Ron Morris (athlete)

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Ron Morris
Ron Morris, Don Bragg, Eeles Landström, Rome 1960.jpg
Morris (left) at the 1960 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Ronald Hugh Morris
Born April 27, 1935 (1935-04-27) (age 81)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Pole vault
Club Southern California Striders
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 5.03 m (1966)[1][2]

Ronald Hugh "Ron" 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] 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 "Ron Morris". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. 
  2. ^ Ron Morris.
  3. ^ "Men's US Outdoor Champions...". USA Pole Vaulting. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Tosches, Rick (17 January 1986). "Brooks Morris Follows in His Father's Steps". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 

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