N.C. Wesleyan has enhanced its athletics program with the re-addition of the women’s cross country program.
Battling Bishops athletics director John Thompson said the program will compete this fall after a four-year hiatus.
The return of women’s cross country gives N.C. Wesleyan 12 athletics programs – six on each the men’s and women’s sides.
The school temporarily lacked balance after the women’s lacrosse program recently was suspended following a 2014 season in which it finished 1-10.
“It made sense for us right now to bring it back,” Thompson said of women’s cross country. “We’re always looking for ways to attract good people and good student-athletes. This is a good way to do that.”
Ten USA South schools currently field a women’s cross country team.
N.C. Wesleyan currently is conducting a search for a coach for the program.
Thompson believes the addition of cross country could be an initial first step in the college’s plans for the future.
He said that although nothing is imminent, the school is evaluating sports that can be added within and outside of the USA South Conference.
In order for the USA South to hold a conference championship in a sport, half of the league’s schools must field a team.
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