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Last Updated: June 2, 2003

Memories from Penn
John McDonnell

Arkansas men have won 36 Relays titles under coach McDonnell

"The fan interest is what makes Penn Relays. The Penn Relays is a happening and it's a special event. It's more than a track meet in my book. The atmosphere is great and the fans have such great knowledge. They understand track. They're just as interested in the college races as they are the high school races and that's what I like about it.

"There have been many good memories up there, but the one stands out the most is when Joe Falcon kicked down Mount Saint Mary's and set the world record for the distance medley. We were supposed to be running for second that year, because Mount Saint Mary's had four Olympians on their team and nobody was supposed to beat them. We not only beat them, but broke the world record too."

(WM: That team of Reuben Reina, Charles Williams, Robert Bradley and Joe Falcon ran 9:20.10 in 1989 and is being added to Penn's Wall of Fame this year).