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The 2024 Class Set For The Penn Relays Wall Of Fame

The 2024 Class Set For The Penn Relays Wall Of Fame

The Penn Relays announced Friday three individuals and three relays to be added to the illustrious Wall of Fame.

Dec 15, 2023 by Cory Mull
The 2024 Class Set For The Penn Relays Wall Of Fame

The Penn Relays announced Friday three individuals and three relays to be added to the illustrious Wall of Fame ahead of the April edition of the event at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

You can find the full list here

Among those being honored: 

Nick Vena

Morristown (NJ) 2008-2011, Virginia 2012

Per The Penn Relays: 

A four-time winner of the high school boys’ shot put, Vena was a high school star starting as a freshman in 2008. He was selected as the outstanding high school male athlete in individual events after winning the shot put at 63-6¾ (19.37). As a sophomore, he set three Relays records at 69-7 ½ (21.22), 70-5¾ (21.48) and 72-2½ (22.01) and repeated as the outstanding athlete for individual events. His junior year win came with a throw of 70-5¾ (21.48). A pair of Relays records featured his senior year at 72-8 (22.15) and 72-9¼ (22.18), his final record lasting until 20.16.

Terrence Trammell

South Carolina 1998-2000, USA 2002

Per The Penn Relays:

Twice a winner of the college championship 110-meter hurdles, Trammell set a Relays record of 13.30 in the heats as a South Carolina junior in 2000. Trammell won the final in 13.34, and his record is the longest standing men’s hurdles Carnival record, existing now for 24 years. He won the hurdles the year before in 13.47 and was selected the Carnival’s outstanding college male athlete in individual events. As a freshman in 1998, he ran lead-off for the winning sprint medley team. He earned a fourth watch while running third leg for the U.S. team in the USA/World 4x200 in 2002.

Shalonda Solomon

Long Beach Poly (CA) 2003-2004, South Carolina 2005-2007

Per The Penn Relays: 

A sprint relays champion in high school and college, Solomon won seven watches during her Relays career. At Long Beach Poly she ran lead-off on the championship 4x100 in 2003, and anchored the 4x400 team to wins in ’03 and ’04. Her anchor split of 51.6 in ’03 was a Relays record, which helped her earn honors as the meet’s outstanding female high school relay athlete. While in college at South Carolina she anchored the Championship of America winning 4x100 in 2005 and ’07, and also won watches anchoring the 2005 4x200 and running 2nd leg on the ’07 4x400.

The 2023 Long Beach Poly (CA) 4x400 Relay

Shantae McKinney, Jasmine Lee, Shana Woods, Shalonda Solomon

Per The Penn Relays: 

The 2003 Long Beach Poly 4x400-meter Relay team won the high school girls’ championship in 3:35.55, the second fastest time in Carnival history. The team of Shantae McKinney (56.1), Jasmine Lee (52.8), Shana Woods (55.1) and Shalonda Solomon (51.6) broke a two-year old national high school record. Poly’s national record lasted one year until broken by Poly in 2004.

The 1981 Tennessee State 4x400 Relay

Ernestine Davis, Judy Pollion, Debra Jones, Chandra Cheeseborough

Per The Penn Relays: 

In 1981 Tennessee State’s 4x400-meter Relay team of Ernestine Davis (53.2), Judy Pollion (54.2), Debra Jones (53.1) and Wall of Famer Chandra Cheeseborough (52.5) set a Relay Carnival record of 3:33.04. The record lasted until 1983, the fifth year the event had been contested as a Championship of America. The three runners other than Cheeseborough ran on the Tigerbelles winning 4x400 in 1980.

The 1983 West Philadelphia (PA) 4x400 Relay

Ronald Hillian, Douglas Burton, Bernard Williams, Alan Laws

Per The Penn Relays: 

The 1983 West Philadelphia High School 4x400-meter relay team of Ronald Hillian (50.4), Douglas Burton (48.2), Bernard Williams (48.0) and Alan Laws (46.4) was the first Philadelphia team to win the high school championship since Overbrook won the mile relay in 1941. West Philly’s time was the 2nd-fastest in Carnival history when it was run, as well as the fastest time run in the championship final.