Dohner leads squad to nationals

Bri Thomas

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.