Ron Morris (pole vaulter)

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Ron Morris
Ron Morris, Don Bragg, Eeles Landström, Rome 1960.jpg
Morris (left) at the 1960 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameRonald Hugh Morris
BornApril 27, 1935 (1935-04-27) (age 85)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Country United States
Event(s)Pole vault
ClubSouthern California Striders
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)5.03 m (1966)[1][2]

Ronald Hugh Morris (born April 27, 1935) is a retired American track and field athlete who won the national title in pole vault in 1958, 1961 and 1962.[3] He placed fourth at the 1959 Pan American Games and second at the 1960 Summer Olympics.[4] Morris vaulted 15'-0" June 1971 for a Masters M35 World Record at the 1971 Los Angeles Senior Olympics. After retiring from competitions, he worked as athletics coach.[1]

His athletic and coaching experience includes:

  • 1952–1953 Two time California Interscholastic Pole Vault and U.S. Interscholastic Record Holder[1]
  • 1955–1957 Twice Intercollegiate All-American and University of Southern California Pole Vault Record Holder
  • 1956 Sixth man in history to clear 15 feet
  • 1956–1966 Eight times AAU All-American – ranked in the top 10 in the world for ten years
  • 1960 Silver Medal in XVII Olympiad, Rome, Italy
  • 1962 Only World Class athlete to successfully convert from steel to fiberglass (ranked #1 in the world that year)
  • 1978 Ranked by Track and Field News as the 2nd Best Pole Vaulter (longevity) in history
  • 1960–1978 Track Coach at California State University, Los Angeles (prepared several All-American athletes)
  • 1978–present Owner and operator of On Track


  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Ron Morris". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020.
  2. ^ Ron Morris.
  3. ^ "Men's US Outdoor Champions..." USA Pole Vaulting. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Tosches, Rick (January 17, 1986). "Brooks Morris Follows in His Father's Steps". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. Retrieved June 10, 2016.

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