Palmyra ended a 32-year Penn Relays drought Saturday.
Once upon a time, Palmyra cleaned up at the Penn Relays. Here’s a look at their seven relay championships from 1907 through 1984.
1907 – Won High School Mile Relay Section [4:01.6]
1925 – Won Suburban High School Mile Relay [3:33.8]
1946 – Won Class Mile Relay [3:39.6]
1954 – Won South Jersey High School Mile Relay [3:32.8]
1956 – Won South Jersey High School Mile Relay [3:30.6]
1959 – Won South Jersey High School Mile Relay [3:30.6]
1984 – Won Class 1,600 Relay [3:29.2]
Time to add another winner to the list.
The team of Kelvin Harmon, Andrew Hunt, Isaiah Vaughn and Kameron Kennedy ran 3:26.68, and Palmyra won its class race at the 122nd annual Penn Relays at Franklin Field.
It was Palmyra’s first win at Penn in 32 years, since the 1984 team of Joe Grimes, Albert Ricketts, Merrill Pratt, Jr., and Randy Tucker ran 3:29.2.
Harmon (50.74), Hunt (52.38), Vaughn (53.080 and Kennedy (50.50) beat second-place Owings Mills of Maryland by more than four seconds to pick up a coveted Penn Relays first-place wheel.
The time was Palmyra’s fastest in six years, since the 2010 team ran 3:24.88 at the Meet of Champions.
Palmyra’s 4-by-4 school record could be in jeopardy as the weather and the competition heat up. That’s 3:22.4, set by Ernie McCombs, Bob Howard, Kim Harris and Norm King to win the Group 1 state title in 1981.
The Pals’ 3:26.68 at Penn is fastest this year by a South Jersey Group 1 school and second-fastest by any New Jersey Group 1 school, behind only Weequahic’s 3:22.75 late last month at the Blue Devil Invitational in Westfield.