In front of 10,015 fans, Erin Osment ’15 stood at the starting line with 23 of the best distance runners in the country at historic Hayward Field in TrackTown USA, waiting to run the 10,000-meter race at the 2015 NCAA Track & Field Championship.
Osment, the 2015 Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Performer, stepped to the line, determined to compete as hard as she could on track’s biggest stage. She started the 25-lap race and hung in back of the largely close-knit pack through the run first three miles, worked her way into 12th place with less than a mile to go, and crossed the line in 34:14.25 to finish 14th. The Atlanta, Ga., native shaved more than 13.61 seconds off her preliminary time to set a new Davidson program record in the event.
The result of her final race as a collegiate athlete earned the senior history major her first All-America honor, becoming only the second athlete in program history to earn the distinction.