About Jeff Laynes
On the Track
An Oakland (California) native, Jeff Laynes has established a long list of achievements in track and field. Jeff has been a dedicated sprinter throughout his post-secondary education, and later embarked on a storied professional track and field career. A 10-year professional veteran sprinter, Jeff has been able to accomplish a host of personal bests and milestones, including:
- State Champion in 4x100, 100, and 200 meters
- Pac 10 Champion in the 100 and 200 meters. Fifth in the NCAA
- World University Champion in the 100 meters and the 4x100
- Multiple top 10 rankings in the 60 and 100 meters
- Multiple medalist at the USATF National Championship
- Olympic Trials Qualifier in the 100 and 200 meter
Jeff currently trains daily in Oakland under the tutelage of Coach Curtis Taylor of the East Oakland Youth Development Center.
Off the Track
Jeff’s accomplishments are not limited to the field. He is a product of Oakland’s public schools, and received an AA degree from Merritt Community College. He received his BS in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California (USC), garnering both athletic and academic scholarships.
Jeff has also had a long standing interest in philanthropy. He has seen first-hand what can happen to individuals when society becomes unresponsive. He has donated both time and money to a variety of non-profit agencies, and was able to leverage his management expertise to start his own non-profit enterprise in 2000, Track Stars of Tomorrow. Track Stars of Tomorrow is a developmental athletic program for inner-city youth, and its purpose is to support and encourage both recreational and competitive track and field events for financially disadvantage children of all ages, genders, and ethnic groups.
On a personal level, Jeff’s interests include participating in extreme sports, amateur poker player, fishing, and participating in community service activities.