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On This Day In History | 1967

October 19, 2014
Don (in the lead) flanked by is brother Kevin during a time trial to decide the 1975 Penn Relays team. The brothers were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.

Don (in the lead) flanked by is brother Kevin during a time trial to decide the 1975 Penn Relays team. The brothers were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.

On this day 47 years ago, Don Lockerbie ’75 won a junior varsity cross country race to make his tenth birthday a very memorable one. Here is the account in his own words:

On my 10th birthday on October 19, 1967, SBS had a cross country meet at Forsythe Field. I ran home from North Country as I never missed a home race and always had rooted for my heroes and babysitters Robin [Lingle], Pete Randall, Glenn Ogden, Dean Stephens, and my current hero that year, Alan Swanson. The meet was a duel against Port Jeff and when I arrived, Marvin Goldberg wished me a happy birthday and told me he had a present for me. I was excited he even knew it was my birthday as I was just a twerpy faculty brat. He told me that Port Jeff had a 7-8th grade middle school team they had brought over. SBS only had a varsity team (which Goldberg coached) and a JV team (which Robin coached). He told me to go see Coach Lingle.

Robin asked if I would like to wear an SBS uniform and race against the Port Jeff middle school team. I told him I would love to, but I didn’t have running spikes or shorts. He pulled a full SBS uniform and spikes my size out of a bag and told me to go into the woods and change into the SBS uniform. Now remember I am in the second month of 5th grade! We were the first race maybe 20 minutes later for 1.5 miles. The gun went off. I took the lead immediately just like my heroes would do. I noticed I had the varsity and JV teams lining the course as they were warming up for their races and cheering for me. I won the race by 50 yards. What a birthday! And at Johnson Hall Dining Room a few hours later for dinner I was announced as the winner for SBS and got to ring the bell, a first for me all the way around. I was hooked!

Don would go on to have a Hall of Fame career for the Blue and White. He was the anchor for three League Championship cross country teams, winning the cross country trophy twice, but it was on the track that he truly shone. His mark of 1:51.9 still stands as our school’s record in the half mile. He, along with his brother Kevin ’77, Steve Crawford ’75, and Ed Young ’75, also set the school record in the 4×400 meter relay at the 1975 Penn Relays in a scorching time of 3:24.0.

At the collegiate level he would star for the University of North Carolina, winning the 1977 ACC Championship in the 880 yard run. He would later coach for the Tar Heels.

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