Levi Sudbeck lead Doane men's indoor track team to the GPAC championship.
The GPAC named Sudbeck the Male Athlete of the Meet. He won in the pole vault. He scored 24 team points, the most points scored by an athlete at the championship meet.
Track was not the reason Sudbeck came to Doane. Sudbeck came on a football tryout. He joined the track team after football season was over. He was groomed into a multi-athlete. He competes in the heptathlon and the decathlon.
Head Track Coach Ed Fye said that Sudbeck showed good character after going through a disqualification. The disqualification ended up getting appealed and still competed in the hurdles. Even though that wasn’t going to help him, personally he knew it would help the team.
“When he steps on the track he is a fierce competitor,” Fye said.
Fye said that what was most impressive, was the number of events that Sudbeck competed in to get those 24 points.
“He was running all over the place to try hit all those events at the same time,” Fye said. “That says a lot about his focus and motivation in things that he does.”
Fye also said that Sudbeck has had some disappointment in his track career. During his freshman year, he finished just below All-American. He finished ninth in the multi-events and twisted his ankle. He was not being able to compete in his multi-events during his sophomore year.
Sudbeck said that it was tough getting ninth his freshman and sophomore year in the multi-events.
“If I get ninth again this year, I’m going to have to change something going into nationals,” Sudbeck said. “I really want to get All American this year.”
Sudbeck said he wanted to get as many points as he could in the GPAC championship. He said he give back to his track family and Coach Fye.
“Fye is like a second dad for me the way he has coached me and made me a better person,” Sudbeck said. “You want to rip your heart out for the guy and lay it all out on the line.”