April 28, 2007

Diary Blog from Penn, Part 1

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Freshman Charlie Hatch will be diary blogging his experiences at the Penn Relays here at cornellsun.com. The Red will be facing some of the nation’s top teams at UPenn’s Franklin Field.

And so, dear readers, it is that time of the season again, oh yes, the ever popular Penn Relays Carnival (sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts). 112 years of history lay behind us as the Cornell Big Red proceeds toward another key point in the season.

Will the Cornell distance team continue to ride the wave, perhaps tsunami, of excitement that was born from the Bucknell Invitational? Only this weekend will tell.

Spirits are high, yes soaring spirits dear readers! The team remains silent as to talk of exact times, places, most types of speculation, but the relay crews are brooding in their silence, with the exception of Jimmy Wyner.

The veteran, the slightly decorated war hero of Cornell distance sees the weekend as an opportunity, a party of sorts, a party in the dimension known as “Jimmy Time”. A fellow freshman, Owen Kimple, speaks of the electric atmosphere of the Relays, and the sheer amount of people. I will be blown away he tells me, as I am completely unexperienced in the Relays. Unexperienced as I am, as I have never competed in such a high caliber meet. And of the highest possible caliber the Relays are!

With plenty of television cameras, top professional athletes, and pressure, the Relays are enough to make my little tummy tingle. But for now I remain calm, though we’ll see how I feel once I get there…