In the biggest Penn Athletics event of the entire year, one Penn athlete stood out.
Despite all of the hype surrounding the expert and pinnacle high school athletes at the Penn Relays, not to say athletes from different, prominent colleges, junior Nia Akins ruled her events to earn great recognition. At the end of the weekend, she was named the Women’s College Relay Athlete of the Meet.
Akins is the primary Penn athlete to win the award and the fourth Ivy League athlete to earn the accomplishment. On Thursday, Penn’s crew, led with the aid of Akins, beat out 13 other elite collegiate groups to win the College Women’s Distance Medley Championship of America Invitational. This changed into every other first, as no Ivy League women’s crew had ever won a Championship of America event.
The Quakers dominated the sector within the distance medley, beating out the subsequent closest team, Notre Dame, through more than three seconds. After Akins jumped in advance on the hole leg, the Quakers had been able to hold the lead throughout the race and at ease the victory.
Akins ran again on Saturday within the Championship of America 4×800-meter relay, contributing a blistering 2:02.33 split to guide Penn’s crew to a 5th-location end inside the occasion.