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Burleson , Dyrol
In 1958, Dyrol Burleson of Cottage Grove High School became the best high school miler in the United States. Also during 1958 he won the state 880-yard run in 1:56.9 sec., and the mile run in 4:21.4. Later that year in Bakersfield, California he set the national high school mile record with a time of 4:12.2 sec. After high school he continued his track career at the University of Oregon under head track coach Bill Bowerman. While a collegian he won the NCAA mile/1500 meter championship three times:

1960 1500 meters 3:44.2 sec.
1961 Mile 4:00.5 sec.
1962 Mile 3:59.8 sec.

He won the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championship mile/1500 meter three times:

1959 1500 meter 3:47.5 sec.
1961 Mile 4:04.9 sec.
1963 Mile 3:56.7 sec.

In the 1960 Olympics he was the top U.S. 1,500 entrant and finished 6th in the time of 3:40.8 sec., and in the 1964 Olympics he finished 5th in the time of 3:40.0 sec. Other career highlights include Track & Field News #1 1500 meter ranking in 1961, and in 1962 he set the American 2-mile record and was twice the American record holder in the mile. Also in 1962 he set a world record in the 4-mile relay with Archie San Romani, Jr.,Vic Reeve, and Keith Foreman in the time of 16:08.9.
Burleson was inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.