Former Sprinter Clyde Jeffrey Dies At 88

Sept. 28, 2006

Riverside, Calif. - Former Stanford sprinter and football player Clyde Jeffrey passed away on September 18 of cancer in his Riverside home. One of the all-time greats in Stanford Track & Field, Jeffrey set collegiate and world records during his brief career on The Farm.

Born in 1918 in Long Beach, Jeffrey moved to Riverside as a teenager where he began his track & field career as a high jumper and later moved to the sprints. After graduating high school in 1937, Jeffrey competed at what is now Riverside Community College where he tied the national junior college record in the 100-yard dash at 9.6 seconds and set the 220-yard record in 20.5 seconds.

Jeffrey joined the Stanford Track & Field squad in 1939 after earning a scholarship. In his first season at Stanford, Jeffrey captured the 220-yard dash at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships and also finished second in a close race in the 100-yard dash.

Jeffrey is perhaps best know for tying Jesse Owens' 100-meter world record at the 1939 Amateur Athletic Union National Championships. He clocked a blazing 10.2 (wind-aided) to earn a share of the world record.

During the 1940 season, Jeffrey pulled a hamstring in his last competitive race in the 100 meters at the NCAA Championships. He was favored to represent the United States at the 1940 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, but due to his injury and the cancellation of the games due to World War II, did not compete.

Jeffrey was also a member of the Stanford football team that went 10-0 in 1940 and went on to beat Nebraska in the Rose Bowl. He graduated from Stanford in 1941, later serving in the Navy and then working for the Riverside County Probation Department.

Jeffrey was inducted into the Stanford Hall of Fame in 1955, as well as the Riverside Sport Hall of Fame in its inaugural class in 2003 and the RCC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.

A memorial service will be held September 30 at 12:30 pm at First Congregational Church in Riverside.

Additional Stories:Sprinter Jeffrey dies of cancer, by Jim Alexander (The Press-Enterprise)

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