The Tommies' Steve Mathre on Wednesday was announced as the MIAC Men's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year for 2019. This follows a vote of the league head coaches in the wake of last Saturday's conference meet.
St. Thomas had six victories among 16 top-three placings and cruised to a 79.5-point team win. The Tommies received points from 29 different athletes and had more than two dozen season-best performances. They scored in 20 of 21 events -- 185 points in all -- only missing in the 4x200, where it initially had a top-four finish but was disqualified.
Mathre's team made it 35 team titles out of a possible 35 since the first MIAC indoor meet was contested in 1985.
Mathre has guided St. Thomas to 42 of a possible 47 league team titles indoors and outdoors in his 24 seasons. He's also guided the Tommies to 18 MIAC outdoor championships since he was named head coach here in 1996.
St. Thomas is ranked No. 17 in the national power rankings by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA). The Purple have 14 indoor season performances ranked in the top 50 in Division III, including three in the top 10: Eric Holst (weight throw), Conor White in the long jump, and David Danhauer (shot put).