Jesse Owen’s Record Breaker Donates Shoes


Autographed shoes still have sand inside from jumping pit.

Michael Addison Hartfield, who broke Jesse Owen’s 77-year-old Ohio State University outdoor long jump record, has donated a pair of his shoes that he wore during his record breaking season to the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male. Owen's record was broken on March 29, 2013 – Michael’s birthday – at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, with a jump of 8.15m or 26-9.00.

Michael graduated in spring of 2013 from The Ohio State University with dual degrees in Sociology and Criminology. During his time at Ohio State, Michael was active in the Bell Center, often meeting with staff for academic advisement. Since graduating, Michael has competed in several track and field contests throughout the United States and the world, and he currently is training in California, pursuing his goal of competing in the 2016 Olympics.

For a more in-depth story on Michael, “The Ups and Downs Make is All Memorable” by Robert Bennett, click here.