The 2013 campaign marks Doug Clark's fifth season in command of the distance runners for the Tigers track and field/cross country program. This fall, Memphis' cross country squads look to improve on the teams' successful 2012 campaign.
Last season, the men's squad had its best-ever showing at the Conference USA Championships taking fourth place overall. The men then followed that performance with an all-time, program-best finish of ninth at the NCAA South Regional Championship. The men also picked up a team win at the Rhodes Invitational for the second year in a row.
Under Clark's tutelage in 2012, sophomore Dan Kuhman and junior James Maglasang continued to make significant strides on the trails. Kuhman was the top-finisher for the men at the NCAA South Regional Championship, taking 24th overall to earn All-Region honors. At the C-USA Cross Country Championships, Kuhman and Maglasang were the top-two finishers for the Tigers taking 13th and 14th place respectively, earning All-C-USA honors. Maglasang also scored an individual win at the Rhodes Invitational, his third-straight at the annual meet.
A young Lady Tigers squad continued to improve in 2012. The women notched a team win at the Rhodes Invitational for the second-straight year. The squad's lone senior, Louisa Lingley, recorded an individual win at the event, the first women's individual title since 2007.
The Tigers also earned academic distinctions, placing four athletes on the C-USA Cross Country All-Academic Teams. For the men, Maglasang, Kuhman and Austin Carter received the academic accolades, with Meagan Nichols taking the honor for the women. Both the men's and women's squads earned the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Teams status for the second year in a row. Of the 145 men's teams to receive the USTFCCCA honor, the Memphis men posted the highest GPA at 3.65.
During the 2013 track and field season, Clark's distance runners achieved new program milestones. A new program-record was set in the indoor mile with Lingley lowering the program-best time to 4:51.44. Lingley also set a new program-record in the outdoor 800m in a time of 2:09.93. Additionally, Clark saw freshmen Taylor Kriha (women's 800m) and Godfrey Fayne Jr. (men's 800m) qualify for the 2013 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Fayne took ninth overall in the men's 800 with, Kriha placing 19th in the women's 800m.
Clark joined the Memphis track and field/cross country staff in 2009 with an impressive resume. Overall, Clark has coached All-Americans in cross country, 1500m, mile, 3000m, 3000m steeplechase, 5000m and distance medley relay. He has also coached an NCAA individual champion in the 3000m steeplechase and an Olympian in the 1500m.
Before moving to the Bluff City, Clark spent nine years at Kansas. In his final five seasons with the Jayhawks, Clark coached four cross country All-Americans. Clark's cross country squads posted top-20 finishes at the 2005 (12th) and 2006 (20th) NCAA Championships.
From 2004-06 in Lawrence, Clark coached three-consecutive Big 12 individual champions from 2004-06 (Benson Chensang in 2004-05 and Colby Wissel in 2006). He also guided Charlie Gruber to a second-place finish in the 1500m at the 2004 Olympic Trials, earning the Kansas alum a 1500m spot on the USA Olympic Team.
Prior to Kansas, Clark was an assistant coach at Tulsa from 1994-2000. While at Tulsa, Clark's athletes set school records in the 800m, 1000m, 1500m, mile, 3000m, 3000m steeplechase, 5000m, distance medley relay and 4x800m relay. Clark coached distance runner Dwight Davis, who posted a 3:59.29 mile time to become the Golden Hurricane's first NCAA All-American.
In 1994 at UTEP, Clark assisted the Miners to a third-place team finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships and a national runner-up team performance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. That same year, Clark coached Jim Svenoy to the 3000m steeplechase crown at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and a runner-up finish in the 3000m at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Clark began his coaching career at Arkansas as a volunteer assistant coach, before being promoted to a full-time assistant in 1991. With Clark on staff, the Razorbacks swept the nine NCAA Championships in cross country (three), indoor track (three) and outdoor track (three) -- commonly referred to as the "NCAA Triple Crown" -- in the 1991-92, 1992-93 and 1993-94 academic years.
As the Arkansas recruiting coordinator, Clark helped assemble one of the most dominant programs in the history of collegiate track and field/cross country, producing more than two dozen All-Americans.
A 1981 graduate of Central Missouri State University, Clark was an NCAA cross country qualifier. He also was a 1980 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, posting a time of 2:17:40. Clark was the top Master's runner in Oklahoma from 1996-2000, recording times of 14:58/5k, 25:45/8k and 31:41/10k.
Clark still actively competes in distance events. During the summer of 2013 the 56 year old posted 5,000m time of 17:17.