Grelle , Jim
Jim Grelle was born in 1936. While a student at Portland's Lincoln High School he won state track & field 880-yard championsips in 1954 and 1955. He continued his track career at the University of Oregon under the tutelage of Bill Bowerman, and his sophomore and junior years at the University of Oregon he placed second in the NCAA mile and won the NCAA mile his senior year (1959) in 4:03.9 seconds. The following year he made the U.S. Olympic team and placed eighth in the Rome Olympics. After the Olympics he embarked upon a world class career as a miler. During his illustrious career Grelle set the U.S. recond in the mile 3:55.4 sec. (1965), and in (1963) he set the U.S. 2-mile record in 8:25.2 sec. He also won the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays mile in 1962, 64, 65 and the 3-mile in 1966. Grelle ran his first sub 4-minute mile in 1962 in the time of 3:59.9 sec. Career Best include: 1500 meters, 3:38.9 sec., mile, 3:55.4 sec. and 2-mile 8:25.2 seconds
1960- 3:42.7 sec. USA Outdoor Track & Field 1500 meter champion.
1961- 4:08.0 sec. U.S. Nationals, 3rd in mile.
1962- 3:58.1 sec. U.S. Nationals, 2nd in mile.
1963- 3:43.62 sec. U.S. Nationals, Pan American Games Champion in the 1500 meters.
1964- 3:38.9 sec. U.S. Nationals, 3rd in 1500 meters.
1965- 4:00.6 sec. U.S. Nationals, 3rd in mile.
1965- 4:07.4 sec. National Indoor Mile Champion.
1966- 4:09.5 sec. National Indoor Mile Champion.
1967- 3:56.1 sec. U.S. Nationals, 2nd in mile.
In 1981, Jim Grelle was inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.