Three Teams Run at Penn Relays
Mercersburg’s outdoor track & field teams sent three relay squads to the historic Penn Relays, which were held at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus April 28-30.
Leading off was the girls’ 4x400m relay team of Leah Gentry-Tuney ’22, Susan Concordia ’22, Kyla Moore ’24, and Anne Sehon ’25, which ran in the girls’ prep school division April 28 and finished 12th in a time of 4:35.59.
The boys’ 4x100m foursome of Ken Akiyama ’23, Chuks Ugori ’23, Foday Bangura ’22, Chris Watson ’22 competed April 29 in the High School Boys’ division (a larger field), and turned in a time of 45.46 for 44th place.
Finally, the boys’ 4x400m quartet of Collin Metcalf ’22, Pablo Garza Gutierrez ’22, Akiyama, and Watson placed 11th April 30 in the boys’ prep school division (3:38.57).
Mercersburg has a storied history at the Penn Relays; in fact, Mercersburg relay teams are tied for first on the all-time leaderboard with nine Penn Relays high school sprint relay championships, alongside Camperdown High School of Kingston, Jamaica (which won the event this year), and Boys and Girls High School of Brooklyn, NY.
Mercersburg athletes enshrined as part of the Penn Relays Wall of Fame include Olympians Ted Meredith (1912), Charles Moore ’47, Lee Talbot (1907), and Allen Woodring (1918), as well as the 1912 mile relay team of Al Robinson (1914), E.P. Hammitt (1912), Theodore Dale (1916), and Meredith, and the 1939 440-yard relay team of Jack Watt ’39, Austin Kellam ’40, Bob Ufer ’39, and Paxson Gifford ’39.