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Jensen served as official for int'l competition
Associated Press

WAHPETON, N.D. -- Owen Jensen, a longtime track and cross country coach at the North Dakota State College of Science, has died after a recent illness.

Jensen, 61, died early on Monday, Nov. 18 at St. Francis Medical Center in Breckenridge, Minn.

He had been the head men's track coach at Science from 1974 until the program was dropped this past fall. He also taught in the college's business administration and management department, and was named Science's outstanding educator of the year in 1997.

Jensen's teams won six Region 13 track titles and five cross country championships. He coached 112 Region 13 champions, 23 national junior college place winners and 23 All-Americans. He was also named Region 13 coach of the year four times.

Jensen was a javelin official at the Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta in 1996 and the assistant manager at the World University Games in West Germany in 1989. He officiated a number of national championships, Olympic trials and Pan-American and Goodwill Games.

Jensen was born in Devils Lake and graduated from McVille High School and Valley City State University.

Before coming to Science, he was the high school athletic director and coach at Sheldon, Adams and Midway-Inkster.

He was also the women's basketball coach at Science during the program's first two years, from 1975 to 1977.

Survivors include Jensen's wife, Dee, the head coach of the women's track and cross country teams at Science.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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