Jim Grelle

Event: Mile

Inducted to Hall of Fame: 1991

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Mt. SAC Relays Highlights
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Jim was one of the great middle distance starts produced by legendary Oregon coach Bill Bowerman. After finishing second in the NCAA mile as a sophomore and junior (both times behind Villanova's Ron Delany), he captured the title as a senior with a time of 4:03.9. The following year, he qualified for the U.S. Olympic team at 1500m, and finished 8th atthe Rome Olympics final.

At the 1962 Mt. SAC Relays, Jim became only the 4th American (and first Relays participant) to break 4 minutes for the mile. This established a new meet record which stood until 1998. In 1964 and 1965, Jim repeated as mile champion. In 1966, he successfully moved up to the 3-mile event, where he won his last Mt. SAC title.

In the latter part of his career, Jim fell under the ever-lengthing shadow of a new middle distance prodigy named Jim Ryan. It was Ryan who bumped Grelle off the 1964 Olympic team by capturing the third 1500m qualifying spot (Grelle 4th).

In 1965, Grelle lowered the U.S. record in the mile to 3:55.4. But only nine days later, Ryan broke that record by a tenth of a second. And in 1963, it was Ryan who finished together with Grelle, as both lowered the U.S. two-mile record (8:25.2) at a race in Los Angeles.

Born: 1936

College: University of Oregon

 

  • Mile
    • 1962: 1st, 3:59.9
    • 1964: 1st, 4:01.1
    • 1965: 1st, 4:00.3
  • 3-Mile
    • 1966: 1st, 14:10.8
  • PRs:
    • 1500m: 3:38.9
    • Mile: 3:55.4
    • 2-Mile: 8:25.2
  • Set two American Records:
    • 1965: Mile, 3:55.4
    • 1966: 2-Mile, 8:25.2
  • Olympic 8th place finish, 1960
    • 1500m: 3:45.0
  • U.S. National Champion
    • 1960: 3:42.7
  • U.S. National Indoor Mile Champion
    • 1965: 4:07.4
    • 1966: 4:09.5
  • Pan-Am Champion, 1963
    • 3:43.62
  • NCAA Finals:
    • 1957: 2nd, 4:07.1
    • 1958: 2nd, 4:04.8
    • 1959: 1st, 4:03.9

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