Hello, everyone. It's a beautiful day at Franklin Field, as you've seen from the photos so far. A bit cool and definitely breezy, which isn't so great for sprinters, but is perfect for spectators.
We are ready for the day's first race, a college women's 400-meter hurdles heat.
And off they go at 9:50 a.m., beginning the first race of the weekend.
Villanova's Danielle Burns wins the first college women's 400m hurdles heat in 1:00.99.
Danielle Burns' place atop the leaderboard did not last long. Shannon Kalwan of St. Augustine's now has the best time, 57.30.
In the high school girls 400m hurdles, Bullis' Masai Russell just clocked 58.49, the best time by an American in the event this year.
And that's a winning time for the meet. Now the hurdles come off the track, and for the next 45 minutes or so we'll have high school girls 4x800m relays.
Here's a first that I can remember: there's a school from New Zealand participating. St. Peter's Cambridge, a boarding school on the country's North Island.
A shoutout to Neuman-Goretti, whose high school girls 4x800 team won its heat by just 0.1 seconds over Union Catholic. The runners were Kami Joi Hickson (2:15.57), Makayla Perry (2:13.69), Sydni Townsend (2:23.21) and anchor Dasia Wilson (2:17.08).
Neumann-Goretti and Strath Haven qualified for the high school girls 4x800 Championship of America, which will be run Friday at 1:05 p.m.
Neumann-Goretti's 9:09.54 was the third-fasted overall time.
Now we are into the high school girls 4x100 relays, and Archbishop Carroll of Washington, D.C. just clocked the day's fastest time yet: 47.90 seconds.
Jamaica's Edwin Allen has the day's fastest time in the high school girls 4x100 so far, 45.41 seconds. They ran in the day's very first heat, which the top schools don't often do -- and won the heat by over seven seconds.
Cheltenham has the third-fastest 4x100 time so far overall, 48.06.
45.90 for Holmwood Tech. No surprise that the Jamaican schools are crushing it again.
We just had one of those moments that is a Penn Relays specialty. Three schools named Notre Dame in the same high school girls 4x100 heat: Lawrenceville, N.J.; Hingham, Mass.; and Staten Island, N.Y.
Thus far there are nine schools under 47 seconds in the high school girls 4x100-meter relay. Six are from Jamiaca, one is from the Bahamas, one is Bullis as noted earlier, and one is from Las Vegas: Rancho, at 46.91 seconds.
Jessica Woodard of Oklahoma is the first athlete on the winner's podium, for the college women's shot put. She threw 55 feet, 7 3/4 inches.