Some things about the Penn Relays have changed over time. It used to be a two-day event. Franklin Field's track used to be cinder. There was a time when women did not compete there. Only after 1964 did Jamaicans become fierce Penn Relays competitors.

But over time there's been one constant: Dr. Bill Cosby, and the 120th running of the Penn Relays last weekend was no exception. For Cosby, the Penn Relays bring back memories of when he ran track for Central High School and then Temple University. He has memories of running at the Penn Relays. One thing that triggers his memories is firing the gun to start the elementary school races.

"That brings back a lot of special memories for me,' said Cosby. "I enjoy doing that. That's really important to me.'

Cosby added, "I don't really have a favorite event here. I enjoy it all.'

The Penn Relays were also important for a number of Main Line athletes who were given the chance to compete in front of over 30,000 spectators and to compete in the same venue that also hosts USA Versus the World and Olympic development races.

Here is a look at how some Main Line Teams performed at the 120th Penn Relays:

Academy of Notre Dame

In the High School Girls' 4x100 Small Schools, the Notre Dame foursome of sophomore Aliyah Stokes, sophomore Caitlyn Clark, junior Danielle Bunten, and sophomore Mikayla Schneider finished in 51:32 seconds.


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In the High School Girls' 4x400 Philadelphia Academic, Notre Dame finished third overall, 4:05.23. The foursome consisted of freshman Quinn Maguire (1:04.83), sophomore Sophia Recchilungo (1:00.73), senior Jill Batista (1:01.01), and Schneider (56.67).

Agnes Irwin

In the High School Girls' 4x100 Small Schools, Agnes Irwin's junior Nisha Bhagat, junior Stephanie Williams, sophomore Ginny Ulichney, and junior Marin Bloise clocked 53:38.

In the High School Girls' 4x400, Manning (1:06.94), junior Cawood Habernicht (1:03.79), sophomore Jessica Crowley (1:08.59), and Bloise (1:04.50) posted 4:23:80 to finish eighth in their heat.

Agnes Irwin's Head Track Coach Mary Beth Bittles intentionally chose not to place her 4x400 relay team against Inter-AC teams at the Penn Relays.

"All season we race Inter-Ac teams,' said Bittles. "This is a chance for my team to race against teams from other states, teams that they would never face.'

Archbishop Carroll

In the High School Boys' 4x100 Small Schools, the Patriots' sophomore Rex Haye, sophomore Andrew McMenanin, junior Shy'quan Davis and junior Christian D'andrea posted 47.62.

In the High School Boys' 4x400 Philadelphia Catholic, Carroll placed 13th. Competitors were D'andrea (54.94), sophomore Alex Acrich (53.79), sophomore KJ Boyle (58.96), and sophomore Matthew Fohner (58.68).

In the High School Girls' 4x100 Small Schools, Carroll freshman Julia Fragle, freshman Katie Valeri, sophomore Juliet Rosetti, and sophomore Kira Capello finished in 55.37 seconds.

In the High School Girls' 4x400 Philadelphia Catholic, junior Melissa Stahl (1:09.34), senior Melissa Dittmer (1:10.20), junior Shannon Corbett (1:11.21), and junior Gabrella Miele (1:02.00) finished ninth (4:32.74.)

Conestoga

In the High School Boys' 4x100 Large Schools, Conestoga's junior James Carter, senior Alex Silverstein, junior Damitri Robinson and senior Eric Cook clocked 43.55.

The Pioneers finished sixth in High School Boys' 4x400 Central (3:32.89). The competitors were senior Gunnar Sjoreen (52.58), junior Damir Jackson (52.80), junior Dan Kralik (53.40), and junior Andrew Marston (54.13).

In the High School Girls' 4x100 Large Schools, Conestoga's senior Angel Jacabella, junior Anna Tellefsen, sophomore Brittany Coleman, and sophomore Lila Holmes finished in 50.08 seconds. In the High School Girls' 4x400 Central, the Pioneers placed fourth as Tellefsen (1:01.72), senior Rita Concannon (59.89), junior Paige Kozlowski (1:01.83) and Holmes (1:01.22) posted 4:04.64.

"That was our best time this season,' said Holmes after the 4x400.

As Holmes anchored the final leg of the 4x400 Central, the only thing on her mind was to push the pace. It paid off because their 4x400 finishing time (4:04.64) qualified them for Districts.

"We were aiming for that all season, and it finally happened,' said Holmes.

Episcopal Academy

In the High School Boys' 4x100 Small Schools, junior Zahir Caldwell, senior Matt Recktenwald, freshman Germaine Rhoden and junior Sam Pope finished in 45.04.

In the High School Boys' 4x400 Inter-Ac, Caldwell (54:52), Recktenwald (54:44), senior Ryan Quinlan (55:01), and Rhoden (55:08) finished sixth (3:39.03).

For a second straight year, the EA Girls won the High School Girls' 4x400 Philadelphia Academic on April 24. EA's senior Brianna Belo (58:62), junior Leighann Adelizzi (1:00.17), senior Brittany Belo (58:68), and junior Tara Boyle (59:42) finished with an impressive 3:56.88 clocking. That was a new school record. According to the EA Girls' Track Coach, John Goens, never in the history of EA girls' track had a 4x400 meter relay team broken four minutes.

"For us that was huge,' said Goens.

Their finishing time qualified them to compete two days later in the High School Girls' 4x400 Philadelphia Area. Goens said that the EA Girls never before ran that relay. When EA won the 4x400 Philadelphia Academic last year, Boyle and Adelizzi were part of that winning team. However, their winning time of 4:00:57 did not qualify them to compete in the 4x400 Philadelphia Area.

In the High School Girls' 4x400 Philadelphia Academic, Brianna Belo grabbed the lead after the first 200 meters without any runners resisting. EA kept the lead for the race's duration, but they had a few scares.

"Gwynedd Mercy was on our butts,' said Boyle who anchored.

Gwynedd Mercy's relay team finished second at 3:58.10.

When Brittany Belo ran the third leg, she was so determined to keep the lead, she kept yelling, ' go faster! Go faster!'

"I literally talk to myself out loud when I'm running,' said Brittany Belo, who added that her coach, John Goens, has no objection "as long as it helps.'

In the High School Girls' 4x400 Philadelphia Area, the EA Girls' relay order was identical to their order at the 4x400 Philadelphia Academic, but not their finishing time or how they placed. They finished eighth at 3:59.58. (Brianna Belo 1:00.44, Adelizzi 59.81, Brittany Belo 59.74, and Boyle 59.61.)

After the 4x400 Philadelphia Area relay, Goens said, "Our objective was to defend and win the Philly Academic. Anything after that was icing on the cake. I told the girls to just have fun, the hard part, defending the title, was over.'

The coach couldn't have been happier.

"Going from never breaking four minutes to doing that twice in three days is huge for us,' said Goens.

Brianna Belo compared the 4x400 Philadelphia Academic to the 4x400 Philadelphia Area: "On Thursday, the goal was to do everything we had to do. This {the Philadelphia Area} was a dream come true. This was more fun.'

In the High School Girls' 4x100 Small Schools, junior Gianna Smith, freshman Molly O'Brien, senior Silicia Lomax, and sophomore Margaux Paolino clocked 50:84.

Friends' Central

In the High School Boys' 4x100 Small Schools, senior Ben Kahn, sophomore Kam Foy, senior Mike Nguyen and sophomore Jeff Brown clocked 47:33.

In the High School Boys' Prep School 4x400, four seniors represented the Phoenix as Nguyen, Nick Murdock Cristian Clothier, and Carlos Price Sanchez finished 17th (3:43.49). After the race, several Friends' Central competitors said that it was their first time running in the Penn Relays and it got overwhelming.

In the High School Girls' 4x100 Small Schools, the Phoenix foursome of sophomore Matayia Mapp, sophomore Nyssa Schoenfeld , freshman Sidney McLeod-Whittner and freshman Michela Coluvita posted a 54.09 clocking.

The High School Girls Prep School 4x400 Prep had FC's freshman Emily Burd, Mapp, freshman Claire Szapary, and Schoenfeld finished who finished 13th overall (4:26.10).

"I never ran at the Penn Relays before,' said Szapary after the race. "It was extremely nerve-wracking., but once I started running, it was okay. My goal was not to get passed by too many people.'

Harriton

In the High School Boys' 4x100 Small Schools, junior Benji Hoog, freshman Gustav Breivik, sophomore Mike Kannahan, and junior Eddie Byrd turned in a 48.70 finish.

In the High School Girls' 4x100 Small Schools, the Rams' junior Taylor Brusilow, senior Audrey Krumenacker, freshman Juliette Milani, and sophomore Rohanna Foote finished in 53.37 seconds.

The Rams finished ninth in the High School Girls' 4x400 Central as freshman Tasha Greene (1:04.18), junior Lauren Mendelsohn (1:03.26), sophomore Remy Hill (1:06.58), and Krumenacker (1:06.34) posted a clocking of 4:25.34.

Haverford High

In the High School Boys' 4x400 Central, the Fords finished ninth as sophomore Justin Moscoe (52.69), senior Ryan Kirby (57.09), senior David Fowler (53.51), and sophomore Xavier Ferrell posted a time of 3:36.40.

In the High School Boys' 4x100 Large Schools, junior Rubin Wynn, Moscoe, Ferrell, and junior Tyler Green finished in 45.23 seconds.

In the High School Girls' 4x100 Large Schools, the Ford foursome of senior Stephanie Toland, junior Stephanie Manning, sophomore Athena Pilato and junior Kaila Cannon finished in 52.37. In the High School Girls' 4x400 Central, the Fords finished sixth with senior Laura Slavich (1:04.48), sophomore Meave Katcavage (1:02.15), senior Courtney Naser (1:01.68) and Toland (1:00.04) turning in a 4:08.33 finishing time.

Haverford School

In the High School Boys' 4x400 Inter-Ac, the Fords finished third as sophomore Max Arias (51.85), junior James Greytok (53.02), sophomore Nicholas Biden (51.58), and sophomore Micah Sims turned in a 3:28.64 finish.

In the High School Boys' 4x100 Small Schools, Arias, junior Brandon Walker, Greytok, and Sims clocked 44.92 seconds.

Lower Merion

In High School Boys' 4x00 Large Schools, the Aces' senior Joel Briggs. Junior Frankie Tran, junior Jermy Tuttle, and senior Darnell Flaverney finished in 45.27, while the LM foursome of junior Frankie Tran (52.61), junior John Adams (1:02.09), senior Tyler Robinson (59.58) and junior Jeremy Tuttle (52.83) finished 10th (3:47.10).

In the High School Girls' 4x100 Small Schools, sophomore Sarah Doebley, sophomore Nikki Pendleton, senior Hannah Schwartz, and senior Brianna Connor clocked 51.49, while their 4x400 meter relay team of senior Duranya Freeman (1:02.32), freshman Julia Utkus (1:05.88), sophomore Abby Ritterband (1:04.21), and sophomore Maria King (1:02.58) finished in seventh place (4:14.97).

Malvern Prep

At the High School Boys' 4x400 Inter-Ac, Malvern Prep finished first; the Friar foursome consisted of junior Elijah King (52.27), senior Casey Breuer (50:46), sophomore Jaxson Hoey (51.10), and senior Dan Ferraiolo (49.85). They posted a 3:23.65 clocking.

When Hoey handed Ferrailo the baton, Malvern was in first place, but at the first turn, Penn Charter senior Charlie Hoyt took the lead. The intrepid Ferrailo refused to cave.

"We raced against each other a lot in the 800,' said Ferrailo. "We're pretty much neck and neck.'

With 250 meters remaining, Ferrailo caught up to Hoyt, and matched him stride for stride.

"At the final turn, I just pulled away,' said Ferrailo. "I was pretty confident because I just came off a good 400 last weekend.'

Ferrailo will run for St. Joe's University next year.

In the High School Boys' 4x100 Small Schools, Breuer, sophomore Brian Boyle, King, and junior Trevor Morris finished in 44:28 seconds. In the High School Boys' 4x800 Small Schools, junior Billy McDevitt (1:59.54), sophomore Collin Wills (2:00.25), senior Brendan Stec (1:58.92), and Ferraiolo (1:59.33) finished second in their heat (7:58.23).

Jaxson Hoey finished eighth in the High School Boys' Mile Championship (4:19.31).

Merion Mercy Academy

In the High School Girls' 4x100 Small Schools, the Golden Bear foursome of junior Annie McShea, freshman Hannah Basco, senior Kelley Martin and freshman Janan Wilson clocked a 56:44 posting. The Golden Bears went on to finish ninth in the High School Girls' 4x400 Philadelphia Academic as senior Molly Lord (1:06.29), junior Kelly Goggin (1:06.30), Wilson (1:05.54), and senior Taylor McElwee clocked 4:21.94.

After the 4x400 Philadelphia Academic, Merion Mercy head coach Tom Tarpey said, "This was their best time of the year.'

Radnor

In the High School Boys' 4x100 Small Schools, the Red Raiders' freshman Noah Hearne, junior John Parker, senior Bryce Sydnor, and junior James Zellucci finished in 45.78.

Radnor finished 12th in their heat of the High School Boys' 4x800 Small Schools as senior Watty Hanson (2:03.41), senior Andre Kelly (2:05.89), junior Pat Dwyer (2:06.11) and junior Connor Holmes (1:58.25) brought the Raiders to a 8:13.64 finish.

In the High School Boys' 4x400 Central, Radnor finished fifth, as Holmes (53.56), Connor Zelinsky (51.93), Sydnor (52.07 and Kelly (52.51) clocked 3:30.06.

After the 4x400 Central, Sydnor said, "It was my last time possibly running on this track. I ran my first 200 meters as hard as I could. A guy past me. I got mad. I let out a yell and tried to finish as strong as I could.'

In the High School Girls' 4x100 Small Schools, junior Jenny Abrams, senior Sara Robinson, senior Jen Lewis, and senior Myonie Williamson finished in 54.13.

The Raider Girls ran to a 10th place finish, as freshman Kaitlyn Slinkard (1:08.41), senior Jane Pereira-Ogan (1:04.34), freshman Emma Sheehan (1:08.83), and sophomore Olivia Cooper (1:04.31) posted 4:25.88.