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Trojans - Wed, May 28, 2014

May 28, 2014

MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State University will welcome five new members and a team to its 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame in June.

Leading the group will be long-time DSU head track and cross country coach Buzz Stevenson.  Being inducted with their coach will be four track/cross country athletes and the 1996-97 men's cross country/track teams.  The four individuals selected are Desa Rae (Doyle) Cleveland, Amy (Hansen) Tvedt, Lorin Larsen (posthumously) and Ryan Phillips.  The induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 7 at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse.

Desa Rae (Doyle) Cleveland (Class of 2002) excelled in the women's high jump and was the first-ever women's national champion in Trojan school history.  She claimed the 2000 NAIA Women's Indoor High Jump Championship with a jump of 5 feet, 6 inches.  Desa Rae held the DSU outdoor high jump school record with a jump of 5 feet, 8.5 inches, which stood for eight years.

Desa Rae is a five-time NAIA All-American with three selections from Indoor Track and two from Outdoor Track.  She was an SDIC All-Conference selection in 2000 and was named an NAIA All-Scholar Athlete in 2001 for her academic success in the classroom.

Amy (Hansen) Tvedt (Class of 1998) received numerous athletic honors in her impressive distance running career at Dakota State.  She was a two-time NAIA All-American indoor track runner in the 3000-meters and an All-American in cross country.  She placed fourth at the NAIA Indoor Track Nationals in 1996 and fifth in 1997.  She also placed 14th at the 1996 NAIA Women's Cross Country National meet.

Amy received South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference (SDIC) All-Conference honors on nine different occasions.  She earned All-Conference status twice for cross country in 1995 and 1996.  She was All-Conference four times during the indoor track season, with a pair of honors in the 1500- and 3000-meters runs in 1996 and 400- and 1500-meters in 1997.  She was named to the SDIC All-Conference Outdoor Track & Field list three times in 1996 and 1997 (once in the 1500 and twice in the 3000-meter runs).

The South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference (SDIC) selected Amy as Indoor Track's Most Valuable Female Athlete in 1997 at the conference Indoor Meet.  She was also named DSU's Most Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year in 1996 and 1997.

Lorin Larsen (Class of 1985) had a stellar track career at Dakota State where he was a four-time Most Valuable Athlete at the South Dakota Intercollegiate (SDIC) conference meet.  He qualified for the Outdoor Track National Meet four times and the Indoor Track National Meet three times.  He was selected as the DSU Team Captain in 1985.

Larsen, who was the team's Most Valuable Athlete twice in his career at DSU, currently holds Trojan outdoor track records in both long and triple jump and the 1600-meter relay.  His record-setting long jump in 1984 measured 24 feet, 5 inches.  In addition, he holds the DSU school record in triple jump with a leap of 48 feet and 1 inch.  Larsen also anchored the men's 1600-meter relay.  Their record-setting time of three minutes and 16.40 seconds still stands 30 years later.

Another DSU distance runner who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame is Ryan Phillips (Class of 1995).  He was selected DSU's Most Outstanding Male Athlete in 1992 and 1993.  Phillips earned NAIA All-American status in 1993 during the indoor track season (1000-meter run).  He also received the NAIA Track All-District 12 honors in 1992 and 1993.

Phillips had a stellar running career with the Trojan cross country team and was named to the NAIA All-District 12 team in 1991.  He was a two-time SDIC Cross Country All-Conference runner in 1991 and 1992.  Phillips was picked by the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference as the Most Valuable Athlete in 1993.

Buzz Stevenson will be retiring this spring after 29 years of coaching the Dakota State University cross country and track teams.  While at DSU, Stevenson has garnered 14 SDIC Coach-of-the-Year titles and two NAIA Great Plains Regional Cross Country Coach-of-the-Year awards.  Stevenson's teams have won 14 SDIC conference championships and have produced 65 All-Americans. 

Stevenson coached two national champions during his coaching era at Dakota State.  Desa Rae (Doyle) Cleveland was the NAIA national champion in women's high jump during the 2000 indoor season.  Andy Coy became the first-ever male track athlete to win the NAIA Indoor Track National Champions in the men's 1000-meter run in 2012.

Dakota State University Athletics will also be recognizing the 1996-97 men's cross country and track teams that won the SDIC championships.  The 1996 Trojan men's cross country won the SDIC conference team title by a 33-point margin and qualified for the NAIA Cross Country Nationals where they placed 17th overall.  Dakota State easily captured the 1997 SDIC Indoor Track title by 63 points and the 1997 SDIC Outdoor track title by 41 points.  Stevenson was named the SDIC Indoor and Outdoor Track Coach-of-the-Year in 1997.

Members on the 1996-97 DSU men's cross country/track & field team were Robert Blasé, Daniel Crites, Dominick Damm, John Ecklein, David Greenman, Matt Jacobsen, Jared Jankord, Jake Kamps, Gerald Kubiak, Brad Mair, Matt Martens, Christopher Martin, Ryan Raak, Tyler Roerig, David Sample, Shane Scholten, Todd Smidt, Mark Stoick, Warren Terveer, Brian Tvedt, Orlando Velesquez (cross country), Larry Voss, Kurt Wallace and Chad Willard.  A total of 10 members qualified for the indoor track national meet, while four athletes qualified for the outdoor track national meet in 1997.

For additional information or tickets for these events, contact the DSU Athletic Department at 605-256-5229 or e-mail Jeff Dittman at [email protected] for Hall of Fame information.

For further information and so that we may plan appropriately for the banquet Saturday evening, June 7, please RSVP by contacting the Athletic Department at 605-256-5229 or e-mail [email protected].  Tickets are $14 per person and may be purchased at the door.  The social begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6:15 p.m.  The program will begin at approximately 7 p.m.  The event is open to the public.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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