Thursday at the Penn Relays

Today the 2013 Penn Relays kicked off. It was a beautiful day with a lot of great performances and a lot of new security measures in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. I had many events to shoot, but here are a few of my favorite shots from the day — mostly pole vaulting. Looking forward to tomorrow and Saturday.

Runners in the College Womens Distance Medley Relay round the turn in the first lap of the race Thursday at the 2013 Penn Relays. (Dave Tavani)

Runners in the College Womens Distance Medley Relay round the turn in the first lap of the race Thursday at the 2013 Penn Relays. (Dave Tavani)

Sophie Gutermuth of Indian University clears the bar in the College Womens Pole Vault on Thursday at the 2013 Penn Relays. Gutermuth won the event with a vault of 3.90m. (Dave Tavani)

Sophie Gutermuth of Indian University clears the bar in the College Womens Pole Vault on Thursday at the 2013 Penn Relays. Gutermuth won the event with a vault of 3.90m. (Dave Tavani)

Amanda Benninghoff of Council Rock South bends her pole to clear the bar in the High School Girls Pole Vault Championship of America. Benninghoff place third with a vault of 3.70m. (Dave Tavani)

Amanda Benninghoff of Council Rock South bends her pole to clear the bar in the High School Girls Pole Vault Championship of America. Benninghoff place third with a vault of 3.70m. (Dave Tavani)

Amanda Benninghoff of Council Rock South vaults toward the bar in the High School Girls Pole Vault Championship of America. Benninghoff place third with a vault of 3.70m. (Dave Tavani)

Amanda Benninghoff of Council Rock South vaults toward the bar in the High School Girls Pole Vault Championship of America. Benninghoff place third with a vault of 3.70m. (Dave Tavani)

Amanda Benninghoff of Council Rock South clears the bar in the High School Girls Pole Vault Championship of America. Benninghoff place third with a vault of 3.70m. (Dave Tavani)

Amanda Benninghoff of Council Rock South clears the bar in the High School Girls Pole Vault Championship of America. Benninghoff place third with a vault of 3.70m. (Dave Tavani)

The Penn police were out in force Thursday at the 2013 Penn Relays with heightened security due to the recent bombing at the Boston Marathon. (Dave Tavani)

The Penn police were out in force Thursday at the 2013 Penn Relays with heightened security due to the recent bombing at the Boston Marathon. (Dave Tavani)

Gillian Berger, a long jumper for Penn makes a big splash in the sand during the College Womens Long Jump Easter on Thursday at the Penn Relays. Berger took 11th place with a jump of 5.49m. (Dave Tavani)

Gillian Berger, a long jumper for Penn makes a big splash in the sand during the College Womens Long Jump Easter on Thursday at the Penn Relays. Berger took 11th place with a jump of 5.49m. (Dave Tavani)