Historic Sporting Events

125 years of Franklin Field

The historic stadium, home to the University of Pennsylvania Quakers and the Penn Relays, is celebrating its quasquicentennial. It is the oldest college stadium in the country.

Greg Johnson

Sports talk with M. Grace Calhoun

The director of athletics and recreation discusses the Red & Blue’s recent sports successes, making progress toward the department’s strategic goals, the funding of college athletics, and the 125th running of the Penn Relays.

Greg Johnson

The outsiders

Forty years ago, the Quakers pieced together one of the greatest underdog stories in college basketball history, culminating in what many still believe to be the sport’s most important NCAA Final Four.

Penn Today Staff



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Memories of Kobe Bryant: He was a star even among the biggest stars

The Lower Merion High graduate looms large in the Philly community and around the world, as fans share memories from the Palestra to Beijing. 

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Olympic champion Greg Bell returned to Penn Relays with plenty of memories

88-year-old Greg Bell was one of the top athletes of his era. Competing for Indiana, he broke a Penn Relays record and captured four individual titles—three in his specialty, the long jump—from 1956 through 1958. Returning to Franklin Field in 2019, he carried his Olympic gold medal from the 1956 Melbourne Games, which he won seven months after his first Relay record. 

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Usain Bolt remembers his historic 2010 Penn Relays performance: ‘There was a great atmosphere’

No matter where his life and his pursuits take him, the Jamaican icon always will remember his performances at the Penn Relays and what the carnival has done to help young Jamaican athletes get noticed by U.S. colleges.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Forty years after his memorable race, Renaldo Nehemiah to return to Penn Relays

It has been 40 years since Renaldo Nehemiah created one of the most indelible memories in the history of the Penn Relays with his history-making 44.3-second anchor leg for Maryland.

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ESPN

The Ivy's last stand: Penn's 1979 Final Four run marked end of an era

An Ivy League team in the Final Four? Yep. Coach Bob Weinhauer’s basketball team didn’t seem to belong— the Quakers came from a bookworm conference that didn’t, and still technically doesn’t, allow athletic scholarships. Somehow, they found a way to accomplish a ludicrous goal and advance to the Final Four. It’s a feat no Ivy team has accomplished since.

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NJ.com

Penn Relays: N.J.'s 47 greatest performances of all time

For the past 123 years, track and field athletes from New Jersey compete in Penn Relays, "the longest-running relay carnival in the world." Here is a look at the most notable performances by New Jersey athletes from years past. 

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