Oregon Hall of Fame Coaching Staff
Hall of Fame Inductee
|Position:||Hall of Fame Inductee|
|Other Position:||1994 Inductee, Track and Field (1956-1959)|
When Oregon mile/1,500 runners finished first or second or both in the NCAA Championships during nine straight seasons, he played a significant part in the heritage. He was called the most durable of the Ducks’ string of distance standouts, finishing his career as a three-time all-American and going on to represent his country in international competition which included the 1960 Olympics.
He was at his best in the big meets, streaking to runner-up honors in the 1957 and ’58 NCAA meets despite not winning the conference title either year. He swept all of the major races the next year, adding the national mile title to his collegiate spoils. He went on to finish second in the Pan American Games in the 1,500 that summer, then made the U.S. Olympic Team and won the AAU championship in 1960. He also won the Pan Am title in 1963 and two AAU indoor mile crowns later in his career.