The highlight of Day 1 at the Penn Relays Carnival didn't come from a high school athlete on Thursday. Rather it was from a former high-schooler.
Saving the best for last, Smithfield grad and Providence College senior Liam Hillery captured the final event of the night, the College Men's 10,000-meter run. Hillery won by more than 10 seconds with a huge PR of 29 minutes, 22.38 seconds. In other individual college distance races, PC junior Trevor Crawley, a onetime star at Cumberland, was 16th in the College 5K with a time of 14:15.91. The women's 5K featured an outstanding effort from La Salle alum and current Duke freshman Sheridan Wilbur, who was 13th with a best of 16:49.28. There were 63 runners in two heats of the race.
On the high school side, the Ocean State had a few of their girls' relays team competing inside Franklin Field.
With the foursome of Chevell Burgess (1:04.71), Lisabeth Valdez (1:01.55), Lenni Valdez (1:02.85) and Isis Hack (1:02.06), Hope was fifth in its heat of the 4x400m relay with a combined time of 4:10.72. Central was seventh in its heat of the 4x100m, finishing at 52.14.
La Salle Academy was 12th overall in the Championship Distance Medley Relay with a time of 12:10.52. Comprising the quartet was Emily Kane (1,200m, 3:44.15), Alyson Walsh (400m, 1:02.98), Karina Tavares (800m, 2:25.03) and Eliza Rego (1.600m, 4:59.38).