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2016 Dickinson State Blue Hawk Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

2016 Dickinson State Blue Hawk Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

DICKINSON, ND- The Dickinson State University Athletic Department is pleased to release the names of the 2016 Blue Hawk Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. Honorees will be recognized for their outstanding achievements as student athletes at Dickinson State University.  The Hall of Fame banquet will be held at the Astoria Hotel on Friday, October 14th begin at 5:00pm with social hour. For Tickets Please contact Betsy Murphy at 701-483-2181. Adult Meal Ticket $25.00 Children under 12 $15.00.

Dickinson State's Men's Track and Field team is begin inducted into the 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame because of their three year dominance in the NAIA Men's Track and Field, 2004, 2005, & 2006. Three straight titles for the Blue Hawks makes them just the fifth school in NAIA history to win three outdoor championships. In 2004 the Hawks competed in Louisville KY winning with a team total of 91 points. They had 10 All Americans and finished first place in 3 events. In 2005 they took the championship with a team total of 99 points and had 11 Individual All Americans and 1 All American relay team. The team finished with 5 first place finishes in individual events. In 2006 the hawks completed the two day event with a first place finish with 102 points. The Hawks had 11 Individual All- Americans, 2 All American relay teams and 2 first place finishes. The men's track team was coached by Pete Stanton. The following individuals will also be inductees for their individual success.

Derrick Atkins

Derrick Atkins excelled in both indoor and outdoor track and field for four years at Dickinson State University.  He has indoor and outdoor conference sprint records that are still standing, and he led his team to four Dakota Athletic Conference championships.  Atkins is a seven-time national champion, and he won national titles in the 100 meters in 2003, 2004 and 2005. In addition, he is an eight-time All-American in the sprints and relays. Atkins led Dickinson State to two consecutive national championships in 2004 and 2005 and to a runner-up finish in 2003. He also holds a Bahamas national record in the 100 meters. Derrick represented the Bahamas at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing where he competed at the 100 meters sprint and advanced to the semifinals. Derrick represented the Bahamas at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London where he competed in the 100 meters sprint and placed 4th in the semifinals in a time of 10.08. He was inducted into the 2012-2013 NAIA Hall of fame.  His College career includes 3 Team National Track and field Championships, 7 time individual National champion, 15 National NAIA All-American Honors, 9 times DAC-10 All-Conference Honors and was named Dickinson State University Male Athlete of the year. Derrick currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where he is the Assistant Track and Field Coach at Kennesaw State University and assist with the sprinters and relays.

Aaron Cleare

Aaron Cleare is a behavioral interventionist at Sheridan Jr. High in Sheridan, WY and he has worked with special needs students for the past two years. He is an NAIA Hall of Fame inductee. Aaron participated in both indoor and outdoor track and field for the Blue Hawks from 2002 to 2006. In 2002, he was an outdoor track and field national champion in the 400 meters and an All-American in the 4x100 meters and 4x400 meters. In 2004, he was an outdoor track and field national champion in 400 meters and All-American in 4x100 and 4x400. In 2005, he was an indoor track and field All-American in the 4x400, an outdoor track and field national champion in 400 meters and All-American in 4x100 and 4x400. In 2006, his 4x400 team was the national champion, and he set an NAIA national record. He also was an outdoor track and field national champion in the 400 meters and was an all-American in the 4x100. He represented the Bahamas in the 2004 Olympic Games and a 4x400 alternate runner for Bahamas in the Olympic Games in 2008. Aaron has one son, Aiden James and is a devoted catholic.

Trevor Barry

Trevor Barry was born on June 14th 1983 to his parents Queenie and Charles Barry. He is the youngest of five children, Paul, Latario, Utha and Charlene. He attended Aquinas College catholic High School.

He is a 2006 graduate of Dickinson State University, where he set the school high jump and long jump records in 2006. He is a 14 Time conference Champion and 8 time National Champion in long jump and high jump. He was named Most Outstanding Indoor Athlete in 2006. He is a member of the Three Time National Champion Track Team.

In 2010, Barry took runner-up honors in the high jump at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. He was a three-time runner-up at the Central American and Caribbean Championships before capturing his first crown at the event in 2011.

Trevor is a 2012 London Olympian and the bronze medalist at the 2011 World Championships in the high jump. He is a decorated high jumper on the international track & field scene, owning a personal-best jump of 7-07.25 (2.32m). He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, representing his native Bahamas, and placed third in the high jump at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Barry won gold in the high jump at the 2011 Central American and Caribbean Championships held in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Trevor also owns a personal-best mark of 25-06.25 (7.78m) in the long jump. Trevor is a Two Time Olympian; 2015 World Championship Finalist, 2016 Olympic finalist. 

Trevor is entering his fourth season as a North Dakota State assistant track and field coach. Barry directs NDSU student-athletes in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. He is married to Heather Barry and they have one son, Leo and a daughter, Jazmin.

Ross Walker

At Dickinson State University, Ross double majored and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B. S. in Education in Biology and Composite Science.  Ross and his wife, Sarah, have been married for 6 years, and have two sons, Riggs (3), and Ryer (1).  They currently reside in Buffalo, WY, where Ross teaches Science, and coaches Basketball and Track & Field at Arvada-Clearmont High School.  Ross's parents are Larry and Nancy Walker, and he has one sister, Alyssa. 

Ross attended Killdeer High School in Killdeer, ND and graduated in 2001.  He went to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND for three semesters before he transferred to Dickinson State University.  While attending the University of North Dakota, Ross was a member of the 2001 NCAA Division 2 Championship football team. 

At Dickinson State University, Ross was a member of both the Football team from 2003-2005, and Track & Field team from 2003-2006. Ross was named to the Dakota Athletic Conference Football All-Conference First Team defensive line three times as well as being named an NAIA All-American twice. While a member of the 2003-2005 Football teams, he helped the teams reach the playoffs each season.  After college, Ross played Arena Football for one year in 2007 for the Colorado Ice in Fort Collins, CO. 

While competing in Track & Field, Ross earned 12 NAIA All-American honors in the shot put, discus, weight throw, and hammer.  Ross was an Indoor National Champion in the Weight throw in 2005, and an Outdoor National Champion in 2006 in the Shot Put.  He was a member of the NAIA National Runner Up Men's Team in 2003, and a member of the NAIA National Championship teams from 2004-2006.  In 2006 Ross scored 24 team points in 3 field events to help his team secure a third National Championship.

In 2006, Ross was named the Dakota Athletic Conference Most Valuable Graduating Senior and Outstanding Male Field Athlete.  In that same year, Ross was named the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association (NDAPSSA) Collegiate Male Athlete of the Year.

Lance Hofland

Lance Hofland was born in Hettinger, ND in 1969 to parents Brad and Linda Hofland.  Lance was the middle child of three with an older sister Kim and younger brother Lynn.  He graduated from Upton High School in 1988.

As a young child, Lance was inspired by watching his uncle Arlan Hofland, who played football for the DSU Blue Hawks.   Lance excelled at athletics in Jr. and Sr. High School and was fortunate to have college coaches that recruited him to play.  Coach Biesiot and Coach Hofland offered him a scholarship for football and track, which set his college career in motion.  In High School, Lance lettered in football and track all four years. While at DSU, he won the district 12 discus event two years and he qualified for the NAIA National Track Meet both years.  Lance was also named to the football All-District team two years and All-American one year.  He still holds the single season tackling record (117) at DSU.  His accolades at the college level are a result of having great teammates and coaches.

While attending High School in Upton he was surrounded by some great high school teachers and coaches, which helped influence him to pursue an education major and coaching.  Lance started college at DSU the fall of 1988, graduating in the spring of 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a double major in Geography/Earth Science and Physical Education.  Also, he received coaching endorsements in football, track, and basketball.

In the summer of 1994 Lance married Susie Stiles from Colstrip, MT.  They moved to Powell, WY (94-95) to start new careers and a life together.  During their short stay in Powell, Lance attended Northwest College to acquire additional classes to become certified to teach general social studies at the secondary level.  They moved once again, this time to Buhl, Idaho (95-96) where they spent a short time before moving to Sundance, WY.

In Sundance, WY, Lance worked for the Crook County School District.  Lance taught Social Studies and coached football, track, and basketball at Hulett, WY (96-98).  He then transferred in-district to Sundance High School (98-to present).  While in Sundance, Lance completed his Masters Degree in the Art of Teaching through Grand Canyon University (2000).  Lance's teaching duties at Sundance Jr. and Sr. High School are Social Studies, PE, and Weight Training.  Lance also coaches football, basketball, and track.  Lance has organized with help from family and friends, the "Vance Peterson Memorial Coaching Conference", which has helped coaches or their families with medical costs for the last 10 years.  Lance organized the Sundance Youth Football program and helped run it for 4 years.

 Lance's successful coaching career has relied on having good coaches and student athletes in the programs. This past summer at the Wyoming Coaches Association Awards Banquet he was honored with the "Jinx Tucker Jr. High Coach of the Year" award along with twenty plus years of coaching service award.  He has coached on 4 football teams that have played in the state championship, winning two of the four.  He was awarded the "WY 1A Football Coach of the Year" award once and the "Powder River Conference Coach of the Year" twice in football.  Also, he was awarded the "Powder River Conference Track Coach of the Year" for one year.

Lance and Susie have three children; Tanner a sophomore at Sundance High School and twin daughters Brook and Bailey who are 7th graders attending Sundance Jr. High School.  Lance and Susie enjoy following and watching their kids grow and progress in their stages of Jr. High and Sr. High School activities.