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Les Steers

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Inducted: 1974, athlete

Born: June 16, 1917 - Eureka, California
Deceased: January 23, 2003

High Jump - 2.11 m

Lester "Les" Steers could have been the world's first 7-foot high jumper if World War II had not curtailed his jumping. While at the University of Oregon, Steers set two world records in 1941, first clearing 6' 10 3/4", then raising the standard to 6' 11". The latter mark would remain the record for a dozen years. A straddle jumper, Steers was an outstanding talent at Palo Alto (Calif.) High School. He later became the 1941 national collegiate champion and won or tied for three National AAU titles. In 1941, he also jumped over 7' in an unsanctioned exhibition meet. No one would achieve this height officially until 1956. Steers later became a salesman in Portland, Oregon.

Records Held
World Record: High Jump - 2.11 m (June 17, 1941 - )

1941 NCAA: High Jump (1st)

high school: Palo Alto (Palo Alto, California)
junior college: San Mateo (San Mateo, California)
undergraduate: Oregon (Eugene, Oregon)


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