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PENN RELAYS HISTORY OF DELAWARE HIGH SCHOOLS

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This is the history of Delaware High Schools at the Penn Relays. The Penn Relays was first held in 1895 and has been an annual event continuously to present day. From 1895 to 1965 the meet was run on a cinder type track An all-weather tartan track was installed for the 1966 Relays. In 1976, it became a metric track with metric distances.

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The first High School from Delaware to win a Class Mile Relay was Wilmington High School's Cherry and White in 1896, the second year of the Relays. How did they get there? There were no cars in 1896, so the only mode of transportation was by horse carriage or by rail. With a station near Franklin Field, the train would be the most logical choice. (To this day, over one hundred years later, many teams still use this same mode of transportation.) Another school to win an early Class Relay was the Wilmington Conference Academy of Dover in 1915, a name unknown by most people today.

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The following information was compiled by Rod Lambert and submitted on August 20, 2007. Any correction or omissions, please contact Rod Lambert at RodneyL100@ msn.com or by phone (302) 762-3045. I would like to thank the Morris Library (UD), Philadelphia Central Library, the News Journal and their reporters, along with the Philadelphia Inquirer and Delaware State News. A special thanks to Chuck Durante for his informative articles in those papers.

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Codes

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* ineligible runner, too old (20)

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ND-Northern Delaware Relay, 1997 to present

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SP-Suburban Prep Relay

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PS-Preparatory Schools

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D-Delaware race, 1941 & 1942

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y-yards (mile relay, 2 mile relay, distance medley relay)

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©-Cinder Track

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w-wind-aided performance

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COA-Championship of Americia

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