From world-class competitors, such as Bill Dellinger and Steve Prefontaine, to regionally-known stars, such as Claudette Groenendaal and Boyd Brown, Oregon’s leading track and field athletes span generations and disciplines, creating a diverse and reputable track and field heritage. Although every student-athlete contributes to Oregon’s track and field history, a select number stand out above the rest.
Makers of Milestones
Early Era Stars
Read stories of Oregon’s first track and field legends: from Dan Kelly’s 1906 world record to Boyd Brown’s genius with the javelin.
University of Oregon mid-century legends include Bill Dellinger, Dyrol Burleson’s miracle mile and Mac Wilkins who qualified for the Olympics three times.
Leaders of the Long Distance Decades
Get the fully story on running legends including Steve Prefontaine, Kenny Moore and Alberto Salazar.
Wonder women including Lynn Wibigler and Kathy Hayes put Oregon at the top of the field of women’s athletics.