Program Overview

 

St. Thomas has earned a reputation as the conference's dominant team in track and field.

St. Thomas has won the MIAC indoor team championship all 33 seasons it has been held. The Toms have captured the outdoor team title 30 of the last 35 seasons and nine of the last 10 years. St. Thomas individuals or relay units own MIAC all-time records in 14 of the 22 events outdoors.

Combined indoor and outdoor team titles for St. Thomas sits at 68 out of 129 total tournaments. That is triple the total championships of the next closest program (Macalester, 22).

St. Thomas has regularly enjoyed success at the national level, too. In the 33 seasons that NCAA Division III has held indoor championship meets, the Tommies have claimed eight top-five team finishes, including the 1985 national team championship. They also have won nearly 100 All-America honors indoors, with 10 individual champs and 10 NCAA runners-up.

St. Thomas crowned two NCAA champions in 2011-12 -- cross country victor Ben Sathre, and 800 indoor champion Mike Hutton. Sathre took second in 2010 and first in 2011. Hutton eventually lowered his career best in the 800 to 1:48.42, not far off the Olympic Trials qualifying standard. 

Coach Steve Mathre has named NCAA Region Coach of the Year five times in the last 11 years. St. Thomas placed fifth at the 2012 indoor NCAA meet; third in the 2009 NCAA outdoor meet; and fifth at outdoor nationals in 2008. The 2009 team became the first Minnesota men's college or university team to win a relay at nationals (4x100 and 4x400).

In 2012-2013, Senior Eyo Ekpo placed third in the triple jump at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. The third-place finish helped Ekpo nab his seventh career All-America award. 

Either the Tommie men or women had a relay team reach the finals at outdoor nationals for 33 consecutive seasons until 2015.

In 43 years of NCAA Division III outdoor championships, St. Thomas teams are perennial top-20 placewinners and posted 11 consecutive top-10 finishes from 1983-93. The Tommies have earned outdoor track All-America honors more than 150 times, with 17 NCAA champions and 15 runners-up. The Tommies have placed in the top five in the 4x400 relay in seven of the last 17 seasons.

Andrew Hilliard was voted a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2001, 2002 and 2003, P.J. Theisen won the same elite honor in 2006 and 2008, as did as Pat Jager in 2010 and Eyo Ekpo in 2012.

The Tommies' eight-lane, all-weather outdoor track was resurfaced in summer 2017. The Tommies also have a new state-of-the-art field house with a 200-meter indoor track. There are also new Daktronics video display boards both indoors and at the outdoor track, with ability to show races, replays and results on 500-inch screens.

The Tommies travel south for an annual spring competition trip, and regularly face the best teams in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

More than 85 athletes are on the roster, with everyone eligible to compete in a good number of meets.