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Eldon Jenne

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Name  Eldon Jenne
Role  Olympic athlete
Died  February 4, 1993

Education  Washington State University

Eldon Irl Jenne (May 29, 1899 – February 4, 1993) was an American track and field athlete who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics and a high school athletic coach.


Athletic career

Jenne attended Washington High School in Portland, Oregon where he played football, baseball, and basketball. He later attended Washington State University, where he excelled in the pole vault. In 1920, he was a member of the United States track and field team at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium, finishing seventh in the pole vault competition.

In 1921, Jenne tied for the individual pole vault championship at the NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship. He was Washington State's first Olympian and is a member of the Washington State University Sports Hall of Fame.

Coaching career

Following the end of his athletic career, Jenne returned to Portland to coach football, basketball, baseball, and track at Washington High School. In 1928, he coached the boys' basketball team to the Oregon state championship, defeating future University of Oregon football coach Prink Callison's Medford High School team. Jenne's football teams amassed an overall 61–16–14 record with seven Portland city championships, one state championship, with only one losing season.

Jenne also served as head football and basketball coach at Pacific University. He led the Portland Interscholastic League's athletic program from 1938 until his retirement in 1965. In 1983, he was named to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements in coaching.

Jenne died in La Jolla, California in 1993.


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