Wayne Jensen moved to Leadville in the fall of 1965 after winning the State Cross Country Championship for the State of South Dakota. While at LCHS, he lettered in Track (1966, 67) and Cross Country (1966). He was the 1966 Colorado State Champion in Cross Country. Despite a strep infection and a fever of 102°, he placed second in the State mile his senior year with a time of 4:27.
The following week he won the Meet of Champions with a time of 4:31. At the time of graduation from LCHS, he held the mile and 880 records. He entered the University of Wyoming on a full athletic scholarship in the fall of 1967.
While at the University of Wyoming, Jensen was a four-time letter winner in both cross country and track. He took second in the mile at the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships in 1968. In 1969 he again took second with a time of 4:01.8. He was a WAC outdoor mile champion in 1970.
He was WAC indoor champion with a time of 4:03.6 in 1971 which set a new WAC indoor record. Wayne qualified to run in five NCAA meets. When he left the University of Wyoming he held five individual track records.
In May of 1970 he ran in the nationally televised Kennedy Memorial Invitational Track and Field Games in Berkeley, California. In a field of 10 world-class international runners, including four sub 4-minute milers, he was introduced as Wayne Jensen from Leadville, Colorado.
He was featured in Sports Illustrated in June of 1970 in the “Faces in the Crowd” section for having the mile record in three states, breaking Jim Ryun’s Utah mark with a 4:02.2 in Salt Lake City. He set the Colorado record of 4:06.5 and ran 4:16.2 in Wyoming at 7,220 feet in elevation.
The strong work ethic and character he displayed in his youth was a preview of his adult life. He went on to become a very successful businessman and president of his own company.