Jim Ryun Returns to Site of Record Run
By Toni Reavis
San Diego’s Balboa Stadium looked much different in 1965 when it was home to the AFL San Diego Chargers than it does today as home to San Diego High School Cavers. Before Qualcomm Stadium was built in Mission Valley in 1967, or Petco Park was erected downtown in 2004, Balboa Stadium was the main athletic stadium for what was still a sleepy, laid back Navy and Marine based town.
In the summer of `65 Balboa Stadium hosted the AAU Track & Field Championships. The highlight of that meet was the one Mile run, featuring the Olympic gold and silver medalists from Tokyo 1964, New Zealand’s Peter Snell and Czechoslovakia’s Josef Odložil. Also in the field was the newly minted American mile record holder, Jim Grelle, a product of Bill Bowerman’s University of Oregon program, and one other notable worth mentioning, a gangly high school senior out of Wichita East High School in Kansas, one Jim Ryun.
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