Former Oregon track star and Olympian Jim Grelle passed away this last Saturday.
He was 83 years old.
During his career at Oregon, Grelle helped paved the way and set the foundation for the Ducks' middle-distance legacy.
A close teammate of Phil Knight and coached by Bill Bowerman, Grelle was the NCAA mile champion as a senior in 1959, as well as being a runner-up in 1957 and 1958.
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In the Olympics, Grelle finished eighth in the 1,500 at the 1960 Summer Games in Rome.
Grelle is also the fourth American to run a sub-4 minute mile when he finished in 3:59.9 at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. Also making him just the second runner with Oregon ties to break that four-minute barrier. Grelle also earned himself some medals, with winning gold in the 1,500 at the 1963 Pan American Games as well as earning the Pan Am silver medal in 1959.
During his time at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon, Grelle was a state champion and set the American two-mile record in 1963 (8:25.2) and held the American mile record (3:55.4) for nine days in 1965 until it was broken by Jim Ryun.
In 1994, Grelle was inducted into the Oregon Ducks Hall of Fame for Track & Field.
R.I.P to an Oregon Track & Field legend.
Oregon Track & Field legend and Olympian Jim Grelle passes away originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest