The St. Thomas men’s cross country team raced to another amazing season. With strong team cohesion,
both old and new runners continued the legacy of success for the team. The season started at the Crown
College Invitational in St. Bonifacius. This course, which is known for its difficulty, pushed the runners to
their full abilities. St. Thomas had a strong performance to kick off the season with first-year student Spencer
Urick taking 14th, followed by numerous other Tommies finishing in the top 35.
They kept the momentum going as they ran the usual 8000-meter course at Carleton’s Running of the Cows
Invite. Of the St. Thomas runners, 14 placed in the top 100. Senior Trevor Smith had a time of 26: 39 for 17th
place, and sophomore Allen-Michael Burback finished 26th with a time of 27:00. The team’s drive and ambition showed once again at the St. Kate’s Invite, where the team took first. Burback and Smith led the team
with 3rd and 4th place finishes overall while other Tommies filled eight of the top 10 positions.
For senior Grant Suttie, one memorable race was Summit Cup on Pike Island. “It is a dual meet we have
against Macalester; it was raining the whole time, as it had been all day, and was a race full mud, sweat and
tears.” Just two weeks after the end of the regular season, the Tommies took to the Como Golf Course in St.
Paul on Sept. 29 for the MIAC Championship. Smith had a strong performance with a 7th place finish of
26: 29, which significantly topped his past three MIAC finishes.
The men finished their season in Northfield during the NCAA Regional Championships. The competition
was hard, but the Tommies did not land short of a successful finish. Smith finished first among the Tommies
with a time of 26: 35 followed by a 64th place finish by Burback and a 71st place finish by Adam Brant. Brant
was grateful for his time in the St. Thomas cross country program; “The skills I have gained through teamwork, and the challenges and success I’ve had are just some of the things that no class or club at UST could
have given me.”
“BEING A PART OF THIS TEAM HAS ALLOWED
ME TO CONTRIBUTE TO SOMETHING GREATER
THAN MYSELF OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS.”
- ADAM BRANDT ‘ 17
66 Men’s Cross Country //
Macalester Dual 1 of 2
Carleton Invite 5 of 14
St. Kate’s Invite 1 of 3
Inter-Region Rumble 7 of 32
UW-La Cross Invite 14 of 20
MIAC Championships 4 of 11
NCAA Regional 12 of 30