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Athletic Hall of Fame 2019

Megan Hayes, Rustin Dowd, Vincent Hobbs and Jose Sibrian, 2019 Hall of Fame winners
Accent Fall 2019 Magazine
Megan Hayes, Rustin Dowd, Vincent Hobbs and Jose Sibrian.

By Chad Jenkins, MNU sports information director

Each year at Homecoming, MNU recognizes some of the greatest achievements of our institution’s sports history. Those recognized are shining examples of hard work, character and spiritual formation since their time at MNU.

Megan Hayes (’13)
Volleyball, History & Government Education

Megan was instrumental in putting MNU volleyball on the map, helping her team to the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament for the first time in years as a freshman. As a sophomore, she led the Pioneers to their first Heart Tournament championship game. In her junior year, the Pioneers had their first 30-win season, the first Heart Tournament championship, and the first trip to the NAIA National Tournament. In her senior year, the Pioneers had the most successful season in program history. MNU was 29-5 and undefeated in conference play en route to the Heart title, Heart Tournament championship, and a fifth-place finish at the national tournament. She finished her career with 1,037 kills and 581 blocks. Megan was a four-time First Team All-Conference honoree, two-time NAIA All-America honoree, and an NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

She lives in Olathe, Kansas, and is an assistant coach for MNU Volleyball while working on a Master of Science, Specialist in educational school psychology.

Rustin Dowd (’13) 
Basketball, Business Administration

Among the best shooters in MNU history, Rustin Dowd was a four-year starting shooting guard from 2009-2013. Twice his teams qualified for the national tournament, peaking with an Elite 8 finish in 2013. Dowd had seasons shooting 44.6% and 44.8% from beyond the arc. He averaged 17 points per game, finishing eighth in MNU history with 2,163 points. He was a four-time Conference Player of the Week and three-time First-Team All-Conference honoree. He was named Heart Freshman of the Year in 2010, Heart Player of the Year in 2012, and NAIA All-America in 2011 (HM), 2012 (third team), and 2013 (third team).

Rustin and his wife, Breanna, reside in Paola, Kansas. They have two children.

2002 Indoor Track & Field
4x400 Relay Team 

The 4x400 squad of Vincent Hobbs (’02) (representing team in above photo) physical education; Jermaine Ricketts (FS ’05) business administration; Brandon Earls (’02) physical education; and Ryan Raber (’05) sports management, won the 4x400 National Championship in 2002 with an NAIA record time of 3:12.34. This was the first of MNU’s back-to-back national championships in the event. Ricketts and Raber were also on the 2003 championship squad.

Jose Sibrian (’08)
Soccer, Marketing

Jose was a four-year starter from 2004-2007, anchoring some of the most successful teams in program history. As a freshman, he earned Second Team All-Conference and NCCAA All-Region on a team that won the NCCAA National Championship. As a sophomore, he was named First Team All-Conference, NCCAA All-Region, and NCCAA Honorable Mention All-America. As a junior, he was Second Team All-Conference, NCCAA All-Region, and NCCAA First Team All-America for a team that won another NCCAA National Championship. As a senior, he was named First Team All-Conference, NCCAA All-Regional, NCCAA First Team All-America, and NAIA Honorable Mention All-America.

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