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    Another Great Bear has passed away - Monte Upshaw!

    Former great T&F standout Monte Upshaw passed away July 26th from complications from Parkinson's disease.

    Upshaw, who was enshrined in the Cal Hall of Fame in 2007, remained close to the Cal track program following the completion of his career, and the Upshaw Family Long Jump at the annual Brutus Hamilton Invitational at Edwards Stadium is named in his family's honor. Daughter Joy served as an assistant track coach for the Bears, while daughter Grace lettered in track at Cal from 1995-97 and was a three-time U.S. champion and two-time Olympian in the long jump. She was induced into the Cal Hall of Fame in 2014. Joy's daughter, Sunny, is a former Cal long jumper and daughter, Windy, is an incoming Cal freshman.
    My condolences to his family and friends.

    Note: He actually passed away almost 2 weeks ago, my apologies if this is a duplicate.

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    I met Monte a number of times at Cal when I was volunteering at various Cal T&F Meets over the years.
    He always had a great smile, was engaging, and a tremendous supporter of all things CAL!
    My condolences to the entire Upshaw family.

    And for those of you that are unaware of how great an athlete Monte was, he broke the long jump mark of Jesse Owens back in the Spring of '54 with a jump of 25-04.50

    Monte was just 18 years old at the time.
    And that mark ranked him #5 in the World that season!

    Photo of Monte jumping at Edwards Stadium:

    A Celebration of Monte Upshaw's life will take place on Sept. 10th at 3pm at the Claremont Hotel.
    Last edited by Wags; 08-11-2017 at 10:44 AM.

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    I was at that meet when Upshaw broke Owens' record which, I believe, was the oldest prep mark then on the books. He also split the hurdles races with future decathlete star Rafer Johnson and,IIRC, singlehandedly put Piedmont in second in the team scoring. He was a very special talent and, had he not suffered a serious knee injury, may well have become the world's premier long jumper of his generation. R.I.P.
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