Osborn Family Named Recipient of Drake Relays Paul Morrison Legacy Award

first_imgThe Osborn family is proud to have a scholarship given each year in Gary’s name to a track athlete. DES MOINES, IOWA – Members of  Gary Osborn’s family along with Scott Osborn have been named recipients of the Drake Relays Paul Morrison Legacy Award, recognizing individuals for their outstanding and lasting contributions to the Drake Relays. It has been truly a family affair for Osborn family. “Working alongside the Osborn family for the last three years has truly been an honor,” said Drake Relays director Blake Boldon. ” As a teenager, I knew Gary and looked up to him for his leadership in the Missouri Valley Conference.  Twenty years later, my admiration continues to grow for the entire family.  Working alongside Scott, Brett and other family members, I have learned what it truly means to love the Drake Relays.  On a personal level, I’m honored to be able to call Scott a friend.” Longtime coaching colleague Gary Wilson from the University of Minnesota had a pear tree planted on the northeast corner of Drake Stadium in 2001 in honor of Gary Osborn. The University of Minnesota continues to honor Osborn every year by hosting the Oz Memorial Cross Country meet in September.  Many pictures have been taken around the tree and chair that sits on the northeast corner of the track that was given by the men’s track team, thanks to Dan Hostager, in memory of Gary. A five-time state champion in track at Winterset High School, Gary Osborn arrived at Drake in 1962 as a freshman student-athlete on a track and field scholarship.  He was a seven-time place winner in Missouri Valley Conference meets for Drake, competing in the hurdles and sprints. The award is named in honor of longtime Drake University athletic historian Paul Morrison, a beloved figure on the Drake campus who passed away at the age of 100 on Nov. 30, 2017. Morrison was involved in and attended 80 Drake Relays. A half-mile stretch of Forest Avenue in front of the Knapp Center is named in honor of Morrison. Gary’s father, Tim, supplied triangle donuts to the Drake Relays crew and officials for many years. Gary was given the opportunity to run the concession stands at Drake athletic events and put his wife, Marilyn, children, sisters, brother-Scott, nephews and nieces plus friends to work at the Drake Relays. This included Larry and Dana Dunlap who are still serving Relays officials today. Morrison was the first winner of the Legacy Award in 2017, followed by Franklin “Pitch” Johnson who was recognized in 2018. center_img He never left campus until his death in May of 2000. After receiving his degree in 1968, he became an assistant track and field coach at Drake under Bob Karnes.  He was named women’s cross country coach in 1989 and was appointed women’s track and field head coach in 1993. At the time of his death, he had been the longest tenured track and field coach in the Missouri Valley Conference with 32 years of service. The Drake women’s cross-country teams won Missouri Valley Conference championships in 1994, 1995 and 1998 under Osborn who was the league’s coach of the year three times and was named Gateway Conference coach of the year in 1989. Prior to serving as a principal in the Ankeny Community School District from 1987 to 2009, Scott Osborn was head men’s track and field coach at Ankeny High School from 1975-85. During that time he was instrumental in the development of state championship sprinter Kevin Little, who would go on to a distinguished career as a four-time NCAA All-American at Drake as well as a four-time medalist in the World Indoor Championship capturing the gold medal in the 200 in 1987. Osborn was proud of his athletes for their success both on the track and in the classroom. Education was important to him and he was pleased that his three sons – Tim, Brett and Bryce received degrees from Drake. Gary’s son Brett and Gary’s brother Scott have served on the Drake Relays Executive Committee volunteering their help to keep the Drake Relays running on time. Marilyn Osborn has served in key roles for the Drake Relays for more than 50 years, with her many contributions include working in the officials’ tent and helping with the Drake Relays’ concession stands. Scott Osborn has been devoted to the Drake Relays since 1970 working in various capacities as a supervisor of the infield crew, working in meet production with the FinishLynx timing system, to more recently serving as chief of the mixed zone. He also has served on the Relays high school selection committee and was a member of the Drake Relays Executive Committee, including serving as chairman of the committee for two years. The Drake Relays will always be an important part of the Osborn family. Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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