Firebirds Impress at World-Renowned Penn Relays
PHILADELPHIA – In front of a captive audience of over 49,000 at the world's largest and oldest track & field relay carnival - the 120th inception of the Penn Relays - the relay team of Kaydian Jones, Jerily Benjamin, Marlena Wright and Simone Grant represented the University of the District of Columbia in the final of the Women's College 4x400M event on Saturday night, April 26th.
The Firebirds lined up against several strong Division I programs such as LSU, South Carolina and Relays host University of Pennsylvania, and Division II powerhouse St. Augustine's. Starting with a great lead off leg, Jones would have the Firebirds in mid-pack followed by a impressive 2nd leg from Benjamin, along with strong performances from Wright and Grant which would have the quartet soaring to a time of 3:44.99 seconds to finish 6th in the Women's College Final. Their time of 3:44.99 – over two seconds faster than their Heat-winning team of 3:47.18 in Thursday's preliminary round – places them in the top-10 in the country in Division II. The Firebirds would end the day as the 2nd fastest Division II Team and end a great weekend of competition at the 2014 Penn Relays Carnival.
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