Four quartets of Mercersburg athletes—two comprised of girls, and two of boys—took part in the 125th Penn Relays April 25-27 at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia.
Mercersburg’s girls’ 4x100m relay team of Annie Klaff ’20, Arola Oluwehinmi ’21, Annie Leder ’20, and Annika Stewart ’21 kicked things off for the Blue Storm Thursday morning by finishing fourth in its heat (53.69 seconds). Klaff, Stewart, Grace Lewis ’20, and Jade Matthias ’22 ran the 4x400m in the afternoon (4:27.40).
The Blue Storm boys made their first appearance Friday, when the 4x100m squad of Alonzo Coleman ’19, Foday Bangura ’22, Ilyas Clouse ’19, and James Colwell ’20 ran a 47.12. On Saturday, the boys’ 4x400m quartet of Clouse, Colwell, Aakash Koduru ’20, and Jason Fang ’19 finished in 3:54.35.
Mercersburg has a long and illustrious history at the Penn Relays, which is the largest (and oldest) outdoor track & field event in the nation. The school won the first of its 11 Penn Relays event championships in 1925—and 13 years earlier, the 1912 mile-relay team of future Olympic gold-medalist Ted Meredith (1912), Al Robinson (1914), “E.P.” Hammitt (1912) and Theodore Dale (1916) set a meet record of 3:27 1/5 seconds (which was three seconds faster than the previous mark). Eleven Mercersburg athletes (including the 1912 mile-relay quartet) are enshrined on the Penn Relays Wall of Fame.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center. Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. 300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236 GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6173