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Darlene Holland
Darlene Holland
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 830-372-6578
Email: dholland@tlu.edu
Darlene Holland is the head coach for TLU Men's/Women's Cross Country and Men's/Women's Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field. As of the 2019-20 academic year, Holland is in her eighth season as head coach of women's cross country and women's indoor/outdoor track and field. She is in her sixth season as head coach of men's cross county and men's indoor/outdoor track and field. (The TLU Men's Cross Country and Men's Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field teams began in 2014-15 at the university.) 
 
Holland first took the head coaching role for women's cross country and women's indoor/outdoor track and field at the start of the 2012-13 academic year. The men's cross country and men's indoor/outdoor track and field programs were started in 2014-15, and Holland was named the coach for those programs from their inceptions.

Holland's has been with the Bulldogs since the fall of 2006. She has been instrumental in helping the Bulldogs to two national relay titles (one in the 4x400 indoor and one in the 4x100 outdoor) and to a 2010 individual long jump national title in NCAA DIII women's track and field.

Holland was hired in the fall of 2006, shortly after Patrick Zarate took over as the head coach at TLU. Together, Zarate and Holland coached the Bulldogs to three consecutive women's track and field team championships in the American Southwest Conference. The titles came in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

With Holland as head coach, the Bulldogs captured an ASC Women's Cross Country Co-Championship in 2012 and an ASC Women's Track & Field Championship in 2013. Since joining the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, the women's track and field team won the 2014 SCAC title, making it five consecutive women's track and field team championships. In 2015, the men and the women each finished second in the track and field championships.
 
M/W Cross Country
 
Caleb Calderon(Austin/Akins)Ashley Rynard (Temple/Temple) and Ciara Rodriguez (Uvalde/Uvalde) competed at the 2018 NCAA Division III South/Southeast Cross Country Championships, hosted by Berry University.
 
In the 6K women's race, Rynard collected a 65th-place overall finish with a time of 25:03.55 and Rodriguez registered a finish of 138th overall with a time of 26:47.24. "This is the highest Ashley has ever placed, and it was one of Ciara's best races as well," said Darlene Holland, TLU's head coach for women's and men's cross country. "The course was slick and muddy in sections due to rain for two days prior, so footing wasn't great and times reflected that. Both ladies ran good, strong races throughout and kicked well at the finish."
 
Calderon grabbed a 71st-place finish with a time of 27:44.76 on the 8K men's course. 
 
"Caleb played catch up the entire race after a mishap in the first half mile," said Holland. "He had good position in the top quarter of the pack, only to have a guy try to make a change of position from one side of the huge group to the other. So that guy ended up going down because somebody caught the back of his leg. About 10 guys went down and Caleb was one of them."
 
Calderon and Rynard each claimed program-best finishes and All-Conference honors at the 2018 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships at Schreiner University.
 
In the men's race, Calderon finished eighth overall with an 8K time of 26:39.576. Calderon became just the second Bulldog to claim All-SCAC honors. He is the highest finisher in school history at an SCAC Championship meet. The Bulldogs have existed as a program for five years and been in the SCAC in men's cross country in each of those five seasons.
 
Cassius Serff-Roberts (Austin/Akins) placed 27th overall and jumped into the TLU Cross Country record books with a strong freshman time of 28:34.388.
 
In the women's race, Rynard placed 10th overall with a 6K time of 24:02.509. Rynard became the first Bulldog in school history to claim a women's cross country All-SCAC distinction.
 
 
With Holland as either head coach or top assistant, the Bulldogs have produced 54 NCAA Division III All-Americans and three individual-event NCAA Division III national titles in both men and women's track and field combined. The NCAA DIII national championships occurred in 2007 (women's indoor 4x400 relay), 2008 (women's outdoor 4x100 relay), and 2010 (Briana Aiken in the women's long jump).
 
Holland has coached 91 participants at the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Those 91 participants have produced 38 NCAA Division III Top 10 finishes.
 
Men's Track and Field
 
Texas Lutheran senior Garrett Garza finished as the national runner-up in the shot put at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Garza tossed the shot a school-record 17.81 meters (58 feet, 5.25 inches) to claim his second All-America award of 2019. Garza was eighth in the indoor championships.
 
Garza's finish is the top outdoor individual placement in TLU Outdoor Men's Track & Field history.  National runner-up in the shot put, Garza, earned All-Region honors in two events – the shot put and the discus.
 
Darren Jones (Waller/Waller) secured his third career All-American honor with an eighth-place finish in the 200-meter dash at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Jones now has two Outdoor Track & Field All-America citations (in the 200 and last year's 4x100 relay) to go with his Indoor All-America honor this year in the 60-meter dash. The 2019 TLU Male Student-Athlete of the Year, Jones ran in three events at the 2019 national championships. He qualified with his teammates in the 4x100 relay, and he raced individually in the 100 and the 200.

TLU's 4x100 relay team finished as the 10th-fastest qualifier out of 16 teams at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The top nine qualified for the national championship final. TLU crossed the finish line in 41.45 and missed Saturday's final by .05. The Bulldogs' relay team was made up of Paris Foster (Magnolia/Magnolia), Connor Thompson (Nederland/Nederland), Tyler Dykes (Iola/Iola), and Jones. 
 
At the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Foster placed 16th in the preliminary round of the 110 hurdles and did not advance to the championship final. Foster crossed the line in 14.97 seconds. Foster also raced in the 100 prelim and did not advance to the final. He placed 19th with a time of 10.98.
 
Jones, just missed qualifying for the 100, he was .02 seconds from making the final with a time of 10.60 at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
 
Thompson raced in the 400 preliminaries and did not make the finals. Thompson finished 18th overall with a time of 49.48.
 
Fellow All-American Jones (Waller/Waller) collected All-Region honors in three events: the 100-meter dash, the 200, and the 4x100 relay. Jones earned outdoor All-America honors this year with an eighth-place finish.
 
Foster also received three All-Region citations with top-five regional rankings in the 110 hurdles, the 4x100 relay, and the 100. Foster ran in the outdoor championship national meet in all three events.
 
Thompson and Dykes rounded out the Bulldogs' 4x100 relay team. Both earned All-Region honors for being on the relay squad. Thompson added All-Region honors in the open 400.
 
The Texas Lutheran Men's Track & Field team won its third consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship by scoring 236 points and finishing 46 points ahead of Trinity. The Bulldogs received conference championships in nine different events over the two days. 
 
Jones won the 100 and the 200 titles. Jones, an indoor All-American in 2019 and an outdoor All-American in 2018, took the title of the SCAC's fastest man with a time of 10.56 seconds. Jones edged his teammate Paris Foster (Magnolia/Magnolia) for the 100 crown. Foster clocked a 10.63.
 
In the 200, Jones raced to a winning time of 21.53. Jones ran the second-fastest 200 in conference meet history. He also set a new SCAC meet record in the 100, breaking former Bulldog Bryce Johnson's 2017 standard of 10.56.
 
Dillan Wendel (Wharton/Boling) captured the 800 with a time of 1:54.99, and Foster won the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.01.
 
TLU won the 4x100 relay with a squad that included Foster, Thompson,  Dykes, and Jones. The Bulldogs posted a time of 41.31.
 
Garrett Garza (Round Rock/Stony Point) captured the SCAC title in the shot put with a new school-record toss of 17.39 meters (57 feet, 3/4 inches). Garza won the shot put title for a third straight year and set the new SCAC meet record as well. He only lost to one DIII athlete this spring, and that second-place finish came against the national champion.
 
Jalen Starks(San Antonio/Antonian) finished as the SCAC runner-up in the shot put with a heave of 14.54 meters (47-8 1/2).

Garza also took the discus title with a mark of 45.35 meters (148-9). Garza, a three-time champ in the shot put, is the first SCAC man to sweep the discus and the shot in the same meet since Trinity's Justin Campbell in 2013.
 
Jacob Guercia (Forney/Forney) and Ryan Geiger (Shiner/St. Paul) captured conference championships in the hammer throw and the javelin. 
 
Women's Track and Field
 
Tia Hart (Edna/Industrial) competed in the women's javelin at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships and finished 21st overall. Hart posted a top throw of 117 feet, 2 inches. As a true freshman, Hart won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference javelin championship and set a new school record in the event. That old school record had stood since 1982. Hart's new school record is 134-11.
 
Cortnee Priour (Victoria/Goliad) concluded her decorated track & field career with a 22nd-place finish in the triple jump at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She recorded a leap of 10.96 meters (35 feet, 11.50 inches) in the national competition and did not advance past the first three jumps. Priour, a May honors graduate of TLU, was a 2018 outdoor All-American in the long jump. She was TLU's 2019 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
 
Priour also claimed All-Region honors in two events – the long jump and the triple jump. Priour advanced to the national championship meet in the triple jump this year after being an All-American in the long jump last year. Priour was named the 2019 SCAC Women's Field Athlete of the Year.
 
Hart, a freshman, was named All-Region with a school-record toss of 134 feet, 11 inches. Her throw was good for top-five in the region. Hart was named as the Women's Track & Field Newcomer of the Year. Hart is the third-straight TLU student-athlete to win the Newcomer of the Year honor, following teammates Carr (2018) and Rynard (2017)
 
Rynard also picked up All-Region honors in two events – the 800 and the 1,500. Rynard ran in the DIII national championship meet in the 800 for a second consecutive year.
 
The Bulldogs took second in the team race for the fifth consecutive season at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships. TLU scored 168 points. 
Trinity picked up 233 points. TLU won SCAC Championships in nine events over the two days.
 
Ashley Myers (Ingleside/Edna) won the women's 100 with a time of 12.31 and won the 200 with a 25.69. 
 
Rynard also grabbed a pair of titles at the SCAC Championships. Rynard won the 800 in a time of 2:19.81, and she took the 1,500 crown in 4:54.85.
 
The 4x400 relay team also brought home an SCAC Championship. Ashlee Hooks (Meridian/Meridian), Myers, Kylee Garcia (Wichita Falls/Rider) and Rynard edged Trinity with a winning time of 4:04.49. Trinity crossed the line in 4:04.75.
 
Hannah Kipp (Ledbetter/Round Top-Carmine) recorded a win in the discus with a throw of 40.95 meters (134 feet, 4 inches). Dejah Carr (Houston/Channelview) finished as the discus runner-up with a toss of 39.57 meters (129-10).
 
Hart, Carr, and Priour won individual titles in the javelin, hammer, and triple jump, respectively.