TCU greats to be honored at Penn Relays
April 22, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas - Former TCU greats Carey Johnson, Ralston Wright, Jon Drummond and Horatio Porter will be honored this week as part of the 2008 Wall of Fame class at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
Johnson, Wright, Drummond and Porter were part of a 4x100 relay team in 1991 that set a 10-year Penn Relays record, winning the event in 38.80 seconds. It was the first sub-39 college 4x100 at that time. The unit joins TCU's 1986 4x200 meter relay squad on the Wall of Fame.
"It is simply an honor to be recognized at the historic Penn Relays. I'm from Philadelphia, so it just adds some icing on the cake to be inducted into the Wall of Fame at the Penn Relays," said Drummund.
Like Drummond, Porter also is very appreciative of his recent honor.
"It is truly an honor to be considered one of the best-ever performers. I take great pride in knowing that our relay team is one of the best to ever run at Penn."
Drummund, who anchored TCU's 4x100 meter relay to a 1991 NCAA title, is one of the better-known sprinters in U.S. and TCU track history. The former TCU great earned a spot on the gold medal winning 4x100 meter relay at the 1999 World Championships and captured gold at the 2000 Olympic games in the 4x100 meter relay. A three-time All-American at TCU, Drummond still ranks as one of the fastest TCU sprinters ever. At Penn, Drummond won the 100-meter title and was named the Outstanding Male College Athlete during his time at Franklin Field.
Porter, who ran the leadoff carry on the fastest NCAA 4x100 relay, was a two-time NCAA Outdoor qualifier in the 200 meters who captured both the 55 meters and the 200 at the 1992 Southwest Conference Indoor meet. At Penn, Porter was part of three championship relay teams, including a 4x200 squad that recorded a time of 1:21.28.
Despite all the honors for the two new inductees, it is the crowd that both individuals remember the most about competing at the Penn Relays.
"We always had a lot of fun. Really, we were always the home team because we had great fan support. They really appreciated TCU at the Penn Relays because we had some of the best sprinters in the country," said Porter.
"The fans were always pro TCU at Penn and that was always a pleasure because we had such a great group of athletes," said Drummond.
The Flyin' Frogs current crop of athletes will begin competition this week.