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Woodell , Bob
Bob Woodell was one of the University of Oregon's top long jump/triple jumpers during the 1960s. During the 1966 season Woodell had a career best long jump of 23 feet 11 inches in an upset win against UCLA in a home dual meet, and near the end of the 1966 season an accident paralyzed him from the waist down ending his track career. Head track coach Bill Bowerman organized the Bob Woodell Track Meet in order to help pay some of Woodell's mounting hospital bills. The meet was the first of many great Twilight Mini Meets to be held at the University of Oregon during the evening after the conclusion of the regular track season, and was held on June 2, 1966 before a large television audience on KPTV. The event featured many of the University Oregon and Oregon State University's present and past track athletes which included Dyrol Burleson who won a spectacular mile with a time 3:57.3, and led two other runners to sub-four minute mile times. Other events contested were the 3000 meter steeplechase, shot put, 440 intermediate hurdles, javelin, High School 880, and the Open Broad Jump. Although Woodell was strapped to a stretcher he attended the meet and congratulated all of the winners. Despite less than ideal conditions and intermittent rain the meet was attended by 6,500 enthusiastic fans and earned $7,500. Woodell's event, the Broad Jump, was won by teammate Herman Brame with a jump of 23 ft. 5 in., second was High School state champion Tom Smith of Thurston High School with a jump of 23 ft. 3 1/2 in. and third went to Jim Johnson of the University of Oregon with a jump of 23 ft. 3/8 in. Other winners included Neal Steinhauer (shot put), Mike Lehner (Steeplechase), Dean Southam (440 Intermediate Hurdles), John Burns (Javelin), and Jim Reverman (High School 880.) The University of Oregon continued to hold great Mini Meets, and Bob Woodell went on to become a top Executive at Nike.