Jim Hines

Jim Hines

Jim Hines is one of the select few men to possess the title of “World’s Fastest Human” and has the sole distinction of being the “first person to break the 10 second barrier”. Hines earned that distinction while representing the United States in the 1968 summer...read more
Payton Jordan

Payton Jordan

Payton Jordan coached track and field at Stanford from 1957 through 1979, his athletes winning six individual NCAA titles and setting five world records. He was the head coach of the 1968 U.S. Olympic team that won a record 24 medals, including 12 Golds, and...read more
Tommie Smith

Tommie Smith

Tommie Smith entered San Jose State on a basketball scholarship but concentrated on track under Coach Bud Winter and became the only man, all time, to hold 11 simultaneous World and Olympic records: 200-meter dash, Olympic and World record, set in Mexico City in 1968,...read more
Lee Evans

Lee Evans

Lee Evans attended Overfelt High School in San Jose. At San Jose State, he was a member of the school’s NCAA 1969 Championship Team. He set a record for 43.86 for 400 meters in 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, which stood for 20 years. He won another gold medal for...read more
Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner lived in San Jose, where he trained at the San Jose Community College Track. In 1975, he established a world record of 8,524 points in an international meet at Oregon University’s Hayward Field. He was a gold medal winner in 1976 at Montreal, with a...read more
Cornelius “Dutch” Warmerdam

Cornelius “Dutch” Warmerdam

Dutch Warmerdam began vaulting for the San Francsico Olympic Club in 1939. On April 13, 1940, at the University of California Edwards Field, he became the first man to vault 15 feet using a bamboo pole. He cleared 15 feet 3/4 inches on May 23, 1943, at the Modesto...read more