Hall of Fame Inductee - Tony Douglas
Tony Douglas went to the Class AA state track and field meet in 2001 as the No. 1-ranked long jumper and a shoo-in to win the state championship. As it turned out, the title was his before the finals began. Douglas jumped 23 feet, 11 inches in the preliminaries—20 inches further than his nearest competitor.
That mark stood as his winning jump as he became the first QHS boys track and field athlete to win a title since 1995 and the sixth individual champion in program history.
Along the way, he set marks that could last a while. As a junior, Douglas set the school record in the long jump with a leap of 23-9 and finished sixth at the state meet.
He bested his record as a senior by jumping 24-1. at the Western Big Six Conference meet. A week later, he jumped 24-7 to win the sectional title. That jump was the eighth longest in the country by a high school athlete. In fact, Douglas won the long jump, triple jump and high jump at sectionals as a senior. He finished third at state in the triple jump.
Also a standout basketball player, Douglas earned All-Western Big Six Conference honors and honorable mention all-state honors as a senior when he averaged 10.2 points per game.
Recruited to Iowa State University, Douglas was a three-time NCAA Division I track championships qualifier who was a two-time honorable mention All-American in the long jump. He also received All-American honorable mention in the triple jump. Eleven times an all-conference performer, Douglas was twice the runner-up in the long jump as the Big 12 championships.
Douglas graduated from Iowa State with a double major in management and marketing and is currently working as a broker counselor for the Principal Financial Group. He and his wife, Erica, live in Urbandale, Iowa, and have two sons.
In acceptance ...
First off, I would like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for allowing me to accomplish so much in my time at Quincy Senior High. I am humbled and honored to be chosen for this nomination and grateful to be in such prestigious company. High school was such a short yet so important time in my life, and I wouldn’t trade the memories and experiences I had for anything in the world.
I owe my parents, Jerry and Trish Douglas, more than I can put in to words. They were always there for me and helped mold me into the person I am today. I’ll never forget the day my parents sat me down and talked to me about living up to my potential. They instilled the values in me that eventually translated into all my achievements.
I also have to thank my brothers, Andy, Aaron and Alex who were always there for support, and a game of basketball. I know I would have never become the athlete I did without the great competition I had available right in my own household. I also have to thank my many cousins and uncles for setting the bar high and daring one of us to reach it.
Coach Kerry Anders challenged me to win a state championship. He pushed me every day in practice to achieve that goal and more along the way. I would like to thank Coach Anders and the rest of the track and field coaching staff for their leadership and guidance during my career and still today.
Finally, I would like to thank the Hall of Fame Committee for this wonderful recognition. I have some great memories from Quincy Senior High School and this is just icing on the cake. I share this award with my wife Erica and my two boys, TJ and Marcus.
I’ll close with the bible verse I had written on my track spikes during my Junior and Senior year of high school. Phillipians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
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