Villanova's History at the Penn Relays

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

The 119th Penn Relays, the US's largest and oldest track & field competition in the United States, begin today at Franklin Field in Center City.

Last year, Christie Verdier, Sheila Reid, Nicky Akande, and Emily Lipari won the Distance Medley Relay's Championship of America for the Wildcats.

In total, through the history of the storied meet, Villanova has claimed 118 Relay Championships, has 24 Wall of Fame inductees, and have been named "Athlete of the Meet" 19 times.

Here's a sampling of the success and honors claimed by Villanovans at the Penn Relays.

Villanova's 118 Championships

Event Year Time
Men's 4x400 1955 03:17.6
Men's Sprint Medley 1955 03:26.3
Men's 4x400 1956 03:11.9
Men's Sprint Medley 1956 03:25.0
Men's Distance Medley 1956 09:58.1
Men's 4x400 1957 03:12.7
Men's Sprint Medley 1957 03:24.3
Men's Distance Medley 1957 10:10.7
Men's 4x400 1958 03:11.8
Men's Sprint Medley 1958 03:22.5
Men's Distance Medley 1958 09:55.3
Men's 4x400 1959 03:11.8
Men's 4x400 1960 03:12.2
Men's 4x200 1961 01:24.8
Men's 4x400 1961 03:14.3
Men's Shuttle Hurdles 1961 01:00.8
Men's 4x200 1962 01:25.0
Men's Distance Medley 1962 10:04.7
Men's Sprint Medley 1963 03:20.1
Men's 4x800 1964 07:31.7
Men's 4xMile 1964 16:50.7
Men's Sprint Medley 1964 03:23.4
Men's Distance Medley 1964 09:55.8
Men's 4x800 1965 07:26.1
Men's 4xMile 1965 16:39.4
Men's 4x800 1966 07:39.3
Men's Distance Medley 1966 09:46.4
Men's 4xMile 1967 16:39.7
Men's Distance Medley 1967 09:39.6
Men's 4x400 1968 03:06.1
Men's 4x800 1968 07:21.8
Men's 4xMile 1968 16:27.4
Men's Sprint Medley 1968 03:18.1
Men's Distance Medley 1968 09:37.9
Men's 4x400 1969 03:07.2
Men's 4x800 1969 07:20.1
Men's 4xMile 1969 16:37.9
Men's Sprint Medley 1969 03:17.0
Men's Distance Medley 1969 09:38.2
Men's 4x400 1970 03:07.9
Men's 4x800 1970 07:28.1
Men's 4xMile 1970 16:40.2
Men's Sprint Medley 1970 03:19.0
Men's Distance Medley 1970 09:38.5
Men's 4x800 1971 07:25.5
Men's 4xMile 1971 16:43.7
Men's Distance Medley 1971 09:44.1
Men's Distance Medley 1972 09:37.5
Men's 4x800 1973 07:25.7
Men's 4xMile 1973 16:31.7
Men's Distance Medley 1973 09:43.6
Men's 4xMile 1974 16:10.6
Men's Distance Medley 1974 09:36.8
Men's 4x800 1975 07:28.4
Men's 4xMile 1975 16:27.4
Men's Distance Medley 1975 09:28.2
Men's 4x800 1976 07:18.0
Men's 4xMile 1976 15:03.0
Men's Distance Medley 1976 09:28.8
Men's 4x800 1977 07:16.3
Men's Sprint Medley 1977 03:15.3
Men's Distance Medley 1977 09:28.5
Men's 4x400 1978 03:04.5
Men's 4x800 1978 07:17.8
Men's 4xMile 1978 15:07.1
Men's Sprint Medley 1978 03:14.9
Men's Distance Medley 1978 09:37.8
Men's 4x800 1979 07:20.3
Men's 4xMile 1979 14:59.3
Men's Sprint Medley 1979 03:16.4
Men's Distance Medley 1979 09:29.9
Women's 4x800 1979 08:47.8
Men's 4x800 1980 07:18.3
Men's 4xMile 1980 15:01.4
Men's Sprint Medley 1980 03:17.2
Men's Distance Medley 1980 09:24.2
Men's 4xMile 1981 15:02.0
Men's Distance Medley 1981 09:36.8
Men's 4x800 1982 07:12.3
Men's 4xMile 1982 15:02.8
Men's Sprint Medley 1982 03:16.9
Men's 4x800 1984 07:15.2
Men's 4xMile 1984 14:52.8
Women's Distance Medley 1984 10:53.3
Women's 4x800 1985 08:27.6
Men's 4x400 1986 03:03.8
Women's Distance Medley 1987 10:55.5
Women's 4x800 1988 08:25.3
Women's Distance Medley 1988 10:48.4
Men's 4x800 1989 07:20.1
Women's 4x800 1989 08:28.8
Women's 4x1500 1989 17:22.6
Women's Distance Medley 1989 10:53.4
Women's 4x800 1990 08:30.6
Women's 4x1500 1990 17:18.1
Women's Distance Medley 1990 10:49.8
Men's 4x800 1991 07:15.5
Women's 4x800 1991 08:29.5
Women's Distance Medley 1991 10:56.0
Men's 4x800 1992 07:21.9
Women's 4x1500 1992 17:43.3
Men's 4xMile 1993 15:00.2
Women's 4x800 1993 08:30.8
Women's 4x1500 1993 17:55.5
Women's 4x1500 1994 17:37.5
Women's Distance Medley 1994 11:04.2
Women's 4x800 1995 08:32.0
Women's 4x1500 1995 17:33.8
Women's Distance Medley 1995 11:05.5
Women's 4x800 1997 08:27.7
Women's 4x1500 1997 17:29.3
Women's Distance Medley 1997 10:58.0
Women's 4x1500 2000 17:30.4
Men's Distance Medley 2001 09:30.5
Women's Distance Medley 2006 10:57.0
Men's Distance Medley 2009 09:30.8
Men's Distance Medley 2011 09:37.9
Women's Distance Medley 2012 11:01.0

Wall of Fame Inductees

Year Athlete
1994 Charlie Jenkins (1957)
1994 Marty Liquori (1971)
1994 Eamonn Coghlan (1976)
1994 Mark Belger (1978)
1994 Ron Delany (1958)
1994 1982 Distance Medley Relay- Ken Schappert, Greg Eckman, Tom Gregan, Eamonn Coghlan
1994 1982 4×800m Relay- Marcus O’Sullivan, Mike England, John Hunter, John Marshall
1995 Vicki Huber (1989)
1995 Larry James (1970)
1995 Don Webster (1963)
1996 Don Paige (1980)
1998 Don Bragg (1957)
1999 Vic Zwolak (1964)
1999 1988 Distance Medley Relay - Kathy Franey, Michelle Bennett, Celeste Halliday, Vicki Huber
2000 Ed Collymore (1959)
2000 1990 4×1500m Relay - Nnenna Lynch, Sonia O’Sullivan, Cheri Goddard, Kathy Franey
2001 John Hartnett (1974)
2002 Dave Patrick (1968)
2003 Sydney Maree (1981)
2005 Ken Schappert (1975)
2005 1974 Four-Mile Relay - Tom Gregan, Brian McElroy, Eamonn Coghlan, John Hartnett
2006 Kathy Franey (1990)
2007 1987 Distance Medley Relay - Sean O’Neill, Edwin Modibedi, Bruce Harris, Gerry O’Reilly
2008 Frank Murphy (1969)

Athletes of the Meet

Year Athlete
1962 Pat Traynor
1965 Noel Carroll
1966 Dave Patrick
1968 Frank Murphy
1973 John Hartnett
1975 Eamonn Coghlan
1976 Eamonn Coghlan
1977 Mark Belger
1978 Mark Belger
1980 Don Paige
1981 Sydney Maree
1982 John Marshall
1987 Vicki Huber
1989 Vicki Huber
1992 Carole Zajac
1993 Louie Quintana
1996 Jen Pastore
1997 Krestena Sullivan
2009 Matthew Gibney
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