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Oregon Hall of Fame Coaching Staff
Roscoe Cook
Hall of Fame Inductee
Coach Info:
Position: Hall of Fame Inductee
Other Position: 2010 Inductee, Track & Field (1959-61)
One of the first great sprinters University of Oregon history, Roscoe Cook developed into a World and American record- holder at 100 yards and indoors at 60 yards under legendary coach Bill Bowerman. The San Diego, Calif., native was the 1959 Pacific Coast Conference champion at 100 yards (9.5 seconds), as well as at 220 yards (21.0) before going on to earn All-America honors at 100 yards at the NCAA Championships that same year. It was at the 1959 NCAA meet that he set the World and American record in the 100 yards, finishing in 9.3 seconds. He then twice set the World and American indoor record at 60 yards, timing 6.0 seconds in both 1960 and 1961. Cook wrapped up his collegiate career with another All-America certificate in 1961 for his fourth-place NCAA showing in the 100 yards (9.6). Some 50 years later, he still ranks second all-time in school history at 100 yards, with that time also No. 6 on the American list. Cook graduated from Oregon with a degree in physical education and went on to earn a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts.