Distance Runners Open Penn Relays

Jeff Perrella. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jeff Perrella. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Perrella Runs IC4A-Qualifying Time in 5,000-meter Run


PHILADELPHIA – The Bulldogs opened the first day of the 116th Penn Relays with several individual performances in the distance events. The Penn Relays, which is the oldest and longest running track and field event in the U.S., gives the Bulldogs the opportunity to race against some of the best competition in the nation on the historic Franklin Field at UPenn. 

Junior Matt Bogdan and sophomore Nathan Richards competed in the Championship race of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Bogdan crossed the line first at 9:17.08 in 14th place, and Richards came in at 9:27.31 in 17th place. Both juniors Jeff Perrella and Max Walden also made their first appearance in the 5,000-meter run this outdoor season in the Olympic Development race. Perrella placed 20th with an IC4A-qualifying time of 14:33.94, and Walden ran 14:59.73.

The Bulldogs will continue competition on Friday with the preliminaries of the 4x100-meter and 4x200-meter relays, the Heptagonal division of the 4x400-meter relays and the distance medley relay. On the field, fans can watch senior Eric DePalo in the pole vault, senior Reynolds Holmes in the long jump, junior David Smith in the shot put and freshman Mike Levine in the discus. A complete schedule and results can be found here.

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity