PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Hundreds of athletes and followers will descend on Philadelphia Thursday for one in every of sports activities’ most prestigious occasions. It’s not the NFL Draft. It’s the 123rd Penn Relays.
The highschool women’ occasions cleared the path with dozens of heats of 4-by-four hundred’s and proud mother and father within the stands. Krissy Woods of Penn Athletics says some will go on to run in school and past.
“It’s such a cultural and household occasion,” Woods stated. “Lots of people use this as a household reunion, particularly our Caribbean followers, which is absolutely nice. We have now individuals who come again yr to yr.”
However for college kids from Quebec’s French-talking LaVal School, that is their first time to the meet they’ve heard a lot about. Coach Simon Louiseize says they’re in awe strolling onto Franklin Subject.
“They have been stunned by the dimensions of the stadium,” Louiseize stated. “It’s the most important stadium they’ve finished a contest in.”
“I heard about it, by no means completed it,” stated LaVal’s Peter Malingansaka, who was competing in the decathlon, one of many preliminary occasions held on Wednesday. “So we transfer ahead to hitch and get pumped up for this occasion and competitors, so it’s type of nice.”
The stadium was principally empty for the preliminary occasions, however by Saturday, a lot of the fifty five,000 seats might be full.
“It’s the oldest and largest monitor meet on the earth,” Woods stated, “so there’s a ton of historical past right here and we’re simply actually excited to maintain the custom going.”
For some, the Penn Relays could be life-altering. Each college within the nation seems on the outcomes for recruiting functions.
“A whole lot of coaches have stated this they usually’ve echoed it over the previous weeks, if you can also make it at Penn, you can also make it anyplace,” Woods stated.
The races begin at 10 a.m. Thursday and proceed by means of Saturday.