Sunday, April 29, 2012

Penn Relays Final Thoughts

Any Penn Relays where Villanova comes away with a win is a success, so one mustn't dwell on the lack of wins after the first day. The win was an important one too, with Sheila Reid, one of the greatest runners in Villanova history finally tasting glory in  Franklin Field, which was the only thing she had yet to achieve in her Villanova career. It makes me very sad that a majority of current Villanova students remain unaware of her accomplishments, because her career here has been a special one, and it's not yet over as she still has two conference championships and at least one NCAA Championship to defend (schedule permitting).

On the men's side, there was no repeat of the DMR Championship, but a team with three freshmen and one sophomore lent a credible performance, finishing sixth, not far ahead of the winner. The 4x800 relay featuring three underclassmen and one senior also finished well, a second off the winners from Penn State. Hopefully we'll see improvement next year.

My thoughts from attending on Saturday
  • TV doesn't do justice as to how fast professional sprinters are, even when they're running the 400m dash.
  • Villanova's cheering section was awesome. I was two sections away, but I got goosebumps.
  • Jamaicans were everywhere. Never saw anybody smoking a J though, so that was disappointing.
  • It makes me sad that Villanova hasn't had a competitive mile relay in over 20 years. Someone make that happen.
  • I was happy that Princeton did well, they had a great cheering section there and they weren't Oregon.

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