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Steers , Les
Les Steers was born June 16, 1917 in Rhonerville, California and died January 23, 2003. He began his collegiate track career at Stanford University but finished his career at the University of Oregon in 1941. Steers was a great all-around athlete, but specialized in the high jump. He set the world high jump record three times in 1941. His final world record was 6 feet 11 inches, that stood for 12 years. He used an innovative style of jumping called the "Belly Roll", and won many championships that included the NCAA (6ft. 10 7/8 inches), National AAU (6ft 9 inches), Northern Division (6ft. 8 inches), and won the high jump in the 1939 World University Games with a jump of (6ft 2 3/4 inches.) In various dual meets Steers displayed his great all-around athletic ability by competing in the javelin, high hurdles, and shot put. He even participated in a pentatlon. Steers is credited with an unofficial 7 foot high jump during the half time of a basketball game at Mac Court at the University of Oregon. He has been enshrined by the National Track & Field Hall of Fame (1974),State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame (1980), University of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame (1996.)