Don Rains came from Cherokee, Oklahoma, to begin his freshman year at Tabor College in the fall of 1987. He participated in track and field while at Tabor and lettered all four years. Don graduated in the spring of 1991, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology.
Don received the team award for Most Improved Team Member his freshman year in track and field. He placed second that year at the KCAC Conference meet and second in the NAIA District 10 meet in the hammer throw. During Don's sophomore year he was the team's Most Valuable Athlete. At the KCAC Conference meet he placed first in the hammer and discus and third in the shot put. At the NAIA District 10 meet he placed second in the hammer and third in the discus. He was named First Team All-KCAC and All-District 10. Don set a new Tabor record that year in the hammer with a throw of 148'7".
Don again received the team award for Most Valuable Athlete his junior year. He finished first in shot, first in discus and third in hammer at the KCAC Conference meet. He also finished first in discus, third in hammer, and third in shot at the NAIA District 10 meet. He was named First Team All-KCAC and All-District 10. Don was an NAIA All-American at the indoor meet that year placing second in the 35 lb. weight shot put. He was an NAIA All-American at the outdoor meet that year placing fifth in the hammer and eighth in the discus. He also set new Tabor records in the hammer with a throw of 160'1" and in the 35 lb. weight shot put with a throw of 55'6".
An outstanding senior year was in store for Din in track and field. He was, for the third consecutive year, the team's Most Valuable Athlete, finished second in the hammer and discus at the NAIA District 10 outdoor meet, and first in the 35 lb. weight shot put at the NAIA District 10 indoor meet. He was an NAIA All-American by placing 5th in the 35 lb. weight shot put at the indoor meet, and competed at the NAIA Outdoor Nationals in the hammer and discus. Don was also an NCCAA All-American by finishing second in the hammer and discus and seventh in the shot put.
Don was awarded the NCCAA Wheeler Track & Field Award for Outstanding Christian Male Athlete of the Year. He set new Tabor College records that still stand in the hammer with a throw of 174'5" and in the discus with a throw of 163'81½@. Don also received an invitation to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials.
After graduating from Tabor, Don worked as a Laboratory Technician and Field Services Technician for the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma's Environmental Services Division from 1992-94. From 1995-2004 he served in the Active Duty U.S. Army as a Federal Law Enforcement Special Agent with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. During this time, 1996 & 1997, Don also competed in the United States Armed Forces Europe Track and Field Championships. In 1996, he finished first in the discus and second in the shot put. In 1997, he finished first in the discus, and second in the shot put and javelin.
Don is presently a Special Agent and Computer Forensic Examiner for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and is on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He is married to Amy Heikes who is also a Tabor graduate.
Don Rains had an outstanding athletic career while at Tabor College in track and field. We honor him tonight as a member of the Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame.