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By Senior Correspondent Marty Ogden, Editing and Graphics by Ron Knapp


The University of Pennsylvania has been known for the Penn Relays for over a century and a quarter. It is the highlight of the year for many teams and athletes who get to compete at Franklin Field in front of the largest crowds they will probably ever see. UPenn’s track facilities are about to get much better as the Jane and David Ott Center for Track and Field is on schedule to be completed by August 29, 2024. The $69.35 million, 73,000 gross square feet, state-of-the-art indoor track and field facility is under construction on the southeast corner of Penn’s campus right next to Franklin Field. The Ott Center will play key supporting roles for future Penn Relays such as an indoor site for some field events during inclement weather and a large warm up space for track and field athletes.

While there were many people involved in making this happen, Jane and David Ott, two residents of Darien provided the lead gift. Jane Ott ran for Danbury High, where she set many school records before moving on to compete at the University of Pennsylvania where she met David. Both served as the varsity track coach and assistant cross-country coaches for Darien High School from 2013 to 2022.

Highlights from this weekend were plentiful from all levels of competitors, middle school, high school, collegiate, professional and masters. After three days of competition, several top ranking high school performances have stood out from the Nutmeg State. The brightest star came from All American high jumper Khalil Antione of Hillhouse who won his specialty with a height of 7-0.25. That not only ranks him 3rd nationally, it is tied for the second best jump in CT history, only a quarter of an inch behind Tim Watson’s CT state record height of 7-0.5. 

This is the second year in a row a CT athlete has come away with a watch awarded to the winner of an event. Last year Bloomfield’s Ja’Mari Manson won with a height of 6-6.0. This year Manson managed 11th place in this incredibly deep field with a height of 6-4.

The Bloomfield ladies continue to impress in the 4x400m relay. The team of D’Asia Duncan, Kiylah Williams, Soleigh Dixon and Jahniya Barclay combined to not only break their 1993 school record by about two seconds, they ran the 4th fastest time in state history with their finishing performance of 3:51.85 to finish fourth in their heat and 18th overall on Thursday afternoon.

In the Girls…

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