Nov. 23, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS -- Olympian and former CSU track and field standout Glenn Morris will be inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame next month as a part of the five-member class. Morris won the gold medal at the 1936 games in the decathlon with a world record 7,900 points.
"It's exciting for our track program to have Glenn Morris in the National Track and Field Hall of Fame," said Head Coach Brian Bedard. "I think it is really important for our track team to see former track athletes inducted into the CSU, Colorado and National Halls of Fame. It gives them something to aspire to and dream about. It also reminds our coaches, and athletes, about the traditions of track and field at Colorado State University and our obligation to continue to build on those traditions."
The record, 7,254 on current decathlon scoring tables, was just one of the accomplishments for Morris. He was also the 1936 AAU Sullivan Award winner. The award is given to the top US amateur athlete. He died in 1974. Induction ceremonies will be held Dec. 1 in Honolulu.
GLENN MORRIS: Born June 18, 1912. Died Jan. 31, 1974. Morris had perhaps one of the most potent decathlon careers in history, breaking two world records and winning an Olympic gold medal in a decathlon career that lasted just one year. At the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, where German fans expected their world record holder Hans-Heinrich Sievert to win the gold medal in the decathlon, the U.S. came up with a used car salesman and former intermediate hurdler from Denver named Glenn Morris. Morris, a former student at Colorado State University, had only taken up the decathlon earlier that year. In just his second attempt at the decathlon in June of 1936 at the Olympic Trials in Milwaukee, Morris broke Sievert's world record with his total of 7,875 points, although the mark was never put forward for ratification. He later bettered that effort with a world record total of 7,900 points in leading the U.S. to a 1-2-3 sweep of the decathlon medals at the Olympics in Berlin. Morris immediately retired from the decathlon undefeated following the Olympics. Later in 1936, he was chosen as the winner of the prestigious A.A.U. Sullivan Award, presented annually to the nation's top amateur athlete.