Sunday, April 20, 2014

Villanova Penn Relays Countdown: Four days left!

Bob Raemore, Joe Manion, Paul Drayton, and Frank Budd

Editor's note: For the ten days leading up to the Penn Relays, I will do a countdown of great Villanova athletes with the number of Penn Relays titles corresponding with the day.

Penn Relays week is upon us!

I chose to do something different here, so that I could honor two of Villanova's greatest short sprinters in history who were slightly hampered by the fact that while Villanova always had an abundance of guys who could run a quarter mile back in the day, they never had enough short sprinters to field a championship 4x100m relay team. To this day, it remains the only relay that Villanova has never won at the Penn Relays, and it looks unlikely that they will ever do it, given the state of college track at the moment. This squad from 1961 of Bob Raemore, Joe Manion, Paul Drayton, and Frank Budd came pretty close though, winning the 4x220 yard relay. Later on in the same year, Drayton and Budd would run combine as two legs of a world record setting 4x100 relay for the USA in a duel meet with the Soviet Union at Moscow. Drayton would later win silver in the 200 meter dash and gold in the 4x100 relay at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

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