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ASU Honors Track and Field Legends Noble & Owusu

(Courtesy of Angelo State University)

SAN ANGELO, Texas – Angelo State University celebrates the 50th anniversary of the David Noble/ASU Relays track meet on April 2 with a grand ceremony honoring Noble, their longtime track coach for whom the annual meet home of ASU is named .

The ceremony will take place in the afternoon before the final of the running events at ASU’s LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field. ASU’s first-ever track and field Olympian in 1972, Joshua Owusu, will also be on hand to honor Noble and announce a new endowment named after him to benefit ASU’s track and field and cross country programs.

The Joshua Owusu Endowment was created as a gift from an ASU alumnus and supporter of ASU athletics with a generous sum of $160,000. This gift was presented in the hope that other donors will help raise the endowment to $200,000.

Owusu is from Ghana and graduated from ASU in 1974. During his time there, he was a nine-time All-American and won eight indoor and outdoor national titles in the long jump and triple jump. when ASU was a member of the NAIA. On top of that, he was also a three-time Oscar Strahan Award winner as the top male on-court athlete at the Lone Star Conference Championships. He is currently unmatched in ASU records for the triple jump and long jump. Ronnie Hawkins Jr, now ASU President, was one of his teammates on the 1974 LSC Championship team.

Noble spent two decades on the Rams track team (1972-82, 1985-99) as a coach and in his final six years (1994-99) he coached the Rambelles athletics. He has led ASU student-athletes to more than 150 All-America performances and has also coached six Academic All-Americans. Under his leadership, his teams won eight Lone Star Conference titles and he was awarded the LSC Coach of the Year award eight times. He took the Rams to 17 top-10 national rankings and the Belles to six consecutive top-20 national rankings. Among some of his outstanding accolades, he was named NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year in 1988, inducted into the LSC Hall of Honor in 2004 and the ASU Athletics Hall of Honor in 2008.

The long-running Angelo State Relays track and field meet was officially renamed the “David Noble/ASU Relays” to honor Noble’s many years of service to ASU’s track and field programs. The ceremony is also part of the “I Chose Angelo State WeekCelebration that runs from April 1-8 and will also host other events such as “ASU Day at the Rodeo.”

For more information about the Joshua Owusu Endowment, contact Jenny Love at ASU’s Office of External Affairs at 325-486-6557 or [email protected]