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Cal Poly Mustangs in the Olympics rown 1968 During a run of winning three consecutive state high jump championships at Compton High School, Reynaldo Brown competed as a 17-year-old at the 1968 Olympics. He cleared 7 feet and a quarter-inch in Mexico City, finishing just two spots back of earning a bronze medal. Renowned as one of the last world-class high jumpers to use the straddle technique rather than the Fosbury Flop (as Dick Fosbury won the gold in 1968), Brown won a pair of national titles for Cal Poly at the Division I level, in 1971 and 1973. His height of 7’ 4” on the second occasion — which culminated a senior season in which he earned top honors at 15 meets — broke the NCAA record at the time, ranked No. 2 in the world that year (behind only Dwight Stones), and still stands as the Mustangs’ program record. By the close of his collegiate career, whether via indoor or outdoor competition, Brown had set or tied 27 records in various contexts. The 1971 all-sports CCAA Male Athlete of the Year also played basketball at Cal Poly. Brown overcame cancer, and cardiac and kidney failure later in life to still clear 5’ 6” in 2009.

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Mustang Olympians, National Champions, All-Americans and Conference Champions • 1940-Today

Cal Poly Track & Field and Cross Country History and Record Book  

Mustang Olympians, National Champions, All-Americans and Conference Champions • 1940-Today

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