Shenandoah establishes varsity track program
After sponsoring the sports at the club level since 2006, Shenandoah is elevating its men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field programs to varsity status.
The school also is constructing a four-lane track around its soccer field and hopes to eventually be able to host dual and tri-meets at the facility.
With the move, Shenandoah will sponsor 20 varsity sports, and 14 of those sports will compete in the USA South Conference.
The track and field teams, however, will compete in the Middle Atlantic States Athletics Corporation, as will the school’s field hockey program, which will join the MAC’s Commonwealth Conference for the 2009 season. It has played an independent schedule since its establishment in 2001.
Shenandoah Athletics Director John Hill credited MAC Commissioner Ken Andrews with bringing the track and field programs into the conference along with field hockey.
“When we came to (Andrews), it was originally an inquiry about field hockey,” Hill said. “He was more than willing to discuss us joining the league in that sport, and suggested to us that we could work something out in track and field as well.
“We have wanted all of our teams to be able to compete in a conference setting, and now we have accomplished that goal. Obviously, the best situation would be if all of our teams would compete under the same banner. That remains a goal for us in the department.”
The new track at Shenandoah will be available for campus and community use when it is not being used for practice.
The club team competed only in outdoor meets during its first year but gradually has added additional outdoor as well as a couple of indoor meets to its schedule since then. Last season, the team ended its outdoor schedule by participating in the MAC championships as a non-scoring team.
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