1986 TRACK & FIELD INDUCTEE
His nickname lets you know that Floyd Wilson wasn’t very large, but his legs were like well-oiled pistons. His claim to fame at Riverdale High School was that he eclipsed Jesse Owens’ high school national long jump record. From 1930 through 1935, he was one of the premier long jumpers in the state of California. Wilson first caused a stir when competing for the Class ‘B’ Riverdale team in a meet in Hanford when he jumped 23′ 5″. In the same meet, he won the 100-yard dash in 10.4 seconds and the 220 in 23.4 seconds. At the West Coast Relays, he was elevated to the varsity team and set an event high school long jump record of 23′ 5 3/8″. Later, he set a Fresno County record of 24.9 seconds in the 220 low hurdles. In 1931, he saved his best for the West Coast Relays where he surpassed his own record with a qualifying leap of 23′ 8 1/2″ and topped that in the finals at 23′ 10 3/4″. His performance made him the leading high school West Coast Relays points winner. In the Fresno County CIF meet, Wilson won the long jump, the 220-yard low hurdles, and the 100-yard dash. Moving to Fresno State in 1932, he established a school record of 24′ 3 1/4″ in Sacramento, a mark that stood for several years. At Fresno State, he won the Far Western Conference and West Coast Relays long jump events and, after graduation, rocketed 23’9″ for the powerful San Francisco Olympic Club team. For many years, he officiated the long jump events at the West Coast Relays.