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May 10th UPDATE: The NCAA has reversed their decision therefore the Penn Relays results have been reinstated.
"The NCAA Division I and III Men’s and Women’s Track and Field & Cross Country Committee and the Division II Track and Field Committee originally made a decision to disallow certain marks attained in the Penn Relays 4x100 and 4x400 races to count toward NCAA championship qualifying. Since then the decision has been revisited and those marks from the Penn Relays WILL be allowed to count toward NCAA championship qualifying, since the initial violation report occurred outside the 72 hour qualifying criteria violation report window, after the completion of the Penn Relays."
Original Article Below:
Two weeks ago the 125th running of the Penn Relays occurred, relays were run and wheels were awarded. However, according to sources close to the situation someone has filed a protest to the NCAA in an attempt to nullify the results of the men's and women's 4x100m and 4x400m relay finals. And as of today the protest has been upheld pending a potential appeal if participating parties decide to do so.
The protest was based on an existing NCAA rule that details the process for how 'NCAA eligible meets' must advance teams or individuals from prelims to finals within their meet.
Because Penn Relays has a large number of entries they have typically always advanced their relay teams to the Championship of America round by selecting the top eight or nine teams on time without consideration to heat winners. The protest alleged that this is against NCAA protocol thus the results for the finals are invalid for NCAA Championship qualifying.
Here's how the scrubbing of the Penn Relays finals has affected team's seasons best marks heading into the final weekend of NCAA qualifying.
|Region||Before Protest||After Protest||School||Impact|
|M. West 4x4||3:02.61 (1st)||3:05.05 (5th)||Houston||Drops 4 Spots|
|W. West 4x1||44.11 (5th)||44.64 (10th)||Houston||Drops 5 Spots|
|M. East 4x4||3:06.51 (11th)||3:06.61 (11th)||Maryland||No Change|
|W. East 4x4||3:35.43 (10th)||3:36.13 (14th)||Penn||Drops 4 Spots|
|W. East 4x1||44.59 (13th)||45.14 (19th)||Penn State||Drops 6 Spots|
|W. East 4x4||3:38.29 (24th)||3:38.83 (25th)||Miami (Ohio)||Drops Outside Top-24|
|W. West 4x4||3:37.85 (16th)||3:42.57 (28th)||Wisconsin||Drops Outside Top-24|
|W. DII 4x1||45.75 (7th)||46.17 (15th)||St. Augustine's||Drops Outside NCAA Qualifying|