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Last Updated: June 2, 2003

Memories from Penn
Jon Drummond

Philadelphia native won Olympic gold in the 4x100 at the 2000 Games in Sydney

"Growing up in Philly was fun. There were a lot of fast kids in my neighborhood, and some of my fondest memories are racing on my block. The first time I competed at the Penn Relays, I was in the 4th grade at Robert E. Lamberton Elementary, and we took second in the Shuttle relay. I also competed in junior high for Lamberton.

Then I competed for Overbrook High my junior and senior year. Then on to TCU (after two years at Odessa JC). The greatest moment for me was when I was the Most Valuable athlete of the meet (1990). It was my Junior Year at TCU and I anchored the 4x100 and 4x200m relays to victory. Another highlight came the next year, when I beat Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, James Jett, James Trapp, to name a few, in the 100m."

(The "Rocket", who had gained fame at Notre Dame on the football field, was apparently disqualified for a false start, but Drummond, showing early signs of his "showmanship", led a good-natured "protest" and officials allowed Ismail to run).

(Drummond also led off TCU's winning 4x100 in 1991) "Penn is one of the most energized meets in the states. The crowd reminds me of some of the major meets in Europe."