RALEIGH, N.C. - Meredith College Athletic Director Jackie Myers announced the addition of track and field thanks to the generosity of a Meredith alumna. Myers presented the program's eighth varsity sport during Friday night's Sir Walter Miler held on the college's premiere track.
The new sport compliments the USA South Conference Championship cross country team with competition set to begin spring 2016.
In spite of soggy weather conditions, the exciting Sir Walter Miler event helped set the tone for Meredith's new program as three elite U.S. runners broke the sub-four-minute mile barrier. The top female runner was just four seconds shy of completing the women's sub-4.5 challenge.
Head Cross Country Coach Amy Olsen will direct the new program and looks forward to the joint athletic responsibility. Olsen enters her 10th season this fall as Meredith's cross country coach and earned 2013 USA South Coach of the Year honors.
"I am so excited for this program to move forward in the next natural step," said Olsen. "We've built a strong cross country program and have a beautiful track and field facility. It is the right time to add more to the winning tradition of our existing athletic programs."
In addition to cross country the Avenging Angels field teams in basketball, lacrosse, softball, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Lacrosse, the college's most recent addition, claimed the conference championship last spring in just the program's second season of play.