UD MEN'S TRACK & FIELD 2016 Season in Review

Head Coach Matt Barber completed his second season with the men’s track and field team. Prince Giadolor (Rockwall, Texas) earned the program’s first ever U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region and Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Newcomer of the Year Honors. The men’s basketball duel sport athlete also captured the Crusaders’ first SCAC Championship in an event – the 100 Meter Dash.

Besides Giadolor’s emergence late in the spring, Dallas enjoyed seven SCAC All-Conference winners and notched six school records. One of those top figures broke the previous mark set in the program’s inaugural season in 1908 when the institution was referred to as Holy Trinity College. That event was the Hammer Throw, and Marcus Carmona (San Antonio, Texas) threw 31.28 Meters. Additionally, UD earned fourth place at the SCAC Championships with 44 points.


Distance Runners: SR’s) Jack Grubner, Jacob Loel, Ryan McAnany, Javier Secaira, JR’s) Barton Holdridge, Gabriel Marasigan, FR’s) Andrew Ciancone, Rafael Medina, Caine Mongeau.

Secaira and Grubner in SCAC Championships

Sprints/Relays/Hurdles: JR’s) Barton Holdridge, Thomas Pierick SO) Dominic Del Curto, FR’s) Prince Giadolor, Will McEvoy, Vincent Phan, David Weisbruch.

Pierick at the SCAC Championships

Field Events: JR) Paulo Salazar, SO’s) Maximilian Allen, Marcus Carmona.

Carmona at the USCAA Championships

The Crusaders listed a roster of 18 competitors, with six returners and nine that compete in a second UD athletic program. This includes four returners from last year’s squad that are distance runners and bring experience from being on the cross country team in the fall. That group consists of: Jack Grubner (Needham, Mass.), Javier Secaira (Tacoma, Wash.), Ryan McAnany (Kansas City, Kan.), and Gabriel Marasigan (Orange County, Calif.). Two newcomers that ran cross country and competed this past campaign were: Caine Mongeau (Little Elm, Texas) and Rafael Medina (Waco, Texas). The other pair of returners that are purely on the track and field team include Thomas Pierick (Des Moines, Iowa) and Paul Salazar (Dallas, Texas). Rounding out the duel sport competitors begin with two men’s soccer letterwinners this past fall in Barton Holdridge (Fort Worth, Texas) and Andrew Ciancone (Houston, Texas) had large impacts on the roster. Finally, SCAC standout that joined midseason, Giadolor, is also a UD men’s basketball player.


Under Barber’s tutelage in 2016, the men’s track and field team placed five athletes on the All-Conference Teams for top three finishes at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championships. Overall, seven different accolades were awarded, with Prince Giadolor capturing three of them. Barber led the men's side to fourth and the women's team finished fifth. Part of the the success for the men's team was SCAC Newcomer of the Year, Giadolor, capturing the program's first Individual SCAC Championship in the 100 Meters. Giadolor also earned All-Conference Accolades in the 200 Meters and 4x100 Meter Relay. Ryan McAnany rounded out the group of postseason honors in the 1500 Meters. Dominic Del Curto, Barton Holdridge, and Thomas Pieirck joined Giadolor in the 4x100m, broke the school record four straight meets. The most recent was at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

Barber was assisted by Jarred Priester and Alicia Price. Priester ('12) was a four-year letterwinner for the Crusaders' men's track and field squad. He specialized in coaching the jumps and hurdles. Price instructed the throwers in her first year helping the program. She was a former student-athlete that threw at Division I program, Rider University.

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1. Giadolor captured the first gold medal for Dallas since the program joined the SCAC five years ago. His 10.87 mark in the 100 Meter Dash counted as UD men’s track and field’s first championship since 2004 in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). After making the first team All-Conference in that event, Giadolor added to his impressive day by securing third in the 200 Meter Dash and 4x100 Meter Relay. Giadolor’s 21.87 second result bested his previous school record mark set in the preliminaries, which was a 22.16 mark.

2. The same four runners in the 4x100m broke the school record in the final three competitions on the campaign. These feat was achieved at the Baker Relays, SCAC Championships, and USCAA Championships, respectively. Participating in the relay included: Del Curto, Holdridge, Pierick, and Giadolor. The current mark is 44.05 seconds. The unit took All-SCAC Third Team at the conference championships with a 44.15-clip.

3. Giadolor led the SCAC Outdoor Performance List in the Track and Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS) once he made his collegiate debut at the McMurry War Hawk. That total was a 10.84 speed and helped him gain SCAC Athlete of the Week. His fastest performance, which remains at the top currently on TFRRS was in the preliminaries of the SCAC Championship. He shaved .01 ticks off that time at a 10.83-clip.

4. Carmona produced in the field, by shattering a historic school record set in 1908 in the Hammer Throw. The rising junior launched a 31.28m distance on a throw that earned him third place (six points) in the USCAA Championships.

5. McAnany earned the final all-conference recognition with third place in the 1500 Meter at the SCAC Championships. His time was 4:08.28. A week later at the USCAA Championships, McAnany podiumed in third by clocking a 4:09.25 result.

6. Grubner ran a season-best (36:25.62) in the 1000 Meter to place fourth (five points) in the USCAA Championships. Pierick (1:03.26) and Del Curto (1:03.87) claimed sixth and seventh, respectively in the 400 Meter Hurdles. Secaira rounded out the group that contributed points to give Dallas a season-most 69.5 for fourth as a team amongst USCAA Division II programs. Secaira’s (17:13.74) performance was the 5000 Meter.

7. Giadolor also chipped in an individual best second place in the 100m. Despite improving on his final time by .05 seconds (11.21), Giadolor’s first place streak in the event ended at three straight. He was a top-four finish in every outing, including three first places, which helped him earn an USTFCCCA All-Region. An athlete must be ranked in the top-five of an individual event in the region according to the final TFRRS.

8. The group opened the campaign at the East Texas Grand Prairie Dog Time Trials with the Distance Medley Relay (DMR) claiming second place. Grubner (1200m), Pierick (400m), Medina (800m), and McAnany (1600m) combined for a time of 11:06.19 minutes. Pierick clocked a speed of 0:54 seconds and McAnany completed a 4:30 minute run.

9. Salazar threw a career-best 32.99m in the Discus Throw at the East Texas Prairie Dog Time Trials. Salazar ranked fifth in that competition. A week later, he threw a season-best 34.40m in the Javelin Throw. At the SCAC Championships, Salazar broke a personal best 11.74m in the Shot Put for seventh.

10. McAnany secured fourth place (out of 53) at the Trinity Open in the 1500m with a 4:08 time that matched a personal record (PR) set in 2015. The two-time Team MVP hit a PR in the 800 Meter with a 2:01 time for 10th. In this same competition, Jacob Loel (Phoenix, Ariz.) made his first ever appearance in the 5000m for UD. Del Curto and Maximilian Allen (Oceanside, Calif.) made their debuts in the 400m Hurdles (1:07) and Javelin Throw (34.56m), respectively.

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2016 postseason awards (Notables)

MVP: McAnany (2 years in a row)

SCAC All-Sportsmanship: Del Curto

All-SCAC First Team: Giadolor (100m)

All-SCAC Third Team: Giadolor (200m, 4x100m), Del Curto (4x100m), Holdridge (4x100m), Pierick (4x100m), McAnany (1500m)



Hammer Throw (Broke previous mark in 1908): 102’6” – Marcus Carmona (USCAA Championships, Delhi, NY, 04/30/16)

200-Meter Dash: 21.87 – Prince Giadolor (SCAC Championships, Seguin, TX, 04/23/16).

4x100-Meter Relay: 44.05 – Dominic Del Curto, Barton Holdridge Thomas Pierick, Prince Giadolor (USCAA Championships, Delhi, New York, 04/30/16).

4x400-Meter Relay: 3:28.40 – Barton Holdridge, Andrew Ciancone, Thomas Pierick, and Ryan McAnany (SCAC Championships, Seguin, TX 04/23/16).

4x800-Meter Relay: 8:23.36 – Ryan McAnany, Barton Holdridge, Rafael Medina, and Andrew Ciancone (Baker Relays, Baldwin City, KS 04/02/16).

4x1600-Meter Relay: 20:30.08 – Jack Grubner, Gabriel Marasigan, Caine Mongeau, Zach Zendt (TLU Bulldog Relays, Seguin, TX 03/05/16).


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