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Men Begin 119th Annual Penn Relays Friday at Franklin Field

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By Tim O'Dowd
PHILADELPHIA – The Dartmouth men’s track & field team started 24 hours after their female counterparts, but used Friday as their first crack at the 119th Annual Penn Relays Carnival held inside historic Franklin Field.

Freshman Edward Wagner kicked off the day with an early-morning race in the 400-meter hurdles. He ran an impressive 53.20 in the day’s first overall event, taking 16th overall in a field of more than 50 competitors.

Wagner then anchored the team’s 4x100-meter relay group that finished 35th in 42.01. Making up the team besides Wagner were Brett Buskey, Connor Reilly and John Abraham.

Like Wagner, Reilly ran twice on Friday. The senior sprinter not only was a part of the relay team, but also took to the track in the 100m, finishing 12th in 10.66.

The distance medley relay team claimed eighth as it posted a 9:54.55. Silas Talbot, Jalil Bishop, Lukas Zirngibl, Curtis King comprised the quartet of Big Green runners in the race.

Also taking eighth overall was Jeremy Thibodeau in the long jump. The junior posted a measured distance of 22-7.0/6.88m Friday.

The Dartmouth men will compete in four events in Philadelphia on Saturday to wrap up the Penn Relays. The majority of the team will be in Amherst, Mass., as part of the UMass Invitational in the final tune-up before next weekend’s Ivy League Heptagonal Championship Meet at Princeton.