Social media spotlight: Doane Track and Field
One program. One meaning.
Doane’s storied track and field program is synonymous with excellence. Whether competing indoors in the newly renovated Fuhrer Field House or outdoors on Lauritsen Track, Tiger Track and Field is one of the NAIA's premier programs in any sport. The Doane women just captured their fourth straight Great Plains Athletic Conference indoor title this weekend while the men took second behind sophomore Kale Wolken, who was named the GPAC's Outstanding Male Athlete.
The pattern of success is the same during the outdoor season, where Doane has a penchant for producing All-Americans, championships and record-holders in men's and women's events. Rob Keeney ’13 embodied excellence last year by winning GPAC and NAIA titles in both the indoor heptathlon and outdoor decathlon. The Lincoln Journal Star named the Callaway, Neb. native its State College Athlete of the Year for his efforts.
Legendary coach Fred Beile, an NAIA Hall of Famer and the leader of two national championship teams, set the standard for Doane and has passed the torch to the current head coach, Ed Fye (@DoaneTrack).
Be a part of the Tiger track's rich tradition and earn your stripes. Find out more here.
#tbt Throwback Thursday alumni profiles
Rachel Ideus ’04
From: Syracuse, Neb.
Degree: B.S. in physical education with athletic training emphasis.
Favorite #DoaneTF memory: “It’s hard to top being part of the national championship team. As a pole vaulter, there was nothing that could give you more adrenaline than running down the runway with the rest of the team gathered in the area, clapping for you in unison, gradually increasing frequency of the clap until the moment you jumped. Awesome team support!"
Why I love #DoaneTF: “The track program helped instill in me a good work ethic, accountability and to never give up no matter how frustrating or difficult things got. This was very helpful during physical therapy school. I feel like I push my patients and make them work hard because I know how far hard work will take them.”
Tim Jasnoch ’77
From: Oshkosh Neb.
Degree: B.S. in business.
Favorite #DoaneTF memory: “(My) favorite track memories were of indoor meets, having six Doane hurdlers in final. Winning every NIAC (Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) conference meet in our career. Being elected tri-captain of 1977 track team, biggest individual honor in my career. Running against Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses."
Why I love #DoaneTF: “My view of the tradition of Doane track: Traditions help shape and reflect the character of your team – past, present and future. They rekindle the spirit of the past, remind you of what is important. They help you establish your own history, creates your link that binds the past to present and also to provide a legacy to future teams. This created an atmosphere of working hard, competing with fierce determination, winning and losing with dignity and class, with pride in yourself and your teammates while wearing the Orange and Black. Doane tradition motivated my teammates to create a standard of excellence, and sure did create many positive memories. I still consider it a privilege to have been an athlete here, and it continues to be a privilege when I help the coaches, the teams and the school when they need help at meets, or whenever they ask. I think the best thing about the Doane tradition is that we – all past and present team members – are all tied together. No matter when you went to Doane, no matter what events you competed in – whether you threw for Dunny (Dave Dunnigan), jumped for ‘Z’ (David Ziola), ran for Brad (Jenny), hurdled for Fred (Beile), vaulted for Ed (Fye), or puked before and/or after a workout – we will always be proud to say, ‘I ran track for Doane.’”
Dusty Krusemark ’04
From: Emerson, Neb.
Degree: B.A. in art.
Favorite #DoaneTF memory: “I have too many great memories from my time with Doane Track & Field, so it is hard to pinpoint just one. Nationals were always fun to be a part of because you got to represent such a great NAIA squad at the largest meet of the year, in various parts of the country.
Why I love #DoaneTF: “I am where I am today because Doane taught me humility and teamwork. Doane Track & Field made me want to keep proving myself over and over again. I always felt appreciated, but strived to get better for my team and my coaches. Doane gave me the confidence to be a leader when I never really felt comfortable in a leadership role. I will always cherish the memories I have of Doane, coaches, teammates and friends.”
#TigerCrushTuesday student-athlete profiles
Bailey Hirsch ’14 @BaileyHirsch
From: Jefferson, Wis.
Majors: Psychology (with a mental health emphasis), creative writing.
Events: Mid-distance and 400 hurdles.
Honors: Team captain; All-GPAC (five times); National Qualifier 2012 (4x800 relay); Academic All-American.
Why I love #DoaneTF: “At the beginning of our track season, Coach Fye had a speaker come to a team meeting. The speaker asked us to close our eyes and raise our hands if we thought that track was either an individual sport or a team sport. When we opened our eyes, every single person had their hands raised declaring, ‘Doane Track and Field is a TEAM sport.’ This, to me, is one of the greatest examples of what it means to be a Tiger.
“We have the most talented and dedicated athletes on this team – whether they are setting school records and winning national titles, or simply striving to be one second or one inch better than last week. We have the absolute greatest coaches who are always pushing us to be our best, both on and off the track. They believe in us, encourage us to succeed, and value every single person on the team. Doane Track and Field is my family, and it’s truly an amazing honor to be a co-captain of a team with so much pride, excellence and tradition.”
Sierra Jones ’14 @I_knowyou_SI_it
From: Bertrand, Neb.
Major: Journalism and Media Minor: Business Administration
#DoaneTF event: Triple Jump
Honors: 2013 Outdoor Track & Field Academic All-American, four indoor GPAC championships, one outdoor GPAC championship.
Why I love #DoaneTF: “Most people think that track is an individual sport and at some schools it is. Track at Doane is all about the team and I honestly think that is a big factor in our success. Our team is the epitome of ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.’ We all have our own individual goals of course, but winning conference is the ultimate goal every year and I can tell you that not one individual was thinking about herself when we (the indoor women’s team) took our victory lap on Saturday with the GPAC trophy raised above our heads. Our team is made up of some amazing girls and stellar athletes, but no one could win the GPAC alone. We work hard every day and come together as team and it is honestly amazing to be part of something so much bigger than your self. Our coaches are also fantastic and we would not be able to accomplish what we do without their help. The last four years have been a really special experience for me, and track at Doane has taught me so much that will stay with me long after I graduate.”
Sam Housh ’14
From: Lincoln, Neb.
#DoaneTF events: Hurdles and sprints.
Honors: “I am a champion in the hurdles four times and the 4 x 100-meter relay once. I have been a part of a men's team championship six times. I am also All-GPAC in the sprints."
Why I love #DoaneTF: “Andy Smith (’14) and I are the men’s team captains, which is more of an honor than any awards I’ve won. Track has helped me meet many new friends as well as overcome adversities that are similar to lessons I might have had to learn in the real world.”
Marissa Moore ’16 @MooreSquirrel
From: Norfolk, Neb.
Major: English/language arts with an endorsement in secondary education.
#DoaneTF events: 1,000-meter run and the 4 x 800 relay.
Honors: “I’m a two-time national qualifier for the 1,000 and 4x800, two-event GPAC champion (in the 1,000 and 4x800), and two-event All-GPAC (1,000 and 4x800). Last week I was the GPAC runner-of-the-week."
Why I love #DoaneTF: “Because of the track program at Doane, I’ve built friendships with amazing teammates, I’ve been driven to achieve my goals and I’ve had great opportunities to travel to other states to compete. Since coming to Doane, I’ve become a much better runner. The coaches have pushed me to excel, and they’ve instilled a motivation in me that forces me to strive to become better every single day. It’s an incredible feeling to see my times get faster meet after meet, and it builds up my confidence to see my coaches cheering me on every step of the way.”