On This Day in History | 1949

Champions | Evers, Burnell, Dodd & Haff

On this day 62 years ago, four boys joined forces to bring home the school’s first Penn Relays plaque, winning their 4×440 yard relay heat in 3:33.9. Bruce Dodd, Kendall Haff, Larry Burnell, and Robert Evers took to the cinders of Franklin Field’s hallowed track and brought home the first of eight titles. Successive plaques were won in 1951, 1958, 1960, 1965, 1977, 1993, and 2004.

Dodd ran the leadoff leg in 51 seconds then gave way to Evers who ran a 54-second quarter. Burnell followed in 52 seconds and Haff closed the victory with a 54-second anchor leg.

On Friday, April 22, the relay team, composed of Bruce Dodd, Kendall Haff, Larry Burnell, and Robert Evers, traveled to Philadelphia and brought back a handsome plaque denoting the team’s victory in the Preparatory Schools One Mile Relay race. The time of the race was 3:33.9 with the Stony Brook anchor man finishing well in advance of his closest competitor.

~ June 1949 Stony Brook Bulletin


Penn Relays


  1. Loved seeing these pictures of the early days of the track team i was 8 years old when this picture was taken! Thankyou


  2. Me Khoren Jon and Andrew should take a picture like this after we have the 4×100 record and potentially this school record too 🙂


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