Greg Olson
Greg Olson

Greg Olson was arguably the greatest track and field performer in field events for Boston State College. He was the Warriors' Most Valuable Performer in 1969 en-route to being named an All-American. Olsen was a co-captain at Boston State from 1968-69 and was given the Sportsmanship Award as a senior. Olsen dominated the pole vault event, becoming the first competitor to clear 15 feet, six inches. He went on to capture the New England State College pole vault title four times and took the New England Intercollegiate Indoor title with a record try. Olsen made the pole vault his own, winning the NAIA championship, while leading the Warriors to a record 57-point winning margin. He also took the New England AAU Indoor and Outdoor crowns with vaults that broke records that had stood for more than 20 years. The 1969 Boston State graduate set field house records at numerous colleges and mastered other field events for BSC as well, establishing school records in the high jump (six feet, four inches), the long jump (21 feet, 10 ¾ inches), the triple jump (42 feet) and the decathlon (5,980 points). Olsen took first place at the Boston College Relay Invitational and third place in the decathlon. He also took third place in the pole vault in both the indoor and outdoor ICAAAA meets. He proved to be a one-man show, competing in seven events in one meet, while winning three of them and setting a scoring record. Following his graduation from Boston State, he went on to teach science in the Boston Public schools for 34 years and also served as an assistant track coach at both Salem State College and Tufts University. Under his tutelage, one of his athletes broke the MIT field record of 16 feet, eight inches in the pole vault and went on to win the NCAA Division III title.