Joni Huntley
Huntley in 1975
Personal information
Full nameJoni Luann Huntley
BornAugust 4, 1956 (1956-08-04) (age 67)
McMinnville, Oregon, U.S.
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb)
EventHigh jump
College teamLong Beach State Beach
ClubPacific Coast Club, Long Beach
Achievements and titles
Personal best1.97 m (1984)[1][2]
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Los Angeles High jump
1976 Montréal High jump
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1975 Mexico City High jump
Bronze medal – third place 1983 Caracas High jump

Joni Luann Huntley (born August 4, 1956) is an American high jumper. She competed at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics and won a bronze medal in 1984, placing fifth in 1976. At the Pan American Games she won a gold medal in 1975 and a bronze in 1983. She was ranked as third-best high jumper in the world in 1975. Domestically she won the national title in 1974–77 and set four American records in 1974–75.[1]


Huntley was born in McMinnville, Oregon, and raised in Sheridan, Oregon, where she attended Sheridan High School. While there she was the first high school girl over 6 feet, setting the NFHS national high school record.[3]


Huntley is a graduate of Oregon State University graduate school and Long Beach State undergraduate.[4] Huntley set an OSU high jump record of 6 feet 2 3/4 inches, which still stands.[5] Huntley graduated from Long Beach State in California to work with 1988 Summer Olympics assistant coach[6][7] Dave Rodda.[8]


Huntley served as an assistant track and field coach at Oregon State Beavers starting in 1981 when she started her masters of education program at Oregon State University College of Education.[9]

Huntley spent her professional career as a kindergarten teacher in the Portland Public Schools and as a coach, including leading workshops for young athletes and coaching for the Portland Track Club.


Huntley is a retired teacher at Forest Park Elementary and she lives in the Portland Metro area and has two daughters.


  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Joni Huntley". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020.
  2. ^ "Joni Huntley".
  3. ^ National High School Record Book Archived September 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 1991 Long Beach State Hall of Fame Induction Joni Huntley California State University, Long Beach
  5. ^ 2021 Oregon State Beavers Track and Field Record Books Oregon State Beavers
  6. ^ 2006 Long Beach State Hall of Fame Induction of DAVE RODDA Long Beach State Beach
  7. ^ Dave Rodda obituary
  8. ^ Huntley raised the bar Portland Tribune Kerry Eggers
  9. ^ Family now Huntley's top concernThe Gazette Times. 7 July 2003
Sporting positions Preceded by Deanne Wilson USA National High Jump Champion 1974–1977 Succeeded by Louise Ritter