ACC runners show they belong at Penn Relay



May 3, 2019 - 5:14 PM

The Allen Community College 4xMile relay team pose on the turf at Franklin Field at the University of Pennslyvania during the Penn Relays track meet last weekend. From left, Josh Clethen, Yoel Yoel, head coach Vince DeGrado, Josh Doria and Mitchell Dervin. Photo courtesy of Vince DeGrado.

Forty-thousand strong yelled, screamed and cheered in Philadelphia over the weekend at Franklin Field for the Penn Relays. Runners from schools like Wisconsin, Tennessee and Penn State lined up with Iola’s own Allen Community College Red Devils in one of the most prestigous track meets in America. 

Allen sent a 4xMile and a 4×800 team to the meet over the weekend and while the weather kept the Red Devils from really making a statement on a national stage, they did show that they had the athletes to compete with anyone in the country. 

The 4xMile struggled with the wind, finishing 13th out of the 13 schools competing with a time of 17:34.53, nine seconds behind 12th place New Hampshire. 

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