PHILADELPHIA - A fantastic performance in the women’s distance medley relay highlighted opening day of the Penn Relays for the Columbia track and field team on Thursday, April 25. The quartet of Erin Gillingham, Sharay Hale, Trina Bills and Waverly Neer combined for a new school record time of 11:07.68 to place third in the Championships of America race. The Lions squad finished ahead of Ivy League foe Princeton and defeated a number of big conference schools, including LSU, North Carolina and Penn State.
On the field, Nnenna Okwara took fifth place in the women's hammer throw with a mark of 53.40m. First-year Madelyn Magee showed well in the eastern women's high jump as she cleared 1.64m to capture 11th-place overall.
Tickets for Friday’s events are $18 for general admission and $24 reserved seating. Tickets for Saturday’s action range from $35 to $55. For more ticket information call 1-855-UofPTix or go to the ticket page at PennRelays.com by clicking here.
Fans can catch all of the action through Penn Relays TV. Coverage for Friday's events are $5.95, while Saturday’s coverage is $7.95 (does not include USA vs. The World). For more info on viewing the live video stream, click here.
NBC will showcase the USA vs. The World series on Saturday, April 27 from 1-3 p.m. EST. From 3-5 p.m., live coverage of The Penn Relays will air on NBC Universal, making it four complete hours of live action from Franklin Field available to fans in high definition television on Saturday.
Columbia’s day-to-day competition schedule in Philadelphia is listed below:
Friday, April 26
|1:10p.m.||Women's 4x1,500m Championships of America||Columbia|
|2:25p.m.||Men's DMR Championships of America||Columbia|
|4:45p.m.||Men's 4x400m Heptagonal||Columbia|
|6:00p.m.||Women's SMR Championships of America||Columbia|
Saturday, April 27
|12:15p.m.||Men's Hammer Throw||Duncan Dickerson|
|12:45p.m.||Men's 4xMile Championships of America||Columbia|
|4:10p.m.||Women's 4x800m Championships of America||Columbia|
|4:40p.m.||Men's 4x800m Championships of America||Columbia|