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Record Breaking Track Star

While getting a degree in Language Arts in the College of Education (after graduating he taught high school English and Speech) Len Levine established several records as a member of the University of Minnesota track team. By the time he was a senior he earned three varsity letters and had developed into a world class runner. One of his records, which stood for 17 years, was in the 60-yard dash which he ran in 6.2 seconds (1/10th of a second off the American record at that time). He was the silver medal winner in the Big Ten 300-yard dash Championship surpassing the time recorded more than twenty-five years earlier by the legendary Jessie Owens. His time that day, a blazing 31.6 seconds, was a University of Minnesota record that lasted for six years.

Len Levine was a record-breaking track athlete at the University of Minnesota.

He was a member of the mile relay team that posted a 3:16.0 time at America’s Athletic Classic, the Drake Relays, establishing another University record that stood for six years. He covered the 440 yards that day in 47.5 seconds.

Len ran every sprint event at the University of Minnesota from 60 yards to 440 yards (on the mile relay team).