Watching Track & Field History Happen at the Penn Relays
Penn Relays is the oldest and largest track & field event in the US. Every year the University of Pennsylvania hosts this massive track meet, at Franklin Field. If you aren’t familiar with this track meet, the age groups range from the most elite of high school athletes, collegiate athletes all the way up to professional athletes. In one sitting you can watch the best up incoming junior athlete race followed up by the next Olympic hopefuls!
These events showcase the top track & field athletes from around the country and the world. This year we were proud to have a member of our Frederick Foot & Ankle Specialist volunteer at the meet. As a medical volunteer I watched from the track the USA dominate in the “USA vs. the World” races! Porscha Lucas, Leslie Cole, Tawanna Meadows and Cambrya Jones led the US Women’s 800 meter relay, who beat out Jamaica by seven-thousandth of a second. The US Men’s 800 meter relay also came in 1st place by beating Jamaica by eight-tenths of a second. Leading the US Men’s 800 meter relay were Joe Morris, Maurice Mitchell, Ameer Webb and Wallace Spearmon.
It’s amazing how some of these athletes’ come flying down the track and cross the finish line without a scratch on them! However, sometimes serious injuries can occur in track & field. Most common injuries include Achilles tendon rupture, metatarsal fractures, and severe ankle sprains.
Now is the time where most of the track and field teams shift their focus on making sure their individual athletes are peaking at the right time for these final meets, i.e. states, regionals, and nationals!
If you or someone you know have any concerns about an ache or pain from running practice or a previous meet. Come and schedule an appointment with anyone of our amazing podiatrist, at any of our locations in Frederick or Urbana, Maryland.
By Brenna Steinberg