Friday, June 20, 2008

Track In WT's Future

School to reinstate sport in 2009-10 accademic year

Amarillo Globe News
By Greg Jaklewicz

Five years after adding softball, West Texas A&M plans again to expand its spring sports lineup.

WT will reinstate track and field as a men's and women's sport for the 2009-2010 academic year.

A member of the Division I Missouri Valley Conference, WT dropped track and field after the 1986 MVC meet when the university dropped its NCAA membership from Division I to Division II.

WT will become the seventh member of the Lone Star Conference to field track teams, joining national power Abilene Christian, Angelo State, Eastern New Mexico, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Tarleton State.

ACU won the men's and women's titles in May at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Meet.

WT currently fields six men's and seven women's athletic teams.

"People are excited about us bringing back track," said Michael McBroom, WT's director of athletics. "I love the sport. There are so many different types of athletes, but it's all about pure physical ability. There are people who love that side of organized sports.

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