BHSU alum establishes scholarship in memory of teammate

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, July 30, 2015/Categories: 2015








           Yankton native Roy Borreson is remembered as an outstanding Black Hills State University athlete. Borreson&rsquos teammate, Barry Grossenburg, established the Roy Borreson Memorial Scholarship at BHSU recently in memory of the late athlete who lived courageously with Huntington&rsquos disease.  



More than 40 years after they ran track for Black Hills State University, Barry Grossenburg of Winner still keeps a photo of his teammate Roy Borreson in his office. Grossenburg established the Roy Borreson Memorial Scholarship recently in honor of Roy, a Yankton native who lived courageously with Huntington&rsquos disease before passing away in 2008 at the age of 55.

"I only knew Roy one year while we ran track at BHSU," said Grossenburg. "He was a remarkable runner but his modesty and kindness is what made him a record-holder in my book."

Dave Little, who coached at BHSU for 30 years, said he considers Roy one of the top athletes he ever coached, both as an athlete and as a person. Little says Roy came to BHSU as an average runner but blossomed as an athlete with several outstanding performances.

Roy set the South Dakota record for the 880 run with a time of 1:52 at the NAIA National meet in 1974 set record for the BHSU two-mile relay at 8:03 with teammates Duane Millslagle, Bob Green and Terry Padgett in 1972 and Roy received the outstanding 880 run award in 1975.

Roy was inducted into the BHSU Hall of Fame in October 1994. This fall, the 1973 men&rsquos cross country team, which includes the late Roy Borreson, will also be inducted into the BHSU Hall of Fame.

Little says Roy&rsquos positive impact continues today with the scholarship Grossenburg started in his name.

"The fact that Barry established this scholarship is a classic example of Roy&rsquos relationship with his fellow athletes," said Little.

The Roy Borreson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a BHSU men&rsquos track and field and/or cross country athlete from South Dakota with preference given to middle distance runners.

Huntington&rsquos disease is an inherited progressive form of dementia affecting personality, memory and moods. Huntington&rsquos is an inherited disease and everyone who carries the gene develops the disease.

For more information or to contribute to the Roy Borreson Memorial Scholarship Fund, contact Steve Meeker, vice president for university advancement, at 605-642-6385 or

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