Winter 1998 - Vol. 3. No. 2

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Women's Cross Country
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James Dougherty

Women's Cross Country
Finishes Second in MIAA

Despite the core of the women's cross country team being freshmen, the team took a first-place, three second-places and one-fifth place finish in five meets in 1998.

The team's first competition was Aug. 29 in the annual intrasquad Purple and White Meet in Kirksville. Freshman Cammie Ewing won the 6,400-meter race with a time of 25:29.

The Bulldogs, comprised of six freshmen, one sophomore, two juniors and one senior, travelled to the Western Illinois Invitational Sept. 5. Ewing again was the top individual finisher for the women, placing 12th. The team won three of four dual competitions at the meet.

Truman's next meet drew a first-place finish at the William Jewell Invitational. Six Bulldogs placed in the top 10 at this 5,000-meter race.

The squad faced its first conference foes at the Missouri Southern Stampede. The team scored first among Division II schools, and second overall, defeating MIAA rivals Missouri Southern, Pittsburg State (Kan.), Central Missouri, Missouri-Rolla and Lincoln. Sophomore Jody Shanks led the 'Dogs with an 11th-place finish, pacing the 5,000-meter course in 19:02.81.

The team next placed second at the Missouri-Rolla Miner Invitational with freshman Beth Luebbering placing fourth for Truman. The team was fifth of 25 teams at the All-Missouri/Border States Invitational Oct. 10. Ewing finished the 5,000-meter race in 20th place with a time of 18:27.70.

The team recorded its highest finish since the 1992 season at the MIAA Championships, placing second. Luebbering finished in fifth-place to earn all-MIAA recognition with a time of 18:56. The Bulldogs' average time for the 5,000-meter course was 19:39.40.

The women ended the '98 campaign at the Great Lakes Regional Championships Nov. 7 with an eighth-place showing, improving two spots over their '97 finish. Luebbering was the 'Dogs' top finisher, coming in 17th with a time of 23:09.3 on the 6,000-meter course.

Men's Cross Country
Repeats Eighth at Regionals

The Truman State University men's cross country team also began its season at the annual Purple and White Alumni Meet at Thousand Hills State Park. Senior Jacob Kaemmer finished first for the Bulldogs with a time of 26:44.

The men's second meet was the Augustana Open in Davenport, Iowa, in which they came away with a second-place finish. Freshman Brian McQueary led the team with a time of 21:34 on the four-mile course.

A ninth-place finish at the Jayhawk Open in Lawrence, Kan., was the next accomplishment for the squad which defeated several conference opponents at Rim Rock Farm.

At the Woody Green/Nebraska Invitational, Truman ran to a second-place finish among Division II schools. Freshman Andy Doering was eighth among DII runners on the 8K course.

The adidas/Notre Dame Invitational was the next stop for the Bulldogs. The team placed seventh of 16 teams in the Gold Division. The only returning letterman, Scott Henderson, was the top individual performer for Truman. He finished the five-mile course in 25:10, placing 23rd.

The Bulldogs then competed in the All-Missouri/Border States Invitational and placed fifth of 22 teams. Doering again led the pack, placing 11th on the 8K course with a time of 25:27.

The men finished fifth with 118 points at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Championships. Doering completed the 8K course in 26:11 and was the only member of the team to gain all-conference honors by placing ninth overall.

The Bulldogs repeated in eighth-place at the Great Lakes Regional in Hillsdale, Mich., on Nov. 7, to end the season. Doering was the top finisher for the men again, narrowly missing a trip to the national race. He came in eighth in the region with a time of 32:33.4 on the 10K course.

Volleyball Finishes Season Strong In MIAA
The Truman volleyball team finished with a 22-13 overall record and 10-6 mark in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, tying for third-place.

The Bulldogs opened the 1998 season at the Alaska-Anchorage Tournament, where they went 2-2 and brought home a third-place finish. Sophomore Janelle Zehr was named to the all-tournament team after tying for the lead in kills.

Truman opened its home portion of the schedule after that, going 3-1, including victories in its first two MIAA matches of the year. Next, the team competed in the University of North Alabama tournament where it was 2-2 against South Central regional opponents.

The Bulldogs suffered a three-game conference losing streak after the UNA tournament. However, they recovered and went on a hot streak, winning nine out of the next 12 games, and five out of the next six conference matches.

Leading the way for Truman this season was senior first-team all-MIAA setter Kelly Mangels. Mangels led the team in hitting percentage (.255), assists (1,331) and service aces (51) and was third in digs (395) and in blocks (48). She was named MIAA setter of the week twice this year. Mangels moved into second place on Truman's career assists list (2,828). She is also eighth in career service aces (124). Mangels is ninth in Truman single-season assists and her 11.18 assists per game is the second-highest for a season by a Bulldog.

Zehr, a second-team all-MIAA pick, led the team in kills (500) and kills per game (4.13). She also topped the team in blocks (89) and was second in service aces (42). Another sophomore second-team all-conference selection, Betsy McGovern, had a break-through season. She was second on the team in kills (325) and digs (399).

A pair of freshman also made big contributions to the Bulldogs this season. Brenda Ippensen was third on the squad in kills (301) and led the team in digs (441). Freshman Cassy Felkerson was second on the team in blocks (78) and right behind Ippensen with 269 kills.

Women's Soccer Knocked
Out Of Play-off Contention

The women's soccer team finished with an 11-5-3 record and ranked sixth in the Central region. Four of the team's losses this season were to opponents ranked in the top 25 in the nation. While the women did not make a post-season appearance, it was not a disappointing year for the young squad which had 15 freshmen and sophomores and only five seniors.

Goalkeeper Jenny Miller brought an outstanding career as a Bulldog to a close. She had eight shutouts, adding to her career record of 38.

Junior defender Jill Harlan led the team in points (13) and goals (5), while senior forward Jocelyn Parisi, led the squad with five assists. Junior Brooke Stephens was second in scoring with nine points, while senior forward Molly Swartzbaugh tied for third on the team with eight points along with junior defender/forward Stephanie Toczylowski.

The 1999 season will be the inaugural season for women's soccer in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Men's Golf Squad
Completes Fall Second In MIAA

The Truman State University men's golf team began its season at the Truman Classic where the Bulldogs placed second of eight teams. Senior Steve Johnson took fourth place in a scorecard playoff after tying for second with a card of 218.

The 'Dogs were fifth of 13 teams at the Missouri-Rolla/Missouri Cellular Classic. Johnson again led the men with a card of 149, closely followed by sophomore Kenny Lewis who carded 150.

The Bulldogs tied for third of 15 teams at the Missouri Southern/Crossroads of America Fall Classic. Johnson had his best finish of the fall season, taking the second-place medal, just four strokes out of first place.

At the Washburn Invitational, the Bulldogs were third of 10 teams. Johnson placed seventh with a card of 149 to lead the team, while senior Bryan Daniels finished in 10th place with a card of 151.

The final fall tournament for the 'Dogs was the Comfort Inn North/Drury College Classic. The men finished sixth of 17 squads, improving on their eighth-place 1997 finish. Johnson was the sixth-place individual finisher, carding 150 in two par 72 rounds.

The Bulldogs completed the fall schedule ranked second among MIAA teams and will begin their spring season at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Tournament, March 28-29.

Women's Golf Team
Has Successful Fall Season

The Truman State University women's golf team opened its fall season with a second-place finish at the Mount Mercy College Tournament. Sophomore Tracy Markeson and freshman Amy Franzen turned in the lowest scores for the Bulldogs, tying at 84. That same weekend, the women placed first at the Grinnell College Tournament (Iowa) where they had five of the top six individual finishers.

At the University of Minnesota Invitational, the Bulldogs placed 10th of 14 teams. Senior Jaime Geer finished seventh individually in the large tournament. The following weekend, the women competed in the Husky Classic hosted by Northern Illinois University and ranked 16th of 20 teams.

The weekend of Sept. 25-26 took the Bulldogs to the Knox College (Ill.) and St. Ambrose (Iowa) tournaments. At Knox, the 'Dogs were first of 14 teams, their best finish of the season. At St. Ambrose, they finished first of 10 squads. Geer placed second individually in both tournaments with a 78 at Knox and a 77 at St. Ambrose.

At the Rockhurst College Lady Hawk Golf Tournament, Truman placed first of five teams. Geer took home medalist honors, carding an 88, and sophomore Betsy Driskill placed second, carding 90.

The Franklin College Fall Classic was the next test for the women who ended up fifth of 10 teams. Geer again led the 'Dogs with a card of 79, placing third in the tournament. Sophomore Carrie Catlett tied for 12th.

To end the fall season, Truman was at the Kenneth Smith Women's Golf Classic hosted by the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The Bulldogs finished fourth of five teams and Geer took 12th place individually with a card of 165 on the par 72 course. The Bulldogs are currently ranked eighth in the region and will begin their spring season April 3, 1999, at the University of Illinois.

Men's Soccer Team Hosts
NCAA Quarterfinal Round

Under the tutelage of interim head coach Alf Bilbao, the Bulldog men's soccer team rode the proverbial emotional roller coaster throughout the 1998 season. By kicking off the campaign with a four-game win streak, the 'Dogs served notice right away that this year they would again be an exciting squad.

As all roller-coaster rides are, it was a season not without its low points. The Bulldogs failed to win a game at their own Truman Classic and were slightly disappointing at home, posting a 4-3-2 record at the Truman Soccer Park. A 1-2 overtime loss to Missouri-Rolla at home cost the 'Dogs a seventh and final MIAA championship. The conference will drop soccer following the '98 season due to a lack of teams.

The Bulldogs responded to the UMR loss with a 4-1 record in their next five matches. Other high points included winning both games on a West Virginia road trip and later taking two games in four days by a combined score of 12-0.

Truman closed regular season action with a 7-0 win over Southwest Baptist. The Bulldogs were 14-3-2 after winning a first-round playoff game at home against Quincy University. It was their fifth appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs and second consecutive year making it to the quarterfinals. Truman played host to Mercyhurst College in the quarterfinal round on Nov. 21.

Senior Claes Meldal, from Denmark, led the team in points (12 goals, 17 assists), as well as ranking sixth in the nation in assists per game. He was a first-team all-MIAA pick, as well as the conference MVP. Sophomore Heine Andersen, also from Denmark, found the back of the net more times than any other 'Dog (13) and was also a first-team all-league selection.

Truman occupied 14 of the 33 possible spots on the all-MIAA list. Other first-team all-conference Bulldogs were goalkeeper David Wiebenga, sophomore back/midfielder Chris Rahe and junior midfielder/forward Steve Wilhusen.

Football Team Struggles With Youth in '98

The football team began the 1998 campaign at former MIAA foe Southeast Missouri, falling 23-18, to the now Division I-AA team. The Bulldogs would suffer yet another non-conference loss at South Dakota, 21-16, before registering their first win over Missouri Western, 41-15, to open league play. Truman did not play a home game until the fourth contest of the season when the Central Missouri Mules edged the 'Dogs 10-7. But the team regrouped for the next weekend when it faced then No. 11 Emporia State and the top running back in Division II, Brian Shay.

The Bulldogs pulled off the big upset, overcoming a 25-6 deficit, mounting a monumental effort in the last six-and-a-half minutes of the game to win, 25-24. It would also be the first of a four-game winning streak for the 'Dogs who went on to beat Washburn, 38-28, Missouri-Rolla, 25-7, and Southwest Baptist, 31-14.

A trip to Pittsburg State was next on the agenda for the Bulldogs. This was the first year since PSU joined the MIAA that it incurred two losses and the 'Dogs were hoping to make it three. However, the Gorillas again defeated Truman, 28-7, but would suffer that third loss the following week to Missouri Western.

The Bulldogs fell to No. 2 Northwest Missouri, 41-7, in the Hickory Stick and Hall of Fame game on Nov. 7, and closed the season with a 25-21 win over Missouri Southern.

The 'Dogs finished with a 6-5 overall record and 6-3 in the MIAA, tying for third-place with Pittsburg State and Central Missouri.

Two seniors, cornerback Tommy Hernandez and center Spencer Stevens, were repeat selections on the all-MIAA first team. Sophomore strong safety John Naeve was a second-team selection.

Tennis Undefeated In Fall
The Truman State men's and women's tennis teams ended the fall season with 4-0 dual records. In three out of the four matches, the men dominated their opponents with 9-0 scores. Highlights for the women included the Truman Women's Invitational where seven out of the 12 place-finishers were Bulldogs. The teams resume play this spring when the men participate in a tournament at Principia College, Feb. 19-20. The first women's match is yet to be determined.

Truman 1998 Athletic
Hall of Fame Inductees

On Nov. 7, former Truman athletes were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in honor of their athletic achievements.

The athletes were recognized and introduced during halftime of the football game against Northwest Missouri State. A pre-banquet reception in their honor was held in the Quiet Lounge of the Student Union. Following the reception, the banquet and induction ceremony was in the Georgian Room of the Student Union Building.

This year, the featured guest speaker was Truman's only Olympic Gold Medalist, Ray Armstead. Armstead was a member of the 1984 world-champion 1,600-meter relay team at the summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The St. Louis native (Northwest High School) completed his collegiate track career in 1984 at the University and is a 1994 inductee in the Truman Athletics Hall of Fame.

Since 1983, the year the Truman Hall of Fame began, 166 persons have been enshrined. This year, the following athletes will be inducted.

Leroy Berry (Town and Country, Mo.), a former Bulldog track member from 1960-63, shares the school record of 9.6 for the 100-yard dash with two other Bulldogs. He was on the 1963 440-yard relay team that had the fourth fastest time among all NCAA Divisions (40.9). Berry won the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 60-yard dash for four consecutive years and was the conference high-point performer twice during that time. In the summer of 1963 at an AAU meet in Kansas City, he ran the 100-yard dash in an unofficial time of 9.4, one-tenth of a second off the world record at that time. Berry is currently on the board of directors of the I Have a Dream Foundation and Kingdom House in St. Louis. For the past 15 years, he has been an agent and owner of a State Farm insurance agency branch office in St. Louis.

Brian Campbell (Encino, Calif.), was a tennis player for the University from 1981-83. As a junior, Campbell had a 24-4 record at No. 2 singles. The 1982 'Dogs compiled a 16-4 dual meet record and finished in a tie for 14th at the NCAA Division II Championships. As a senior, Campbell was nationally ranked seventh in doubles and 19th in singles. His No. 1 doubles team ended the season with a 24-2 record. Campbell also earned all-America honors twice, only the fourth Bulldog tennis player to receive the honor. Recently, he was ranked second nationally for 30-and-over players in USTA men's doubles and won five national doubles titles from 1991-98. Campbell has spent the past 14 years in commercial insurance and brokerage and currently works for Marcus and Millichap in Encino, Calif.

Chris Hegg (Overland Park, Kan.), a former football standout at Truman, played for the Bulldogs during the 1984-85 seasons. As a junior, he completed 126 of 268 passes for 1,565 yards and 12 touchdowns and was named to the all-MIAA second team. In 1985, he connected on 284 of 503 passes for 3,741 yards and 32 touchdowns. That year, he was named to the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association and Football News' all-America teams. Hegg was also selected as Football News' Division II Player of the Year, and 1985 all-MIAA first team and was the Truman and MIAA MVP. Hegg still owns six Bulldog single-game and six single-season records, a Truman career mark and two NCAA single season records. Currently he is a sales representative for Goodheart-Wilcox Publisher.

Dennis Sissom (Hazelwood, Mo.), a 1964 graduate of Truman, was a two-sport athlete at the University. In football, he earned all-MIAA honors as a defensive end and played on the 1960 and 1961 conference championship football teams. In track, Sissom took top honors in the shot put and discus and finished third in the javelin at the MIAA conference meet. As a senior, he was the javelin winner at the NCAA regional championships. After graduating in 1964, Sissom spent 10 seasons as Normandy High School's track coach. During that time, his team lost only three dual meets and recorded first-, second- and third-place finishes in the conference. He was named the 1974 Conference Track and Field Coach of the Year, and in 1997, he was inducted into the Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Sissom is currently assistant superintendent for the Hazelwood School District in St. Louis.

Mike Yancey (Eureka, Mo.), a walk-on to the Bulldog football team, was a student from 1980-86 at Truman. By the fifth game of his freshman year, Yancey was starting as an offensive center. He earned first-team all-MIAA recognition as a sophomore and senior and was second-team all-MIAA as a junior. The Bulldogs named him Outstanding Lineman his sophomore and senior years, and he was a team captain his senior year. In 1983, Yancey was named to the Associated Press Little All-America second team. Yancey also participated in wrestling as a senior, finishing third in the Midwest Regional Meet. At the conclusion of his collegiate athletic career, he had professional football tryouts with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1984 and the Miami Dolphins and Birmingham Stallions in 1985. For the past 11 years, Yancey has been employed by Laclede Gas Company in St. Louis. He is currently a district superintendent of meter reading.

James Dougherty Honored
A great man in Truman athletic history was honored before the Homecoming football game this year. James Dougherty, a former Bulldog football and basketball player and track athlete, as well as head football coach and the first person to hold the title of athletic director at the University, was memorialized with a bust sculpted by Guy Burton, one of Dougherty's former athletes.

Dougherty was a halfback for the Bulldogs from 1928-31 under legendary head coach Don Faurot and later served as head coach from 1946-50. He became athletic director in 1962 and re-mained in that capacity until his retirement in 1974. Dougherty was considered by many to personify the Bulldog spirit as an athlete, coach, and administrator during a career that spanned almost 50 years.

Dougherty also served as student senate president at Truman and was a member of Blue Key honorary fraternity and Sigma Tau Gamma social fraternity. He was the recipient of the Stickler Cup, presented each year at that time to the outstanding senior athlete possessing characteristics of scholarship, leadership, and citizenship. Dougherty died in 1975.

Burton himself was a Bulldog football player and is a 1953 graduate. His father-in-law, Wayne McKanna, is a 1989 inductee into the Truman Hall of Fame and his mother-in-law, Nellie Starbuck, as well as his wife, Betty, and two of his children, Michael Burton and Michelle Land, are also Truman graduates. Michael's daughter, Tiffany, is currently enrolled at the University.

The bust is a bronze piece weighing nearly 100 pounds and depicts Dougherty as many of his family, friends, and athletes knew him in his later years. Burton created the likeness because of his great regard for a man he considered a friend and mentor well past his years as a student at Truman. He credits Dougherty with changing his life by convincing him to attend Truman.

Burton and his family presented the University with the bust which will be housed in the Pershing Building.


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