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  • University of Tennessee 1976 4x220 relay.

    In early April 1976 at the Dogwood Relays in Knoxville Tennessee, the UT 4 x 220 yard relay team of (Lamar Preyor 20.1, Ronnie Harris 20.3 Jerome Morgan 20.7 and Reggie Jones 20.5) tied the world record at that time of 1.21.7 seconds. What's impressive is that they ran from lane 8, the temperature was around 65 degrees and Reggie Jones slowed a little at the finish line before raising his arms in victory. The same four runners ran a 1.21.5 three weeks later at the Penn Relays tying the 4 x 200 meter relay mark. If not for injuries to each of the 4 runners on that team, they may have eventually been the first team to break 1.20 flat. Jones was a Junior, Morgan was a sophomore and the other two, Harris and Preyor were both freshman. Does anyone recall this team?

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    Re: University of Tennessee 1976 4x220 relay.

    I sure know the names. Especially Jones. Thanks for the history lesson! Go Vols! Is one of the members of that team related to you?

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      How'd ya guess. Yes. That's my brother. 8 time All-American. Finalist in the 1976 200 meter final and ran on a pulled hamstring acquired in the semi-final. He was actually closing in on Millard Hampton the eventaul winner of the Olympic Trials win his hammy gave out, so he limped in for 4th. Hobbled through the final in 21.23. Still had a distunguished career as a great relay runner.

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        Thanks to your brother for wearing that Orange with such distinction. Those were some great years for Tennessee track and field. Hope he's doing well these days.

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          I heard that TN had 8 guys on that team who could break 21.0? I remember Hancock in HH and their 400 guy from Ohio(Massilon?). Who would the others be?
          Hi to Lamar, and Bill Schnier.

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            Re: University of Tennessee 1976 4x220 relay.

            You probably mean Antone Blair from Alliance LOL.
            On the 76' team their were at least 7 guys fho could break 21 flat in the 200.
            1. Reggie Jones 2. Lamar Preyor 3. Ronnie Harris 4. Jerome Morgan 5. Ricci Gardner 6. Mike Barlow 7. Jon Young

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            • #7
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              I'll probably see Lamar this weekend and I'll tell him you said hey. He's doing very well these days.

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