|Monica (Headlee) Dorn, Pat Guptill, Steve Harshman, Eldon Marshall, and Dana and LaDawn Dykhouse were inducted into the 2012 Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame during Swarm Week.
| 1983 Football Team
| 2000 Men's Cross Country Team
Black Hills State University athletes who were on campus last week to be inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame noted that their experience as student athletes changed their lives and helped define the people they are today.
“BHSU definitely shaped my future and grabbed my loyalty for evermore,” said Monica (Headlee) Dorn, a former BHSU All-American cross country runner.
That same sentiment was echoed throughout the night as each inductee took the podium. BHSU inducted six individuals and two teams during the annual Swarm Week banquet.
Dorn, Pat Guptill, and Steve Harshman were inducted as athletes, and Eldon Marshall was inducted as a coach. Dana and LaDawn Dykhouse were inducted as contributors for their support of BHSU athletics. The 1983 football team and the 2000 men's cross country were also inducted.
Dorn said she learned to live life through the principles she acquired as a student and athlete at the University. BHSU supplied Dorn with two gifts – the ability to respect herself and the ability to “get on the line” when she was supposed to, she said. During her time at Black Hills State, Dorn learned to love classes she never thought she would and learned to love running even more. “Combining athletics and education, you learn to respect yourself,” she said. As a BHSU runner, Dorn also learned that no matter how tired or how sore you are you get on the starting line. She has taken this concept into both her personal and professional life as a teacher and coach. “It’s the attitude you take in all these situations in your life.”
She recognized many of the coaches and administration who convinced her to run and encouraged her along the way. “I’m very thankful for everything this University has given me,” Dorn said.
During the banquet, Tom Wheaton, BHSU director of Alumni Relations, introduced inductees by reading a list of their many accomplishments.
Guptill, who was inducted for his achievements in track, football and basketball, recognized former BHSU coach and athletic director Dave Little as the reason he chose to attend BHSU.. Guptill had quit school. “I didn’t think I could do it. (Coach Little) talked me into coming back,” he said. “Black Hills State has given me the ability to move on, open my mind up and put me where I am today.”
Marshall agreed with Guptill’s comments. He said many people have contributed to his success including his former BHSU coaches. “I’m very proud to be a part of the Black Hills State alumni, and I will continue to do my best to represent Black Hills State,” he said.
After getting the call from Steve Meeker, vice president of University Advancement, that he was being inducted, Harshman said he went through a wave of emotions. “All of these memories came flooding back into my brain.” The football games, the wins, losses, close calls, the camaraderie, he said. “Any institution is about the people. (BHSU) changed the trajectory of my life - put me on a different course,” he said.
Before going into his acceptance speech, Dana, who was inducted for his contributions to BHSU athletics, recognized the accomplishments of the other inductees. “An incredible number of hours and dedication went into their careers here at BHSU. It’s truly amazing to see what they accomplished.”
Dana said he and his wife are humbled by the honor of being inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame. The couple became part of the BHSU family when their daughter Alana decided to attend the University. “The moment she stepped on that campus she fell in love with Black Hills State,” Dana said. “When we dropped her off, we fell in love with this school too.” Dana attended college on a football scholarship and treasured the fact he received funding to get an education, and he wants to provide that same opportunity for other students. “It’s our hope … to give back and create an opportunity for some additional young people so they can go to college, they can have the experience as an athlete and student and go out and enrich the world.”
While they are fairly new to the BHSU, Dykhouse said they look forward to a long journey as part of the University family.
The following is a list of the inductees and their accomplishment while at BHSU:
Monica (Headlee) Dorn, Class of '02, was inducted for her accomplishments in cross country and track:
All-American for cross country (2000)
Competed in three National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) cross country meets
Member of the women’s distance medley relay team that finished fourth at the indoor nationals in 2001 with a time of 12:27.04 (BHSU school record)
Member of the women’s 4 x 800-meter relay team that finished third at the indoor nationals in 2001 with a time of 9:22.74 (BHSU school record)
Holder of three BHSU school records (1000-meter, 1500-meter, and mile run - all indoor)
Member of BHSU record-breaking outdoor 3200-meter relay team with a time of 9:16.85 (All-American)
Pat Guptill, Attended, was inducted for his achievements in track, football, and basketball:
Third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles (1979 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference (SDIC) meet)
Second-place finish in the SDIC 4 x 100 relay (1979 and 1981)
SDIC champion in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 15:34 (1980)
Fifth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (1980 SDIC meet)
SDIC champion in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.2 (1981)
Fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (1981 SDIC meet)
Second-place finish in the high jump with a jump of 6’2" (1981 SDIC meet)
Four-year letter winner in football, track, and basketball
Steve Harshman, Class of '86, was inducted for his success in football and wrestling:
Two-time All-Conference center
Two-time team captain
Three-time Most Valuable Player (offensive line)
Started every game of college career
Four-year letter winner in football
Letter winner in wrestling (1982-83)
Eldon Marshall, Class of '10, has been a head boys’ basketball coach for 11 years at St. Francis and White River High School with a career record of 206-57. His White River teams went to the State B Tournament seven consecutive years, including a record-setting five straight championship game appearances. He also coached his teams to Jones County Tournament championship wins for seven consecutive years (2006-2012). He was named Boy's Basketball Coach of the Year by the South Dakota High School Coaches Association in 2010. Eldon is also the athletic/activities director at White River.
Dana and LaDawn Dykhouse were recognized as contributors for their dedicated support of BHSU athletics and for their donation of $1 million. The gift was used to establish the Dykhouse Family Athletic Scholarship and for new video scoreboards in the Young Center. They also recently donated an additional $100,000 for athletic scholarships.