Bemidji State cross country and track and field standout added to NSIC Hall of Fame

Bemidji State cross country and track and field standout added to NSIC Hall of Fame
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Bemidji State cross country and track and field standout added to NSIC Hall of Fame

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Jayne Dusich, an All-American, NAIA Scholar Athlete and Academic All-American for the Bemidji State University women’s track and field and cross country teams from 1988-91, was inducted into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Athletic Hall of Fame this evening. Dusich and seven others were added to the league's elite circle of former student-ahtletes, coaches and administrators as a part of the league’s 17th Annual Summer Kickoff event.

Dusich was a standout on the cross country and track and field teams at Bemidji State. After transferring to BSU from Vermilion Community College, Dusich became a six-time letter winner. She had an instant impact at BSU earning an individual Northern Sun Conference championship and first place finish at the District 13 cross country meet, while leading the Beavers to the NSC Championship and a District 13 title in 1989. She went on to place 30th at the NAIA national championships. That same year she was selected as the District 13 Most Valuable Athlete and earned BSU’s Most Valuable Female Athlete award. She became the first female to win back-to-back NSC cross country championships in 1990 before again being named NSC Most Valuable Athlete, earning all-district laurels by placing first at the District 13 meet and becoming the first BSU runner to be selected NAIA All-American, placing 18th. While at BSU she also set school track and field records in eight events. She established indoor marks at the 1,000-meter (3:04.24), 1,500-meter (4:42.09) and 3,000-meter (10:27.85) distances, while posting records at 1,500-meters (4:46.80), 3,000-meters (10:31.90) and 5,000-meters (18:19.44) distances outdoors, five of which still stand today. In addition, Dusich competed in NAIA Nationals both years for indoor and outdoor track, was named NAIA All-American, garnered an NAIA Track and Field Scholar Athlete Award and was a two-time Academic All-American (1989 and 1990).

Dusich was the recipient of the NSC’s prestigious Willis R. Kelly Scholar Athlete Award in 1991, was named one of BSU’s 60 Outstanding Women Athletes and was a member of the BSU 30th Anniversary team.

Post BSU, Dusich returned to Ely, Minn. where she started the girl’s cross country running team in 1995 and the boy’s team in 2010. She has served as head girl’s track and cross country coach at Ely High School and earned Section 7A Coach of the Year honors for cross country in 2004 and 2006 and track and field in 1997 and 1999. In 2015, both the girls and boys cross country teams earned a trip to the state meet where the girls placed 12th and the boys 14th.

Jayne and her husband Dan retired a year ago after they sold their family business, which they had run for the past 38 years in Ely, however, Dusich still coaches cross country and track at Ely High School. Jayne and Dan have three daughters; Crystal and her husband Jeff live in San Diego; Letitia and her husband Dominic live in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Brittany and her husband Steve live in Plymouth, Minn. with their daughter, Violet.

Dusich was inducted into the Bemidji State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.

Founded in 1986, the Northern Intercollegiate Conference (NIC--the former men’s conference) Hall of Fame was established to recognize and honor those who made significant contributions to the conference, to create favorable publicity and public relations for the league and to help preserve the history of the NIC, its member institutions, student-athletes, and other significant individuals affiliated with the league. For the first two inductions (1986 and 1990) each selection hailed from the NIC. In 1992-93, the Northern Sun Conference (NSC - the former women’s conference) and the NIC merged creating the current Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). After annual inductions since 2000, today’s NSIC Hall of Fame now boasts 189 members and one team.

Each NSIC school (which has been a member for at least ten years) is asked to submit one candidate for induction into the Hall. Each of the selected nominees is derived from individuals who have been affiliated with the NSIC, NIC, NSC and their member institutions.

In order to be eligible for the NSIC Hall of Fame, candidates must have made their contributions in the following areas: 1) former student-athletes, 2) administrator/coach, 3) official/supervisor/coordinator, 4) contributor/supporter, and 5) team. Other worthy candidates that do not fall into the above categories are also considered. The conference provides two plaques, one of which will go to the inductee and one to the institution represented. A history of each inductee will be kept in the league office and each institution will prominently display the plaques of their respective NSIC Hall of Fame inductees.

In addition to Dusich, the NSIC induction class of 2016 includes: Sara Lee, Minnesota State University Moorhead; Bob Olson, Northern State University; Alvin Ashley, Southwest Minnesota State University; John Manganaro, Wayne State College; and Larry Holstad, Winona State University.

Dusich is the 26th former BSU student-athlete or coach to be inducted into the NSIC Hall of Fame. She follows: Patti (Fitzgerald) Zwiers (2015); David Lee (2014); Elizabeth Mulvihill (2013); Don Niskanen (2012); Trip Hedrick (2011); Susan Alstrom (2010); Lee Ahlbrecht (2009); Irv St. John (2008); Marc Hamren (2007); Betsy McDowell (2006); Robert Dettmer (2005); Robert Huber (2004); Ruth Howe (2003); Robert Whelan (2002); Sherry Hill, Bob Montebello, Patricia Rosenbrock (2001); Chester Anderson, Marjory Beck, Victor Weber (2000); Walter Kruger, Norman Nelson (1990); Arnie Johnson, Don Palm and James Witham (1986).

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs. BSU’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs are members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Portions of this release courtesy of NSIC