University Of St Thomas Press Release - Ryan Dohner Runs Fastest Half Marathon By A Native Texan


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University of St. Thomas Coach Dohner 
sets Native Texan State Record for 1/2 Marathon

HOUSTON (Jan. 30, 2018) - The  University of St. Thomas Cross Country team is setting a precedent with Coach Ryan Dohner running the fastest ½ Marathon of any person ever born in the state of Texas  2018 Chevron Houston Half Marathon (1/14). 

Dohner had been training for the race over the past five months sometimes running over 100 miles per week while in the process of recruiting the first cross country team at the University of St. Thomas. The time was 62:43, a pace of 4:47 per mile for 13.1 miles straight. Dohner has competed at the national level before, placing 16th at the 2017 USA Track and Field Championship for the 10,000 meters.

"I want my future athletes to have a coach that understands the daily commitment it

takes to improve in running," Dohner said. "Running is a sport that takes discipline, patience and perseverance to excel. By setting the example for my athletes I can better help them overcome the roadblocks that can appear as a collegiate student athlete." 

As a Houston native, what does it mean to be the fastest runner in Texas State

"I take a lot of pride in the fact that I was able to run the fastest ½ marathon of any Texas

born person in my birthplace and current home of Houston. Training here at the nearby

parks and streets that the race was held on, I felt sentimental towards this race. With the

fan support from family and friends during the race, I knew it was going to be a special


How will the team look next year with your passion for running?

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to run with my team next year. I think it will

help my athletes to see their coach working alongside them. An extra benefit is that I can

see if someone is slacking or pushing too hard on a run. When a coach tells the runners

to go run eight miles, and then doesn't see them for an hour, they are missing out on a big

portion of coaching."

How is recruiting coming for next year's team?

"We currently have a few runners within the school that will be on the team and have a

good high school background in cross country. In terms of the freshman class that I am

recruiting, I have a group of 10+ guys and girls that I are in the process of finalizing their

decision process. Starting a team with no reputation is a difficult challenge, however,

with the great running parks and strong academics at St. Thomas, I have no doubt we

will build an awesome team here."

The Cross Country team will start competition in the fall of 2018. In the meantime, any

high school or college athletes interested in running cross country at UST can email or fill out a recruit form on the UST recruiting page .