One of the most-lauded track and field traditions returned later this month after retaliation the previous two years due to the epidemic.
The batons are ready. The Penn Relays, which is scheduled for April 28-30, returns to Franklin Field in Philadelphia for the first time since Hopewell Valley won the distance medley championship of America.
athletes of all skill levels and abilities will compete over three days to advance in the world's oldest and largest relay carnival. As always, a big contingency from New Jersey will make the trip across the Delaware River, and that will be celebrated throughout the city as often as the Eagles marching down Broad Street.
NJ.com will be your place for wall-to-wall coverage, but until the first pistol is fired, here's what you should know and some answers to frequently asked questions.
If there is a race, it will probably take place at the Penn Relays. There are relay races for grade-school kids on the field, events for senior citizens, law firms, and yes, Olympians. When we say athletes of all ages and abilities, most of our coverage on NJ.com will focus on New Jersey's high school athletes and former Garden State greats representing their colleges or even Team USA.
Monday, meet officials revealed the qualifiers for nine of the individual high school events. There are 78 athletes from New Jersey who received acceptances. Below is the complete list of athletes listed in each event.
For the nine individual events, athletes must meet the qualifying time or standard, but merely hitting the qualifier guarantees an acceptance. As with any elite competition, the best athletes get in based on their best performances.
Teams competing in these two distance events will see if they qualified next week. Teams had until April 10 to reduce their qualifying times and improve their standing. When they've been announced, we'll post the qualifiers on NJ.com.
This weekend for Garden State, after a few months, might be one of the most-successful in years. Athletes from New Jersey are the top seeds in four events. The list includes: boys high jump (Damarion Potts, South Brunswick), boys long jump (Greg Foster, Lawrenceville), girls 3,000 (Angelina Perez, Lakeland) and girls javelin (Nicole Woods, Demarest).
The 4x800 and distance medley are not included on the list. This winter, Ridge's boys set the national indoor record in the DMR, just edging a star-studded team from Union Catholic.
Check back next week for an updated list of our state's finest performances in Penn Relays history.
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