Emory & Henry has made men’s and women’s track and field varsity sports this spring instead of waiting until 2019 as previously planned.
A press release from the college March 8 said an increased interest in the sport among current students “made it logical to accelerate the return of the sport to this spring.” The Wasps will compete as an NCAA Division III independent in the sport in 2018 and start Old Dominion Athletic Conference competition next year as was previously planned.
E&H first competed in men’s track and field in 1977 as a charter member of the ODAC. The Wasps’ last track season was in 1994.
Cross-country coach Ian Layne is also the head coach for track. He said the Wasps have 35 athletes planning to compete this spring.
Joining Layne on the coaching staff are Matt Roden, who will work mainly with throwers and “program operations,” and Kamden BeCraft, an assistant football coach who will work with hurdlers and sprinters.
The first meet will be at Lynchburg on March 23 and 24. That will be followed by April meets in Mount Berry, Georgia, and at Elon University.