Willie Banks set a world record of 58 feet, 11-1/2 inches in the triple jump in June, 1985, the first U.S. record-holder since 1912. An Oceanside High graduate, he won the state title the first year of competition in the triple jump, and repeated the next year with a long-standing CIF record of 51-3. A graduate of UCLA and UCLA Law School, he won four national open titles and the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1980, when the U.S. boycotted the Moscow Olympics. In 1985 he won the Jesse Owens Award as the outstanding U.S. track and field athlete and was named U.S. Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year. Banks was inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame in 1988.