While Penn’s track and field heyday had passed, John Haines did more than his share to resurrect the former glory of the Universty of Pennsyvlania track and field squad; his most impressive feat was being the only athlete ever to win four consecutive national championships in the same event, that being the 60-yard dash, which he won from 1953 through 1956. In addition to the four national championships, he won the event three times at the IC4As, and in 1955 and 1956, he was the College-American record holder in that event.
Haines also won the national championship in the 55-meter dash, and in 1956, he was the runner-up in the 400-meter and the 100-meter races at nationals. In indoor competition, Haines was equally competitive, and was named an All-American from 1953 through 1955. In 1955, he won the 100-meter run at the IC4As. The following year, int eh same competition, he won the 220-yard run and 400-meter run. Over his career, Haines won six IC4A championships, five Heptagonal championships, and two Penn Relays titles.
In 1956, Haines competed in the Olympic Trials, and was a finalist in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 400-meter dashes. In addition, Haines was the Cane Man for the Class of 1956.