|School: Jefferson||Graduation Year: 1969|
Year Inducted: 2014
Sports Played: Football, Track and Field
High School Honors: 3-year letter winner in football sophomore through senior. 4-year letter winner in track & field. Had 10 first place finishes in PIL and State meets in 100, 220 and 440 dashes and Mile Relay; won 440 and ran on the winning mile relay team at State as a junior and senior in record-setting times. His 440 PIL time of 48.0 was a record.
Post High School Career: 3-year letter winner in 440 and mile relay for University of Oregon 1970-72 All-American all three years, on NCAA National Championship mile relay time (finished fourth) in 1970; Finished third in mile relay at NCAA championships in 1971 team and second in 1972. He and his 1970 track team were inducted into the U of O Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.
My experience with the Jefferson track team left me with many lessons, memories, friendships and inspirations that I carry with me today. It was our team success that drove my competitiveness.
I am both proud and taken aback that my athletic accomplishments place me among some great athletes. My gratitude extends to many people who played an important role in my successes at Jefferson. I thank God, my Mom and Dad, family, children and spouse for their great love and support, not to forget all my friends.
Special thank you to my brother Orlando Vance, who was always cheering me and supporting me. Your love will always be in my heart! Thanks Big Brother. And thanks to coach Phil Waldon for taking us to all the track meets!