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Snap Judgments: 2017 Penn Relays & “USA vs. The World” Competition

Robert Cole/ALOST

PHILADELPHIA — For 123 years old, the Penn Relays – the historic track and field meet that has seen countless numbers of former and future Olympians and Olympic champions come through the hallowed ground of Franklin Field – never ceases to make fans and competitors feel young at heart.

From Jamaica to Jersey, New York to Namibia, a good number of the world’s best in summer Olympic sports take part in one of the showcase events on the calendar, descending onto the campus of the University of Pennsylvania to populate the campus with aspiring runners of all ages. (When we see say all ages, we mean all ages, as we saw a range of events from middle school sprint races to the 70-and-over division of the Master’s 100-meter championship.) Before many become champions and legends in the Olympics, they become mythical figures in the City of Brotherly Love.

To top it off, each Penn Relays Saturday features members of elite national track and field teams squaring off in a competition relay called “USA vs. The World,” six events which never fails to heighten the rivalry of the top two short distance running teams in the world, the United States and Jamaica. Three men’s and three women’s relays make up the Relay Carnival, and, on this day, history was made as it was the first time that the United States and The World split winning the six races, with Jamaica winning three of the races for the first time since the competition was set up. Let’s just say that the sizable Jamaican crowd that once again assembled on the Saturday of Penn Relays was raucous as ever – many with vuvuzelas and Jamaican flags in tow.

Want to see photos from the USA vs. The World, as well as the best from this weekend in Franklin Field? Well, whether standing on the oval or hustling on the infield, our photographer, Robert Cole, made sure to snap some of the best photos for A Lot of Sports Talk during a sun-kissed three days in Philly. There are currently five photos in this gallery, with many, many more to come as races come to a finish., After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures.

 

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