Buchhorn strives for successful track season

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Mary Jones
Contributing Writer

The University of Dallas Track and Field team is already underway with practices, and with the new season comes a new face to lead the squad. Matthew Buchhorn is the new head coach for both the track and cross country teams.

---------Photo Courtesy of UD Athletic Depatment--------- The athletic department welcomes Matthew Buchhorn as the new head coach of the cross country and track teams. UD formally announced hiring Buchhorn in November of 2011.

Before coaching at UD, Buchhorn was an assistant coach at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, and at the University of The Incarnate Word in San Antonio. When he realized a head coaching position at UD had opened, he applied because he wanted to “implement [his] own motivational skills to help everybody better themselves.”

Buchhorn hopes for his athletes to understand that being on the UD track team “is not just about winning, ” but that “it’s about being part of a tradition where discipline, effort, skill and teamwork are of utmost importance.” His goal for the team as a whole entails helping “everyone improve and succeed in their personal goals as far as track goes, whether it is setting a personal record or improving personal fitness.”

“As a coach, I am primarily a teacher, and their success will be a result of my enthusiasm for them to be successful.” Coach Buchhorn, as an avid runner himself, keeps the athletes on the team enthusiastic and inspired, according to athletes like junior Clinton Heyer. Heyer thinks that the coach, as a seasoned track and cross country athlete, really cares about his athletes.

“Considering he ran a 2:27 at the Houston marathon two weekends ago, it is easy to respect him,” said Heyer. Coach Buchhorn is an avid runner who ran as a sophomore in high school and “walked on” in college at Hardin-Simmons University. His personal accomplishments include ending his college season by setting nine records, qualifying as a two-time All-American, and qualifying for regionals four times.

“Coach is really encouraging, and he has experience in the D-3 level in competition,” Heyer went on to say.

Coach Buchhorn hopes to have his athletes enjoy running as much as he does, and he also cites the team bonding and team atmosphere as reasons for being on the track team. Veteran sprinter and junior Matt Barber, in his third year of track, said he enjoys track for the competitive element.

He said, “It is a good way of getting in shape and getting better times.” Barber said, “We have fun people to be around.” Heyer added that “the team atmosphere, especially on the trips, makes the season.”

The team is still growing, and Buchhorn encourages more students to join the track team, hoping to have 50 athletes. He said, “There is always a place for somebody and an event for everyone.”

Practices will be held at 3 p.m. but have been at 6:30 a.m. for the first week of the season.

 

For more information, potential runners can contact him at mbuchhorn@udallas.edu.
The first track meet will be at the University of the Incarnate Word March 2-3.

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