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Phil Shinnick
Phil Shinnick

Spokane, Wash.

Track and Field


Year elected to Husky Hall of Fame: 1992

Member of the track and field team from 1963-65. In 1963, Shinnick jumped 27-4 at the Modesto Relays, a world record distance were it not for the fact that the wind gauge was left unattended and a valid wind reading was not taken. The mark was retroactively recognized as an American Record in 2003 and remains the Washington record. Track and Field News ranked Shinnick in its U.S. Top-10 for the long jump five times during the 1960s.

At the same Modesto Relays meet, fellow Husky Brian Sternberg also broke the World and American Records in the pole vault, the first time in history that two undergraduates broke World Records just minutes apart. Shinnick beat Olympic Champion Ralph Boston in that long jump competition and was named Outstanding Athlete of the meet when five other World Records were broken.

Shinnick would place sixth in the long jump at the 1963 NCAA Championships and third in 1964. He then represented the U.S. in the 1964 Olympic Games, finishing 22nd in the long jump qualifying rounds, while also running a leg on the 4x100m relay . In 1968, Shinnick was fourth at the U.S. Olympic Trials and traveled to Mexico City as an alternate on Team USA. He had the second-best jump in the world in 1968 of 26-9 1/2.

He also raised the UW school record in the high jump to 6-feet, 11-inches in 1965, and made the national team in the decathlon in 1967, and was captain of Team USA at the 1969 Pan Conference Championships in Tokyo.

Shinnick received a BA in Economics and MPA in Internal Affairs in 1967 and PhD from UC Berkeley in 1975.

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