UD Men's Cross Country 2016 Season Review



Matt Klem (Livermore, CA)


Peter deTar (Coeur d'Alene, ID)


Thomas Hogan (St. Louis, MO), Maximilian Wilson (Houston, TX)


John James (Metairie, LA), Andrew Maal (Pueblo, CO), John Patrick McHugh (San Antonio, TX), Andrew Mitch (Toronto, OH)


Entering his third year as the head coach, Matthew Barber ('13) continues to build up the program of his Alma Mater. After graduating three seniors that included, four-year letter winners: Jack Grubner and Ryan McAnany; Barber knew this season was going to be a youth movement. The current roster not only was dominate by sophomores/freshmen (6) compared to juniors/seniors (2), but only the latter pair had raced prior years on the squad.


Dallas ended the fall campaign strongly at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Championship. The team notched 11th out of 22 teams. Anchored by Thomas Hogan's career fastest time for a new school record, the Crusaders boasted three additional personal records (PRs) that helped amass 334 points. Hogan (26:24), Andrew Maal (31:04) and John Patrick McHugh (33:35) all notched PRs.

The Crusaders hosted their annual University of Dallas Invitational for the 2nd straight year. Hogan highlighted the men's side with a 6th place finish of 16:39.3 minutes. John James broke into the top 10 with an 8th place finish of 17:03.5, as both UD's top runners enjoyed their first home meets of their careers. Dallas was 6th overall but the fastest Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) team (besting Austin College and Schreiner University).

Hogan and James made big impressions in the second competition of the year at the Texas Lutheran Bulldog Invitational. Hogan finished second place with a time of 16:33.99. However, he did score one point for the Crusaders since the fastest runner was with Incarnate Word and all its runners were unattached. James followed with two points and received 4th individually with a time of 16:48.31.

There was only one competition Hogan did not score the fastest time for UD, and that was the season opener at Bill Libby Invitational hosted by McMurry University. John James debuted in his first ever 5k and posted a 16:32 time for 14th in the standings. Hogan earned 17th and was 10 seconds behind the freshman. Peter deTar also started the year strong with a PR of 18:44. Dallas took 2nd place as a team with 44 points.

Dallas competed in four 8ks this season, with the first starting October off at the ETBU Invitational. Hogan and James again headlined the UD runners in the top five. Hogan earned 2nd place with a 27:18.01 result. James was 5th and clocked a time of 27:43.75. DeTar beat his PR by 51 seconds with a 30:44.54-clip. The team claimed 4th out of the DIII schools and five runners made debuts on a race this length.


James (Week 1) and Hogan (Week 3) earned SCAC Runner of the Week this year. It is the first time since 2013 where two different male runners earned the honors in the same season. Gabriel Marasigan and Kevin Doherty achieved the feat.
Hogan led the Crusaders with the fastest time in six-of-seven competitions this year. He was the fastest in every 8k race - earning the fastest time in the final meet at the USCAA Championship. Hogan also claimed two top five finishes (both 2nd) and a top 10 (8th) in his first year running. He was the 4th person to earn a USCAA All-American honor in the program.
DeTar was consistent, rounding out the top 3 UD runners in every race this year. A junior and lettering the second consecutive year, deTar set PRs in both the 5k (18:44) and 8k (30:41.7) this year. He also notched 10th in the Texas Lutheran Bulldog Invitational (19:06). His impressive notable achievement was balancing his other on campus activities that earned him SCAC Character & Community Male Student-Athlete of the Week.



LETTERWINNERS (* Denotes letters)

Matt Klem****

Peter DeTar**

Thomas Hogan*

John James*

Andrew Maal*

John McHugh*

Andrew Mitch*

Max Wilson*

Team MVP - Thomas Hogan

2016 SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team - Thomas Hogan

2016 SCAC Character & Community Male Student-Athlete of the Week - Peter deTar

2016 All-SCAC Second Team - Thomas Hogan (11th place)

2016 USCAA All-American Second Team - Thomas Hogan (8th place)


Thomas Hogan set the 8K record with a 26:24 time at the USCAA Championship hosted at Virginia Beach, Virginia on November 11.


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