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Last Updated: June 2, 2003

Memories from Penn
Lance Harter

Arkansas women's coach

The Penn Relays was introduced to me by one of my former assistants (a Washington, D.C., guy) who always claimed it was the greatest show on earth.

A few years later we had a very competitive crew in the distance relays and was extended an invitation to run in the Championship of America... It was greater than anything that was ever described to me (the crowd, the paddock, the atmosphere outside the stadium, and the unbelievable competition in every event). We quickly got our heads handed to us by Villanova, Georgetown, Providence, and Wisconsin.

Upon my arrival in Arkansas, the first thing I saw in John McDonnells office was the Penn Relay "wheels" (the coveted plaques that are presented to each winning team)... I vowed then to eventually win one... it took awhile(the Lady Hogs won the dmr in 2000, the 4x1500 in 2001)... but I was so proud to stand with the girls and hold that trophy overhead... we still recruit and train with the idea of bringing home another.