1982 Hall of Fame Inductee
When BYU shifted its track to its new location, it left behind many great memories and moments in track history. Pertti was one of those memories. He was like those daring young men in their flying trapeze, who could fly through the air with the greatest of ease.
During his years with BYU, Pertti cornered the market in both the long and triple jump. He was the NCAA Triple Jump record holder in 1968, setting a record that would last nine years. His jump of 55-9½, set in Modesto, California, was finally broken in 1977. He was the NCAA Triple Jump Champion in 1969 with a 51-8 jump.
He placed first in 1968 in the long jump with a 26-3½ jump. Pertti holds both the long and triple jump record for BYU. His BYU long jump record is 26-4 while competing in Fresno, California in 1968. He jumped 55-9½ in the triple jump in Finland.
Pertti could have had another NCAA championship in 1970 but was unable to compete because of a ruling concerning foreign athletes. The rule was later changed. He completed in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City and in the European Championships in 1966 and 1969.
After his BYU career, Pertti returned to his native home of Finland to work as general secretary of the Finnish Sports Association of Disabled.