Tommy Rhodes knows where the throwing circles are at Penn Relays. They’re on Rhodes Field, the soccer complex down the hill below Franklin Field and the rest of the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. That Rhodes is no relation, but his older brother, John Rhodes, played soccer at Penn for four years.
Tommy Rhodes, a Delbarton senior, was excited and a little surprised when he found out he’d qualified for the prestigious three-day track and field carnival. Rhodes will throw the shot put, trying to beat his personal best of 54 feet, 9 inches from the indoor season.
“My goal would just be to compete against myself and throw better than I ever have before,” said Rhodes, a converted lacrosse player who only began throwing two years ago but has trained with former Rutgers assistant coach Tony Naclerio.
“It’s such a prestigious event. It’s a little overwhelming, but I think I’ll see a lot of familiar faces there. That will help me settle in a bit.”
The oldest and largest track and field meet in the United States, Penn Relays will be held April 24, 25 and 26 in Philadelphia.
Mount Olive senior Keturah Orji will make her third individual appearance at Penn Relays. Orji placed second in the triple jump last spring, and competed in the long jump as a sophomore.
Abe Gertler of Madison and Delbarton senior Michael Benz will compete in the pole vault on Saturday. Morristown-Beard sophomore Halia Rosemond returns to the Penn Relays discus for the second year in a row.
West Morris senior Kylene Cochrane, who plans to run at Penn in the fall, is in the field for the mile. Mackenzie Barry of Mendham has qualified in the 3,000 meters.
Pope John’s Katlyn Rymarzow returns to the Penn pole vault, while Vicky Sheridan will compete in the 400-meter hurdles.
Entries for the 4×800 and distance medley relays will be released on Monday.