VA)
BVere Technical (Clarendon, JAM)
CCornwall (New Windsor, NY)
DUnionville (Kennett Square, PA)
EGreat Valley (Malvern, PA)
FHolmwood Tech (Christiana, JAM)
GNorth Penn (Lansdale, PA)
HMcDonogh School (Owings Mills, MD)
IGlass (Lynchburg, VA)
JRidge (Basking Ridge, NJ)
KWilson (West Lawn, PA)
LPennsbury (Fairless Hills, PA)

2:25 PM High School Girls' 4x100m Championship of America

Edwin Allen (JAM) approaches the COA with the fastest time of 46.26 as the only team to break 47 seconds. Four more teams in Long Beach Poly (CA), Wolmer's Girls (JAM), St. Jago (JAM), Holmwood Tech (JAM), Bullis (MD) and Riverdale Baptist (MD) also ran under 48 seconds.


AAEdwin Allen (Clarendon, JAM)
ABSt. Jago (St. Catherine, JAM)
ACLong Beach Poly (Long Beach, CA)
ADHolmwood Tech (Christiana, JAM)
AEBullis School (Potomac, MD)
AFRiverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD)
AGWolmer's Girls (Kingston, JAM)
AHSt. Augustine's (Nassau, BAH)

2:45 PM High School Boys' Javelin Throw Championship

Denzell Pratt (St. Augustine, BAH) is the defending champion at 220-7, the No. 6 All-Time performance at the Relays. Nick Solfanelli (Scranton Prep, PA) is the top American with a 215-8 personal best. The Duke commit was runner-up at 2014 New Balance Nationals Outdoor and placed 8th at Junior Nationals.

4:20 PM High School Girls' 4x400m Championship of America

Expect plenty of shake-up and faster times as many teams ran without top runners. St. Jago (JAM) won Jamaican Champs in 3:35.78 and advanced as fastest qualifier with their 3:46.54 while running without their 'A' team.


AASt. Jago (St. Catherine, JAM)
ABColumbia (Maplewood, NJ)
ACVere Technical (Clarendon, JAM)
ADNansemond River (Suffolk, VA)
AEHolmwood Tech (Christiana, JAM)
AFWestern Branch (Chesapeake, VA)
AGEdwin Allen (Clarendon, JAM)
AHNorth Penn (Lansdale, PA)

4:30 PM High School Boys' Shot Put Championship

Expect a two-man showdown between All-Americans Eric Favors (North Rockland, NY) and Jordan Geist (Knoch, PA). Favors was the runner-up at New Balance Nationals Indoor and owns a personal best of 66-1. Geist has a 66-1.5 best to make this a close battle.

5:50 PM High School Boys' Distance Medley Championship of America

Fordham Prep (NY) enters with the top time of 10:07.27, per an All-American fourth-place finish at New Balance Nationals Indoor. Junior Conor Lundy was the secret weapon in that race, splitting 4:11 for 1,600m; he also split 1:53 to lead the quartet to runner-up honors in the 4x800m at NBN. Top challengers include La Salle (RI), anchored by 4:08 miler Jack Salisbury.


AFordham Prep (Bronx, NY)
BLake Braddock (Burke, VA)
CChristian Brothers (NJ) (Lincroft, NJ)
DLiverpool (Liverpool, NY)
EXavier (New York, NY)
FMcDonogh School (Owings Mills, MD)
GCollegiate (New York, NY)
HLa Salle Academy (Providence, RI)
IW.W. Plainsboro South (Princeton Junction, NJ)
JSummit (Summit, NJ)
KSt. Joseph's (Philadelphia, PA)
LHaddon Township (Westmont, NJ)
MNorth'n Valley Old Tappan (Old Tappan, NJ)
NHaddonfield Memorial (Haddonfield, NJ)
OMalvern Prep (Malvern, PA)
PConestoga (Berwyn, PA)
QGermantown Friends (Philadelphia, PA)

6:05 PM High School Boys' Mile

Last year's 3k champion Drew Hunter (Loudon Valley, VA) seeks to be just the second schoolboy to win both distance events at the Relays. The other? Two-time IAAF World Championship 1,500m medalist and Olympian Matt Centrowitz, then representing Broadneck (MD). A loaded field includes defending champion Luke Gavigan (Tappan Zee, NY), Millrose Games Mile champion James Burke (Port Jefferson, NY) and Pennsylvania Indoor state record holder Sam Ritz (Germantown Academy, PA).

MileSplit Stalking of Boys Mile

Can Drew Hunter pull a Matt Centrowitz at Penn?

6:10 PM High School Boys' 3k

Senior Alex Ostberg (Darien, CT) ran U.S. No. 7 All-Time 8:48.88 for Two Miles in finishing third at New Balance Nationals Indoor, where he also split 4:06. New York state record holder Aidan Tooker (Saratoga Springs, NY) will challenge.