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Trojans - Thu, Jun. 5, 2014

June 5, 2014

MADISON, S.D. – Ryan Phillips is considered by his long-time cross country and track and field head coach Buzz Stevenson as one of the finest distance runners at Dakota State University during the late 1980's and early 1990's, a period when DSU won three straight South Dakota-Iowa Conference (SDIC) titles (1989-91).

Back in his years at Dakota State University, Phillips, a Dickinson, N.D. native, was the Trojans' Most Outstanding Male Athlete-of-the-Year as a junior and senior.  He was a four-year All-SDIC runner in both cross country and track.  He was an NAIA All-American in track his senior season.

As a collegian at Dakota State, Phillips established himself as the Trojans' top male distance runner.  His best cross country performance came at the 8K Madison Country Club in the 1992 DSU Invitational where he had a first-place, 25-minute flat finish.

On the outdoor track, Phillips was an NAIA Nationals qualifier in the 1500-meters, where he clocked a career-best 4:01 effort.  His personal best 800-meters came earlier in the Sioux City Relays where he turned in a 1:55 performance.

Indoors, he claimed NAIA All-American honors with a sixth-place finish in the 1000-meters in Kansas City, Mo. in 1993.

Stevenson recalled the high level that Phillips had exhibited, especially a time near end of Phillips' impressive collegiate career in the outdoor season of 1993.

Prior to the SDIC conference meet, Phillips was running the 1500-meters race at the University of Mary meet in Bismarck.  He was knocked down and suffered a severe ankle injury. 

Using crutches on the Monday of the SDIC conference week, Phillips went in the training room three times a day until the Thursday prior to the conference meet.  Stevenson remembered that Phillips limped around the track a couple times that day, and then jogged it twice on Friday. 

On Saturday at Trojan Field in the SDIC Outdoor Track & Field Conference Championship meet, Phillips went out and won both the 1500- and 800-meter runs and placed third in the 5000-meter run.

From DSU, he went to Wall, S.D. where he taught and coached.  Currently, Phillips is a Media Services Program Manager for Technology & Innovations in Education in Rapid City. 

Phillips continued to expand his running career where he has competed in numerous of ultramarathons across the country, ranging in distance from 100 miles, 50 miles and 50 kilometers and several mountain bike races.

He earned a spot on the 2013 United State National Snowshoe team by placing fourth at the national championships in Bend, Ore.

Ryan lives in Sturgis, S.D. with his four daughters – Kristen, Brooke, Skyler and Morgan.

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 Carla Sudenga at 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.

2014 DSU Athletic Hall of Fame Series
Monday, June 2 - Desa Rae Cleveland (Doyle)
Tuesday, June 3 - Amy Tvedt (Hansen)
Wednesday, June 4 - Lorin Larsen
Thursday, June 5 - Ryan Phillips
Friday, June 6 -
Friday, June 6 -

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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