Payton Jordan

Event: Coach

Inducted to Hall of Fame: 1983

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Payton was enshrined after a long and successful coaching career at Occidental College and Stanford. He was a staunch supporter of the Relays from its inception until his retirement from coaching in 1979.

During his 23 year tenure as Stanford coach, Payton produced seven Olympians, six world record holders and six national champions. He also was responsible for organizing the 1962 USA vs. USSR dual meet, one of the most successful track meets in American history. The meet drew over 150,000 fans to the two-day event. Payton also helped bring the 1960 U.S. Olympic Trials to Stanford. He also was the coach of the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team, considered one of the most powerful that the U.S. has ever fielded.

Payton was a successful sprinter as a USC student, and was captain of one of its NCAA Championship teams. However, he achieved his greatest renown as a sprinter in masters competition. He continues to hold numerous U.S. and world records in various age groups.

Born: 1917

College: USC

  • World 100m Masters Record
    • M70: 12.91
    • M75: 13.72
    • M80: 14.65
  • World 200m Masters Record
    • M70: 26.8
    • M75: 28.14
    • M80: 30.89
  • American 100m Masters Record
    • M60: 11.8
    • M65: 12.6
    • M70: 12.91
    • M75: 13.72
    • M80: 14.65
  • American 200m Masters Record
    • M70: 26.8
    • M75: 28.14
    • M80: 30.89

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