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Doane Renames Track Classic

The Doane College track and field program has announced that the Fred Beile Track and Field Classic, held annually on the first weekend of February, will be renamed the Scott Nisely Memorial Track Classic.  SFC Scott Nisely, United States Army and United States Marines, was killed in action near Al Asad, Iraq, on September 30, 2006.

Nisely was raised in Syracuse, Nebraska.  A 1981 Doane graduate, he was a consistent scorer for the Tigers in both the high hurdles and 400 hurdles.  He was a member of six Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) championship teams from 1977 through 1980.  At the conference championships, Nisely finished in the Top Four of every high and intermediate hurdles race he participated in.  He received his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biology.

Nisely was enlisted in the United States Marines Reserves while in college and entered the Officers Commission in May 1981.  He served in Desert Storm before residing with his family in Marshalltown, Iowa.  SFC Nisely later enlisted in the United States Army National Guard and was called to the Sinai Peninsula on the Peace Keeping Mission with the 1-133rd Infantry Battalion Charlie Company.  One year later he went to Iraq.  On October 6, 2006, he would have been in Iraq for one year and received Sergeant First Class posthumously.

"Scott lived his life in the service of others," said Fred Beile, Nisely's track coach at Doane.  "He epitomized the Doane watchwords of Honor and Duty throughout his life."