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Senior Meaghan McGovern looks to recapture the crown in the hammer at the Penn Relays on Thursday.
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Senior Meaghan McGovern looks to recapture the crown in the hammer at the Penn Relays on Thursday.
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Release: 04/25/2012
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond Track & Field will be represented at the heralded Penn Relays this week when senior Meaghan McGovern looks to recapture the crown in the hammer throw on Thursday morning in Philadelphia.

The University of Pennsylvania's Penn Relays is the world's largest and oldest relay carnival. Its 118th running will be held this Thursday through Saturday at the Quakers' Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

The lone Spider set to compete in Philly this week, McGovern will take part in the College division of the women's hammer throw competition, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. A complete schedule of events can be found here.

Live video will be provided throughout all three days of this year's Penn Relays, with those interested in viewing having the option of purchasing several different packages, including a Thursday daylong pass. Live results will also be made available here.

McGovern advanced to finals in the hammer throw with a personal-best toss of 55.96 meters at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational on Friday and would go on to finish sixth overall in a strong field of 29 student-athletes. Her throw currently ranks first in the Atlantic 10 Conference by more than five meters and 33rd overall in the NCAA East Region -- no other A-10 women's hammer thrower ranks in the top-100. Additionally, each of the senior standout's hurls surpassed the 55-meter mark, with her PR less than one-half meter off Beth Crocus' school record of 56.42 set in 2006.

McGovern prevailed as the champion in the College division at the 2011 Penn Relays. Her winning toss was recorded at a distance of 54.81 meters, edging Navy's Amanda Phelps (54.42 meters) for the top spot. McGovern's winning hurl came in the fifth round of finals.

A meet recap and results will be provided on following the conclusion of Thursday's hammer throw competition. More immediate results can be found via the live results link above and Coach Steve Taylor's Twitter page. Additional in-depth coverage will be made available on Coach Taylor's blog.

Stay updated on Richmond's outdoor season and all the latest Spider Track & Field news notes right here on More in-depth coverage can be found on Coach Steve Taylor's blog and by following him on Twitter as well. The Spiders also have their own Facebook page and have recently launched their own YouTube Video Channel as well.

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