Jeff Atkinson
Jeff, icing his legs after a run.jpg
Atkinson in 2009
Personal information
Born (1963-02-24) February 24, 1963 (age 59)
Manhattan Beach, California
Event(s)1500 metres, mile
College teamStanford
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking3rd in 1500m (1988)[1]
Personal best(s)1500m: 3:35.15[2]
Mile: 3:52.80[2]
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing the  United States
IAAF World Indoor Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1989 Budapest Men's 1500m
Updated on October 25, 2018.

Jeffrey Patrick Atkinson (born February 24, 1963) is a male former middle distance runner from the United States. He currently holds the outdoor mile record at Stanford University and has held the record for 36 years.[3] He was the fastest American male in the 1500 meters in 1989.[1] He competed at the Summer Olympics in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea and came in tenth place in the 1500m race. He tried to make a comeback at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, but did not get past the Olympic Trials.


Atkinson currently holds coaching positions in both cross country and track and field at San Pedro High School in San Pedro, CA. At Mira Costa, Jeff worked with the head coach of Cross Country Roberto Calderon starting in 2015. Jeff, along with fellow head coach Brian Shapiro, coached both the boys' and girls' cross country program at Palos Verdes to much success in 2007, when both varsity teams competed in both the Division III CIF Southern Section Finals and State Championships. The boys have since won a CIF-SS title and a CIF State Championship titles in 2009 & 2011 (setting record team times for Division III) and gone on to compete at the Nike Cross Nationals in 2009. The girls also won a Southern Section title in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and CIF State Championship title in 2011 & 2014[4] under Atkinson.

Stanford Track Record

3:55.16 Mile, 1986 (outdoors) [3]

Former United States Track Record Holder

3:38.12 1500m, 1989 (record was broken by Bernard Lagat in 2005)[5][6] – Indoor American Record

Personal Records

Marathon career

2005 Won Catalina Marathon in 3:05:27 which today is the masters record.


  1. ^ a b US Rankings Archived 2010-06-13 at the Wayback Machine Track and Field News
  2. ^ a b "Jeff ATKINSON - Athlete Profile". IAAF.
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2009-10-13.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Program History". Archived from the original on 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2014-07-19.
  5. ^ "Men's Indoor American Records". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-02-19.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2008-04-24.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)