Trevecca Nazarene University is announcing the addition of two additional intercollegiate teams by starting a men's and women's track team for the 2013-2014 school year. Because Trevecca will compete in indoor and outdoor track this will count as adding four teams to the intercollegiate offerings. The four new teams pushes the total of intercollegiate teams at Trevecca to 15, the most in school history.
The teams, who will be coached by current Trevecca cross country coach Brad Peterson, will begin competing officially with the indoor track season in January of 2014. The teams will then compete in the outdoor season beginning in March of 2014. Peterson is completing his first season coaching the two cross country teams.
The current cross country runners will compete in track as will all new recruits. Peterson, who will announce several new signees in February, recruited with this announcement in mind and is eager to see the signed letters of intent arrive in early February.
Trevecca president Dan Boone is excited about the direction the Trevecca athletic department is going. Boone said, “Since the decision to become a member of NCAA Division II, Trevecca has taken consistent steps to be a competitive leader in the new G-MAC Conference. The addition of men’s and women’s track is the next step for a growing athletic program that offers the opportunity to be a successful student athlete in an unapologetically Christian environment. We love where we are headed!
The current men’s and women’s cross country teams will each have six runners returning next season to compete in track and cross country. They will compete alongside about 10 new signees apiece for the men’s and women’s teams.
Trevecca athletic director Mark Elliott senses this is the perfect time to add two track teams. Elliott said, “There are several aspects that have come together to allow us to add the men’s and women’s track teams with confidence. First, this meets our goal to add enrollment to the university through sports sponsorship. Adding track is a attractive choice because of our desire to enhance the cross country program by giving them an opportunity to run year round in this unique way. In return our track athletes will have an opportunity to run and compete year round similar to the Oregon style. Our coach, Brad Peterson, has an expertise in this area and he has managed this type of venture in previous stops in his career.”
For now, the plans are to participate in the middle distance and distance disciplines. For the indoor season, that will include the 600 meter, 800 meter, mile, 3K, 5K, and the distance medley relay. The outdoor season will see the team compete in the 800 meter, 1500 meter, 3K steeplechase, 5K, and 10K.
Trevecca coach Brad Peterson is obviously pleased with this pronouncement. He said, “I am understandably thrilled that we are adding track to our stable of sports at Trevecca. It has already helped us in recruiting quality student-athletes and will help us develop our runners more effectively as they will be running and racing year round. With our returning athletes and incoming class of recruits, I believe we will be competitive immediately.”
The team will practice at a track near campus on the site of the former Tennessee Preparatory School.
Trevecca will compete as a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).
Both track teams will participate in about four indoor meets and five outdoor meets each year. The indoor season runs from January through beginning of March. The outdoor season begins at the end of March and wraps up at the end of May.
Most of the Trevecca runners will participate in cross country and run track. The exception would be if an athlete from one of Trevecca’s other sports wanted to participate in cross country or track in their off-season. Those athletes will be allowed to try out and earn a spot on the team.
Peterson says the ability to use track as a recruiting tool changed the level runner he was able to recruit for next season. Peterson said, “This definitely helped the quality of runners that we will sign. Almost all of the recruits for next year would not have committed had we not decided to add track. Being a good distance runner means running year round and these kids know that. They want to run and race year round.”
Peterson continued on the recruiting process, “Mark Elliott told me to recruit with this news in mind back in the fall. I had faith that he would come through and he did. I am thankful for the work that he invested to make this happen so quickly. Without telling the recruits that we would have track, I am not sure we would have been able to attract as quality a list as we did with our 20 commitments.”
On Saturday, January 19th, 2013, Trevecca will feature our cross country coach Brad Peterson at 8:30am on 102.5 The Game.