Rob Keeney has endured some rough patches during his collegiate career at Doane with injuries taking him away from the football field and off the track. However, maybe it was those injuries that allowed him to put together an outstanding 2012-13 campaign that has earned him the Lincoln Journal Star State College Male Athlete-of-the-Year.
Keeney was the NAIA Track & Field National Champion for the indoor heptathlon and the outdoor decathlon. He also returned to the football field for the first time since his freshman year and started at linebacker for one of the NAIA's top defensives.
The year started during the fall with football. Keeney was not a starter at the beginning of the season but made his presence known and that vaulted him into the top spot at his position. He finished the year with 45.5 tackles, including 6.5 for lost yardage. Rob added two blocked kicks on the year as well and earned honorable mention All-GPAC honors.
During the indoor season, he broke his school record in the heptathlon at the NAIA meet as he finished with 5,379 points. Just a few weeks prior to the NAIA meet, Keeney broke the school mark as well as the conference mark at the GPAC Championships with 5,296 points.
Turning to outdoors, he posted his lone decathlon mark at the Doane Relays as he finished with 6,839 points. At the national meet, he trailed in the decathlon after day one by two points but opened day two with a strong run in the 110m hurdles. That event sparked a chain reaction that took Keeney to the national title and a school record mark of 7,195 points.
Go to the Lincoln Journal Star web site for their story on Rob Keeney.