James Rolle

Orlando, Florida
All American Athlete in High School/College
Won Gold Medal in the Trial of the Olympic /Pan America





James competed three years in the Bob Hayes Invitational leading Oak Ridge to the team championship in 1981.  His photo finish victory in the 400 Meters over Bruce Hardy, Palatka, and Terry Ivey, Ribault, is considered one of the all-time great races in the history of the meet.


In his high school career, James led the Pioneers to the Metro, District, Region and State Championships in 1980, ‘81 and ’82.  James was the 400 Meter Champion his senior year.  In addition to scoring in an individual event each of his three years including the state title in the 400 Meters his senior year, he also ran on the winning 4X400 Relay teams each year and anchored the winning 4X100 Relay team his senior year.  He concluded his two-time All-American high school career winning the Keebler IPI Invitational 400 Meters with a meet record 45.90 clocking.


James was a two-time Junior National Champion and set the national junior record in the 400 meters with a time of 44.73.  James attended Santa Fe Community College where he attained All-American status with a second place finish in the 600 Meters at the National Junior College National Championships.  Moving to Wayland Baptist University, James earned NAIA All-American status as a member of the national championship 4x400 Meter Relay team. 


James attained “world class” status with his 1983 Olympic Festival victory in the 400 Meters and his gold medal record setting 1983 Pan American Games 4X400 Relay performance.  In 1984, James was the number 2 ranked 400 meter runner in the US when a training injury three weeks prior to the Olympic Trials ended his season.  After leaving Wayland Baptist, James returned to Gainesville as an assistant coach at Santa Fe.


James was inducted into the State of Florida Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1994 and into the Golden South Classic Hall of Fame in 1996.