I guess I’m dating myself when I tell you that this is my eighth or ninth time at Penn Relays, but who cares. I’m the old guy anyway, right? LOL.
What’s cool about Penn is that the excitement that I feel every time I land in Philly never fades. The crowd in Philly rivals those that I compete in front of overseas. There’s so much passion, and so much energy, and so much talent…you’ve got American flags waving everywhere, you’ve got Jamaican fans screaming, and you have the opportunity to see 54,000+ people fill a stadium to watch folks like me do work. And when you consider the history of the meet, and all of the folks who’ve competed at Penn before, it makes you feel kinda special. To be a part of it is amazing. And, it’s special for more reasons than that.
I’m proud to say that I have eight Penn Relays watches – in what I like to think of as my trophy case at home. Plus, I’m a part of the Horned Frog team that claimed two Penn Relays records – one in the 4x100m in 2001 and another in the 4x200m in 2000. And, I had the honor of being a part of the first sub-38 professional 4x100m relay team to ever run at Franklin Field. So every year that I come back, I can remember my past success and look forward to new opportunities to best myself.
At the end of the day, anything goes – and that’s exciting. That’s what keeps the fans coming back, and that’s why I feel privileged to be able to compete on Franklin Field year after year.
So here’s to a good show. Let the relays begin.