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The Master's College adds indoor track

Posted: July 21, 2013 9:26 p.m.
Updated: July 21, 2013 9:26 p.m.
 

The Master’s College is getting an indoor women’s track and field team after all. It’s just coming a year later than expected.

For the first time, TMC will compete at a handful of indoor track and field meets during the upcoming winter season, which will effectively supplement the outdoor season in the spring.

The school won’t add any athletes for the time being, but will simply allow current track and field and cross country athletes on the women’s side to compete at the indoor events.

Though the school had previously reported it was set to add indoor track to its list of sports last year, the paperwork was filed too late to make the deadline for the 2012-13 season.

This time, it’s for sure, said TMC athletic director Steve Waldeck.

“Adding this sport with these athletes who have been so successful and so good gives us another platform to kind of showcase them,” Waldeck said. “And they’re already training.”

With the addition, TMC is now back up to 12 sports — six men and six women — after the school dropped down to 11 last year following the removal of the women’s tennis program.

Waldeck said the school has no plans of bringing back the tennis team, which struggled for most of its existence from 2004-2012.

“What we’re continuing to do is to try to invest where we are having success and to try to strengthen those areas and I think this is a step in the right direction because it gives us a different venue,” Waldeck said.

The official National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics season will begin in December, though TMC hasn’t officially announced which meets it will enter.

According to the NAIA website, 141 schools compete in women’s indoor track and field with an NAIA national championship occurring annually in late February or early March.

Some of the indoor events are slightly altered from outdoor. TMC athletes will participate in six different events: the 800-meter, 1,000-meter, one mile, 3,000-meter, 5,000-meter and distance medley.

There are a total of 21 indoor track and field events, though TMC typically doesn’t compete in sprints or field events.

Long-distance running, on the other hand, has been a strength for the school in recent years.

Between the men’s and women’s programs, the school has seen 11 NAIA All-American cross country performances and another six in track distance events, all since 2008.

This past season, TMC broke new ground with a school-record five track and field All-Americans, including a national championship in the 5K by John Gilbertson.

For now, TMC is sticking with what works.

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