8 | 19 | 16 - Haskell Indians

The weather here in Lawrence, KS is slowly changing, the Fall sports have kicked off their preseason for Volleyball, Cross Country, and Golf. Since August 4th student athletes have been back on campus going through two a day practices.  Coaches are excited to see what talent they have recruited over the summer break. Here is a recap over each sports teams. 

6 | 30 | 16 - Haskell Indians

INDIANAPOLIS -- A longtime advocate for track and field in the Native American community, Albert Gipp of Lawrence, Kansas, has been awarded the 2016 USATF Milton Hershey Award. Created by the partnership between USATF and Hershey, the Milton Hershey Award annually honors an individual whose volunteer contributions to youth track & field and fitness has positively affected the lives of young people.

Gipp will receive the award during the 2016 USATF Hershey National Youth Outdoor Championships in Millersville, Pennsylvania, on July 1.

"With his selfless devotion to under-served children, Albert Gipp is the embodiment of the values that Milton Hershey held dear," said Hall of Famer Rafer Johnson, the longtime spokesperson for The Hershey Company's track & field programs and the 1960 Olympic decathlon gold medalist. "We are pleased and honored to present him with the Milton Hershey Award."

Originally from Ft. Yates, North Dakota, Gipp is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and has worked with young people for nearly 40 years as an educator and coach, including through the Mini Mocs and Smoking Mocs year-round running program. Now in its seventh year, Mini Mocs is a no-cost program designed to give youth athletes experience in track and field.

"I am very honored to receive the USATF Milton Hershey Award," said Gipp, who has dedicated his professional life to coaching and teaching Native American children. "Being able to work with the youth is energetic and a positive experience for me and enables me to create a great learning environment for our athletes."

Gipp is involved with USATF through RunJumpThrow (RJT), USATF and Hershey's national youth activity program, hosting RJT programming for the Kickapoo Nation Boys and Girls Club of Kansas and also in Ft. Yates. Gipp's involvement extends to USATF's Future Stars Meets program, where he has been an event organizer since the program's inception in 2015. Future Stars Meets helps support community-based track meets, providing expense reimbursement, awards and branding to mid-level competitive meets.

"Mr. Gipp has been an integral part of USATF Future Stars Meets and a supporter of RunJumpThrow since we launched the programs," USATF CEO Max Siegel said. "He is a great example of how community activists can do great things through and with our sport."

"I really wanted to give all youth in our community the opportunity to learn about the track and field," Gipp said of the Mini Mocs program. "The goal is to inspire them to challenge themselves and have fun. I want to give back because track & field and cross county have been great to me, and it can be great for our athletes as well."

Gipp is a former conference champion javelin thrower at Augustana College (1978). He continued his track & field career as a successful track and cross country coach at Haskell Indian Nations University. Gipp has over 37 years of classroom teaching, and currently teaches at Haskell.

The 2016 USATF Hershey National Youth Outdoor Championships will be held June 28-July 3 at Millersville University. For more information visit http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2016/USATF-Hershey-Youth-Outdoor-Championships.aspx/

For more information on RunJumpThrow, visit: http://runjumpthrow.usatf.org/

5 | 24 | 16 - Cross Country

This brief explanation is to expand on the recent media release by the University and NAIA. It also is to alleviate any concerns regarding the season for both the Women and Men for the upcoming fall 2016 season.

On Friday, May 20, 2016, NAIA notified our Athletic Director of a violation of NAIA Bylaws related to not fielding a full team of five runners at the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Regional Women's Qualifier at Denver, Colorado, during the November, 2015 event. The letter stated we would be suspended from "post-season" competition for the 2016/17 season or the next season in which the sport is sponsored by Haskell.  Haskell can appeal to the NAIA National Administrative Council while a determination about post-season play will be made by the Association of Independent Institutions.   

The NAIA rules are explicit – once an institution declares they will participate as a "team", they must compete or four weeks prior send a letter to notify they withdraw the intent to participate.  Unfortunately in our circumstance, we were unable to compete with a full women's cross-country team. 

This decision does not impact the Men's Cross Country Program and the Women's Cross Country Team will be still be able to compete in the upcoming 2016 Fall season.

4 | 04 | 16 - Men's Golf

Haskell Indian Nations University is in the midst of the spring golf season and Head Coach Gary Tanner is hoping they save their best for last.  Already, the Indians have played in three events and have just completed their fourth at the Bethel Spring Invitational.  "We can't make any progress if we shoot in the 80's," said Tanner.  "We've got the golfers to compete but we've got to be consistent throughout the course to make a run at the top."

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Talisa Budder
     Talisa Budder is a senior cross country/track runner from Kenwood, OK. She belongs to the Keetoowah Cherokee Tribe. Budder will be graduating December 2015 with a degree in American Indian Studies. She will be competing in this weekends National Championships. Budder took 5th place in the qualifier and received ALL-MCAC Team.
Her Accomplishments include..
4 First Team All-Conference cross country ( first female cross country runner to be first team all conference 4 straight years since joining the NAIA)
 *3 time conference champion
 * 2 times cross country
 * 1 time 1500 meters
6 times second team all conference track 
 2 times Conference Runner of the Year
Conference Freshman runner of the year 2011
5 times National Qualifier 
* 4 times National Qualifier Cross Country
* 1 time National Outdoor Championships 
Personal Best in Cross country 18:40
track 1500 5:05
track 5000 meters 18:51.54
3 times Haskell Most Valuable Runner -Cross country
3 times Haskell  Most valuable -Track and Field
Amazing job Talisa! Way to represent! Keep up the good work!
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