Washburn High School     Hall of Fame


Dave Odegard

Class of 1957

Earned five letters 1955-1957

Football 2 letters

  • 1956 Minneapolis All Conference Team
  • 1956 Minnesota All State honorable mention

Track 3 letters

  • Captain of 1957 Minnesota State Track and Field Championship team
  • 1957 Twin City Indoor Meet high and low hurdle events champion
  • 1957 Carleton Invitation Meet high and low hurdle events champion
  • 1957 Minneapolis City Conference Track Meet high and low hurdles events champion
  • 1957 Minnesota State Track and Field Meet high and low hurdle events champion


  • Member of University of Minnesota Track team
  • 1960 Drake Relays high hurdles champion
  • 1960 Big Ten high hurdles champion
  • 1960 NCAA Championships - high hurdles runner-up
  • 1960 United States Olympic Track and Field Team alternate
  • Member of Minnesota Track and Field Hall of Fame

Dave Odegard was one of Washburn’s outstanding athletes. He played football and ran track at Washburn.

In football, Dave played receiver as a junior and senior lettering twice. As a senior, he was named to the All-City team and received Honorable Mention All State.

In track, Dave was a three-year letterman in Track. Under his leadership as a Co-captain, Washburn won the State High School Championship in 1957. In 1957, Dave won both the high and low hurdles at the Twin City Indoor Meet, the Carlton Invitation Meet, the City Conference Meet and the State Track and Field Championship.

Dave graduated from Washburn in June 1957. He attended the University of Minnesota on a full athletic scholarship. Dave captained the U of M team and was a track and field All-American in 1961.

In 1960, Dave was undefeated in the high hurdles during the regular season, winning the Drake Relays and the Big Ten Championship and placing 2nd in a photo finish in the finals of the NCAA championships.

Invited to try out for 1960 U. S. Olympic Team, Dave was an alternate in the hurdles. During 1960 and 1961, Dave was ranked 12th in the world in the high hurdles.

In 2002, Dave Odegard was named to the Minnesota Track and Field Hall of Fame by the Minnesota Track Coaches Association.

all webpages and content - copyright 2008 - all rights reserved