Leslie MacMitchell, 85, the first college undergraduate to win the Sullivan Award as the nation's outstanding amateur athlete, died March 21 in San Jose. The cause of death has not been determined, but MacMitchell was being treated for pneumonia.
A native of New York City, MacMitchell was one of the nation's top runners before World War II and a peerless competitive track athlete in high school and college. In 1941, he won the mile in all five Madison Square Garden intercollegiate meets. He won the Sullivan Award that same year at the age of 20.