Maryland's Renaldo Nehemiah will not be on the scene to make things miserable for opposing hurdlers and sprinters this weekend at the 86th annual Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
Nehemiah, the world record holder in the high hurdles who led the Terrapins to three relay championships in last year's relays, has quit the Maryland team.
Even without the versatile Nehemiah, the meet, the granddaddy of track carnivals, should be one of the best in years.
A full schedule of events, mainly high school and college women's races, along with the men's 5,000 and 10,000 meter finals are scheduled today.
The meet continues Friday with the running of the majority of the boys and men's events, along with some women's finals, and ends Saturday with the championship races.
Howard, Maryland, Georgetown, Catholic, George Mason and Virginia will be represented in women's races today.
Howard, fresh off its first Mid-Eastern Athletic track title, will field teams in the 400, 800 and 1,600 meter relays. Caroline DeLancy, Howard's top sprinter who was named the outstanding woman athlete at the MEAC meet, will run on all three teams.
Georgetown all-Americans Pia Palladino and Chris Mullen will join teammates Loretta Calabrese and Carolyn Willis in the distance medley, Mullen, a two-time American record holder, will also run in the Ben Franklin mile against top milers Francie Larrieu, who ran a 4:27.52 at Penn last year, and Jan Merrill, who holds American records in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.
McKinley, led by Lorraine Brown, H. D.Woodson, Coolidge, Fairmont Heights and Bethesda-Chevy Chase are expected to do well in the high school girls' sector.