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Penn Relays History

April 22, 2011

 

A race official gave each of the eight starters a baton.  Then we heard the familiar words of the starter: “Runners, take your marks!”  Each of us made one more attempt to loosen up and control the surge of adrenaline now surging through our bodies.  Then we carefully, deliberately, stepped over the starting blocks and began to assume the runners’ starting position.  Everything had to be perfect: spikes pressed against the blocks, fingers spread and planted on the track, the rest of the body coiled, ready to spring.

“Set,” the starting judge called out.  Eight rear ends raised upward; eight pairs of eyes stared straight down the running lanes toward the first turn.

Crack!  It was the sharp report of the starter’s pistol.  All eight of us burst into action and began the smooth 30-meter rise from the starting crouch to the streamlined position of the runner in full stride.  Instantly the crowd came to life.

~ Gordon MacDonald ’57, an except from A Resilient Life

The year Stony Brook first sent a relay team to the Penn Relays gas cost 15 cents per gallon, Babe Ruth was on his way to a major league record 60 home runs and the American flag was adorned with 48 stars.  Since that 1927 team ran on Franklin Field’s cinder track, Stony Brook runners have enjoyed a great deal of success at the most prestigious relay carnival in the world.

Begun in 1895, the Penn Relays are the longest-running and largest relays on the globe, boasting 35 hours of competition (an average of 1 race every 5 minutes) over a 3 day period.  22,000 high school, collegiate, amateur and professional athletes from 60 different countries compete in 425 different events before a weekend crowd of over 115,000 people.

Since 1927 the blue and white has been represented at the Relays 56 times including every year since 1977.  20 teams have medaled at the Relays and 8 teams have brought home the coveted Penn Relays plaque for placing 1st in their race: 1949, 1951, 1958, 1960, 1965, 1977, 1993 and 2004.  This year’s 4×100 meter and 4×400 meter relay squads are laden with talent and hope to write another winning chapter into the annals of Stony Brook track and field when they enter the 117th Penn Relays on April 29 and 30.

4×400 Meter Relay History

1927 | Cary Weiseger, Billy Baker, Norman Wilson, Charles Poole

1928 | Rodney Taylor, Javier Goyanes, Fay, Norman Wilson | 7th

1936 | 3rd

1937 | Reeve Sweezey, David Watt, Lee Redard, Walter Oman | 3:34 | 3rd

1949 | Bruce Dodd, Kendall Haff, Larry Burnell, Robert Evers | 3:33.9 | 1st

1950 | 4th

1951 | Dave Gillispie, Johnny Walker, Charles Cowan, Roy Avers | 3:34.8 | 1st

1952 | 3rd

1953 | 2nd

1955 | 6th

1956 | 4th

1957 | 2nd

1958 | Wain Barnes, Ray Searby, Tom Gillan, Tonnie Coane | 3:34.0 | 1st

1959 |

1960 | Robin Lingle, Jon Hescock, Peter Treiber, Peter Barmonde, John Fitch | 3:26.4 | 1st

{Qualified for the Championship of America race. Hescock ran on Friday and Fitch on Saturday.}

1961 |

1962 | 5th

1963 |

1964 | 3:33.5

1965 | Mark Govertsen, Bill Krampe, Pete Randall, Bernard Mumo | 3:29.4 | 1st

1975 | Kevin Lockerbie, Steve Crawford, Ed Young, Don Lockerbie | 3:29.9 | 2nd

* In 1976 the Franklin Field track was converted from a 440 yard oval to 400 meters. *

1977 | Mark Whitney, Peter Ljundquist, Keith DeBoard, Kevin Lockerbie | 3:25.5 | 1st

1978 | Jeremy Goodwin, Mark Whitney, Andy Whitney, Keith DeBoard | 3:32.8 | 3rd

1979 | Andy Whitney | 3:35.1 | 3rd

1980 | Diane Fonseca, Isabel Roman, Gayle Hardison, Gerri Vincent | 8th

1980 | Stephan Brandstadter, Ray Camano, Robert Gaffney, Andre Drayton | 3:34.0 | 4th

1981 | 3:38.7

1982 | Larry DyLiacco, Ray Camano, Graham Reside, Jim Santiago | 3:32.5 | 3rd

1983 | Pierre Lawrence, Paul Sanford, Rich Wittman, Ray Camano | 3:35.5

1984 | Lawrence Hutcheson, Pierre Lawrence, Paul Sanford, Rich Wittman | 3:31.0

1985 | Rich Wittman, Lee Hamblen, Marc Conti, Paul Sanford | 3:30.9 | 3rd

1986 | Marc Conti, Paul Roberts, Scott Rossa, Matt Cooper | 3:36.2

1987 | Joe Hamner, Mike Rose, Pete Glus, Marc Conti | 3:37.2

1988 | Brandon McCarthy, Pete Hurtado, Frank Wagner, Marc Conti | 3:27.2

1989 | Pete Hurtado, Scott Krentel, Edwin Rose, Chris Gumbrecht | 3:34.2

1990 | Christian Pidoux, David Maura, Chad Salberg, Chris Gumbrecht | 3:39.8

1991 | Allan Patrick, Nils Brownworth, Gary McVeigh, Christian Pidoux 3:39.8

1992 | Allan Patrick, Gary McVeigh, Ben Sholl, Nils Brownworth | 3:39.0

1993 | Brandon Stuckey, Allan Patrick, Ben Sholl, Nils Brownworth | 3:31.2 | 1st

1994 | Marc Vega, Ben Sholl, Pete Mantius, Luke Conti | 3:38.5

1995 | Luke Conti, Matt Mattimore, Marc Vega, Ryan Steenburg | 3:35.6

1996 | Matt Spooner, Luke Conti, Gerald Iza, Nate Craig | 3:41.2

1997 | Rob Coane, Nate Craig, Mike Keller, Orlando Velez | 3:39.6

1998 | Rishad Armstrong, Daren Brown, Mike Keller, Orlando Velez | 3:41.8

1999 | Andy Mho, David Cuddy, Mike Zarcone, Rishad Armstrong | 3:49.1

2000 | Jason Cannie, Ryan Pinder, Jon Hicks, Josh Hicks | 3:35.9

2001 | Ryan Knowles, Jon Hicks, Will Lingle, Ryan Pinder | 3:30.9 | 3rd

2002 | Mark Cuddy, Dan Hickey, Christian Francis, Will Lingle | 3:36.2

2003 | John Kerr, Dan Hickey, Justin Song, Christian Francis | 3:36.2 | 3rd

2004 | Justin Song, Louis Gabel, Dan Hickey, Christian Francis | 3:31.8 | 1st

2005 | Heejae Yang, Zach Philyaw, Jules Gilimpundu, Justin Song | 3:34.77 | 2nd

2006 | Zach Philyaw, Mac Drane, Terrance Anderson, Jules Gilimpundu | 3:40.63 | 12th

2007 | Mike Cox, Jon Bute, Terrance Anderson, Zach Philyaw | 3:36.27 | 6th

2008 | Zach Philyaw, Kenny Ruddick, Carlo Masakayan, Billy Collins | 3:37.07

2009 | Kenny Ruddick, Carlo Masakayan, Khoren Lawson, Jon Wentling | 3:38.69

2010 | Khoren Lawson, Carlo Masakayan, Taylor Colucci, Jon Wentling | 3:35.18 | 7th

2011 | Khoren Lawson, Jon Wentling, Marco Masakayan, Taylor Colucci | 3:31.12 | 7th

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

At the Penn Relay carnival in Philadelphia, the Brookers again entered the medley.  This time [Peter] Randall led off, pacing himself splendidly against a field of thirty opponents and bringing in a lead.  [Mark] Govertsen, replacing [Bill] Krampe, and [Bernard] Mumo continued in first place, giving [Christian] Spencer a substantial margin.  But inexperience gave way to seasoned pursuers, and Stony Brook finished sixth.

The next day, however, a team of Govertsen, Krampe, Randall, and Mumo captured first place in a mile relay race (4×440), fashioning the fastest winning time of any Long Island team.

~ July 1965 Stony Brook Bulletin

Keep your eye on the finish line.  The boys’ varsity track team did and found themselves in the winner’s circle at the Pennsylvania Relays this year with a 3:31.2 in the 4×400 meter relay.  Nils Brownworth, Allan Patrick, Michael Roderick, Ben Sholl and Brandon Stuckey raced at the relays.

“Brandon was pushed in the opening curve and in the process was spiked,” said Mike Roderick, the Bears’ alternate.  “He ran with determination and captured the lead.  It was great to hear the stadium pulling for the Stony Brook School.”  The 1993 plaque joins six others in the entryway to Swanson Gym.

~ Summer 1993 Stony Brook Bulletin

On April 24 track team members Justin Song ’05, Louis Gabel ’04, Dan Hickey ’04, and Christian Francis ’04 competed in the 4×400 meter race in the Penn Relays — and won!  They brought home the team’s eighth Penn Relay plaque (the first since their last victory in the 1993 relays).  This year marked the 110th relay carnival held at the University of Pennsylvania.

~ May 2004 Parents Plus Monthly

Top 25 Legs Since 1982

  1. Allan Patrick | 1993 | 50.5
  2. Marc Conti | 1987 | 50.6
  3. Will Lingle | 2002 | 50.7
  4. Brandon McCarthy | 1988 | 50.8
  5. Marc Conti | 1988 | 51.0
  6. Nate Craig | 1997 | 51.1
  7. Nils Brownworth | 1993 | 51.5
  8. Paul Sanford | 1985 | 51.5
  9. Chris Gumbrecht | 1990 | 51.6
  10. Ben Pinder | 2000 | 51.8
  11. Kenny Ruddick | 2009 | 52.1
  12. Ben Pinder | 2001 | 52.2
  13. Jon Wentling | 2010 | 52.3
  14. Will Lingle | 2001 | 52.4
  15. Heejae Yang | 2005 | 52.4
  16. Matt Mattimore | 1994 | 52.5
  17. Jim Santiago | 1982 | 52.5
  18. Dan Hickey | 2004 | 52.7
  19. Christian Francis | 2004 | 52.7
  20. Paul Sanford | 1983 | 52.8
  21. Ryan Knowles | 2001 | 52.8
  22. Chris Gumbrecht | 1989 | 52.9
  23. Rich Wittman | 1984 | 52.9
  24. Justin Song | 2004 | 52.9
  25. Mike Cox | 2007 | 52.9

Individual History

1978 | Andy Whitney | 2 Mile Run | 7th

1979 | Andy Whitney | 2 Mile Run | 9:06.2 | 1st

1980 | Laura Whitney | 3000 Meter Run | 3rd

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. louise Goldberg permalink
    April 27, 2011 8:01 AM

    i can’t believe all the work you have done Dan this is tremendous job !

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  2. D. Bruce Lockerbie permalink
    April 30, 2011 10:48 AM

    Thanks, Dan, for this significant contribution to school spirit and teammates’ memories. I coached SBS teams with MWG from 1958 to 1982, but one of our greatest moments was when MWG was honored with Bill Cosby at Franklin Field. I ran in the Penn Relays from 1952 to 1963 (Fort Hamilton HS, NYU, New York AC). 56 years ago this weekend, NYU won two races, the distance medley relay and sprint medley relay. I led off the first team and anchored the second. So today I’m wearing one of my watches that spells P-E-N-N-S-Y-L-V-A-N-I-A instead of numbers. At the moment it’s “two L’s after I” ( 10:32 a.m. ) and the SBS 4X400 team goes off in 22 minutes. God bless ’em. DBL April 30

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