Phil Felton, Penn Relays masters coordinator, deserves thanks
Meanwhile, my M60 friend Dave Ortman sent along this report from Penn:
Came back with a 2nd place medal in the M60+ 4x400m relay; 3rd in the M60+ 4x100m relay and also came in 4th in the M60-64 100m.
I ran for Pacific Coast Track Club and I ran lead-off for both the M60+ 4×100 and 4×400 relays.
This was the 120th Penn Relays.Â 1020 high schools and 252 colleges from eight countries taking part over five days.Â Saturday’s afternoon crowd was something like 50,000.
Friday’s crowd, when the masters 50+ ran, was more sparse, but there was sun, although somewhat cool.Â
I started with the M60-64 100m at around 3:00 PM. Despite what the official results may say, we all agreed that we ran into a headwind.Â I took 4th place (they only give medals to the top three). My time of 13.23 would have placed third last year.
I had a bit of a rest to get ready for the 4x100m Relay around 5:30 pm or so.Â One oddity is that the Penn Relays doesn’t allow starting blocks.Â It was still OK weather when we ran and we wound up with a 3rd place medal at 52.10Â (the results online list both the men and women, so we were 3rd, even though we are listed at 4th.Â [Note: You already listed these results]Â
By the time we got ready for the 4×400 relay, it had really clouded up, and just as the sent us in to the stadium to get in line, it had started to rain and by 7:30 pm it was getting really dark.
In the Penn Relays, the don’t mess around, so they ran EIGHTEEN (18) mile relay teams AT ONCE on the track.Â They ran both the M50+ and M60+ and one M70+ relay team all together.Â Â Incredible!!
No starting blocks. They used a “waterfall start,”Â (like you see in the 800m or mile run) where they just line you all up on the track, you run in whatever lane you are in around the first curve and then cut in.Â By the time I cut in, I could barely see from all the rain coming down.Â By this time I think there were about 300 people left in the stands. Â
Then as I rounded the corner and headed back for the starting line all I saw was a mass of runners (the M50+ being ahead of me) trying to make a baton exchange.Â I couldn’t even see Horace Hudson, our second runner!Â Â
I just kind of shoved through, saw Horace and pushed the baton at him and off he went.Â I immediately headed for under the stadium and had no idea if we had even finished.Â Â We managed to hang on for a 2nd place medal of the M60+ bunch.Â
M60+Â Â 4x400m Relay
(Note: Teams 9, 10, 11, 14. 16, 17 were the M60+ teams.Â The rest (except for 18 the M70+ team) were all M50+ teams)Â Don’t know why team 9 (Houston Elite, the M60+ winner) doesn’t have the team names or splits listed).Â
So I either ran the fastest or second fastest opening leg of the M60+ teams).
SW Sprinters TC
Paul Brown (59.68), Bill SHelton (57.82), Mareus Shute (54.97), James Lawson (53.76)
Greater Philadelphia TC A
Ray Parker (58.17), Daryl Johnson (57.67), Dave Richard (56.88), Scott Landis (53.96)
James Chinn (58.36), Gladstone Jones (55.87), Val Barnwell (1:00.29), Chris Faulknor (55.07)
Sprint Force America
Courtney8 Muihammad (1:02.02), Sal Allah (54.97), Ben James (56.98), Corey Moody (57.60)
2nd Wind TC A
Jim Reilly (56.77), Silas Murray (58.04), Jimmy Parr (1:01.69), Donald Archer (59.17)
Shore AC A
Rick Lapp (1:03.06), Tony Plaster (59.26), Spyder Rossite (58.01), Harry Noun (58.15)
Mass Velocity TC A
Dave Neumann (58.45), Roy Charette (1:00.52), Steven Gorriaran (1:01.04), Bill Kinahan (59.15)
Greater Philadelphia TC B
John Patterson (1:05.97), Carl Stocking (1:00.87), Jeff Robinson (59.88), Bruce Rash (59.12)
Houston Elite TC M60
Pacific Coast TC M60
David Ortman (1:02.81), Horace Hudson (1:07.72), AnthonynBaker (1:08.29), Ralph Peterson (1:07.22)
Mass Velocity TC M60A
Jim Schoffman (1:05.23), Tucker Taft (1:03.95), Charlie Kelley (1:02.22), Steve Chase (1:15.91)
Mass Velocity TC B
Steven Snow (1:06.51), Patrick Detscher (1:05.49), Tom Gillen (1:12.23), Chris McConnell (1:06.27)
Michael Briddell (1:01.90), Bruce Becker (1:08.38), David Jones (1:05.35), Regi Huc (1:16.06)
Shore AC M60
2nd Wind TC B
Rober Lemke , William Vaughn, Lloyd Nadel , Stephen Gould
Greater Philadelphia TC M60
Steve Rook, Fred Cassaday, Fred Dedrick (1:10.33), Steve Sawyer (3:58.27)
CPTC New Balance M60
Frank Handelman, Sid Howard , Hank Schiefman, Hal Lieberman
Philadelphia Masters M70
Burr Daly (1:46.01), Dave Marovich (1:39.87), Lou Coppems (1:26.70), Curtis Morgan (1:24.39)
On Saturday, I got up and went back to the track to watch the 400m hurdles and then from 9:30 am to noon or so, watched something like 250 high school teams run mile relays, one heatÂ after another.Â
They would run 12 teams in one heat (again, no starting blocks, the waterfall start and then they would all bunch together trying to hand off the baton after the first lap.Â Wild.Â There would be falls and dropped batons at the start.Â
As soon as the last runner cleared the finish line, the next heat would be off and running.Â I also saw the 4x100m Olympic events for the M/W, but had to leave to catch my plane before the Olympic 4x400m races.Â Apparently, the US team’s fourth leg screwed up the handoff and grabbed the Bahama’s baton by mistake.Â At least we didn’t do that. Pretty impressive meet all in all.