Ryan Dohner

In frigid weather conditions, the Texas men’s cross country team completed the season by finishing 14th at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.  

Ryan Dohner and Craig Lutz led the way for the Longhorns with their best finishes at nationals. Dohner finished in 11th and Lutz followed with a 14th place finish. Dohner and Lutz’s great finishes earned them both All-American honors.

This is only the fourth time in Texas history that multiple Longhorns earned All-American honors — the first time since 1989.

Behind Dohner and Lutz, Mark Pinales finished in 125th, Collin Smith in 146th, Chris Galvin in 163rd, Austin Roth in 187th and Eduardo Rodriguez rounded out the scoring in 225th place finish.

With the conclusion of cross country season, the Longhorns will place their focus on the indoor track season.

Texas begins its indoor season in January at the Arkansas-Texas Dual in Fayetteville, Ark. 

Brock Simmons runs at the Texas Relays last weekend. Simmons finished 14th in the 5,000-meter at the Stanford Invitational this weekend.

Photo Credit: Thomas Allison | Daily Texan Staff

Several Texas distance runners made the trek to Palo Alto, Calif. to compete in the Stanford Invitational Friday.

The Longhorn trio of sophomore Ryan Dohner, freshman Craig Lutz and senior Brock Simmons finished within three seconds of each other in the 5000-meter run.

Dohner clocked in the top time of the three at 13:59.91 for 10th place. In his first collegiate outdoor debut, Lutz finished close behind Dohner with a time of 14:00.45 for 11th place.

Simmons came into the event as the only athlete of the troupe that had ever competed in the 5000, and his performance proved his experience. Despite his 14th-place overall finish, his time of 14:02.70 improved 21 seconds from his previous race in the event.

A second group of three Texas distance runners competed in the 10000-meter race. This marked the first time this season Texas had athletes represented in the event.

Sophomore Will Nation, junior Rory Tunningley and freshman Mark Pinales also stayed close together in the pack, allowing only seven seconds to separate them. Nation and Tunningley crossed the finish line simultaneously and clocked a shared time of 29:33.66. Nation received 25th and Tunningley 26th places. Pinales followed in close pursuit and posted a time of 29:40.34.

The final event for the Longhorns was Friday’s 3000-meter steeplechase. Red shirt sophomore Austin Roth competed in the event for just the second time this year and came in at 9:11:09 for 15th place overall in section two.

With a tune-up meet under their belts, the distance runners look to stay on track and remain consistent going into this weekend’s Texas Invitational. The entire team will compete together again beginning on Saturday, as they welcome familiar opponents back into their home arena.

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Texas won the South Central Regional Championship on Saturday, which guarantees the Longhorns a berth in the NCAA Championships in two weeks.

“The whole team was really excited about today’s race, and it was definitely something we knew we were capable of and it was great to beat a lot of really good teams,” said junior Rory Tunningley.

Freshman Craig Lutz continues to have a strong season as he finished third with a time of 30:48.2. Close behind Lutz was sophomore Ryan Dohner whose time of 30:48:2 was good for fifth.

“When you are working with a teammate, it is a lot easier to mentally stay with it for the entire race,” Dohner said.
Overall, Texas finished with 40 points, which was 16 more than second place Texas A&M. Arkansas, Lamar and UTSA rounded out the top five.

Lutz and Dohner led the team, but three other runners helped the Longhorns take first place. Tunningley’s ninth place finish gave Texas three top 10 runners. Freshman Mark Pinales and senior Brock Simmons finished 13th and 14th overall. Having three runners in the top 15 gave the Longhorns the overwhelming lead.

Texas will finish the season next Monday at the
NCAA Championships in Terre
Haute, Ind.

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The Longhorns moved up in the national rankings to No. 13 after a strong performance in New York at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. This upcoming weekend, the men’s team will split up.

Friday, the sprinters and field team head to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the Don Kirby Invitational. On Saturday, the distance runners will be in Seattle, Wash., for the Husky Classic.

In Albuquerque, the Longhorns face a tough test against No. 4 Texas Tech, No. 3 Stanford and No. 16 Ohio State.
This should not phase the Longhorns because of their wealth of talent that includes sophomores Keiron Stewart and Marquise Goodwin.

Stewart, with a time of 7.68 in the 60-meter hurdles, automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships last weekend. Meanwhile, Goodwin, who also plays wide receiver for the football team, set a UT record in the long jump to win the Razorback Invitational.

The distance runners are looking to improve upon an already solid performance at the Razorback Invitational. With two weeks off, they took advantage of the time for rest and work.

Ryan Dohner, the surprising freshman who placed seventh on UT’s all-time 3,000-meter performers list in Arkansas, remains rested and excited to elevate his game even further.

“I feel rested but not rusty,” he said. “We are just doing our normal workouts to prepare. Our normal workouts are sometimes even harder than a race.”

The track used at the Husky Classic is a little different than that of standard indoor tracks. For instance, the track itself is longer at 300m. This helps the runners utilize their speed rather than worry about turning, an aspect the distance runners want to take advantage of.

“It is longer than a regular indoor track, but it’s not anything we’re not use to,” Dohner said. “The times for this race should be a lot faster. I am going for the school record.”

Ryan Dohner’s running was always encouraged by his father, who served as his junior high track and cross country coach at the John Cooper School in The Woodlands.

“It was cool having him coach me,” Dohner said. “The workouts weren’t hardcore, but there were definitely times where I wouldn’t want to go on a run with him.”

Although Dohner knew the decision to run was his own, it was nice to have support at home.

“I was always told how good I could be,” Dohner said. “I was never told that I had to run, though.”

With this praise, Dohner won the Texas state meet in the two-mile race during his senior year, and his cross country team made it to nationals.

“I never thought we could be that good,” Dohner said. “People stepped up, though, and we barely lost to a team who has won the national meet over 25 times.”

After this success, Dohner decided to visit Texas and fell in love. Assistant coach John Hayes and he stayed in touch, and Hayes even made a house visit to show his interest in Dohner.

“I always thought I wanted to come to Austin,” Dohner said. “When I was a freshman, a guy my dad coached came here. I heard his stories, and that just sparked my interest further.”

After being such a leader on his high school team, Dohner was sure achievements would come during his college career. He set a goal for himself to be the best freshman in the nation.

“I know people look toward me to perform well,” Dohner said. “I still don’t know if I’d consider myself a leader. Our older guys do a good job of taking care of us and telling us what to do.”

Nov. 13’s regional meet was worth all of the team’s hard work. With Dohner finishing fifth, the Longhorns won a silver medal.

“Now ... nationals,” Dohner said. “I’m nervous, of course, but really excited.”

Texas will compete in Terre Haute, Ind., today for the NCAA title. Last year, the team was also able to pull off a second place at regionals and ended up tied for 28th at nationals.

“The team is going to surprise a lot of people,” Dohner said. “We’re confident, fresh and we know this is our time.” 

After competing Saturday in Waco at the NCAA South Central Regional, Texas came home with a second-place finish, clinching a spot in the NCAA Championship.

The team drew in 66 points. Arkansas, the regional champion, finished first with 30 points, while Lamar took third and 102 points.

“We expected to get top two,” said head coach John Hayes. “We have been aiming at regionals and nationals all year. This team really works hard for each other.”

Individual victories came with five all-region honors through freshmen Ryan Dohner and Patrick McGregor, juniors Brian Rhodes-Devey and Brock Simmons and senior Bradley Lowry. Dohner crossed the finish line in fifth, leading Texas in the 10K race, with a time of 30:21.1.

This NCAA Championship trip, which will be held Monday Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind., will be Texas’ 27th national visit. Last season, the team tied for 28th.

“Now it is time to put the region meet behind us and look ahead to the national meet,” Hayes said.

After a big weekend in Stillwater, Okla., Texas came home with a fourth-place finish in the Big 12 Championships. With 127 total points earned at the meet, the Longhorns brought in their highest finish since 2007. Thanks to beating Texas A&M, Texas also earned a point in the annual State Farm Lone Star Showdown.

The team was led by freshman Ryan Dohner, who finished the 8K race in 25:00.73, followed closely by senior Bradley Lowry and freshman Patrick McGregor in 22nd and 23rd, respectively.
Brock Simmons, Collin Smith, Brian Rhodes-Devey, and Will Nation also competed and brought in points for Texas.

The champion of the event was Oklahoma State for the third straight year with 19 points. Colorado and Oklahoma finished ahead of the Longhorns as well. Even so, assistant coach John Hayes could not be more proud of the runners’ success.

“The NCAA meet is about controlling emotions early and taking advantage of those that were unable to do so when you hit the second half,” Hayes said. “We are young but talented and have undoubtedly continued to build with a great group of men. The present and future look very bright.”

As a result of its strong running in Stillwater, Texas will travel to Waco on Saturday, Nov. 13 for the South Central Region Championships.