Michael Butler
Michael Butler

 

 

Michael Butler (1965)

Mike Butler was one of the best track men in the history of Champaign High School. During his senior year he won the State Championship in both the high and low hurdles, helping Champaign secure a third-place team finish at the state meet. Mike also won multiple Big 12 track titles during his career. He was an outstanding end in football earning second-team All-Conference recognition in his final year. During his senior year, Butler caught nine passes for 274 yards and six touchdowns and played opposite Hall of Famer Bill Huston Jr. in the defensive backfield for a team that allowed fewer than seven points per game, including four shutouts. In basketball, Mike co-captained and was the teams defensive leader. Following graduation, Mike attended Wisconsin on a track scholarship where he led Badger track teams to Big 10 titles in 1967-68-69. He still holds Wisconsin records in the indoor 70-yard high hurdles (8.1 seconds) and 70-yard low hurdles (7.6 seconds), and the outdoor 110-meter highs (13.6), and 120-yard highs (13.7). He was a member of the Wisconsin 440-yard relay team, which rates as the fastest in the school's history (41.0). Butler's Big 10 records include a 7.6 clocking in the indoor 70-yard low hurdles, and an 8.1 in the indoor 70-yard highs. Butler still holds a world record 5.9 clocking in the 50-yard high hurdles. He established the mark as a member of the U.S. Track and Field Team.