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Ted Mertz '51

Ted Mertz '51

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  • Hall of Fame Class of 2000
Ted Mertz '51 lettered all four years in track and field, and was one of that sport's great all-around athletes.Upon graduation, he held five school records, including high jump (6'-0'), long jump (22'-3'), 100-yard dash(10.0), 120- yard high hurdles (15.4), and 220- yard low hurdles (24.3). Mertz led Willamette to its first Northwest Conference title in track and field in 1951, and once scored 16 of the Bearcats 24 points in the North Pacific Invitational, helping Willamette to tie for third place.
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