The USA Olympic team will have a strong Penn Relays representation in the XXX Summer Olympic Games in London, England. Twenty-two athletes, 14 men and eight women, who competed at Franklin Field this year, are listed on the USA roster for track and field events, which begin on August 3.
A number of athletes come from the USA vs. the World relays, but two collegians, Donn Cabral from Princeton and Texas’ Marquise Goodwin, are also included. Cabral, the anchor for the Tigers’ winning distance medley and 4xmiler relays, will compete in the 3000-meter steeplechase, while Goodwin, winner of the collegiate long jump championship at the last two Penn Relays, will compete in his specialty in London.
The other men, with their Olympic and Penn Relays events are: Ryan Bailey, 100 meters, USA Blue 4x100 relay; Justin Gaitlin, 100 meters, USA Red 4x100; Trell Kimmons, relay pool, USA Blue 4x100; Bernard Legat, 5000 meters, USA Red distance medley, 1500-meter leg; Leonel Manzano, 1500 meters, USA Red 4x400; LaShawn Merritt, 400 meters, USA Red 4x400; Manteo Mitchell, relay pool, USA Blue 4x100; Darvis “Doc” Patton, relay pool, USA Red 4x100; Khadevis Robinson, 800 meters, USA Blue distance medley, 800-meter leg; Mike Rodgers, relay pool, USA Red 4x100; Nick Symmonds, 800 meters, USA Red distance medley, 800-meter leg and Angelo Taylor, 400 hurdles, USA Red 4x400.
The women are: Allyson Felix, 100/200 meters, USA Red 4x100/4x400 relays; Carmelita Jeter, 100/200 meters, USA Red 4x100; Bianca Knight, relay pool, USA Red 4x100; Tianna Madison, 100 meters, USA 4x100; Francena McCorory, 400 meters, USA Red 4x400; Jeneba Tarmoh, relay pool, USA Red sprint medley, 200-meter leg and Dee Dee Trotter, 400 meters, USA Blue 4x100.
This is just the Americans. There were 20 other countries that had relay teams in the USA vs. the World events, the number of athletes who have gone from Franklin Field to London should be well over 100. The Penn Relays has been represented by gold-medal winners at every Summer Olympics except for the boycotted 1980 Games.
Bill Bishop Legacy Pro-Am Benefit Golf Classic
The 42nd annual Bill Bishop Legacy Pro-Am Benefit Golf Classic will take place on August 4 and 5 at Freeway Golf Course, Sicklerville, N.J. Registration is at 8 a.m. The shotgun start is at 10 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Bill Bishop Junior Golf Program. For more information, call (856) 227-1115.