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Anderson Joins Elite Group With Win At Penn Relays

The following article appeared in the Burlington County Times on April 24, 2009 and was written by Reuben Frank.

PHILADELPHIA - There were so many moves and counter moves on the last lap that Jon Anderson said he couldn't even remember most of them.

All he remembers is that last move. The one that put him in first for good.

"I really didn't expect to win, but I didn't count myself out" Anderson said. "With 400 to go, I saw the Georgetown guy (Mike Krisch) in front of me and I passed him, then the Harvard guy (Chas Gillespie) came up on me, and I really didn't feel like losing to a Harvard guy, so I just went all out.

"I saw that I needed a 63 on the last lap to get under 14, plus it's my senior year, so I gave it everything I had. The last lap was pure adrenaline."

Anderson, a graduate of Cinnaminson and senior at Army, moved from fourth place to first in the last 200 meters to win the Championship 5,000-meter run last night at the 115th annual Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

"There's something magical about this place," Anderson said. "Going to school in New York, it's coming home for me. Seeing all the high school guys and my family. There's definitely something special about coming back to Penn."

Advertisement  Anderson ran 13:58.23, a personal best by 13 seconds. His previous best of 14:11.08 came at Penn last year, when he placed ninth.

By running sub-14:12, Anderson qualified for the NCAA East Regionals in Greensboro, N.C., in May.

"It's like a weight off my shoulders," he said. "Getting under 14 has been a goal for me for a long time. It's like a sub-4 mile for me. It's not the equivalent performance-wise, but it was that big for me.''

Anderson is the fifth athlete from Burlington County to win a men's championship college event at Penn, joining Willingboro's Carl Lewis (long jump in 1980 and 1981), Holy Cross's Vince Labosky (javelin in 1990), Lenape's Mike Brown (intermediates in 2005) and Willingboro's Mike Morrison (long jump in 2005 and 2007).

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