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Last Updated: June 2, 2003

Memories from Penn
Marc Bloom

Editor of the Harrier

"My first Penn was in 63 (I was in HS watching my team run) so this year will be my 41st straight.

There are too many "favorite" races but one that jumps to mind was the HS DMR in '67, when Marty Liquori of Essex Catholic flew past Jim Jackson of Boys on the anchor. Jackson went out too fast as he always did, and died. I covered the HS races that year for the defunct LI Press and, being young, wrote something like Liquori passed Jackson like a Ferrari passing a Volkswagen.

Biggest crowd w-o-o-o-o-o-o (the "woo index" rates outstanding performances)... I think Jim Spier and I (we gave ourselves the job of rating the woooooos) once gave the all-time honor to the John Marshall anchored Villanova 4 x 800(1982)... but maybe that's been surpassed by now."