There is nothing that can equal the atmosphere of the Penn Relays whee Master’s athletes 90-plus years old compete and grassroots athletes along with high school athletes compete to set records and maintain bragging rights. The US-Jamaica sprint rivalry is the backbone of the Penn Relays and held true with the two countries splitting the 4x100m relay races before USA men and women teams swept the 4x400m relays.
This year the USA 4×100-meter relay race star was Justin Gatlin, the reigning 2017 World Champion and five-time Olympic Medalist. And Gatlin and his teammates did not disappoint. Gatlin did something unusual by running the second leg of the race. Gatlin left his competitors in the dust to create enough separation for his teammate to come in first and thereby, securing the Penn Relays coveted gold watch.
Before 47,756 fans, the USA women’s sprint medley relay team clocked 1:35.20 to set a Penn Relay record. The team lead from handoff to home stretch, with anchor Raevyn Rogers clocking a 50.48 split over the final circuit to break the previous mark of 1:35.59.