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Jewdyer Osborne '98
Induction Class of 2009

A native of Binghamton, N.Y., Jewdyer Osborne competed in track and field hurdles and sprints at Binghamton from 1994-98. He earned his bachelor's degree in English Literature and Rhetoric and African Studies in 1998 and went on to receive his master's degree in public administration from Binghamton in 2001.

Osborne etched his name in history with a masterful performance at the 1998 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship in St. Paul, Minn. In the final race of his collegiate career and the final Division III competition for the University, Osborne captured the national title in the 110-meter hurdles, becoming the first NCAA champion in the school's men's track & field history. His blazing time of 14.19 seconds lowered his own school record and broke the stadium mark at the Macalester College venue.

The NCAA title capped a near perfect senior season that also featured national runnerup honors in the indoor 55-meter hurdles and a pair of New York State titles. Osborne's points at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships helped BU finish eighth in the country at each meet and he was named the University's "Athlete of the Year" for a second straight year.

Osborne flashed his potential back as a freshman when he captured the 1994 SUNYAC indoor 55 hurdles title in 7.69 seconds.

As a sophomore, he earned his first All-America honor with a third-place hurdles finish at the NCAA Indoor Championship. That same season, Osborne won both the 55 hurdles and the 200 dash at the SUNYAC Championship and added a state title.

In 1997, he moved closer to realizing his potential with a pair of All-America honors plus a total of six conference, state and ECAC titles. Osborne finished third at the NCAA indoor meet and was third again outdoors.

After seizing two more state titles in 1998, Osborne took center stage in St. Paul and achieved perfection.
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