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Leon McKenzie

Benson High School

  Leon McKenzie stands as a towering figure in the world of high school track and field coaching, with a career that has not only shaped the success of Benson High School's track teams but also left an indelible mark on Oregon's track and field landscape. His impressive tenure and accomplishments position him as an expert in his field, earning him widespread respect and accolades.

Career Overview:

        •       His coaching career spans an impressive 44 years, 35 as the head coach

Key Achievements:

        •       11 State Championships, 7 runners-up finishes, four 3rd place and three 4th places.

        •       Women's Team Success: The women's team won six consecutive Oregon 6-A state titles from 1999 to 2004.

        •       Relay Dominance: His teams have a remarkable record in relays, with thirty 1st place finishes at the state level, including six consecutive wins in the women’s 4x400 meter relay from 1998 to 2003 and seven straight wins in the 4x100 meter women's relay from 1998 to 2004.

        •       Men's Relay Success: The men’s team also excelled in relays under his guidance, winning six consecutive 4x400 meter relay titles from 1987 to 1992.

        •       Medal Tally: His teams amassed 48 gold medals at state meets, along with 36 second places and 37 third places.

        •       Athlete Development: McKenzie has guided 126 men and women athletes to score in the top three at state meets, including individual events and relays.

        •       Record Setting: His teams have set eleven state meet records and seven all-time Oregon High School bests.

        •       All-American Athletes: Four of his athletes achieved the status of high school All-American.

Honors and Recognition:

        •       Leon McKenzie was twice named National High School Coach of the Year, Regional Coach of the Year and Oregon Prep Coach of the Year 15 times.