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Leroy Burrell

Born: February 21, 1967


One of the most touted recruits in the nation after single-handedly winning the Pennsylvania class AAA title for Penn Wood High School in 1985 after golds in the 100m, 200m, long jump and triple jump, Leroy Burrell (Lansdowne, Pennsylvania) would end up as an 11-time world record setter and one of the best combination sprinter-jumpers in history.


The first of his world records came in 1989 as part of Santa Monica TC’s 1:19.38 4x200m relay at Koblenz, Germany, but he grabbed the headlines in 1991 at New York City’s Randall’s Island, where he zipped to a 9.90 WR in the 100m at the TAC Championships.


Burrell then ran on WR 4x100m relay squads for Team USA at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and at the 1993 IAAF World Championships in Stuttgart, with both foursomes clocking 37.40. He added a pair of 4x200m relay WRs in 1992 and 1994 with Santa Monica TC, and he regained his 100m WR in ’94 with a 9.85 in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Burrell won two NCAA indoor long jump crowns for the University of Houston and had a personal best of 8.37m/27-5.5. He also won the 1990 NCAA outdoor title in the 100. Burrell is in his 20th year as head coach at his alma mater.


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