USD track and field to honor four on Saturday The University of South Dakota Track and Field and Cross Country program will induct four individuals into the Alumni Hall of Honor on Saturday, Feb. 7 during a special ceremony at Pro's in Vermillion.
The third annual induction will immediately follow the Graphic Edge Open and Alumni Meet being held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DakotaDome.
Immediately following the induction ceremony, a live auction will be held with proceeds going towards banquet expenses and equipment for the athletes.
Items up for auction include USD track and field apparel, USA Track and Field apparel, a week's stay at Steamboat Springs (valued at $2,500) and other items from Vermillion and Yankton businesses. Gary Madsen and Hazen Bye will serve as the auctioneers. The banquet and auction are open to the public.
Alumni Hall of Honor inductees include three former standout track and field stars, Courtney Clayborne of Rapid City, Catie Tobin of Minnetonka, MN, and Steve Williamson of Sioux Falls. Cliff Deverall of Vermillion will be honored as a special contributor.
Clayborne held four Coyote school records in sprints when he graduated in 1986. He also served as a track and field graduate assistant while attending law school at USD for the following three years. Clayborne is an attorney in civil litigation for the John Eiesland Law Firm of Rapid City.
Tobin, who was one of the first female track athletes at USD, had a stellar track and field career at USD. Currently on the USD Alumni Board of Directors, she also serves on the USD Athletic Review Committee.
Recently her family gave a $100,000 gift to the newly renovated Dean Belbas Center on the USD campus. Tobin is senior vice-president/managing director with RBC Dean Rauscher of Edina, MN.
Williamson, a former All-American (4×400 relay) at South Dakota, was a driving factor in establishing the alumni endowment. He currently works at Augustana College in Sioux Falls.
Deverall, a retired manager from the Hy-Vee Food Stores, has been a major player in Coyote athletics since 1994. He began to volunteer in 1994 and, in 1995, and was responsible for Hy-Vee becoming a USD corporate sponsor. He still works at USD track meets by serving as a timer and judge. Since 1995, Deverall has only missed three track meets.
Previous Alumni Hall of Honor inductees include Doug Shull, contributor, Indianola, IN, Yvette Greer Albrecht, athlete, Redfield, Norm Herren, contributor, Vermillion, Tim Young, athlete-contributor, Baltimore, MD, and Nancy McCahren, special contributor, Vermillion.