This elite athlete came to The University of Akron with high hopes from Cleveland Rhodes High School where he had captured the 1997 Division I Ohio High School Track Championship in the 200 meter sprint. LeShaunte Edwards didn’t disappoint anyone as would go onto becoming the most decorated sprinter in UA track history during his four-year career from 1999 to 2002.
As a freshman he set the stage for his outstanding career by setting a new UA mark in 100 meter dash with a clocking of 10.23 for a second place finish in the Mid-American Outdoor Track Championship. He also finished third in the 200 meter sprint and ran the leadoff leg of Akron’s MAC champion record-setting 4 x 100 relay race. In 2000 Edwards came out of the blocks blazing, establishing UA indoor records in the 55, 60 and 200 meter sprints. In the MAC Outdoor Championships he won the 200 meter sprint and was voted the first of three Most Valuable Performer Awards. He went on to earn the first of three All-American accolades by finishing 7th in the 200 at the NCAA I Track Championships and was voted UA’s Male Athlete of the Year, which he would also earn in 2001 and ’02.
In 2001 Edwards placed 8th in the 200 and 11th in the 60 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championship to become the first male student-athlete at UA to earn All-America honors three times. In the MAC Outdoor Track Championship he would capture the 200 in 2001 and win the 100 meter in 2002. All told, he won 10 MAC events, set UA records in every sprint 200 meters and under and today still holds seven of those records.