Otis Burrell

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Otis Burrell
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Men’s athletics
Representing the  United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 1967 Winnipeg High jump

Otis Burrell (born May 9, 1944) is an American track and field athlete, primarily known for the high jump where he is a four time American champion outdoors, including three straight victories[1] and a one time indoor champion.[2] Burrell won the silver medal at the 1967 Pan American Games, and was the No.1 ranked American high jumper in 1965, 1966 and 1969. Burrell's personal best is 2.19 m (7 ft 2 in).[3]

Burrell attended Jefferson High School in Los Angeles, where he competed in the high jump, and was in a three-way tie for first place at the 1962 CIF California State Meet.[4] Jefferson is the same high school as Olympic champion Charles Dumas, the first man to jump 7 feet. Burrell was the ninth. Burrell then went to Los Angeles Valley College[5] and University of Nevada, Reno. While at Reno, he was the 1966 NCAA Champion, as well as finishing fourth in the 120 yard hurdles.[6] Both colleges elected Burrell to their athletic Halls of Fame. Burrell now coaches for Palos Verdes Peninsula High School.[7]

Burrell remains active in masters athletics, competing in the high jump and hurdles.[8]

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