Four by Four
Relay races bring out the best in us. They’re routinely wild, predictably unpredictable and always compelling. We race for the win and for our teammates - not for a time on the clock. As a result, some of the best pure racing happens in the 4x400, 4x800 and DMR. Penn Relays, with its carnival atmosphere and intense competition, puts these events on the pedestal they deserve. It’s one of the greatest weekends in our sport and has produced some races we’ll never forget.
Our 2019 Relay Collection draws inspiration from four of the most legendary Penn Relays teams: Villanova, Tennessee, Arkansas and Penn State.
Villanova is known for its Penn Relays' dominance, but the performance of their 1988 DMR truly stands the test of time. Kathy Franey, Michelle Bennett, Celeste Halliday and Vicki Huber led the DMR from wire-to-wire to win in a World Record: 10:48.38. Their world record lasted 27 years and the meet record still stands - no team since has come within a second.
2009 & 2010
There’s dominant and then there's Tennessee dominant. Over two years at the Penn Relays the Lady Vols won six Pennies: sweeping the 4x800, 4x1500 and DMR both years and setting three American and one World Record along the way.
Four college kids versus four Olympians - who would you pick? Arkansas’ Reuben Reina, Joe Falcon, Charles Williams, and Robert Bradley beat a loaded team from Mount St. Mary’s College, which featured four Olympians, including the reigning 1500m Olympic champion, Peter Rono.
7 minutes, 11.17 seconds. That’s how fast Penn State’s 4x800 ran in 1985, an average of 1:47.8 per runner. Steve Shisler, Chris Mills, Vance Watson and Randy Moore’s record stands to this day.
Our 2019 Relay Collection Lookbook
Four Athletes Reflect On Their Legendary Races