Clinton Larson Athlete Profile | BYU Cougar Club

Clinton Larson Athlete Profile

Clinton Larson

Clinton Larson
Hall of Fame: 1975

  • 1975 Men's Track & Field

1975 Hall of Fame Inductee

Clinton Larson was one of the great track athletics of his day. Born in St. George, he attended BYU and was especially proficient in high jumping, becoming the greatest feet-first high jumper in the world. He broke his first high jump record in 1914 in high school, and in college he often won as many as eight first place medals in a single meet.

In the 1917 Pennsylvania Relays, he set a world high jump record of 6 feet 5 3/8 inches that remained unbeaten for seventeen years. While in the army he represented the United States at the Inter Allied Games in Paris and won the high jump with a jump of 6 feet 5 inches.

Clinton served as a coach and school teacher in the Salt Lake City area for many years. He initiated the AAU Track and Field Meet in Utah and the audio-visual aids program for the state of Utah. He also served as a vice chairman of the National Amateur Athletic Union of the United States in track and field. In 1974 he was named to the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.

He was an ardent scout supporter for twenty-seven years and also collected lantern slides of physical education exhibitions. His collection included over 5,000 slides and represented over thirty countries.

Clinton married Lillian Foster in 1918.