The DeMatha track program began in the 1960s, but it was not until the late 1980s, under the leadership of Coach Dick Messier, that the starting gun of DeMatha’s Track success fired. In the past 24 years, the Stags have won 15 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) titles. DeMatha has also had a number of its 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams nationally ranked. The 2005 and 2011 4×400 teams finished 1st in the nation.
Each year, the Stags travel the Eastern Seaboard to compete at the best facilities against many of the best athletes in the country. For example, the New Balance (NB) Track & Field Center in New York, the NB Outdoor Championship at North Carolina A&T, the Virginia Showcase at Liberty University, and the Bojangles Track Meet in Columbia, SC. However, one of the most anticipated meets is the prestigious 125 year old Penn Relays ran every year at Franklin Stadium in Philadelphia, PA.
The program’s proudest moment may have come in the 1996 Olympics when Derek Mills, ’90, won a gold medal as part of the US 4×400 meter relay team.
It is without question that DeMatha track owes a huge debt to Coach Anthony Bryant, who guided the program (both Indoor and Outdoor) for 19 years, and was honored by several organizations throughout the years for his coaching accomplishments. Coach Leon Snyder took the baton and continued the winning tradition. Coach Buster Antoine guided the team to another WCAC championship in 2015 and a Penn Relays 4×100 meter finals in 2016.
The program is now under the leadership of Head Coach Wellington (Buddy) Crutchfield. Coach Crutchfield has over 20 years of experience and has always believed that hard work produces success. This success is measured by the numerous All-Americans and professional athletes, as well as the number of athletes that have earned scholarships to further their education. Since coming to DeMatha he has already produced a NB National Champion, All-Met and a IAAF World Ranked U18 top 10 Athlete.