By Mindy Cooper/The Portland Observer
Native north Portland resident Weldon Vance has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at the University of Oregon for his contributions on the Ducks track and field team that led to the school’s gold medal at the national championships in 1970.
Before he attended Oregon, Vance graduated from Jefferson High School where he was the 1968 and 1969 state champion in both the mile relay and 440.
“I received a scholarship to go to the University of Oregon for track and field at the same time the great Steve Prefontaine had a scholarship,” said Vance. “He was a hard working guy, and he led us to the national championship.”
“Those were great days,” said Vance. “I was growing up and having a good time.”
Today, Vance said he is glad to see UO’s sports programs are doing well, and he said he has especially enjoyed watching the Ducks track and field team continue the legacy of his time.
“I’m really proud of coach Vin Lananna. He is almost as tough as our coaches, Bill Bowerman and Bill Dellinger,” said Vance with a chuckle.
Already proud to be alum of the University of Oregon, he said he is honored to have been selected for the Hall of Fame. “It feels really good,” he said.