WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina – Ithaca College Athletics Men’s Sophomore Sprinter Jalen Leonard Osbourne became the program‘s first-ever national champion by winning the 60-meter sprint in a time of 6.76 seconds at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships inside the JDL Fast Track on Saturday, March 12.
Leonard-Osbourne becomes the 32nd student-athlete to win a national title at Ithaca College and the 51st individual national championship. He is also only the second male student-athlete outside of the wrestling program to win a national crown – Colin Herlihy won two swimming titles in 1996.
Leonard-Osbourne had one of the most dominant seasons ever for an IC track and field student-athlete as he won every 60-sprint race he entered, including the preliminaries, for a total of 13 wins.
He entered Saturday’s final with yesterday’s fastest preliminary time of 6.72 seconds, which broke his own school record and is the sixth fastest time in Division III history. The race was delayed a few minutes as the initial start was canceled for a false start.
After the regroup, Leonard-Osbourne came out of the block clear in lane four and won the race by 0.05 seconds with his time of 6.76.
His 10 points propelled Ithaca up the team standings and, after an All-American performance of Andy Frank in the 200 just an hour later, IC tied for second with 26 points with two events remaining in the championship.